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Family Vacations of the High Seas

 

By: Christine Satchwell

 

It’s nearing the end of the school year and it will soon be time for families to gallivant around the globe on their annual summer family vacation.  Although plenty of families already have their vacations planned down to the most intricate details, many of us like to wait to the last minute to start planning our getaway.  Well, have no fear, there are plenty of options onboard a number of cruise lines this summer and around the year.  From Alaska to the Caribbean to Europe, you’re sure to have loads of family fun onboard a cruise. 

 

With more than one million children sailing the high seas each year, you will have no problem finding family-friendly amenities and programs on everything from today’s largest ocean liners to the smaller, more-intimate ships.  With new ships making their debut each year, cruisers can choose among increasingly innovative perks like onboard nurseries, wave simulators, ice-skating rinks, bowling lanes and movies on a giant screen under the stars.

 

But why choose a cruise for your family vacation?  The answer is simple.  A cruise offers something for the whole family at a very reasonable price.  Parents can enjoy rest and relaxation while kids get to hang with other kids. Don’t worry, they’ll also be plenty of time for families to come together and participate in fun activities as a group.  It’s important to spend time as a family on your vacation, but let’s be honest, parents could use some time alone and kids can’t wait to participate in the children’s clubs.  Many cruise lines offer extensive kids programs with age appropriate activities, so kids get to have fun with other kids their own age.  On average, children ages 3 –17 can participate in the kids programs, with some cruise lines taking children as young as 6 months.  The cruise lines have different age restrictions and some do not allow children who are not potty trained in the kids club.  Most programs group children by age in only two- to three-year spans.  Kids programs can be found on Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Cunard, Crystal, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Regent and Royal Caribbean.  Most cruise lines offer the programs year round but a few only offer the kids club on summer voyages and holiday sailings.         

 

Will my child get bored in the kids club?  Of course not!  There are so many activities to choose from, your kids will be begging you to leave them alone.  Young ones enjoy sing alongs, arts & crafts, cookie decorating, treasure hunts, ice cream sundae parties and so much more while tweens get to hang with their new friends, play video games, take dance classes, participate in a talent show, compete in a sports competition and maybe even participate in a Junior Ranger program.  A number of cruise ships have added teen only areas including lounges and discos where teens can chill with their new buds, try their hand at the latest video games on Xbox or Playstation, watch late night movies or attend a teen only party. 

 

These days, one of the biggest advantages for families is the cruise industry’s support of US homeports.  You’ll find more ships sailing year-round from the nations most popular drive-to ports of call including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Tampa, San Francisco, San Diego, Galveston, Mobile, Charleston, Baltimore, Cape Liberty and many more.  Homeporting is a huge savings when traveling with a family.  Just think, you can use the money you were going to spend on multiple airline tickets to upgrade your family to a larger cabin!

 

Speaking of staterooms, there is a wide variety of room options for any budget onboard a cruise.  Choose from an inside or ocean view cabin, a balcony stateroom, suites, multi-family suites and even villas, with up to three bedrooms.  You can even find adjoining staterooms on many ships for added convenience. 

 

When it comes to dining, the choices abound.  There’s the traditional dining room experience, grab-n-go meal options, buffets, formal & informal restaurants, and room service.  Most lines offer some type of food 24 hours a day so you’ll never be hungry.

 

Cruising is a great option for a family vacation with one price covering your meals, shipboard activities, entertainment and more.  Plus you can visit a number of ports without having to pack and unpack.  So when you’re ready to start thinking about that summer family vacation compare your options and you’ll find cruising is the best and most affordable choice with fun for the whole family.

 

Cruises Inc. is the only thing you’ll need to plan your next family cruise vacation; offering most major cruise lines, the very best direct prices along with excellent personal service, all at no additional cost to the traveler. Contact Christine Satchwell, your Independant Cruise Specialist at (727) 641-2288 or toll free at (800) 880-1962, or via the web at www. christinecruises.com for more information.

 
     
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