Spring break is here, so time to set sail

Inception at the Sea
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Inception at the Sea

Depending on whom you ask, spring break trips to perennial hot spots in Mexico, Florida and Puerto Rico are becoming a thing of the past.

Some leisure companies have taken the idea of a cruise and added everything party-hungry college students dream about. One of these, Inception at Sea, is a cruise organized by Whet Travel and Student City. The outfit is staging a four-day cruise to Norwegian Cruise Line's private island Great Stirrup Cay.

The cruise departs from Miami on Friday, and includes a full menu of on-board accommodations like food, unlimited beverages and access to all events on board and on land.

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Given booming interest, Rafi Leibo, director of sales and marketing at Whet Travel, told CNBC it didn't take long for the idea of this event to become reality.

"Cruising in general gives anyone the opportunity to travel in style, while not having to worry or stress about pretty much anything," he said. Inception also includes performances from popular groups from the worlds of hip-hop and electronic dance music.

"When you combine the convenience and intimacy of cruising with the energy of 2,000 spring breakers from colleges around the country, and mix in some of the biggest talent in [music] it's just a winning formula," Leibo said.

A growing number of college students are hopping aboard cruise ships. Veterans like Carnival and Royal Caribbean offer spring break themed incentives to would-be partiers. Travel site Orbitz points to Carnival's "reputation for being the most fun at sea" for college students trying to shake off midterms.

Students like Nicole Swenarton and six friends only had to book a flight to Florida and the cruise itself. Everything else they would have to worry about if they were traveling somewhere else has been taken care by the cruise itself, she said.

"Not only did we just have to book a flight to Florida, which is already cheaper than flying to Puerto Rico or Mexico, the cruise itself has bars and clubs on the ship," Swenarton said.

"All of our parents were understandably concerned about us traveling to Mexico and leaving the resort to go off on our own. [However] we're a big group and it made so much more sense to have this kind of secure facility, the cruise, to be able to go out on," Swenarton added.

For travelers, the concept of having an all-inclusive boat is something that adds to the convenience of the trip. It also takes away the idea that students could worry about what they are doing at night — or during the day.


Spring break revelry is often the source of anxiety for parents and frequently ends with more than a few cautionary tales. For Swenarton, safety and peace of mind while on break played a big role in her decision.

"If someone wants to leave the party or leave the club we don't have to feel concerned. It's kind of a nice alternative because you can just hop on back to your room," she said. "We can split up and do our own thing and it's a safe alternative to going to some foreign city and hoping we're going to be alive at the end," she said.

"Cruising is really a one-stop shop. From the moment you step on board … everything is at your fingertips," said Leibo. He and his team are hoping that the 2016 cruise will boost the event's popularity for the future.

"Cruising in general is on the up, and although this type of event has never been done before, we're confident that once it takes place and rumors of the magic that occurred on board spreads around the country, these types of events will only continue to grow each year," he said.