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Page 14 of 77 13 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 S H I P S I Z E Cruising on a massive ocean liner is an entirely different experience than going on a small river vessel, and each offers its own set of benefi ts and drawbacks. Large ships are packed full of amenities and often fea- ture multiple restaurants, Broadway-style shows, game rooms, casinos and more. They also carry thousands of passengers. Smaller vessels can carry only a few hundred passengers ó and river cruises carry only a few dozen ó but they tend to offer much less in the way of glitzy entertainment. Though the Caribbean may be the quintessential cruise destination, cruise lines now take passengers to all seven con- tinents, including Antarctica. River cruising offers the opportunity to explore small towns and inland destinations in the United States and throughout Europe. And cruises can of- fer some of the most comfortable ways to see exotic destinations such as Cuba, Egypt and Vietnam. Different companies tend to specialize in different destinations, so know- ing where your travelers want to go will help you determine with whom to go. D E S T I N AT I O N There are numerous differences be- tween a three-night sailing and a two-week cruise. The length of a trip will affect every- thing from the price of a trip to the passen- ger demographics, the amount of days spent at sea, and the number of ports and excur- sions offered. Your travelers might prefer to take trips of a certain length, but make sure you arenít setting them up for disappointment with brief trips that shortchange them on ac- tivities or long trips that leave them bored with too many days on the ship. When it comes to handling the unique needs of travel groups, not all cruise lines are created equal. Some cruise lines are adept at han- dling group bookings, accommodations and experiences; others are much more focused on individual and family travel. If the group element of a cruise is important to you, consider doing business with cruise lines that have a reputation for handling groups well and that actively pursue group business. Working with a tour operator that specializes in cruises can also help ensure that your groupís trip goes smoothly. T R I P L E N G T H G R O U P E X P E R T I S E

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