Most people wouldn’t even consider taking their family on a cruise vacation. In the past, cruises were usually enjoyed by an older crowd. While there are still plenty of retirees that cruise, these days more and more families are setting sail.
My family has been to Italy, France, Germany, and all over United States — including Disney World more times than we can count — but some of our favorite trips have been on the high seas. It’s certainly not the cheapest form of traveling, but for us a cruise is much more appealing than heading to somewhere like Myrtle Beach or Daytona.
There are many reasons why we keep heading back and why your family should consider a cruise vacation the next time you travel.
1. You check into ONE hotel. A cruise ship is essentially a giant floating hotel that goes from place to place. There is no packing and unpacking every time you want to go somewhere.
2. You go to sleep in one place and wake up somewhere different. I know that when I am on vacation I want to see different things, but I don’t want to have to drive to get there. On a boat, one day ends in Puerto Rico and the next day begins in St. Thomas… and someone else took you there.
3. Kids have plenty to do. My fear when I first started going on cruises was that I wouldn’t be able to entertain my kids enough. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Cruises such Disney Cruise Lines make sure that the kids are more than occupied so you don’t have to worry that they are getting cabin fever.
4. Adults have plenty to do. With the kids off in kids’ club having fun, it’s time for the adults to have fun, too. Boats are filled with bars, restaurants, night clubs, stage performances, so it’s really hard not to find something fun to do. It sure beats heading back to your hotel room with the kids at 8:30 and turning in for the night.
5. Food. Food is always the big joke when it comes to cruises. Yes, you have the ability to eat 24 hours a day, and yes, there is a lot of unhealthy food, but for the most part the food will end up being some of the finest that you will ever eat. I could stuff my face with all kinds of food, but it’s funny, I find myself eating healthier on a cruise than when I’m at home. Another reason why food is so important is that it’s included in the price of the cruise. If you were on a land vacation and you had to find places for your family to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the costs add up. With a cruise you don’t have to worry.
Have you considered taking a cruise with your family?