Cruising with Family and Friends
If you’re looking for a great vacation option for you and your extended family, or for a fun setting for your next reunion with your college pals, a cruise may be the answer. "Family and friends” cruises are the most popular type of "niche” cruise booked by the experts at Cruise Holidays, according to the travel company's recent Cruise Trends survey.
Why is a cruise ideal for groups of family members and friends? It offers all the things you love about a gathering – shared meals, games to play, entertainment for all – with a minimum of effort on your part. On a cruise, each meal is expertly prepared by the galley crew; your accommodations are cleaned and refreshed for you each day by a dedicated housekeeping staff; and, entertainment ranging from crazy poolside contests to Broadway-caliber stage shows is arranged by the social staff. All you need to do is get on board and enjoy.
If you’re traveling with a multi-generational family group, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert can tell you about the newest family-friendly cruise ships. For example, through a partnership with DreamWorks’ Animation SKG, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas will have your family interacting with characters from animated movies such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. Royal Caribbean is known for other family-pleasing features, too, such as rock climbing walls and ice-skating rinks.
Disney is another cruise line that caters to families, from its stateroom designs to its shore excursions. The new Disney Dream also features the first on-board water coaster at sea. Family members of all ages will scream with delight as the 765-foot-high AquaDuck sends them through a clear acrylic tube that swings out over the water.
If you’re traveling with a group of friends of the same generation, ask your personal cruise expert for information about ships that have a more adult sensibility. Premium cruise lines such as Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line tend to appeal to more adult tastes. You’ll certainly find families with children on these ships, too, but they are likely to be a smaller percentage of passengers. You’ll also find a lower ratio of children to adults if you book your cruise outside of the school holidays.
To find out more about family and friend cruises – including how to select an itinerary, reserve shore excursions and possibly qualify for some discounts – talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.