by Jonathan Hermann

Set Sail for the Ideal Family Vacation

Kids, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and every cousin in between. You want to bring the entire crew along on vacation to forge stronger connections and make new memories, but how do you find activities that keep everyone engaged and full of vacation cheer? Easy — you board a cruise ship.

Cruise ships are uniquely designed and carefully curated to provide a diverse range of activities. Those who wish to make friends and learn onboard can mix and mingle during a wine tasting, dance lesson or cooking class. Those seeking relaxation can visit the spa, soak in the whirlpool or watch a movie under the stars. And those who seek an adrenaline rush have their pick of zip lines, rock-climbing walls and waterslides.

Of course, any of these activities can be enjoyed as a group by young and old alike; there is no age limit to fun onboard a cruise ship. Here are a few more things your crew will love about a cruise vacation.

Enjoy jaw-dropping entertainment every night


Your tickets are ready — and included in the fare — for a wide range of daily entertainment options. From full-scale Broadway shows, diving extravaganzas and aerial performances to piano bars, live bands and DJs, and even comedians — you’ll find the perfect venue to sit back, relax and enjoy the show. And that’s before you end the night at the ice bar, singing karaoke or watching a robot bartender mix your Manhattan.

Every meal is an adventure on board


Sure, it’s easy to find a show everyone will love, but what about a restaurant? Cruises are all about variety when it comes to food, so everyone in your crew, even the vegan and gluten-free eaters, will have a dozen onboard choices. Take your pick: sushi, Mexican, brewpubs, pizza joints, steakhouses, French, hot dog stands or room service on the balcony while you watch the sunset over the ocean.

Relax in the spa while the kids enjoy supervised activities


That’s all well and good, you might think, but what about “me time” away from the kids? Cruise lines have your back — literally, when it comes to a hot-stone massage — helping you carve out wondrous moments alone or romantic dinners for two while the children enjoy supervised kids clubs, teens-only spaces, video game rooms and some of the most spine-tingling water parks in the world.

Take your kids to iconic sights, like the Colosseum in Rome


Each day your ship docks at a new, exciting destination filled with ancient history, exotic cultures, delightful flavors and unforgettable escapades. You can stick together as a family at these destinations or split off to embark on unique adventures.

For example, when docked at Cozumel, Mexico, during your Western Caribbean cruise, options abound on this island paradise. Your family could hop onboard a submarine to see coral reefs, sharks and shipwrecks; swim in the sacred waters of deep, water-filled sinkholes called cenotes; discover how the Maya made chocolate; or take a flightseeing tour over the ruins of Chichén Itzá.

Or maybe you’re plying the fabled waters of the Mediterranean, and your luxury cruise ship pulls into Civitavecchia near Rome. Your day here could include a hands-on, gladiator-themed fighting lesson at the Colosseum; al fresco dining done right near The Spanish Steps; a private tour of the Vatican; olive oil tasting in the Italian countryside; or even a rafting expedition down the historic Tiber River.

Onboard and on land, a cruise vacation simply works for everyone in your family. Our agency can help guide you to the ideal cruise line and itinerary, helping your crew cross off multiple bucket list destinations in one exciting vacation.

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