The High School years pass by so quickly – and the reality that the next steps of life will most likely separate students and relationships as college, career, and family take us away from each other. The Seniors have bonded together in classes, sports, activities, and socially – the Senior Trip, Senior Prom, and Graduation are really the final group activities. Since the Class of 2004 the senior classes have chosen to take a cruise as their senior trip. Cruises offer many benefits – Security, Safety, Rooming accommodations, Food, and entertainment all in one place. And to top off the trip, we have worship every day, sometimes in the conference room, sometimes on the open deck under the stars – what a wonderful time of bonding.
And of course, we need chaperones for this arduous duty – sitting on the deck soaking up the Caribbean sun, exploring the ship trying to “find the kids”, eating 4 course marvelous meals served to your table, and chaperoning the kids as they explore the island excursions – – it’s a “tough” job, but someone’s got to “suffer” for the cause.
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We want the entire class to bond together and enjoy this trip. We want parents to come join us. We want the senior year to offer memories for a life-time.
Do you always go on a cruise?
MCA has chosen to go on some sort of cruise for the last 15 years but we have have gone on different beach trips (Gulf and West Coast) as well.
Which Cruise Line do you normally use?
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Generally a 7-night cruises out of Florida or Texas to the East or West Caribbean.
What security and safety precautions are taken?
One of the driving forces for going on a cruise is the safety and security of the ship. Each traveler is issued a “Ship ID card” which prevents the student from purchasing banned items like alcohol and tobacco, restricts their access to off-limits areas like the casino and adult venues, and tracks whether a student is on or off the ship when in port. The cruise lines have a full-time security staff that patrols the ship and an extensive video surveillance system. The “closed” environment of the ship and the restricted access controls make it much easier for student safety.
What about chaperone supervision?
We have never had an issue with too few chaperones on the trip. The cruise line requires 1 chaperone for each 10 students, we generally have 1 chaperone for every 3 students. The chaperones are responsible for supervising the students in their group. To date, we have not had a single instance or complaint to the cruise line on the behavior/attitude of our students.
Is the cost for the trip covered in normal school fees?
No, the cost of the trip is separate from any other MCA school related expenses and is determined entirely by the physical costs of transportation to/from the port and the cost of the cruise itself. The travel agent we work with provides us with the total cost of the room which includes the room charge, all meals, taxes, fees, port charges, gratuity, and transportation (either commercial bus to/from Texas or airfare to/from Florida and any local transportation in the port area). The cost for the students is based on triple or quad occupancy rooms, depending on the ship and the chaperones are in double occupancy rooms.
Are there any incidental or additional fees to budget for?
Yes, other additional expenses are 1) obtaining a passport, 2) souvenirs, and 3) excursion in the ports. According to the State Department, travelers are required to have either a Passport or Passcard for travel outside of the continental US.
How do I reserve a spot for the cruise?
The cruise line requires a $250.00 deposit per student or chaperone within 30 days of reserving rooms. Generally, this is paid the end of the student or family’s sophomore year.* This deposit is applied to the trip cost and is FULLY REFUNDABLE if you decide not to go before the next payment of the Junior Year. Please keep in mind that special circumstances apply to students or families that come to MCA in their Junior or Senior year.
*Spring Break Groups book on cruise lines about 2 years out.
What is the general timeline for payments?
Sophomore Year: Feb/Mar – Student class meeting to determine type of trip class desires
Receive “Initial Interest” form by April 1 along with $250.00 refundable deposit by June 1
Junior Year:Aug/Sep – All parent meeting – explain full concept of senior trip, better estimate of costs Jr/Sr funds due
Senior Year: June – December – monthly installment payments due for the trip
How to Pay
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