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There’s been a gradual increase in multi-generational cruising as more members of the Baby Boom generation retire and arrange vacations with their children and grandchildren. Many cruise lines are responding by making changes to better accommodate the needs and wants of multi-generational groups. Whether your family vacations together often or is looking forward to a milestone event that’s compelling enough to bring everyone together, a cruise can please the youngest, the oldest and everyone in between.
Spacious Family-Size Staterooms for the Ultimate Cruise
For example, Royal Caribbean suites can accommodate up to 16 people, making it easier than ever to enjoy your trip together. There are also more connecting cabins, so you can open the doors to make a spacious family suite or close them when you need your privacy. Of course, the best thing about your cruise is that if everyone opts for their own stateroom, you’re still close by and can spend your day enjoying all the onboard activities or shore excursions. Today’s ships have such a variety of staterooms, features and amenities. Picking the best one for your family can be a challenge, but expert travel agents can provide their expertise and in-depth knowledge of cruise lines and ships to help guide you toward the best choice.
Perfect for Even the Most Finicky Eaters
Cruises are terrific for picky eaters and adventurous foodies alike, and there’s probably at least one of each in every multi-generational group. Royal Caribbean cruise ships have gone far beyond the days when the main dining room and the buffet were the only dining choices. They now offer multiple restaurants serving different types of cuisine from sushi to fresh pasta – so everyone can find something they like. Of course, you can still enjoy the main dining room, as a great place for the entire family to sit and chat around a big table; and a casual Windjammer buffet, where even a child who only eats fruit can be happy.
Spend Quality Time with Family or Experience Fun Activities on Your Own
You and your family members can spend all your cruise time together if you like, but chances are that different generations will enjoy spending some time with their peers. Most family-oriented cruise lines have equipped their ships with fabulous children’s programs that have a mix of structured and unstructured activities, with a bit of education combined with the fun.
For teens, they have exclusive areas where they can play games, watch movies, learn to be a DJ or just relax. Teens also tend to make good use of the pools, hot tubs, and sports facilities with the new friends they meet on board. The kids’ clubs and teen lounges are off-limits to adults, but there are lots of other spaces for the mature members of the group to enjoy, including the ship’s fitness center, spa, theaters, lounges and casino. Most ships also have adults-only spaces, such as the Solarium, a glass-enclosed oasis with calm surroundings and relaxing whirlpools; or, imagine the luxury of sitting by an adults-only pool, listening to music instead of kids!
Explore a World of Destinations in the Caribbean and Beyond
The Caribbean is a very popular cruise destination for all types of vacationers, including multi-generational groups. It’s warm, beautiful and easily accessible from multiple home ports along the East and Gulf Coasts. And even if you want just a few days away with family, you may want to consider a short cruise and hop aboard the Mariner of the Seas®, which starts sailing newly revitalized to the Bahamas in July 2018. And one of RCI’s private destinations, CocoCay® is getting a major multi-million-dollar upgrade that will include new attractions, Thrill Waterpark and Oasis Lagoon, scheduled to open by May 2019. This just gives cruisers of all ages an incentive to book a cruise to the Bahamas now!
But, there’s a whole world of cruise destinations out there outside of the Caribbean, and your family can be as adventurous as you are willing to be. Alaska is a great family destination, with a variety of family-friendly shore excursions. Discovering Europe on a cruise is a thrill for families, and you only have to unpack once!
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And whether it’s for a family reunion or a cruise to celebrate your grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, Vacation’s network of expert travel agents will help you plan and find a stress-free cruise itinerary that fits your family’s interests and where you should go. If your grandpa and grandma met while they were students in Rome, a cruise up and down the coasts of Italy might be just the right thing. Stumped on picking a destination that will please everyone? One of our cruise travel specialists can help you out and also give you information on shore excursions that everyone can enjoy. It’s never too early to plan ahead for a multi-generational group cruise!
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