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Beyond The Playground 

Back then all you had to do was take the kids to the park around the corner and they would entertain themselves on the swings, jungle gym or round-about. Perhaps, get a bit dirty in the sand box. No more.

 

What's a family to do? Why take the family on a cruise...naturally. Here you will find the Ultimate Kid - Friendly Family Cruise Guide, children's programs at sea, tips for cruising with kids, teenagers, grandchildren, toddlers and details on family cruise discounts.  We are so glad to have you exploring the world of Family Travel with us today. We want you to know we have live travel experts ready and waiting to share their experience and create your next family cruise vacation. Click around and explore, and we’ll do the rest!

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Top Ten Family Friendly Cruises

1. Disney Cruise Line:

    Magic All Around
2.
Royal Caribbean’s Adventure

    Ocean Program
3.
Carnival’s Caribbean
4.
Brilliance of the Seas:

    Mediterranean Medley
5.
Alaska Cruisetours
6.
San Diego to Mexico
7.
Holland America Line’s

    Caribbean
8.
Norwegian Dawn: Big Apple

    to Bermuda
9.
Costa’s Caribbean
10.
America’s Paradise:

      NCL’s Hawaii

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ALASKA

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EUROPE

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Disney Cruise Line

Few names coincide with "kids", "family" and "fun" the way "Disney" does. They offers activities for your toddlers, teens and ages in between

 

Holland America

Features the lovable mascot HAL the dolphin as caption of "Club HAL," a special club for kids, "tweens" and teens.

 

Carnival Cruise Line

At Carnival, fun is a family affair. They don't just allow kids. They love kids. Every "Fun Ship®" has a terrific supervised program just for children. They call it Camp Carnival where your kids will have the time of their lives

 

Norwegian Cruise Line

Features a complimentary Kids Crew Package that offers appropriate activities for each of four age groups.

 

Celebrity Cruises

There's so much for your children to do in the Celebrity X-Club that keeps them engaged and having a great time in an environment designed just for them.

 

Royal Caribbean

Combines learning and fun on cruises with "Edu-tainment" (educational entertainment) through its "Adventure Ocean Youth Program."

 

Princess Cruises

Comprehensive Love Boat Kids program makes child's play of family travel.

 

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Today, cruise lines have made it easy - and affordable - for families to vacation at sea. There are itineraries geared to any family's schedule, from short cruises of three to five days (perfect for weekend getaways) to week-long and longer voyages.

Year-round, you and your family are invited to embark on an unforgettable cruise adventure. Discover for yourself the vast array of comforts, outstanding service and timeless beauty of cruise ships that capture the hearts and imaginations of everyone who steps on board.

Cruises are your best travel value! Save $1,000 or more compared to a land vacation!

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Toddlers, Teens and All Ages In Between

Generally speaking, activities are designed with specific age groups in mind, and are fun and educational. Don't be surprised to see kids engrossed in a variety of cool pursuits, from learning to play the ukulele and dance the hula to getting the basics of computer programming.

It's all part of the fun, like the puppet workshops, talent shows, scavenger hunts, stargazing and pool games, and the poolside "coketail," pizza and ice cream parties. These reduced fares, plus the fact that all food, transportation and activities are included in the cost of a cruise, makes a cruise one of the best vacation values for budget-conscious families.

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Cruise Tips: Best Cruise Ships For The Family Vacation

Choosing the best cruise for your family is a lot more complicated these days than it used to be. Key factors to evaluate are ages (some ships are better for infants than others, and ditto for teens) and itineraries (Alaska and Caribbean are super destinations that tend to be kid-friendly). Add to the mix the fact that not all cruise lines' ships are identical -- and some are better than others in terms of onboard accouterments (we tend to recommend cruise lines' newer ships because these vessels' kid facilities were designed for families, not just adapted).

Check out your favorite family options -- keeping in mind that while these are their favorite choices, by no means do we mean to imply that unmentioned cruise lines (and ships) won't offer your family an excellent vacation.

