If you’re looking for a new and different experience when it comes to family vacations, why not enjoy a family cruise. Learn why these are becoming a popular choice for family vacations…
Cruises aren’t only for romantic getaways, adult singles, or college kids on spring break. A family cruise can include all the fun of any vacation. Many cruise lines today offer family cruise packages with fun activities for all ages along with a good, clean atmosphere for the entire family. These usually don’t have the typical “partying” atmosphere as many spring break cruises and cruises for adults only but are just as fun. Let’s see what family vacation cruises have to offer.
Cruisin’ with the Kids
Kids might find a traditional cruise boring, but with family cruises, there’s a long list of things to do. A cruise that caters to families and kids will allow you to have a great time without having to constantly come up with ways to keep everyone entertained and most importantly, together. The family could spend some time at the on-ship pool; while the older kids and adults take advantage of tall water slides and diving boards, the smaller kids can have fun playing games. A lot of cruise ships also feature video arcades, on-board games for kids of all ages such as shipboard Olympics, pizza parties, miniature golf, magic shows, sports, concerts, fun educational projects, and more. Some cruises have family-friendly movies and skating. Many offer on-shore kids’ adventures and tours to enjoy as you reach each destination.
Where to Go
A tough decision to make is where to go on a family vacation cruise. Some places are more suitable for families than others. It’s possible that certain destinations will have too much of a party type atmosphere catering to couples or single young adults. Some places that are designed for relaxation, on the other hand, are just too boring for the family to enjoy. Compare cruise offerings to find a destination that caters to families with attractions such as zoos, children’s museums, amusement parks, water parks, tours of historic sites, or family fun centers. Teens might enjoy more adventurous activities such as snorkeling, parasailing, and hiking. When you exit the boat, you can pick and choose among several attractions to make the whole family happy.
Some great cruise destinations for families include Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida (with Disney Cruises), islands of the Caribbean, Hawaii, California, and Alaska. European cruises are also great for families, allowing you to explore interesting sites in Europe by sea and land.
A Break for Parents
One luxury you’ll enjoy on a family cruise is you can take breaks from the kids occasionally. They can enjoy supervised games and activities while you relax in the Jacuzzi, enjoy a romantic dinner, try out a casino, or just sunbathe by the pool. Many cruises have a trained youth staff for various age groups to direct the children’s activities. A schedule of kid’s activities is provided so parents and kids will know how to plan each day.
Find the Perfect Family Cruise
Finding, comparing, and booking the perfect cruise for your family is easier than ever using the internet. Check out some of the main cruise lines to find out what they offer and what destinations are available. Some of the most popular are Disney Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess, Norwegian Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, and Costa Cruise Lines. You can easily choose a cruise package that will fit your family’s budget and collective interests so everyone can enjoy the vacation.
Some online resources to book a family cruise are Travelocity, Expedia, Travelzoo, and Orbitz. Discounted tickets can often be found by securing an all-inclusive family cruise package. An all-inclusive cruise will include meals, lodging, transportation, and some forms of entertainment. Be sure to find out what’s included and what’s not so you’ll know how to plan financially for the trip.
If your family vacations seem a little drab lately, a family cruise can provide the new, thrilling adventure your family has been longing for!