Week after week your days are filled with work and school days. Family
time is limited to being together for dinner, if that, and the calendar never
seems to stop being filled up with some sort of “must-do” activity. Are you tired of this typical routine,
shuttling the kids around to this activity and the next, all while you yourself
are off to this club or board meeting, volunteer activities and so much
more? You want a vacation, but the
thought of a “family destination” that will only keep you in long boring lines
of cranky tourists, waiting to board a 3 minute-or-less attraction only makes
you cringe. Then it’s time to make a change in your vacation thinking.
Why not make the whole family happy, from the kids to the grandparents?
It’s time to look at cruising – not only is it the best vacation value around,
but everyone in the family has a great time. Cruise lines know that kids need
to be occupied, and they also know that parents need a break. So how can one
vacation accomplish both needs?
The new megaships are built for families in mind. Parents can sit by
the pool while their kids are enjoying the water slides and fun activities, and
the best part is there is no extra charge for the fun. If your kids are more adventurous, why not check out the many other activities
available onboard. How about rock climbing, surfing, zip lining, basketball,
putt-putt golf, bungee jumping, ice skating, game rooms, bowling and more! Yes,
you can do all these activities on a ship!
But wait, there’s more! Are you looking for a few hours to chill by the
pool, get a massage or simply want to take a spin class? While you do that,
your children will be occupied with learning and enriching activities. There is
a program for children of all ages. Examples of some of the fun in store at the
kids’ camps include:
- Toddlers (ages 2-5)
– splash pool, fun family games, cartoon time, toys, learn your colors,
counting games, sponge painting, indoor beach parties, pizza pig out,
drawing contests, sing-alongs, bingo, face painting, arts and crafts,
- Juniors (ages 6-8)
– talent show, face painting, cartoon time, indoor fair, sea animals,
trivia, ice cream sundaes, cookie decorating, button making, puppet show,
beach party, outdoor fun and games
- Intermediate (ages
9-12) – t-shirt painting, photography, jewelry making, board games,
dance class, video game tournament, ping pong, talent show, volleyball,
show time, scavenger hunts, meet the entertainers back stage, breakfast
- Teens (ages 13-15)
– ping pong, pool party, teen dance, dance class, talent show, pizza
party, indoor beach party, skin care and hair-dressing demonstration,
There are plenty of cruise lines that provide the right experiences and
environment where the kids are more than welcome aboard, with exciting
destinations in 3, 4, 5, 7 night or more itineraries. Just to name a few, check
out Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian and of course Disney to see all of
the great family-friendly activities.
Cruising is not just for adults anymore – it’s the vacation where
EVERYONE gets to have fun.