Disney's Disney Magic and Disney Wonder
You have to start with Disney because it (naturally) revolutionized family cruising when it launched Disney Magic in 1998. That's because the Disney fleet has the most imaginative play space afloat, with plenty of activities for kids from 6 weeks old to 17 years of age. Parents stay connected to their child with a standard issue Motorola Text Pager for messages and reminders about their child's schedule including pick-up times. An entire deck is dedicated to two large playrooms, where kids can dress up in Disney costumes and climb on playground equipment. The Flounder's Reef Nursery is the largest baby center at sea geared for children aged 6 weeks to 3 years, loaded with toys, cribs, swings and everything else baby needs for a fun time at sea. A limited number of infants are accepted each cruise, so get there early to reserve a space; there's an additional charge. There is a teens-only coffeehouse and disco, and even parents get some time alone in adult-only venues, ranging from a dedicated pool area to a fabulous spa to the romantic Palo's restaurant. The major differences between the two ships are more than cosmetic -- Disney Magic sails seven-night alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises (and next summer will spend a few months in the Mexican Riviera), while Disney Wonder handles the three- and four-day itineraries.

Royal Caribbean's

Voyager of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas Voyager, Adventure, Explorer, Navigator and Mariner of the Seas --

Royal Caribbean's biggest ships to date -- are fantastic for kids of all ages, but particularly for older children (10-plus). That's because they're equipped with fantastic recreational features, including an ice rink, rock-climbing wall, miniature golf, and roller-blading. Adventure Ocean offers supervised programs for ages 3 - 17 divided into four groups -- and the facilities are super and state of the art. Teens have their own disco, DJ booth and soda bar. Plus there's miniature golf, a full basketball court, ice-skating rink, rock-climbing wall and in-line skating. Another major plus? Johnny Rocket's, a fun national chain of hamburger eateries, has restaurants onboard Voyager-class ships -- they're big kid-pleasers.

Crystal's Cruises Symphony and Harmony
Crystal is really marketing itself to the multi-generational family traveler, offering top-notch kids programs (facilities have been revamped and upgraded on both ships) -- particularly on sailings in destinations like Alaska and generally during school holiday seasons. As a result, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Harmony are great choices for grandparents, parents and kids all traveling together. The cruise line's Junior Activities Program divides kids into three categories (3 - 7, 8 - 12, and 13 - 17). Ships offer a teen's video arcade beyond the usual kid-oriented facilities.

Carnival Cruise Line's Spirit, Pride, Legend and Miracle
Carnival's Spirit-class ships (Carnival Spirit, Carnival Pride, Carnival Legend and Carnival Miracle) introduce some crowd-pleasing firsts for Carnival. Camp Carnival is centered on a 2,400-square ft. enclosed play area on Deck 5, away from adult activities. The Fun House is headquarters to a supervised program, divided by age groups, offering children's activities for kids aged 2 - 15. Three areas are connected by tunnels: one area for crafts, a second one for computer games and a third for games; there's also a video wall for movies and cartoons. One deck below is an arcade with both virtual-reality and video games. An outdoor play area offers mini-basketball, jungle gyms and other playground equipment. A children's wading pool and a corkscrew water slide are also available for fun at sea. Carnival offers a Fountain Fun card, good for unlimited soft drinks during a one-week voyage for $19.95. Baby-sitting for children ages 2 and older from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. at the Fun House ($5 per hour for the first child, $3 for each additional child in the same family). We love these ships' Supper Clubs; Carnival's first "alternative" restaurant, they're great for a "mom and dad" night out.

Princess Cruises' Golden Princess, Grand Princess, Star Princess, and Caribbean Princess
Sisters Golden, Grand, Star and Caribbean Princess are big, and filled with appealing public spaces -- including graceful three-story open decks with colorful mosaic-tiled pools and whirlpools. Their charm and abundant activity programs keep these ships a cut above the mass-market competition. These elegant ships offer many activities for kids from ages 3 - 16. Younger children keep busy in the Fun Zone, a cheerful two-deck play area with games, arts and crafts, and a splash pool, while teens enjoy a mini-golf course, a private disco and separate area for sunbathing -- plus a pizzeria and an ice cream shop. Princess' "Adventures Ashore" tour program offers a wide range of excursions appealing to families, with special rates for children 12 and under. Caribbean Princess has a unique-to-cruising feature that's worth booking this ship alone -- Movies Under the Stars, a drive-in style outdoor film area. Entertainment staffers put on family matinees during the afternoon.

