May 4, 2016
Why Taking Your Kids on a Cruise This Summer-
A Date With a Turtle: Snorkle,Sail and Dine
10 Things To Do With Your Kids On a Cruise...
A Date With a Turtle: Snorkel, Sail and Dine with the Turtles
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First things first--turtles are guaranteed on this tour. You will experience them. Sail over beautiful waters, observing gallant Hawaiian green sea turtles elegantly navigating the waters. You'll want to dive right in with them to enjoy paradise together. Good thing is, you can! Every guest is provided with a snorkel, safety vest, and snorkeling gear. After a brief safety overview, snorkel away in the same playful waters as the turtles!
Of course, you're going to get hungry. Luckily, an onboard lunch buffet just so happens to be included on this tour! Build your own sandwiches with meat, cheese, and vegetarian options. Chips, fruits, cookies, and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages complete the package. You do, however, receive two free bar drink tickets per adult ($1/beer, $2/mixer extras).
Book this breathtaking and tummy-satisfying Oahu shore excursion for a memorable Hawaii experience. Go back home feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and renewed!
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Summer Camp at Sea
Why Taking Your Kids on a Cruise This Summer-And Enrolling them in the Cruise Line Children’s Programs- Allows The Whole Family to Have Best of Both Worlds
With family vacation planning underway for the summer, there are decisions to be made… Will you have the time - and budget - to plan a vacation for the entire family, plus give your children that “camp” experience that makes for great childhood memories?
CruiseCompete says the answer is yes, and one vacation option provides a simple solution to your dilemma. Take your family on a cruise this summer! In addition to the family-friendly accommodations, dining and entertainment options, the cruise lines also offer a variety of children’s programs that allow your family to experience time together… and time apart!
The children’s programs are more than a babysitting service- they offer activities and programs that give the very best land-based counterparts a run for their money.
Have a budding environmentalist? Paul Gauguin Cruises offers a “unique program that introduces young travelers (ages 9 to 17) to the extraordinary natural wonders of French Polynesia through direct, hands-on, interactive experiences with marine and island ecosystems.”
Perhaps your child loves to cook and wants to know more about the culinary arts? Holland America has a Culinary Arts Center for Kids, where children can learn to make breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items in 45-minute workshops.
Below is a sampling of what the children’s programs have to offer… Be sure to click in to read about each program in its entirety, and click here to see a comprehensive listing of all the cruise lines’ children’s programs.
Costa Cruises- Contemporary Cruise Line
Costa Cruises offers a children’s program for kids aged 3 to 17. The groups are divided into age categories and offer arts and crafts, sports competitions, and theme parties for all ages. Younger children will enjoy activities like treasure hunts, ice cream, Nutella and chocolate parties and “an evening at the circus”.
In addition, older children and teens will appreciate lessons and mini shows that include:
See more Contemporary Cruise Line Children’s Programs here.
Royal Caribbean International- Upscale Contemporary Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean offers nursery programs for children and toddlers ages 6-36 months. Their programs for children are divided into different age groups, ranging from ages 3-17.
Royal Caribbean is home to the DreamWorks Experience, where young cruisers can experience activities such as story time, dance parties, parades, ice shows and aqua shows with characters from the DreamWorks Animation movies.
Kids and teens can enjoy activities like rock climbing competitions, theme nights, and pool parties into the late evening with extended hours in the Adventure Ocean and teen-only spaces.
Read more about Royal Caribbean’s Children’s Program here.
To book a cruise with Royal Caribbean, or to find out more about the line, click here.
See more Upscale Contemporary Cruise Line Children’s Programs here.
Princess Cruises- Premium Cruise Line
Princess Cruises offers a variety of activities for children aged 3-17, grouped by age. These groups have their own set of age-appropriate activities, often with separate facilities. Princess’s larger ships feature sprawling youth centers with indoor and outdoor areas. To make planning simple, a schedule outlining the next day's youth activities is delivered to your cabin each evening.
The line features activities like ice cream and pizza parties, pajama parties and the opportunity to participate in Jr.CHEF@Sea for younger children, and teens have options like hip-hop dance classes, casino nights, mocktails, and special teen-only dinners.
Read more about Princess Cruises Children’s Program here.
To book a cruise with Princess Cruises, or to find out more about the line, click here.
See more Premium Cruise Line Children’s Programs here.
Paul Gauguin- Luxury Cruise Line
Paul Gauguin has a unique program on select sailings- the Ambassadors of the Environment Family Program! It is designed especially for families, and lets parents and children pick and choose from a series of “onboard activities and daily excursions that reveal the natural wonders and rich culture of Polynesia by land and sea. Designed by Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, the Ambassadors Program is available to children ages 9 to 17 for a nominal fee. Adults are encouraged to join in for the additional cost of the excursions.”
Read more about Paul Gauguin’s Children’s Program here.
To book a cruise with Paul Gauguin, or to find out more about the line, click here.
See more Luxury Cruise Line Children’s Programs here. (Note: most ultra-luxury cruise lines do not offer formal children’s programs, so if these lines are a consideration for your family, be sure to read about their children’s amenities very carefully.)
10 Things To Do With Your Kids On a Cruise
1. Visit world-renowned museums with your children – New England and Canadian cruises, in particular, provide plenty of fun and educational museum stops in port. Boston, a museum hotspot, features one of the nation’s premiere children’s museums and the enormous New England Aquarium. There’s also the Boston Team Party Ship, where kids can recreate dumping tea into the sea.
For more Family Travel resources, please visit www.cruisecompete.com/resources.php.
While there is a perfect cruise vacation for everyone, not every cruise line is the ideal match for every family. Some lines have minimum age requirements for children (and pregnancy policies for expectant parents!), and others don't permit children to sail at all. In addition, while a line may allow children to sail, it’s not a given that the line has specially designed children’s programs in place.
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