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It’s a popular misconception that a cruise holiday is something just for couples and singletons, but in the last decade the cruise ship experience has changed drastically, becoming a much more family-focused experience which can be enjoyed by the young and old.
Imaging the ocean spreading out far in front of you as you gently sail towards the heat of Hawaii… to your right you can see your children crying out in excitement as they hurtle down a water slide into the refreshing Olympic sized pool, and to your left you can see the waiter bringing your 3pm refreshment. Your husband is lost in conversation with a new friend at the bar as they plan that evening’s bowling competition, and your smallest child is safe having the time of his life at the expert-led children’s club, treasure-hunting in the sunshine.
Sounds like bliss, doesn’t it?
Cruises for families are becoming more and more popular, no longer a retirement vacation, and the facilities aboard a cruise liner are excessive and impressive.
You can still find the traditional miniature golf and climbing wall, but more modern family friendly activities have also come on board; cruise liners now host multi screen cinemas, ice skating rinks, bowling alleys and even luxurious casinos.
If you research the different cruises on offer you should be able to easily identify a holiday that offers the perfect entertainment for your entire family, including clubs to occupy your offspring no matter what their age. The staff working on the cruise liners typically work exceptionally hard to ensure the children are fully engaged and having a wonderful time, so they don’t cause too much chaos which could upset guests travelling without children.
So, why take a cruise vacation?
Cruises offer a fabulous opportunity to see a variety of destinations whilst travelling in style – they appeal to the traveller in everyone and the time you do spend on land gives a tantalising taster to a country or a city with.
Cruises are typically all inclusive – you can have everything paid for before you leave the harbour, so you can relax in your sun lounger knowing the children’s activities, your meals, accommodation and evening entertainment are all covered.
You only need to unpack once – the joy of cruising means you can to see lots of different places but return to the same bed each night, no need to keep putting your clothes back in your suitcase.
Finally, for those vacationing with children, a cruise takes the stress out of the travel – no more dreading the airport with toddlers or panicking about night flying; when you choose a cruise as your holiday, it starts the moment you step foot on board.
About the author: Jane Blackmore is an award winning blogger who also writes for various parenting sites and is editor of a national Parent Blogging Award site. In her spare time she loves to take her own three children (and husband) to see the world and sample as many different cultures as possible.