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Travel Trends: Multi-generational Cruise Vacations

Sep 12, 2014 10:45PM ● By Jennifer Neys

By Margaret Miner

Multi-generational travel is the wave of the future, and one of the best ways for extended families to vacation together is cruising! From sun up to sun down, when you’re on board a magnificent ship, you have options to do as much or as little as you like. 

We are fortunate to have Princess Cruises conveniently ported year ‘round in our own back yard and sailing round-trip to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and the California coast from San Francisco. There is an ideal itinerary for the entire family! Kids enjoy age-specific activities designed just for them: from scavenger hunts and disco nights, to the “Science on the Seas” program and kids-only dinners. There’s not a chance parents will ever hear the words “I’m bored” on this vacation. Teens ages 13-17 will meet new friends while enjoying teens-only lounges and fun events like late-night movies, dance classes, DJ workshops, and sports tournaments.  

Adults will enjoy a variety of entertainment aboard Princess ships: from production shows and comedy, to theme parties and “movies under the stars,” choosing what to do first will be a challenge. Want to relax with a luxurious treatment in the spa, or try your hand at blackjack at the casino? Why not do both? And once you arrive at your ports of call, Princess Cruises has mindfully designed an array of shore excursions to appeal to every interest and activity level, categorized by type (Activities & Adventures, Nature & Wildlife, Sightseeing & City Tours). Guests can chose an excursion that meets their desired activity level: easy, moderate, or strenuous.

Disney Cruise Lines offers fun for the entire family in the style we’ve come to know and love! Supervised kids programs abound on the ship, offering parents and grandparents piece of mind. Grown-ups will enjoy the Quiet Cove Pool, a relaxing adult oasis and exclusive adult-only dining at Palo, featuring fine Northern Italian cuisine or fine, French-inspired fare at Remy. One of the best wine tastings I’ve experienced at sea was aboard the Disney Magic; a team of skilled wine-experts are at your service to assist you at any time! 

The entire family will enjoy Broadway-quality shows and musicals, while kids of all ages will be smitten with Disney character greetings throughout the cruise. (Don’t forget your autograph book!). Family dining aboard Disney Cruise Lines will please even the fussiest of young diners, and personalized service by your wait staff, who is with you at each of your seated dinings, will be something you won’t soon forget. With nurseries for tots as young as 3 months, to the Oceaneer’s Club for kids ages 3-12, to age-specific programs for tweens and teens, Disney Cruise Lines has thought of everything to ensure families of all sizes and ages have a once-in-a-lifetime vacation together!

Traveling together as an extended family offers everything from fun and excitement, to relaxation and downtime. Are you ready to set sail?

Margaret Miner is the owner of VinoCruising, a full-service travel agency. She can be reached at [email protected].