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Someone special celebrating a big birthday? Here's why you should do it on a cruise.

Ashleigh on Jun 08, 2015

Someone special celebrating a big birthday? Here's why you should do it on a cruise.

Birthdays should be about celebrating - and what better way to celebrate another year than on the open decks, overlooking the vast ocean? Whether you or a loved one are turning 18, 30, 50 or beyond, cruises are a brilliant way to get the family together and ring in a new decade. Enjoy this special time by jumping aboard a cruise liner headed to somewhere sunny and exotic! Here's why we think you should say, “Bon Voyage!” to home and get away to celebrate::

All together and all catered for
There isn't a more fitting way to get a group of friends or family together than a cruise. It's one of the few places that you can ensure everyone - from grandma to the kids, and all ages in between - will be kept entertained from the moment you board to the moment you disembark. With so much to see and do on the ship, everyone can spend a few hours exploring their own interests and come back together again to make memories - it really is up to you how you spend your time!

Even hard-to-please teenagers will find something to do on a cruise ship, with plenty of other kids their age to hang out with. And don't worry about them sneaking away- on a ship, they won't get very far! Forget about the hassle of transport and tardy attendees to your special event, and don't worry about any of the elderly or disabled members of your group missing out - disabled access cabins means they can get immersed in cruise life, too!

It won't break the bank
Asking all of your nearest and dearest to join you on a cruise may be a stretch for some, but we can help to create the perfect holiday for you AND your guests. Firstly, we'll help you pick an itinerary that your family will find irresistible, such as a trip from Brisbane to the sunny South Pacific on this Pacific Island Hopper itinerary in August, or a short Food and Wine Cruise next March direct from Auckland. With so many cruises to choose from, you'll certainly find one to suit everyone.

Secondly, our consultants here at Cruise Sale Finder will help you secure a brilliant price that suits any budget - we can even offer extra-special prices for group bookings of five cabins or more! Discounts can vary depending on cabin category and the larger your group, the more impressive the discount. Make sure you ask about group booking discounts when you begin the process.

Total relaxation
The whole point of birthdays is being spoiled, right? And what better way to take the pressure of the birthday boy or girl than with a cruise. No cooking, no dishes - just relax in one of the bars or enjoy a theatre show together with a drink in hand! Housekeeping will even keep your cabin looking immaculate so when you finish lounging by the pool for the day and are wanting to get ready for dinner, you have a serviced cabin in which to do so!

Entertaining is also a task that the cruise crew are happy to fulfil. There's no need to rush around ensuring your guests are enjoying themselves - there's no doubt they will be! - so you can really unwind with the guest of honour.

Customised celebrations
Cruise Sale Finder's Niche Products and Groups Manager, Sam Corlett-Wood, is happy to organise a special onboard celebration - and she has all the inside information! From cocktail parties to daytime gatherings, there is an event to suit your party, and you can even DIY these a little to suit your own ideas! Contact the team and ask for Sam - she's ready and waiting to turn your birthday dreams into a reality.

Cruising and events are a match made in heaven. From the planning stages with Sam to the helpful crew onboard, you'll have someone to bounce ideas off and ensure every step of the way is running smoothly! The venues to the wait staff, the entertainment options to the extensive kitchens ready to cater, everything is ready to go from the moment you board. Sail away and celebrate with no worries.

Our top picks for a birthday celebration

P&O Australia - P&O is an Australian cruise line, which means they understand what Kiwis want more than any of the international lines. They have a great reputation for keeping families enjoying themselves - make them the perfect choice for a clan celebration. Onboard, you'll find incredible Kids Clubs, a chilled out atmosphere that welcomes your jandals during the day, and the world's largest adventure park at sea. A brilliant feature, though, are their interconnecting cabins, which mean larger families can all stick together. Their prices are also the most affordable, which is a massive factor for most group bookings.

Carnival - This massive, global cruise line are colourful, buzzing and full of energy - earning them the title of the “Fun Ships,” - and the Australian fleet are no exception to this. The Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend are both based across the ditch, with their unforgettable Green Thunder water slides, Comedy Club, candy store, and themed venues hosting a whole lot of activities, classes and competitions. A Carnival birthday cruise is one your friends won't forget in a hurry!

Silversea - For an extra special celebration such as a milestone birthday, a luxurious Silversea cruise are a stunning option. The cost is a little bit of a deterrent for many cruise lovers, but a holiday on one of their beautiful ships is definitely worth saving for. Experience the real meaning of all-inclusive, with a once-in-a-lifetime Silverseas cruise - from top-shelf drinks to gourmet meals, butler service and port transfers to personalised stationery - you'll be truly taken care of with this line. The ships are immaculately appointed, the entertainment unforgettable; this is luxury. The Silver Discoverer will be cruising from Auckland to Dunedin this December, and is set to be a stunning journey.

Feeling inspired? Get in contact with the team at Cruise Sale Finder, request Sam's help and start planning a birthday cruise.

I'm new to the cruise industry, but travel is definitely something close to my heart! Last year I spent time in the UK, as well as Tokyo, Paris and Shanghai, but I still have a long list of places I'd like to visit. Cruising is the perfect way to make your journey between destinations as memorable and enjoyable as the time you spend in new cities, and I'm looking forward to helping you create the perfect trip.

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