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Making the Most of Your Family Cruise

Written by Leaders In Travel

I would like to celebrate my 50th anniversary with my family of eight, ranging from ages 8 to 80. Do you recommend a cruise?

Cruising is an excellent choice for family gatherings. Regardless of where you sail, cruises allow you to spend quality time together, or go off on your own and regroup at your leisure.

We recommend connected suites that keep the family close together. Royal Caribbean has a three-bedroom connected suite for up to 10 people; Norwegian Cruise Line has family suites that sleep up to six; or upgrade to The Haven, an exclusive area with several suites and villas in close proximity.

Onboard activities are an important part of the experience. Princess Cruises has a unique Discovery at Sea program that brings your favorite shows to life as well as youth programs. While they’re entertained at a kids-only dinner, we’d love to reserve you an anniversary meal at Chef’s Table by Curtis Stone. Holland America has experiences like child-friendly cooking classes and offers after-hours babysitting services so you can spend an evening at the theater. On Celebrity Cruises, everyone will enjoy hands-on art classes and pool time, or you might slip away to Canyon Ranch SpaClub® while the younger ones compete in an Xbox tournament.

May we also suggest a family river cruise? Uniworld has special European cruises that are scheduled during school breaks, packed with kid-friendly activities and with exclusive butler service to cater to everyone’s needs. Designed for active travelers, Amawaterways offers complimentary bicycles for guided tours or to explore Europe at your own pace. Amawaterways has also paired up with Adventures by Disney for family river cruises along the Danube.

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