Carnival Cruise Line's  Conquest, Victory, Glory and Carnival Valor
Conquest-class ships Carnival Conquest, Carnival Victory, Carnival Glory and Carnival Valor -- Carnival's biggest -- attract the most families, with a large variety of entertainment and dining options, spacious and comfortable cabins, friendly and professional service, and an exceptional value for the dollar. The Camp Carnival program includes an outdoor area with a kid pool and playhouse for younger children, plus Children's World featuring arts and crafts, an activity wall and a bank of educational computer games. Teens enjoy 214-foot water slides, 24-hour pizzerias and video arcades and their own Internet stations in a coffeehouse environment.

Celebrity Cruises' Millennium, Infinity, Summit and Constellation
Millennium, Infinity, Summit and Constellation, Celebrity's "newest models," have garnered rave reviews from Cruise Critic's readers. Constellation's Fun Factory program is divided into four categories: Shipmates (3 - 6), Cadets (7 - 9), Ensigns (10 - 12) and Admiral T's (13 - 17). Activities for the first three are slated for mornings and afternoons (on port days too) and break for mealtimes (though some feature special kid-only meals). Teens have their own "space" called The Tower.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Dawn
This line's "Freestyle Cruising" program offers families an unregimented voyage with a good price tag. Sun and Dawn offer a kids' buffet is a highlight where wee ones can serve themselves and sit at child-size tables and chairs. There are numerous activities for kids ages 3 - 17, including a playroom, movie theater, jungle gym, computer area, painting area, and Water World -- with slides, a toddler-size slide and a wading pool stocked with kid-size lounge chairs. The Teen Club has a disco strictly for teenagers, a cinema and Video Zone with 25 video games.

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Go With Your Grandkids On A Cruise

Increasingly, grandparents are vacationing with their grandchildren who may live in other parts of the country because of parents' jobs or split families. Or just because it's ideal for cementing their relationship without the parents around.

"Because grandparents tend to retire younger these days," says Vicki Freed, chairperson of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' senior vice president sales and marketing, "they want to spend quality time with their grandkids. And a cruise vacation offers more variety and things to do for both grandparents and children than on a land-based vacation."

She cites the varied children's programs found onboard -"children are usually happier in children's programs"- and the opportunities for generations to come together at dinner and other times that they wish, such as playing around the pool or touring ashore.

"On a land-based vacation," she adds, "grandparents might be exhausted by a hot theme park, or little ones may not find enough to do at gambling-based resorts. Here, everyone finds appealing activities."

The kids' programs are sure to help youngsters find their newest best friend, making a cruise vacation zoom to the top of the list.

And, as all-inclusive trips, cruises provide an easy and often economical way to vacation. Cruise rates include accommodations, food and entertainment, and sometimes day camp programs and air transportation. More and more have inaugurated some form of day camp, which grands may choose so they don't get worn out entertaining the little ones or have to forego their afternoon naps.

Remember special precautions, such as bringing the child's medications, books and games. You should also have a letter signed by the parents authorizing any necessary medical attention and - in the case of divorced families - a notarized letter by the custodial parent granting permission for the child to travel with you (need we mention the possibility of other parent-kidnapping?).

Of course, it's OK for grandmoms and granddads to indulge the kids more than the parents do, but they shouldn't overstep important food allergy rules or stretch bedtimes by too much

Family Reunions More Popular Than Ever, Says Survey
Popular Family Reunion Destinations Include Cruises, Caribbean, Resorts, Florida and Mexico

A recent survey sponsored by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and Vacation.com found that families from all over the world are showing increased interest in catching up with loved ones and creating new family memories at family reunions—and doing so in some exotic locales. Of the 400-plus ASTA and Vacation.com travel agents polled, two thirds (66.9 percent) reported booking travel accommodations for family reunions within the past year. And almost as many (64.5 percent) reported an increase in requests to book family reunion trips over the past five years. Some responding travel agents noted that another reason for the increased popularity of family reunions is the increased interest among young people in their family roots and genealogy.

 

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Ultimate Family Cruise Guide, children's programs at sea, tips for cruising with kids, teenagers, grandchildren, toddlers and details on family cruise discounts 

 

Fun For Everyone: On the ship or in port, everybody finds something to do that they enjoy.

Hassle-Free: Unpack once and you're done, no flying from port to port.

Great Value: Compared to resort hotels and land-based tours, the price is right!

Family Time Together:  Quality time together throughout the day with activities that can be shared and suitable for the whole family.

A Safe Place: Kids have the freedom to roam and explore the ship. Mom and Dad can even keep tabs on the kids with personal communication devices.


 

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