Daddy E and I love cruising, we’ve been on several cruise holidays now and seen some amazing places such as Cuba, Bermuda and New York. They are the perfect holiday that combines relaxation, indulgence, fun and organised activities and we’ve recently started looking at our 2013 holiday options and have talked about going on a cruise holiday with Roo.
So just why do we love cruising so much?
Well here’s why. There are literally hundreds of cruise ships and itineraries to choose from and each of these shops comes with a vast array of facilities that are safe and suitable for all age ranges of the family. No longer is cruising the holiday choice of the rich, famous or blue rinse brigade it is now seen by many as the perfect family holiday as the latest generations of cruise ships have first class family and children facilities, which put many hotels and holiday clubs to shame.
Ships now boast dedicated and manned children’s play areas, listening services and kids clubs as well as a variety of age related activities including talent shows, face painting, treasure hunts, movie nights and games. One cruise ship we looked at even offered slumber parties and night nurseries so that parents can enjoy some of the more adult evening entertainment whilst safe in the knowledge that their kids are being looked after.
Facilities are modern, clean and because there is so much to choose from if you couple the on-board activities with the land based excursions you are bound to have tuckered out kids at the end of the day. Sounds good to me! Cruise ships now offer a vast array of facilities for the whole family. So if you previously thought that a cruise holiday was for the wealthy or the elderly, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that the latest generation of cruise ships have first-class family and children facilities to rival any land-based resort.
We’ve cruised with a few cruise lines and we always do a check of the boats before booking anything; information such as the last time it was refurbished, what kids facilities do they have online, do the children’s programmes run all season or just at peak times are all things you can find on the cruise lines website or direct from your travel agent.
So far we are impressed with Thomson Cruises and their range of cruise holidays. They are well known for their fun-filled family holidays, with an array of activities to keep the kids entertained all day long. All children’s entertainment if free of charge and includes the imaginative Kidzone, which offers Junior Cruisers a safe place to play and make new friends. All Thompson staff are fully qualified according to UK legislation, so you can rest assured your children are being well looked after.
Child prices apply up to the age of 16 when sharing a cabin with 2 adults which means that compared to some of the other lines the cost of cruising isn’t that expensive compared to a two week vacation on land in Europe.
With so many itineraries to choose from the hard part for us will be deciding which route to take as this seems a great way for Roo to see so many different places and have a great time doing so with loads of activities and entertainment to keep her occupied on those days at sea.
I might just have to go and make myself another pina colada whilst I decide!
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