Originally posted by: glomarrone
They ARE a lot of fun & there is no pressure whatsoever to book a future cruise. Usually there are discounts to entice you, though. I must admit that they are tiring if you do the tour part, which I always do. I always sneak an ice cream cone when I can during free time after the tour.
I love peeking into suites. I know that I will never book a suite so it is fun to dream. Some have a piano, a stocked bar or a dining room-sized table in them, or all three. Some are quite deluxe.
Usually you get to go on these outings by being a member of a travel club or have a TA that does a lot of group booking. I do belong to a couple of travel groups and have a TA that also does group bookings. I also book a lot of cruises with her, although i have never taken her group cruises.