Best of Both Worlds – Given incredible shipboard choices for dining, entertainment and activities, its easy for family to bond over their shared group adventures. Yet, cruises also offer “me time” for individuals to indulge their personal passions. Mom can enjoy a relaxing massage in the ship’s spa, a child can “play pirate” in a children’s club, grandma can watch an onboard cooking class, teens can play the latest video games, and dad and grandpa can watch their favorite team in a “live” game on TV screens at a sports lounge. Collectively, the family could challenge each other with rock wall climbing, pool games, miniature golf or laser tag. Ashore, families might choose zip lining in the Caribbean or maybe, pizza-making in Italy. At night, the family can catch a show or a movie with popcorn under the stars.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and their Innovative New Ships – So many amenities on their vessels that feature cutting-edge technology, wellness and fitness programs, high-quality entertainment, a fabulous array of culinary options and innovative experiences around every corner. Where else might adult siblings sip cocktails created by a robotic mixologist? How about a balcony stateroom open to the sky yet still “inside” and overlooking a grand park or boardwalk area with a carousel? Amazing observation spots, would-class artwork or the world’s tallest slide, perhaps? The list of incredible features for the newer ships go on and on.
Speaking of cuisine!!! - Not all family members have similar taste buds, so fortunately ships serve up savory dining choices to delight even the pickiest eaters. Diversity rules, so families might order Asian one night, Italian favorites or steak the next. Families can dine as a group or opt for individual dining experiences on select nights. For example, adult siblings might order freshly shucked oysters at a raw bar prior to their ”fresh catch” lobster dinner at a specialty seafood restaurant, while grandparents host the grandkids at a casual buffet or a Mexican eatery. After dinner, family members can satisfy their sweet tooth at the onboard candy store or soft-serve ice cream station.
High-Quality Entertainment – Cruisers can step out for the evening to attend a Tony Award-winning musical in the grand, multi-level theater that boasts a high-tech sound system and entertainment rivaling London’s West End or New York’s Broadway. And on a ship, that theater is just steps from accommodations and dining. Robust high-quality entertainment also could include virtual reality adventures, glow-in-the-dark laser tag, comedy shows, musical combos, magicians, aqua performances, skating shows, aerialists and more! Families can eve participate in an “escape room” type experience.
Easy Does It – Once families board, a cruise makes visiting multiple destinations or countries a breeze. Families wont spend multiple days traipsing through airports or spending hours on a train or motor coach with kids in tow. Since their accommodations float along with them, the family can sleep well, wake up refreshed in new destinations, eat breakfast and head out for fun adventures. Best of all, families aren’t continually packing and unpacking.
Luxurious Family-friendly digs – Cruise ships offer diverse, upscale accommodations, perfect for family groups. Parents who don’t wish their young children to access exterior balconies often book inside or oceanview staterooms. Balcony staterooms are prized by those who love to relax outside in their own private space and pop out to spot marine life or iconic sites. Connecting accommodations allow families to spread out, plus some staterooms offer pull-out couches. Luxurious suites make a good “family base” for pre-dinner gatherings, movie nights or family dinners. One new ship’s two-level family suite has a living room, separate bedroom areas for patents and children, multiple bathrooms, a combination dining/foosball table, entertainment area with a big-screen TV and video games, a large terrace and not just stairs, but also a fun slide.
Desirable Destinations – On a Caribbean cruise, families can explore multiple islands, delve into local cultures, view tropical scenery, go snorkeling, hiking or zip lining, explore via an off-road, 4-by-4 vehicle, check out local markets and much more. If the cruise line has a private island. Adults fan settle into comfortable beach loungers while their kids build a sand castle. The entire family can get close to marine life via touch pools or try such new adventures as the world’s largest wave pool. Luxury cruisers can rent private cabanas.
Customizing the Experience – Ships certainly offer a myriad of choices to stay and play, and offer spaces for hosting a family group’s welcome reception or birthday/anniversary celebration. Shore excursion staffers or the concierge can arrange private tours and personalized experiences, such as flight-seeing, dining with a local family in their home or exploring family heritage sites.
I Love My Kids BUTTT… - Even on a family cruise, parents deserve a break – time for themselves individually and as a couple. That’s possible thanks to supervised children’s clubs and teen facilities staffed with skilled, vetted counselors. Ships also may offer on board babysitting services, evening children’s dining/programs, shore trips for teens or baby/toddler nursery care. So, parents can trip the light fantastic with a romantic dinner, a show and dancing until the wee hours at a nightclub, or simply luxuriate with a couple’s spa treatment or spend a morning ashore.
Adventures GALORE from Many U S Ports – Adult siblings, spouses and their parents, often experienced travelers, may desire a European or Alaska cruise, or even an exotic cruise in Asia. In contrast, families with young children often desire a Mexico or Caribbean cruise, and to drive to embarkation port. Fortunately, families can choose from may itineraries and U S home ports including Baltimore, Tampa, Port Canaveral, New York, Seattle, Miami, Los Angeles or New Orleans, among others. Whatever you choose, a family that sails on a pampering cruise chocked full of amazing adventures will find it’s a memory-making trip to last a lifetime.Call us to make your Cruise an Adventure of a lifetime. Whether with family, couple, Destination Wedding, or just a short get away!!!