Cruising is one of easiest ways to plan a multigenerational holiday. Shipboard trips are a great value—your rooms, dining and activities are all wrapped into one hassle-free package. And with cruise lines ramping up family-oriented perks, there really is something on board—and on shore—to please every member of your clan.
First things first—there’s more to cruising than savoring the good life at sea. How about spending a night getting to know your port of departure? Cruise lines are adding more pre- and post-cruise packages that include hotel rooms, transfers and city tours. Can’t get that much time away? Go for a short, close-to-home family cruise—like Princess Cruises®’ four-night West Coast getaway.
On the ship, everyone from grandparents to teenagers will find activities galore, from Xbox games to 3-D movies to, on Carnival Cruise Lines®’ Carnival Vista®, cruising’s first-ever IMAX® theater. Thrill-seekers will discover adventures far beyond rock-climbing walls. Imagine freefalling on Royal Caribbean International®’s skydiving simulator, thumping about in bumper cars or playing circus star on a flying trapeze. Multistory waterslides and ziplines are all the rage both on board and on shore, where you might consider having a private excursion arranged. (Be sure to check for age or height restrictions.)
Those who are less adventuresome can get hands-on by joining the chef in a cooking class. Holland America Line serves up fun classes for adults as well as for kids, who can learn how to make healthy snacks. Celebrity Cruises® pampers teens and parents with relaxing treatments at Canyon Ranch SpaClub®.