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CLIA is sharing the top five tips for celebrating life’s milestones aboard a cruise ship!

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Every day on a cruise ship is a celebration so it’s no wonder that many travellers are choosing to commemorate life’s greatest moments — from weddings and reunions to retirements and everything in between – on a cruise vacation. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is sharing the top five tips for celebrating life’s milestones aboard a cruise ship.

From birthdays and graduations to honeymoons, here are Five Tips for Celebrating Milestones on a Cruise:

1. Prepared Packages

No matter what the celebration may be, many cruise lines offer group packages for large travel parties and special occasions, including specialty celebration offering fun extras. Travel agents can help travellers find special excursions and discounted cabin rates for many sized groups. Some cruise lines offer a free cabin based on the number of rooms booked by large groups – a great way for the guests of honour to celebrate.

2. Take the Cake & Culture

Some cruise lines offer commemorative sweet treats including celebratory cakes and other baked goods, which can be ordered in advance. As a bonus, crew members will sing “Happy Birthday” to mark the special occasion. Additionally, celebrating cruisers can immerse themselves in the local culture of their destinations to make celebrations even more special. Travellers can check with their travel agent or cruise line to see if there are any special, culturally immersive ceremonies or experiences available like traditional wedding celebrations or birthday customs based on the destination.

3. Pack the Party

The majority of cruise lines will also help travellers celebrate any occasion—from birthdays to bar mitzvahs to vow renewals and more—with special surprises including private parties and group excursions. Travellers looking to celebrate onboard a ship should pack accordingly with items like cabin decorations for birthdays, and matching shirts for reunions. Some cruise lines even encourage cruise travelers to decorate cabins and cabin doors with festive décor.

4. Celebrate Onboard and Onshore

Book ahead for a celebratory dinner in a specialty restaurant on the ship and alert the staff to the special occasion—some restaurants will provide a complimentary dessert or make special accommodations. On land, a pre-planned excursion can create a bonding, exhilarating or educational experience for every celebratory cruise. Celebrating a birthday? Consider checking off a “bucket list” item during a shore excursion, like rock climbing or sightseeing in a storybook European village.

5. Alert an Agent

A travel agent can help every traveller create a customized and memorable milestone with added perks and reduced stress over the details. Agents can also help arrange for special amenities, activities, and surprises onboard as well as offer special discounts on group cruising. Additionally, agents can help travellers organize group activities to keep the celebration going like onshore excursions or group dinners.

A CLIA Certified Cruise Agent can help cruisers celebrate at sea, explore agents at

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