If you have never considered booking a cruise for your family holiday, then now is the time to start. With cruise deals making this type of holiday affordable, and ships becoming floating holiday resorts, your children will be over the moon if you choose to book a cruise.
Fun, fun and a bit more fun. There is much more to a cruise ship than simply getting you from one destination to another. Even small cruise ships have entertainment for both adults and children of all ages. The larger ships also often have swimming pools and water slides, arcades, casinos, children’s clubs and play areas. Most ships will also have a choice of places to eat and live entertainment. There really is no reason for anyone to get bored.
What you can expect when you are on land
Choosing your cruise itinerary is important because although the ship will be fantastic, you will also spend a fair amount of time on land. You can usually choose whether you would like to explore the countries you stop over in by yourself, in which it's helpful to research beforehand what things there are to see and do when your ships docks for the day.
Alternatively, you can book excursions when you book your cruise. These excursions will be designed with cruising holiday makers in mind and so will fit in with the schedule of your ship, and enable you to make the most of the time you are in port.
Why are cruises great for families?
Cruises used to be seen as the type of holiday that only the rich and famous would go on, but now they are very much aimed at families. And this is for three main reasons:
Toddlers go free
Many companies offer cruise deals such as free places to anyone under the age of two. So if you have one, or more kids under the age of two, a cruise could work out as a very cheap holiday for you all.
Lots included in the price
Taking children on holiday can be stressful if there's not enough activities to keep them occupied, or you're paying through the nose for things to see, do and buy to keep them happy during long days. When you book a cruise, a lot of the entertainment, activities and food and drink are included in the price you pay. This means when you are on board the ship your kids can do a lot without you having to find more money.
Every cruise is an adventure
Going on a cruise is not like a regular holiday. You get to explore a different country every time the ship docks and there are often cruises that visit islands owned by cruise companies that you would never get to see otherwise. For children (and most adults) the excitement of the onboard lifestyle, and then regularly arriving somewhere new never gets old.
A cruise will definitely live up to your expectations. If you want excitement, a touch of luxury and adventure, then all you need to decide on is which countries you want to visit so you can start building your perfect itinerary.
Have you ever been on a cruise or is it something on your bucket list of things to do?
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