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Why you should go on a family cruise

Why You Should Go on a Family Cruising Holiday

Why you should go on a family cruise

Don’t think for a second that cruise holidays are just for couples and older travellers. While a cruising holiday is perfect for both these groups, cruises are in fact one of the best ways for families to enjoy a holiday. If you’ve never been on a cruise, or are apprehensive about taking your children on one, don’t worry, we’ve compiled a few good reasons why a cruise should be your next family holiday.

It takes care of the travelling

Seeing multiple destinations is wonderful, but the logistics of corralling little ones across countries and on multiple flights can be overwhelming. That’s why taking a cruise is so good; it lets someone else sort out the transport! A cruise holiday by definition takes you to different locations, and you get to relax by the pool or unwind in the cabin while they do it. It’s like waking up in a new all-inclusive resort every day!
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They are jam packed with activities for kids

Most cruises boast a wide array of kids’ clubs, children’s activities and even in-cabin babysitting services. There is sure to be a world of entertainment to excite and (tire out!) your little ones. From fun activities for the whole family, to ones just for the kids that let you enjoy a cocktail at the bar, there are endless possibilities for fun.

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It lets you see different parts of the world with ease

While the Caribbean is the region many of us think about when we picture a quintessential cruise, there are in fact lots of options available. Take a cruise in the Mediterranean, sail the Black Sea, discover the Baltic, or even venture to the Arctic – it’s up to you!

You only have to unpack once

Taking a cruise lets you get comfortable. Your cabin will be your home for the duration, so you don’t need to worry about packing and repacking when you visit each stop on your itinery. Beyond a small day-bag you can leave everything you need in your cabin.

You’ll never get bored

Going on holiday is great, but after a week in the same location it is natural to get a little restless. This isn’t the case on a cruise, thanks to the fact that you’ll only spend a day or two at each stop-off. This keeps things interesting, and if you fall in love with a destination, you can always come back!

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Cruising with the family: What entertainment can you expect?

Cruising with the family: What entertainment can you expect?

Cruising with the family: What entertainment can you expect?

Going on holiday with the family can be a mixed blessing at times. While it’s always great to have your nearest and dearest by your side, there are quite a few pitfalls to look out for. You want to make sure that the kids can have fun while you’re not bored witless. You want to ensure that everyone is safe and that there are enough things for you to do for the duration of your holiday.

Keeping everyone happy is usually the first thing on your mind when on a cruise, but how easy is it? Most cruises tend to be family-friendly nowadays, with bars and saunas for the adults and waterparks and arcade games for the kids. What you can expect to find on a cruise will vary from ship to ship, but some cruises have been tailored to families more than other passengers.

Cruising with the family: What entertainment can you expect?

On-board entertainment

Cruises from operators such as Disney are known to be the sort of thing families will love. What makes family-friendly cruises so alluring is that they tend to have such a long list of activities on board that it’s almost impossible for passengers to succumb to boredom, no matter how impatient they can get!

Usually, every cruise ship will at the very least have a swimming pool, if not two. There’s always a chance that there’ll be a waterpark complete with slides, diving boards and paddling pools for the toddlers. However, you do need to accompany any kids under the age of nine on some ships, but there are members of staff poolside to see that the kids are behaving themselves.

Nights in, nights out

On an evening, there’s usually an opportunity to see a spectacular stage show. Disney are one of a number of cruise lines providing such shows, putting plenty of work into them in order to keep adults and kids alike entertained. Also, some ships have on-board cinemas which show the latest Hollywood family blockbusters and a few timeless classics.

Away from the on-board theatres, there are places where you can sit to dinner as a family, ordering from a long and diverse menu which caters for all palates. Aside from that, you could play a few sports like tennis or crazy golf or spend some time in your cabin, kicking back with a DVD or watching what’s on TV.

Going onshore

To shake things up a little, it might be worthwhile going on a shore excursion. They usually take in sights such as major landmarks, beaches, islands and big cities like New York, London and Cairo. They can help to offer a change of pace if it’s needed, while they’re pretty safe too as you’re usually accompanied by a tour guide.

Cruising with the family: What entertainment can you expect?