Family friendly cruises to the Caribbean make the best family vacations and are easy to find.
My family has taken ten (10) inclusive Caribbean cruises to the Bahamas, the Eastern Caribbean, Southern Caribbean and the Western Caribbean, and we have taken our 3 children on all ten cruise getaways.
Our youngest child - Eliana - took her first cruise before she turned one (1) year old!
I believe that this speaks volumes to the appealing offerings of family friendly cruises.
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My 3 Kids Playing Mini Golf On Carnival Victory 10/14
The fact is that all major Caribbean cruise lines - while catering to a particular group of people - go to great lengths to provide sailings that the entire family will love.
Our inclusive family cruises to date have been taken with four different cruise lines - Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International and it was quite noticeable that every age group was catered to.
Your entire group will find unforgettable, family friendly cruises to the Caribbean!
There are five members in my family. As you can imagine, a Caribbean cruise for five (5) people can be expensive.
While there are other ways to save on your Caribbean cruise ticket, it is helpful to know that the more people you have in your family, the more you save - when willing to share.
If you have younger children and do not mind sharing your cabin with them, you will pay less for each person after the first two people in a cabin.
Therefore, if like us you are a 5-member family, you and your spouse will pay the top advertised price for a cruise sailing, while everyone else in that cabin will pay less - sometimes up to 50 percent less!
For example: If the price for 5 day cruise to Western Caribbean starts at $549 per person, you and your spouse will pay that price, but for your family of 5, the three children will pay about $400 or $300 plus per person (depending on the cruise line).
That is a whopping saving!
If, however, you decide to put your three children in their own cabin (by the way, there is an age requirement for kids to be booked on their own in separate cabins), you will not save as much.
The first two people in each cabin would pay that $549 price, while only the third child in the second cabin would get a break off the cruise ticket price.
(Tip: Here is some helpful information - if you want to put your kids in a separate cabin, but they do not meet the age requirement to be booked alone, ask your travel agent for cabins next to each other and assign one parent to each cabin. When you get onboard, you may group all the children in one cabin and have one for you and your spouse. Of course this depends on the ages of your children.)
By the way, note that there are instances where the posted cruise price for the first two people goes up, if others are added to the cabin.
Note: Cruise ships have a limited number of cabins that hold five people. You will find many more cabins which can hold 4 people. If your family has 5 people, book early to ensure that you get one of the least expensive cabins for 5.
My Wife & Daughter On Carnival Glory
You will not be disappointed with your cruise ship's amenities. There are fun activities and provisions for everyone.
Pools - There are usually about 3 pools onboard your ship. Families can play together in a general pool, or may choose to hang out with their younger children in the kiddies' pool.
Kids' Stuff - Each cruise ship has a special "kids' zone" just for children and specific, trained crew members assigned to engage and entertain them.
Older children have their own play areas - video arcades, table tennis equipment, basketball hoops, rock climbing and even disco rooms. (Activities vary by ships.)
Parents' Stuff - Parents can choose from several activities - organized games directed by the Cruise Director, gym, library, art room, games room, spa, casino, lounges for karaoke and other fun activities, etc.
With Relatives & Friends In Main Dining Room, Carnival Victory 10/14
There is always too much food included in your inclusive Caribbean cruise package.
The greatest thing about this is that you do not have to worry about spending extra money on food - feeding those "food lovers" of yours.
I believe we can all attest to how expensive it can be buying food on vacation.
Some other great things to know about your cruise food are:
1. There are several cuisines from which to choose; and,
2. There are special kids' items included - burgers, hot dogs, fries, ice-cream, pasta, etc.
You and your family will find something to eat and enjoy aboard your inclusive Caribbean cruise.
Taken At Beach In Barbados Via Carnival Liberty, 7/15
Your family will have many great Caribbean cruise excursions from which to choose.
Family cruise excursions include:
1. Swimming with dolphins;
2. Petting stingrays;
3. Exploring the splendid sea life of the Caribbean on glass-bottom boats;
4. Touring tropical islands;
5. Enjoying exhilarating falls such as Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; or,
6. Relaxing on your own island resort for a day, doing whatever you wish.
All major Caribbean cruise lines have one or two private Caribbean resorts for their guests to enjoy.
Carnival shares Half Moon Cay, Bahamas with Holland America; Norwegian controls Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Royal Caribbean leases CocoCay, Bahamas and Labadee, Haiti; while Disney owns Castaway Cay, Bahamas.
Your family will relish its family friendly cruise on any of these private resort islands - Caribbean paradise!
If you choose a Disney cruise vacation, you will come home with great family memories of Castaway Cay, a private resort where Disney is free to do everything to make your visit unforgettable.
Leaving St. Thomas On Crown Princess, 11/13
There are many more things that can be said.
What is certain is that when you book an inclusive Caribbean cruise, you and yours will be in for one of many unforgettable family friendly cruises - the best family vacation ever!
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