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Cruising with Kids: The Pros and Cons of a Family Vacation at Sea

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Ever gotten stressed when organising a vacation? If you think choosing where to go, packing the essentials and making your connections are taxing on your own then try doing it with a family in tow! However, according to a recent Netmums survey, 70% of mothers who took part believe that, despite the vast amount of planning and invariable snags along the way, taking a vacation with the kids is an invaluable way to spend time together as a family.

With US News voting Yosemite National Park and Disney World, Orlando amongst the top 5 American family vacations, it seems like family friendly resorts and outdoor activities rank highly when it comes to deciding where to go. But in the last ten years an unlikely type of vacation has steadily been gaining popularity with families. WeJustGotBack claim that there has been a reported 50% rise in under 3’s on cruise vacations – be that be a long trip to Europe or the Caribbean on a gigantic, luxurious liner or a relaxed, internal river cruise along some of America’s most beautiful waterways.

When you think of cruises, many people picture an exclusive, glamorous, adult environment and it’s true, many big cruise liners (such as Windstar and SeaDream) do cater solely for adults. But many companies have now recognised the potential market for families who’d like to stretch their sea legs and, as such, several major cruise liners have made giant leaps in facilitating breaks for children. But would you consider taking your little ones on a cruising vacation? Here are some pros and cons to consider.

(+) A Fun Way to Travel

When taking a family vacation, the travelling part can often become tedious, boring and stressful for kids and grown ups alike. The beauty of cruising vacations is that reaching your destination(s) is part of the fun. There is so much for kids to do on board cruise ships including sporting tournaments, arts and crafts, parties and a variety of water based entertainment in swimming pools and aqua parks. The vast majority of family cruise liners offer babysitting services and kids clubs so you’ll be free to enjoy some adult time too.
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