|Disembarking the Carnival Magic at port.|
If you’ve never been on a cruise you might envision a ship full of gray heads lounging by the pool in overstuffed bathing suits and overindulging in ever-available food and drink the rest of the time. And you’d be very wrong!Cruising has become a vacation of choice for families and multi-generational gatherings. As we near the summer travel season, there are many reasons you should consider sailing the seas for a family getaway.
|Get a little daring on the ropes course!|
Book once and done: A cruise ship is the ultimate all-inclusive vacation spot. Once you’re on the ship there’s no more schlepping luggage onto planes or taxis or checking into multiple hotels when driving on the road. You have control over any extra expenses, too.
|Miniature golf is a favorite activity for all ages.|
Try something new onshore: One of the best things about cruising is that the ship stops at a variety of ports, and each features a plethora of excursions to help you explore and discover the uniqueness and beauty of each place. Think of all the memories you’ll make while kayaking, zip lining, snorkeling, or just strolling the streets of an exotic tropical island or historic city. These one-day stops provide glimpses of destinations that you might want to come back and visit again.
|Exploring a cave in Belize.|
Together or not--your choice: Adjacent cabins and family-friendly rooms and suites are convenient—keeping everyone together while allowing for some separation, if needed. More cruise lines are catering to families, so cabins sleep more people and there’s more bathroom space. Onboard you won’t have to worry about getting lost or separated as you’re all on the same ship. Because some of the new mega-ships can carry 5,000 passengers, you might need to set up occasional meeting places. Smaller ships may be able to custom-tailor excursions for your family.
|Water slides attract young and old--who doesn't like zooming|
through a water-filled tube?
|Learn about Mayan ruins and other cultural attractions on a|
Western Caribbean cruise.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier