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Take Your Family on a Cruise

Updated on October 19, 2010

Tired of the amount of work involved in vacationing? Want a relaxing getaway without the hassle of deciding on and planning your meals and entertainment? If so, a family cruise may be the perfect vacation for you and your family.

Once you board the ship, everything is taken care of for you—your meals are cooked, your transportation is arranged, and your entertainment appears before you without any effort from you. You can stretch out on a deck chair and spend stress-free time with your family, unfettered by having to plan and arrange the next step. Each member of your family can choose a different dining option without having to search for different restaurants, and can enjoy many different activities, all located in the same place.

Family-Friendly Cruise Lines

Recognizing the value of family cruises, many cruise lines offer family cruise packages designed to meet your family’s needs. Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, and Disney Cruise Line are among the most popular. Carnival offers “fun ships” that come with a busy schedule of entertainment options for your family. Celebrity Cruise Lines provide spa and fitness and youth programming, and a Disney cruise brings broadway-style shows and character interactions that your kids will love.

Family Cruise Packages

Many agencies offer family cruise packages that include air transportation to and from your port destination, hotel accommodations before departure and after arrival, and land or port tours. These packages make it easy and affordable to plan your entire family vacation, and allow you to budget all your transportation, lodging, meals, and entertainment ahead of time. Many travel agencies offer themed cruise packages, from wedding or honeymoon cruises to destination-themed packages based on the ports you may wish to disembark in. Guided tours, snorkeling, and fishing are just some of the activities you can enjoy on shore as part of your family cruise package.

What Cruise is Best For Us?

There are many factors to consider when trying to decide what cruise is best for your family. What geographic destination would you like to visit? Would you enjoy formal dining and entertainment, or would you like something more casual and kid-friendly? How long would you like your cruise to last? Cruises can be anywhere from 3-5 days to several months. Start with Cruise Reviews Online to read family cruise reviews to factor into your decision. Whatever cruise you choose, you can feel confident that your family will have lots of time to relax together, and will enjoy the many advantages a cruise has to offer.

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    Melody Lagrimas 

    9 years ago from Philippines

    Oh, wish our family could afford it...great hub, thanks. Please visit my hubs too.

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