Few Decisions, with Much
Quality “together” Relaxation
Family vacations can take a lot of planning, especially if you want to visit multiple destinations on one trip. To minimize planning time and maximize relaxation time, choose a cruise vacation. Cruise vacations are extremely popular with Multi-generational families, as it provides the best value with most to see and do, with multiple destinations, and yet you only have to pack up everybody and everything once!!
Cruises are somewhat all-inclusive, so there’s no need to plan how to move from place to place, to schedule daily activities or to find places to eat and sleep – the cruise ship and crew does all of that for you. There’s no cooking, serving or cleaning up required. Instead, there’s truly relaxing, reinvigorating time with the people who matter most to you.
However, a cruise vacation isn’t decision-free – you’ll need to decide where to cruise and which shore excursions to enjoy. But, those decisions are fun to make as a family. Many families love cruising the Caribbean or the coast of Alaska. Each offers gorgeous scenery and lots of opportunities for families to have fun together.
In the Caribbean, there are a wide variety of itineraries to choose from. If you just have a long weekend to cruise, you can enjoy a three-day, roundtrip cruise to the Bahamas from Miami or Fort Lauderdale. You’re likely to call on Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. Nassau has swaying palm trees, lovely beaches and a bustling waterfront market. The whole family can enjoy a marine tour in a glass-bottomed boat, a carriage ride through the colorful colonial architecture or a tour of Fort Charlotte.
If you have more time, seven-night cruises of the Caribbean are a popular choice. Western Caribbean itineraries are great for families because they often include one or two days at sea, when you can devote yourselves to enjoying the amenities of the ship. Popular ports include Costa Maya, Mexico, once a trading post for the Mayan civilization. Here, families can enjoy snorkeling through the clear waters, spotting parrot fish and angelfish, then sunning on a beach or browsing the shops in the port area. Or, take an excursion to a center of Mayan culture, such as the settlement of Chacchoben, where excavated pyramids date back to 700 AD.
If your family wants to see spectacular mountain scenery and glaciers the size of a small state, Alaska is the place. The cruise through the Inside Passage is unforgettable, with everything from a misty rainforest to craggy fjords. As you draw close to Hubbard Glacier, you’ll see – and hear – sheets of ice separating, or “calving,” from the glacier and crashing into the sea as newborn icebergs. Many itineraries include a visit to Skagway, a town born in the excitement of the Yukon Gold Rush of 1898. While in port, families can visit a gold rush camp, hike on a glacier or take a wildlife-watching tour. Or, if you are really ready to grasp the feel of Alaska, you should consider one of the many Cruise-Tours which offers not only the best a cruise can offer, but also an overland rail adventure excursion, while staying at some of the most picturesque quaint lodging facilities nestled in the “heart” of Denali itself.
To explore more options for cruises that will build lasting memories for your family, talk with a personal cruise expert. Someone like Cruise with Mike, who can help guide you through the decision making process, and come out with less stress, and hassle. Feel free to contact Mike with any questions you may have, or to recieve more information on Family Vacations. You can contact Mike via email firstname.lastname@example.org . You can tweet (or follow) Mike at http://www.twitter.com/cruisewithmike . You can “Join” our Travel Club at http://meetup.com/Sun-Cities-Travelers-Group/ Mikes web site can be found at www.mberryhill.cruiseholidays.com . Follow Mike’s blog (or subscribe to it) at http://www.cruisewithmike.com (or merely click on the subscribe button above to have daily delivery to your email). View all of Mikes uploaded Flickr Photo Galleries at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cruisewithmike/ . Mike also edits his own twice daily e-newspaper called “The Compass Headings” you can see (or subscribe to) it free! at http://paper.li/CruisewithMike
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