Family Cruise Deals: Fun For All Ages
Cruises are a great option for holidaying with the whole family. The convenience and simplicity of a cruise ship, along with the endless entertainment options for all ages, makes an easy family break. Kids will love cruising! It is also a cost-effective option, with all meals and most activities included in the cruise fare.
For Mum and Dad
For parents, family cruise holidays have distinct advantages. Unlike a holiday home or motorhome trip, there are no dishes to do and no cooking required. Everything is put on- even organised activities for the children. Almost every cruise line has children's programs and babysitting available, so parents can enjoy a bit of time alone. Pools, quizzes and facilities like mini golf, sports courts, rock climbing and even ice rinks on the bigger ships offer many fun things for families to do together as well. Of course, the port stops make for great opportunities to explore a new place all together! Dining together is made easy as everyone can eat what they want, with a kids menu for the littlies generally available.
For the Little Ones
What can the kids look forward to? Plenty- on P&O Australia there are four age-specific Kids' Clubs which cater to ages three to seventeen. Other lines have similar programs, with activities catering to all ages. On different lines, these range from dance parties, makeovers and video games for the teens to crafts, science experiments, talent shows and movies for the younger children. Kids programs also make use of the ship's facilities- these vary from ship to ship of course, from a simple pool to surf simulators and carousels aboard the world's largest cruise ships.
Another great part of family cruises are the various cabin configurations. Most lines offer triple or quadruple-occupancy family cabins, as well as interconnecting cabins for larger groups. Families booking cruises should check first that there is space available in the kids programs, and that there is one. Some lines are geared entirely towards older cruisers, such as some of the boutique luxury cruise lines, although these may run child-friendly cruises in the school holidays.