Family Cruise Vacations

Written by Anmy Leuthold
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Family cruise vacations are all about enjoying the freedom to enjoy life, without having to stress about details like lodging and dining arrangements. Today's cruise vacations are truly ideal for the family, because there is an abundance of time to meet together to discuss the day's activities and adventures, and there's something to satisfy every generation. Mom might be reading a book by the pool or relaxing in the spa, while grandma may be at a ballroom dance class or cooking demonstration. Junior may be with a group of kids he just met in the youth program, participating in a scavenger hunt, and Dad could be a watching a movie, playing a game of basketball, or even spending much needed alone time with Mom.

The highest priority today should be spending quality time with your family. Unfortunately, the family of 2004 typically does not have the luxury of spending great amounts of time together, due to today's fast-paced lifestyle and demanding jobs. The cruise industry has recognized this misfortune and has created an environment conducive to quality bonding family time, with their unlimited activities and adventures. They also have modified their prices to today's marketplace by providing family friendly vacations to meet every budget. Bringing with them children of all ages, the majority of family travelers are between the ages of 30 and 49. The market for family cruise vacations will continue to thrive, as children become the focus of the family again.

The Perks of Family Cruise Vacations

Today, more than any other group, families are discovering the pleasures of an all-inclusive cruise vacation. According to CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), last year alone, approximately seven million people cruised and nearly one million of those people were children. The appeal of cruising is its care-free mentality. You can relax by the pool, go on numerous cruise shore excursions, explore many foreign ports of call in comfort, and never have to hear the kids ask "Are we there yet?", because there are infinite activities on board that will keep your kids busy, until it's time to go to bed. Cruising is the most all encompassing floating resort vacation. Lodging, meals, transportation, entertainment, and programs for every age group are included in one affordable price that is you know before your journey.

Ultimately, all inclusive cruises offer all the components of the ideal vacation, and features something for the entire family. But do some research. Not every cruise is for every family. Gather up as much knowledge as you can about different ships and cruise lines through websites, virtual tours, press releases, and cruise reviews. Take a look at what cruise lines are offering to further develop and improve your family cruise vacations. Particularly examine the activities to keep the kiddies occupied aboard each ship. After all, if the young ones are busy, Mom's happy; if Mom's calm, Mom's happy; if Mom's happy, Dad's ecstatic; if Mom's happy, the kids are happy ...

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