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Choose Cruise for Family Friendly Vacation

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Lately I’ve been hearing from families if cruises are truly family friendly. One of the biggest worries I hear “Is there going to be stuff for my toddler to do”. I say yes. We brought a toddler on a cruise and she still talks about it, remembers it vividly. My recommendation for a truly family friendly cruise is Carnival Cruise Lines. They are by far one of the most accommodating cruise lines for families out there. The staff goes out of their way to treat everyone like family and you definitely get the biggest bang for your buck when booking versus other cruise lines.

Something for everyone. Kids love mini golf but dad loves comedy while mom enjoys a relaxing massage. Get all of these options and more on board. The newer ships are adding more and more onboard entertainment and activities for every age. Don’t forget about the onboard pools and water parks and arcades.

Camp/Daycare/Youth programs. Send the kids to camp for the day or just a few hours while the adults indulge in some quiet poolside time. Let the teens dance dance dance with new friends at Club O2. Camp Carnival Night Owls(fees apply) is the ship’s newest adventure; giving kids the chance to stay later with organized events when the sun goes down. Camp Carnival is included in the cost of your cruise and runs on every ship in the fleet. Carnival caters to families and has activities and programs designed for kids age 4-months to 17 years old.

Food for every taste. Even the pickiest of eaters are going to find something to eat at one of the many restaurants. 24-hour pizza and room service is also an option for those less than structured meal times. Those with more refined palates can choose sushi, mongolian wok, gourmet Guy Fieri Burgers or signature dining options available everyday.

New sites everyday. How else are you going to be able to hope around to 3-4 different countries in just 1 week’s time. Ports of call are wonderful ways to get a peek at new scenery and experience a different culture even for just a few hours. Beaches, jungles, villages and markets are welcoming sites for tourist activity and shopping and excursions.

Trouble Free. Once you step on the boat there isn’t anything else you need to worry about. Your meals, transportation, entertainment and clean towels are all taken care of. Extras include beverages, casinos and spa treatments but those can be budgeted or left out without affecting your overall experience and satisfaction. Each day you receive an activity sheet for kids and you. ┬áThe thinking is done for you.

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My kids still talk about the cruise we experienced 2 years ago. They look at pictures, remember the beach excursions and talk about the plethora of food. We were able to spend a great deal of quality time together but each person was also able to enjoy their own time and space and adventures without hampering anyone else’s great time.

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About Melinda

Melinda is half of the mom & dad blogging team from LookWhatMomFound...and Dad too! Over 4 years ago Melinda left the corporate world to focus on raising her children while being a SAHM. With 17 years of parenting practice to 3 kids life has provided her many experiences that are used to educate the family on morals, ethics and the difference between right and wrong. While academics are very important, a full education goes beyond books and grades. Melinda strives to raise children with good hearts, strong principles and a foundation built on love and respect for others.
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Comments

  1. Jill L says:

    I definitely think a cruise would be the way to go for our family. All the kids really want is to swim. We could do lots of that and then do a little sight seeing.

  2. I have thought for a while that would be ideal for us. As a single mother to a teenage son, activities can be tough. On a cruise I think we’d both have a great time. He can go his way and I can go mine for part of the day (and I wouldn’t have to worry about him, relatively speaking) and I could go mine. Then we could catch up with each other for the other part of the day.

    Dreaming of it…

    • a cruise would be perfect,. You could spend time at the waterpark and pool together and have meals but you each get to have your own fun. The kids all seem to band together and make friends quite easily too.

  3. Love that photo of your family. Great review!

  4. How wonderful the cruises have daycare/camp areas for the kids to give the parents a break. I’d love to go on vacation if I could truly get a little time with my dh and time with the kids

  5. I’ve been dying to take my family on a cruise. Maybe one day

    • If you do be sure to cruise on Carnival. You will LOVE it. Trust me on this one. At first I was hesitant to go because I was scared that the boat might sink but that fear left at the first sight of the buffett. LOL.

  6. Brandy says:

    I’ll admit I’m not a cruiser… but for upcoming family trips, we agree! Cruising and its all inclusive nature is the way to go to please everyone.

  7. Great tips for a family vacation! I haven’t been on a cruise in years, but it’s great to know it’s a good family option.

  8. Jessica Beard says:

    Sounds like a wonderful time! I’d love to take a cruise someday too! We are waiting for my year old son to get a little older so he remembers some of the activities. Thanks for sharing!

  9. We haven’t been on a family cruise yet, but I can definitely see why it would make for a lovely family vacation! Thanks for sharing at Discover & Explore. I’m featuring this post today.

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