Victoria Bell, manager of a travel agency in Chula Vista, thought of the perfect formula for Quinceaneras to have a party and a trip all at once.
Several Quinceaneras often wonder if choosing a trip vs Quince party or vice versa would have been a better choice. Victoria Bell offers both, a Quinceanera party on a Caribbean cruise.
Victoria Bell is a Spanish woman living in Chula Vista with an eye for entrepreneurial ventures. Through San Diego Travel Group, the company she represents, she came up with this idea that has quickly become popular amongst young girls.
Bell is in charge of coordinating the whole process and even accompanies the family into the ship. The girls work together for one celebration where each one has her 15 minutes of fame in front of her guests.
“Once inside the ship they become friends and refuse to do anything on their own. People interact and it fills the parents with pride to see their daughters walk down the Quinceanera runway.”
There are usually between 10 to 15 families, each family regularly has 20 guests, “although we have had 75 guests for just one girl.”
There is a complete package that includes open bar and an hour and a half dance with appetizers, besides a collective ceremony with dedications for each girl. “It is an excellent opportunity to have a dream party and vacations with the family.”
Bell says there is a waltz and a surprise dance the girls choreographed once they meet each other, it is an experience truly enjoyed by the whole family even with the lack of intimacy one supposedly has when having a traditional party at a venue.
Due to the popularity this cruise/party idea has reached, Bell has 7 trips planned just for this year. Girls in California depart from Texas and head to the Riviera Maya for a whole week.
Bell operates from California but has plans to travel to Texas and sell her service. “There is a lot of potential after overcoming the fear. Many think of the cruise option to be expensive and think not everyone can afford it, however they have a year to pay, it is an excellent payment method”. She does all of this from her Chula Vista office, seven miles from the Tijuana border, a place where there are healthy Quinceaneras.
“I first thought of the idea thanks to a client who asked me if I had cruises for Quinceaneras”, Bell confesses. “I had never heard of it until then, I wanted to have a group celebration so I begin working on the idea”.
Victoria did her research and succeeded with what is known today as the dream option for Quinceaneras and their families, an overseas party with their guests on their way to one of the best beaches in Mexico.
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