The kids are heading back to school and you have their schedules for the academic year – why not plan a family cruise during one of their breaks? It’s a wonderful way to spend time together and share the adventure of visiting new places, with the assurance that everyone will find an activity (or several) to enjoy on the ship.
The first thing to do is decide where to go and when, so you can book your cruise as soon as possible. Book as early as you can to have the best chance of reserving a stateroom or suite that can accommodate the entire family.
Your destination options depend on when you’ll be sailing. The Caribbean, Mexico and the Bahamas are open for cruising all year long, and there’s a fantastic variety of itineraries that depart from the East, Gulf and West Coasts. Kids from toddlers to teens love the beaches, making the region a perfect choice for Christmas, New Year’s and Spring Break getaways.
Hawaii is another beautiful, year-round destination. But, if you’re departing from the West Coast rather than flying to the islands, remember that it takes some time to sail there and back (usually two or three days each way). However you get there, an advantage of seeing Hawaii via cruise is that you get to visit multiple islands with ease.
If the kids have a fall break, consider a cruise along the coast of New England and Maritime Canada. Ports can include historic cities like Boston, Quebec City and Halifax, as well as iconic summer resorts like Newport and Bar Harbor, all set against a backdrop of colorful autumn leaves. This is also a great choice if you’re planning to cruise next summer – it’s beautiful when the leaves are green, too.
Another option for spring, summer or fall is Europe, especially if your kids are old enough to have an appreciation for history and antiquities. Spring and fall are especially good times to cruise the Mediterranean, before the heat and crowds of summer arrive. The Baltic, ringed by beautiful capital cities, is a summer destination.
Once the question of where to cruise is answered, you’ll also need to select a cruise line, ship and itinerary (some are more suited to families than others). Count on Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert to guide you!
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