Trim the Sails – How to Fit a Cruise into a Tight Budget

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By Kris Decker, Content Editor

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The open air, water like glass, a light breeze in your face as you pass stunning landscapes, all while relaxing with good conversation, fabulous food, and refreshing beverages — there’s nothing quite like a cruise. Planning a cruise for your crew sounds like a fantastic idea … until you look at your budget. Do limited funds mean you have to throw the idea overboard completely? Or is there some way to take your group cruise and do it on a budget? These Minnesota cruise lines say you can. Here’s how:

Michele Baker, General Manager, Destiny Cruises

“Destiny Cruises sails a 100-passenger luxury yacht on Gull Lake in the Brainerd Lakes area and is the only cruise boat on Gull Lake. They’re ideal for groom’s dinners, small weddings, birthdays, corporate events, and public cruises. They can pick up parties from any of the premier resorts on the lake and work with many different budgets to help create the most memorable experience on the North Star.

There are several ways a planner can keep costs low, while still planning an enjoyable group cruise.” These include:

  • Stay flexible on dates and book early.
  • Sightseeing or appetizer cruises are very affordable. We also offer a Sunset Cruise that includes a dessert and coffee buffet. Let the sunset be your backdrop to the end of a beautiful day.
  • Keep the bar simple. If hosting, stick to house wines, beer, and rail pours
  • Food can be pricey so you can stay with lighter options and order something like pulled pork sliders or tacos for the main course.
  • Stay simple with linens. We always have black linen that is included with all cruises in the main salon. Colored options are available at a small upcharge per table.
  • For small groups of 10-20 people, we can include their party with a public cruise.

For these semi-private parties, we reserve space for the group in our Main Salon. Let our professional crew help create a fun and affordable cruise for you…

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