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Cruising with the kids: Activities for the whole family
Traveling with children sometimes poses challenges for parents trying to keep track of multiple pieces of luggage and plane tickets, but on a cruise, the stresses of vacation melt away the instant families step onboard. With countless activities fit for kids of all ages, Princess Cruises makes ocean holidays hassle-free and nothing short of unforgettable.
From outdoor water slides to kids-only zones, cruise ships cater to youthful travelers who have an appetite for fun.
Cruises are built for family memories
Ships cater to groups of travelers, especially families with young children. Cabins can sleep four or even more people at once, and even provide discounted rates for kids below a certain age. Cribs and toddler-sized beds are readily available, and passengers with teenaged children can reserve neighboring suites. Additionally, staterooms with private balconies are ideal for families with infants so that parents can enjoy a few peaceful moments outside while their little one takes a nap indoors.
Nearly every restaurant on Princess Cruises has a kid-friendly menu so that even the pickiest eaters can eat to their heart's content. From chicken nuggets to spaghetti and meatballs, kids can munch on their favorite foods before heading to zones built just for them.
Youth centers for the smallest tykes
The littlest kids can hang out with all of their new pals at the Princess Pelican youth center. Created specifically for youngsters between the ages of 3 and 7, this kid zone includes dance parties to the most popular hits, tie-dying parties and pajama movie nights. Even though families will end up going to some of the most famous art museums in the world during a European cruise, the paintings and crafts their little loved ones create onboard will be absolutely priceless.
For slightly older tots, Shockwaves is perfect for kids ages 8 to 12, featuring the latest video games, sports activities and tournaments, as well as "Edutainment" programs where they can learn about science in a fun and pressure-free environment.
Learning on vacation with Edutainment programs
Even outside of school, young passengers with Princess Cruises can participate in fun and informative science lessons during their seaside vacation. With the help of the California Science Center, educators host classes with chemistry and physics experiments like roller coaster building, as well as guided whale watching classes just for kids.
During a shore excursion on an Alaska cruise, preteens can sign up for the National Park Service Junior Ranger Program, during which youngsters can learn about the region's endangered species, glaciers and rugged mountain terrain.
Password protected: Teen-only lounges
Passengers in the prime of their teenagedom can escape from their parents for an afternoon and head over to a lounge catered to rockstar lifestyles. Along with dance parties to the latest pop tunes by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Beyonce, these young adults can play grown-up with their siblings and close cruise friends as they compete in mocktail tournaments, casino-themed evenings and fabulous teen makeovers.
Girls and boys who want to get special training for their sweet dance moves can also enroll in a hip hop class so they can come back from vacation with the freshest style.
Prepare in advance
To ensure that kids have the most fun during their cruise vacation, parents should try to book the trip when school is out - during spring break or winter and summer holidays - so their tykes can hang out with as many new friends as possible. Additionally, mom and dad might want to check in with their children to see where they want to go, whether on a Caribbean cruise or all the way to New Zealand.
Cruising converts: Going sailing for the first time
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Pico Iyer, a contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, recently described his first experience on a cruise ship, which happened to be on the Emerald Princess, and concluded that voyages are one of the best ways to see the world.
"Here was a chance to wander freely (as I love to do), to see the sights (as my mother loves), and to stay in a comfortable floating hotel where, every day when we awoke, some new wonder was appearing right outside our window," wrote Iyer. "Though cruise-skeptical friends ask me how I can bear to be trapped on a ship with more than 3,000 people I'd otherwise never spend time with, I never feel trapped."
Thousands of travelers can safely call themselves converts after taking their first cruise vacation, and those who are hesitant about whether sailing vacations are right for them might be curious as to what the hoopla is all about. Here are a few things to ask before booking a cruise:
Where to go?
Seafaring vacations go all over the world, whether exploring the southern tip of the Land Down Under on an Australian cruise or heading to the northernmost point reachable by a passenger vessel in Norway. Before reserving a trip, future passengers should think about where they want to go and what they're looking for in a getaway.
When to go?
Although some cruises are available throughout the year, some travelers might want to consider seasonal differences when making their plans, taking into account whether they want to see fall foliage in New England or enjoy perpetual sunlight in the Caribbean. Additionally, budget travelers should keep in mind that discounts are available during off-peak seasons. Talking with a cruise agent is a great way to get advice and weigh the options between summer and winter packages.
What to do?
Even if potential cruisers are like Iyer, who has spent most of his travel time backpacking, Princess offers an array of onboard activities and shore excursions to ensure that passengers stay entertained. With evening entertainment, open buffets and numerous options to mingle with people in the same age group, travelers can share their first-time experience with new friends who they may keep in touch with for years to come. Who knows - maybe the next cruise vacation will include these new buddies.
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