Five Discount Cruises that Your Kids Will Love
By Chris Martin
You probably know that cruises are a great travel option for couples on a romantic getaway. You may also have gone on a cruise with a tour group, organization, or work colleagues. But what about families?
Do cruises lend themselves well to the traditional "family vacation experience?" Will your children have fun things to do for them instead of being dragged to adult-focused activities? And most importantly, will you be able to afford taking the whole family on a cruise?
Yes, yes, and yes!
Today's cruise vacations offer a wide variety of events, attractions, and activities. And given that so many of these fun things to do are included in the price of your stateroom, cruises offer a huge amount of value for your money.
Here are five ideas for discount cruises that are perfect for you and your kids:
The Bahamas are a popular choice for vacationers everywhere! And you can enjoy it on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Majesty of the Seas as you sail from Miami to CocoCay and back. Since it's only a three night-cruise, you can experience an unforgettable long weekend for less than the price of an average airfare.
Your kids will be able to enjoy breathtaking beaches will all the accompanying activities. Or they may want to try their hand at snorkeling, parasailing, or even piloting personal watercraft. If they get too much sun, they can retreat to the ship and play in the video gameroom or visit the children's play area or teen center.
If you have a week to spend on a ship, you may opt for a seven-night journey on Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Summit. This trip visits an astonishing six ports of call in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Kitts, Antigua, and St. Lucia. It's a chance for your kids to be exposed to several different places and cultures in a span of several days.
At any one of these ports, your children may be awed by the scenery, people, or shopping opportunities. They may choose to sign up for shore excursions like nature hikes, horseback riding, or off-road adventures. And at the end of a fun-filled day, your children may want to hang out in the ship's swimming pool or whirlpool, or maybe be entertained by an on board comedian, singer, or dance group.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn will whisk you from New York City all the way to King's Wharf, Bermuda on a seven-night getaway. This tropical destination may be ideal for your family vacation not only because of its natural beauty, but also for its isolated location. Since the ship spends a total of three days at sea, you can maximize your "family time" by choosing to focus on activities that you and your kids can enjoy together.
During the three days and two nights in Bermuda, you may wish to try your hand at scuba diving, explore the island on an eco-tour, or watch a presentation which showcases the culture of Bermuda and its people. While the ship is at sea, your family may wish to compete in some of the deck sports offered (like shuffleboard, basketball, or a golf driving range); join the ship's staff for some of the many scheduled activities every day, or take in a movie at the on-board cinema.
For something a bit different than the traditional tropical cruise, you may want to book a trip to Alaska and experience the wonder and beauty of America's 49th state. Holland America's ms Amsterdam departs from Seattle and takes you to Glacier Bay, Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan in Alaska and finishes up in Victoria, Canada. All along the way, you're likely to see bald eagles, seals, whales, and maybe even a bear or two!
An Alaskan cruise features shore excursions that you may not find anywhere else. Your kids may want to board a whale-watching boat, hike along a glacier, rock climb up a real stone wall, or visit a dogsled camp. Back on the ship, they may wish to relax in an indoor pool or see a Vegas-style show in one of the vessel's clubs or lounges.
Western Costal Europe
If you want your children to see the world that exists in a different hemisphere, why not do it in style? Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade departs from Barcelona, Spain on a whopping nine-day journey which stops in Casablanca and Aqadir, Morocco; Las Palmas, Canary Islands; Funchal, Portugal; and Malaga, Spain. This vacation blends several different cultures and landscapes into a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
This cruise has something to offer for practically anyone's tastes. Your children can enjoy the beaches of the Canary Islands, the majesty of Spain, and the unique timeless culture of Morocco. After an exciting day exploring a port of call, your kids can tell all their friends back home about their adventures from the vessel's Internet café or relax in the hot tub.
What makes these cruises an even better choice for a vacationing family is that all of their meals are included, as are many of the ship's onboard amenities and activities. So if you want to plan an affordable vacation that you're kids will actually look forward to, be sure to check out these or many other discount cruise packages!
Chris Martin is a freelance writer who writes about several topics including discount cruises
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