Why do I enjoy a cruise? Rick and I love to get the most bang for our buck and cruises appeal to every age, from toddler to grandparents, from friends to family groups, across the generations. It’s just a fabulous way to spend time with the people you love. Here are the main reasons we love to cruise:
1. No cooking for the entire vacation!
For the same reason I loved Pine Cove family camp all of those years, I love to have a true vacation from my kitchen! I get so tired of trying to figure out what to cook each night, even though it’s just the two of us now! I tend to stick to a few of the same boring staple recipes and rarely venture out into new things. On cruise, you can leave all of that behind.
You aren’t at home anymore when you are on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean!
Give your taste buds permission to be a little adventurous. From breakfast to dinner, and every snack in between, you will dine on some of the best food you’ve ever tasted. Your kids even have the chance to try new things every day. New England Crab Cakes, Lobster Tail and Warm Chocolate Melting Cake…if this is the norm at your house, then maybe you aren’t as impressed. But if it’s not get ready for amazing meals on board your ship!
All of your food is included in the price of your cruise vacation. On most cruise lines, this even includes 24 hour room service. Many cruise ships also have specialty restaurants on board with cover charges, but still a great deal and fabulous food — perfect for a date night…..while the kids are entertained by the wonderful kids clubs that most ships have now!
So whether you want to dine on the lido deck by the pool, visit the dining room for a 3 to 5 course meal, stop in the pizzeria, sample some sushi, or grab a cone at the 24 hour ice cream machine, you are sure to find something to please everyone in your family.
2. The chance to visit new lands to explore and learn about other cultures.
Without having to pack and unpack for each destination on your trip…depending on the length of cruise you take, you could stop at anywhere from 1 – 5, or more ports!
This is such a great way for you & your whole family to see new places and experience the flavor of how other cultures live. Hear the music, watch them dance, do a little shopping, & taste the local food. From Alaska, to the Caribbean, to the Mediterranean, the Galapagos, Asia and more! you can get a wonderful introduction to places all over the globe!
While in port you have multiple options….you can explore the great shopping and local food right around the port…or book an excursion to really get a good glimpse into the local scene. We’ve taken a helicopter tour over the glaciers of Alaska, landing on them and walking around. We’ve taken a helicopter tour over the volcano in Hawaii to see the incredible lave from above. This summer when Rick & I vacation with dear friends, we’ve hired a private guide to take us through the best spots in Rome and another to drive us through the French Alps outside of Cannes, France to see the perfumery and medieval villages! When you’re in port just enjoy spending the day together getting a taste of the new culture you’re experiencing & then head back to the ship to clean up and enjoy the nighttime activities and dinner that are waiting for you!
3. Plenty of room for quality family time.
One thing some families really love is the fact that the kids and adults can have their own time, yet there are also tons of things to do together as a family. Of course options vary depending on the ship you are on, but here are some ideas:
Catch a movie at the outdoor movie theatre under the ocean stars.
Splash in one of many pools or slide on the biggest water slides at sea.
Check out top quality entertainment shows in the grand theatre in the evening.
Take a swirl around the ice rink, climb a rock wall, surf on a simulated wave, play a round of putt-putt golf
And new ships just keep adding to the list…..
Entertainment for the kids = relaxation for the adults. And you guessed it…it’s included in the price of your cruise. Most cruise lines have age-appropriate programs just for the kids, family amenities and exclusive areas onboard for adults only.
Our favorite cruise lines for families, along with their youth programs, are as follows (in no specific order of preference, just listed alphabetically):
Disney Cruise Line – In Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab kids ages 3 – 10 years choose their favorite ways to play in spaces designed just for them. (ie. Clubhouse series for kids under 5, In the Spotlight series for kids 8 and over, and Creat & Invent Series for all ages). It’s a Small World Nursery for babies 3 mos. to 3 years (*nominal fee for this age).
Norwegian Cruise Line – Splash Academy for Kids for ages 6 mos to 12 years (guppies 6 mos – 2years, turtles 3 – 5 years, seals 6 – 9 years, dolphins 10 -12 years). Entourage for Teens ages 13 – 17 years. Norwegian has partnered with Nickolodeon and features a one-of-kind, family-friendly experience exclusively onboard Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Breakaway.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Award-winning Adventure Ocean® and Teen Program, Fisher-Price® playgroups with appropriate activities in six age groups – Royal Babies® (6-18 months), Royal Tots® (18-36 months), Aquanauts (3 -5 years), Explorers (6 – 8 years), Voyagers (9 – 11 years) and Teen Centers for ages 12 -17 years. Royal Caribbean is exclusive partners with Crayola, Fisher-Price® , Barbie® and Dreamworks animation so character cruises are also available.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY…. You will make memories together as a couple or family that you will cherish for a lifetime!
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