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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cruises for the Family – The Ideal Vacation

Cruises are not just for romantic couples holding hands on the aft deck and gazing at each other and the beautiful views beyond – even if this is what the brochures and advertisements will often seem to promote.

In fact, cruises are the ideal family vacation that not only give the family time to be together without the usual hassles of cooking and cleaning, but also very often provide a lot of entertainment for the children alone (and by themselves) and time for parents to relive their honeymoon without worrying what is happening to the children.

In short, a cruise can be the perfect vacation for families.

Most of the major cruise lines now have programs catering especially for children of all ages.  Carnival Cruise Line is one of the most popular, along with the ever popular Disney Cruise Line as well as Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean who’s two ships, the Allure and Oasis of the Seas, have been voted as the best ships for families. 

While many cruise lines offer a wide range of activities especially for children, and while the children are being spoiled with special events purely for them, parents can spoil themselves with grown up treats like massages, and cocktails without worrying about the children.

And an on top of all this there is usually a wide menu of things the whole family can do together.

Of course, every cruise line is different, offering very different things and catering specifically for different age groups. Some cater specifically to older children, other to the younger tots.

Actually, the most difficult part of the cruise is the planning which one to take, which cruise line to use, what destination would work best for your tastes and which costs and charges would be the better ones for your tastes.

The only way to make sure you make the right choices is to spend some time on the internet - go to google and search and find out what other people are saying about their most favorite cruise line for cruises with the family and study the websites of the cruise lines themselves to find out what they have to offer and at what cost.

As to costs, one the advantages of a cruise as apposed to another type of holiday with the children is the cost. 

Considering the things that are laid on for free, and the advantageous rates of cabin accommodation with the children, a cruise vacation for the whole family can be much cheaper than many other types of holiday.

Disney Cruise Line for example offers cabins especially for families, with room for five and 1-1/2 baths. Royal Caribbean International has family cabins that can accommodate six, and the latest created Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ships, like the Norwegian Gem, have a wide selection a cabins on offer that would suit all sizes of families.

Also considering all the fun activities laid on for the children at no extra cost, plus the fact that they are well looked after and give the adults a time to themselves makes a vacation that can not be matched on land.

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1 comment:

  1. Take a look too at the article about cruises with the family at http://www.prowsedge.com/types-of-cruises-family-cruises.html