Explore how to choose the best cruise for your family.
Shannon Jones is a Guest Writer with KeeKee’s Big Adventures
A cruise is a great family vacation adventure any time of year!
For starters, you can visit several destinations (or ports of call) on a cruise, and you only need to unpack once. Everything is taken care of for you and your whole family. Your itinerary is planned, and excursions are offered. It’s like an all-inclusive low-stress resort on the water. And there’s something for everyone in the family, from dining and entertainment options to kids’ clubs, swimming, and sports to shopping and spas.
There are so many options when it comes to a cruise. A great place to start planning your adventure is to think about the type of experience you want to have.
- Where do you want to go?
- What type of ship do you want to voyage on?
- How many days do you have, and who is going?
- What do you want to do?
- What’s your budget?
Where do you want to go?
Thinking about where you want to go is a great first decision, as your destination choice can help narrow down your cruise options.
Most people think of cruises simply to Mexico, the Bahamas or the Caribbean. Or maybe a bit further in European ports of call such as Italy, Greece and Spain. You can literally go all over the world via cruise!
In the U.S., you can explore the Pacific Northwest or the entire Pacific Coast, the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes, Alaska and its glaciers, the New England Coast or cruise the Hawaiian Islands.
Adventure to Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. Cruise across Asia to Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan and more. Explore Europe’s magical Christmas Markets. All by ship.
How about South Africa, Seychelles, and Mauritius? Or Australia and the Great Barrier Reef? Egypt and the Middle East? Around South America to Peru, Argentina, Chile and Brazil?
Yes, yes and yes!
Some locations are truly best seen or only seen by boat, such as cruises through the Panama Canal or Antarctica.
And there are even Transatlantic Cruises from the U.S. to Europe, for example, and cruises that take you around the entire world!
What type of ship do you want to voyage on?
You can choose from huge ships, smaller boutique-style ships or even a genuine steamboat.
The bigger ships tend to have fun kids’ activities, water sports and kids’ clubs. While river cruises are typically smaller boats and quieter and more intimate. They average 190 passengers on board and spend longer in ports of call.
Different ships also offer various accommodations depending on your family’s needs.
How many days do you have, and who is going?
You can take a long weekend cruise, a week-long cruise or several months on longer voyages.
Are you a family of four or taking a group multi-generation trip like a family reunion? There’s the perfect ship for all sizes of family vacations.
What do you want to do?
The activity options on cruises can be endless. So, thinking about what you want to do on your cruise can help determine the best ship and itinerary.
Do you want to see lots of destinations, relax or have a mix of both? Do you want to enjoy fine wine and dining?
Are you looking for tons of activities for the kids, including kids’ clubs? Or are the kids older and looking for exciting destinations and excursions?
Is your goal to get to see more in a location? Some cruises stay longer in their ports so you can explore more. And some cruises specialize in exploring culture, history and behind-the-scenes experiences.
What’s your budget?
Cruising is an excellent value for your family vacation. Cruise costs include accommodations, sailing between ports of call, all meals and onboard entertainment.
As a AAA Member, you can get great benefits like shipboard credits, free spa treatments, discounted cruise packages or other amenities, depending on the cruise you select.
There are so many Cruise adventures for you and your family to choose from. Get started planning now.