Any family cruise vacation is an adventure suitable for every age – starting from the toddler in the family to the elderly who is still young-at-heart. Family cruises have everything for everyone in the right dosage. With the latest trend of wanting to travel with the whole family – with elderly parents, distant cousins etc the cruise companies have also started ensuring that the vacation is of the best value possible so the whole family comes back the next year. So before you book your best family cruise vacation deals discuss the pointers we have mentioned below:
Activities for family during the cruise
A typical good family cruise involves excellent dining options, spacious and luxurious accommodation, spellbinding entertainment, great pools, scary adventure options and eventually a great all inclusive package so the family agrees to the cruise vacation over cheap options. If you are lucky the cruise may have the extras such as mini-golf, ice-skating rink and aquariums as attractions.
Activities for kids during the cruise
A good family cruise also has something special to keep the children of all ages engaged. Some activities may be purely entertainment while some activities are aimed at fostering improved parent-child relationship during the cruise. Special age-appropriate activities are organized for teenagers so they are also kept occupied. Some of the cruises also have complimentary kids program – to the extent that kids below a certain age accompany for free. You just have to find the right package or deal so the first rule of getting the best family cruise vacation deal is to not be in a hurry.
Family rooms during cruise
While looking for a family cruise vacation package it is important to know or be aware of how you will be accommodated. Good cruises have suites which can accommodate anywhere from a family of four to a family of 20. Big, small, medium – all kinds of families can be accommodated appropriately. You just need to discuss this during your package discussions to avoid later surprises. You can request for connected rooms, additional beds, or cribs for infants.
Activities for parents during the cruise
You can of course enjoy all the activities planned for your kids, but in case you want to have your time alone there are enough activities onboard good cruise ships. Before you book your all inclusive package deal, do check with the cruise company if they have the following onboard – a fill-fledged spa, a casino, a yoga room with a yoga master, fitness center, a dance floor, nice themed bars, at least 3-4 restaurants catering to different cuisines and anything else you may require.
Basis all the above mentioned which are important in a family cruise vacation, we have shortlisted below a few of the best cruises available which also offer all inclusive package deals.
Family Cruise # 1: Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas
These are the World’s largest cruise ship. They also boast of winning the award for the best onboard kids’ cruise program. The cruise has seven different sections for totally different entertainment. They also have the first amphitheater on the ocean called AquaTheatre. There is a central park where you can stroll and do a bit of shopping if interested. If you like the board way hit CATS, you can watch it onboard.
Family Cruise # 2: Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas
This is one of the best cruises and to prove it, it has won the Best Overall Cruise Ship award for two years continuously. If you love entertainment and love eating and drinking this is your cruise. Just go ahead and start hunting for deals. They have the world’s first Starbucks on sea, they have Sabor, a great Mexican restaurant, they have Samba Grill Brazilian Steakhouse and many more such great eating joints. Your kids will love interacting with characters such as Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda etc.
Family Cruise # 3: Star Princess and Golden Princess
There is the never before pampering done at Lotus Spa but that is not alone for there are a wide array of venues on-board Golden Princess and Star Princess which will help you relax. The amenities are all Deluxe and Five Star rated and the best is the Calypso’s Reef and the Neptune’s Reef Pool with hot tubs. This cruise will be a memorable vacation for the whole family also because of the entertainment options it provides: the Princess Theatre, Vista Show Lounge, Outdoors Theatre, Grand Casino, SkyWalkers Night Club etc. When it comes to Star Princess and Golden Princess cruises, it is important we mention about the Junior Ranger Program they run (along with National Park Service) for the kids, and the Science at Sea program (along with California Science Center). So if there is a kid scientist in family, look no further than these two cruises.
Family Cruise # 4: Disney Fantasy
Owned and operated by Disney Cruise Lines, this is one of the best ships owned by them. It recently entered service (in 2012) and thus is very modern cruise, which sails the Caribbean seas. If you have kids, it is important not to miss the Disney Fantasy purely for the pleasures of AquaDuct – the first water coaster on a cruise ship. For the adults in the family the best entertainment can be had at the Nighclub called Europa. If Europa wasn’t enough there are other adult only lounges such as – The Tube, La Piazza, O’Gills Pub and Ooh La La. There are high tech shows which are best in the industry.
Family Cruise # 5: Disney Dream
Disney Dream is exactly like Disney Fantasy and is known as the sister ship. If you want to enjoy a short-term (seven days) eastern or western Caribbean vacation with your family, this cruise is the best for you. This ship can accommodate 4000 passengers and has 1500+ crew members to cater to them – so you and your family and kids will feel very pampered. For entertainment there is live music, movie theatres, digital 3-D movie shows, fun-filled family deck parties etc. As for pools, there are three of them – one only for kids, one for whole families and one only for adults.
Family Cruise # 6: Crystal Serenity
If you have infants, juniors, teenagers, 40+ and also 60+ in your family and you want to record some good memories with family, this is your best bet. In fact, during summer holidays etc Luxury line Crystal Cruises’ marketing campaign suggests just this. This ship also has the highest space-to-guest ratio so your personal space on the sea will be intact. If you get a good all inclusive package deal, you may also get your kids under age 18 on the cruise for free. There is a Wimbledon court, a Neptune Pool, Crystal Saloon, Crystal Spa and a sunset bar. For the kids there is the Fantasia and for the teenagers there is the Waves center to spend time in.
Family Cruise # 7: Queen Mary 2
If you have really young kids, this is the cruise to choose because they provide real British nannies who can take care of your infants. Older kids get modern toys such as Xbox, play stations or the ever-popular planetarium (the first on the sea). Fancy balls are conducted at night, which help the families come together. True to its name, high tea is also conducted where all kids are expected to dress up. These cruises are almost always transatlantic.