Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dear Joe Gripp,

I decided to post a few questions from some of my favorite clients. I hope you find them helpful.

Dear Joe Gripp, Which cruise line is the best? I am planning a summer vacation for my family, and want to make sure my teenage children will enjoy themselves.

Thanks, Oscar, Holbrook, NY

Dear Oscar,

Believe it or not, all of the cruisline in business right now are great. Each cruiseline has its own target market. At Gripp Travel, we ask probing questions to try and find out exactly what you want out of your next best vacation, then present you with a cruiseline and itinerary that best suits your needs.

Royal Carribean ships offer you and yours a true "adventure" on board. Most of their ships are equipped with rock climbing walls, "Flow Riders" (Which are surfing simulators. Oscar, if you try this, make sure you properly secure your bathing suit, I lost mine on the first attempt. It was very embarrassing), ice skating shows, over the top entertainment, Dream Works characters onboard, and on some ships, zip lining!

I hope this helps, please let me know if you would like some brochures.

  Joe Gripp

Dear Joe Gripp, I just got engaged, and am interested in a destination wedding. What do cruiselines offer brides and grooms who want a simple wedding at sea?

Thanks, Anastasia, Malverne, NY

Dear Ana,

Many of the major cruiselines offer a full assortment of wedding packages. You can have the ceremony on board prior to departure, allowing your friends and family to be with you as you exchange vows, then disembark before the ship sets sail.

Other options include a ceremony officiated by the Captain on a day at sea, or have a beach ceremony at the island of your choice. Each cruiseline offers different packages that include flowers, photos, dancing, and drinks. You can have as much or as little as you want.

Please contact me for more information. We can make you big day, truly spectacular. Congratulations!

Joe Gripp

Dear Joe Gripp,

My life partner and I want to go on a cruise, but are nervous about being onboard a ship with people who may not be accepting of our lifestyle. We are from a metropolitan area, where same sex couples are accepted as equals. Is cruising a good idea?

Jimmy - NYC!

Dear Jimmy,

Cruisers come in all shapes and sizes. Cruising is very social, where in most cases travelers make new acuantences and enjoy being away from the stress of their everyday drama.

Cruiselines are very sensitive to the environment of the GLBT community. They typically host a GLBT Meet and Greet within the first two days of sailing.

Not ready for a mainstream cruise? There are a few promotion companies that offer GLBT cruises. They typically serve specific groups within the GLBT community, and offer specialized entertainment, and have gay friendly corporate sponsors. BEWARE- these cruises can cost almost DOUBLE the price of a regular cruise.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

  -Joe Gripp

1 comment:

  1. I really like your take on the issue. I now have a clear idea on what this matter is all about..