Family Cruise Vacations: Why Cruises are Perfect for Families

Cruises are very near and dear to my heart, because I have so many wonderful memories of my own family cruise vacations. If you haven’t taken a family cruise yet. I’m going to urge you to stop what you are doing, and book one of those guys right now. It’s important to pamper yourself, and have those memories that you can look back on fondly for years to come with your loved ones.

Why Choose to Cruise

There are several reasons why cruising is my personal favorite way to spend my voyages, but I’m going to be talking about why it’s the best way for your family.

1. It’s the Best Bang for your Buck!

2. Multiple Destinations in One Trip!

3. There’s Something for Everyone!

4. You’re Off the Grid!

Best Bang for Your Buck

Cruises are not only relaxing and adventurous vacations. They are also cheap vacations. Two main companies that come to mind for being ALL inclusive are Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Both are amazing cruise lines. My family tends to take Carnival Cruises more often because they’re slightly more affordable, although there are great deals for both!

When you book an all-inclusive family cruise vacation that means that basically everything is included. What do I mean by “basically everything?” Food, travel, and lodging. The three main things we always look for in a vacation. There are certain meals that can cost money, but those are clearly specified and I have honestly never paid for those. The food that is included is perfectly great! Alcoholic beverages and sodas aren’t included, but you can purchase a drink pass or just pay as you go.

A word of advice for you is to not tip unless you feel extra serviced and generous, because you will receive a bill for the tips they automatically charge every time you order these drinks. However, this isn’t a cost to worry about, just something to keep in mind.

When you book your cruise you are paying for a place to sleep for the entirety of the cruise, a vessel to travel in that takes you to beautiful places, often times it’s multiple destinations in one cruise. Check out this SUPER AFFORDABLE six night caribbean cruise with Carnival!! Or this Awesome 4 Night Cruise to Cuba!! (Since we can now cruise there) with Royal Caribbean!

Or just find your own custom vacation with Royal Caribbean or Carnival by checking out all their ships on one of those links!!

There are endless amounts of food. I’m not putting this lightly; Plan to lose a couple pounds before the vacation, because you will gain a couple. There is just too many delicious foods readily available at all times of the day and night. There’s a buffet as well as fine dining and room service. All of which are included when you book.

The family and I in the dining room with our amazing servers on one of our past cruises. 

Multiple Destinations in One Trip

Cruising is also the cheapest way to travel from place to place. What other vacation can allow you to travel from Florida to the Bahamas, to Mexico, without worrying about booking hotels, food, and flights for often close to a hundred dollars a day?! You can visit the Florida Keys, Nassau Bahamas, Cozumel Mexico, and nearby islands all in one trip!

This allows for your family to explore multiple parts of the world, and see many different cultures and environments with the ability to return safely to the ship for food and sleeping. In a way, a cruise is sort of multiple vacations in one!

There’s Something for Everyone

A cruise vacation always has multiple activities happening on board. This means that everyone in the family can have a good time; from your little toddler to your grandpa, Rick. There is always something to do.

Pools- You can relax by the pool with a tropical beverage in hand, or you can jump right in the water. Often times there is more than one pool! There is usually a kids water park area with slides that adults can enjoy as well. (Hey, I definitely do!) There are also hot tubs. The ones on the main deck are generally loaded with kids, but there are adult only hot tubs as well!

Shows- On a Carnival Cruise there are shows aimed toward kids, one of these is the towel animal show. There are shows aimed towards adults, like the adult only comedy shows (these are usually late at night), and there are family comedy shows, as well as family main stage shows that showcase singing and dancing!

Casino/Arcade- The casino is a fun place to be, there are multiple slots and tables for card games. Black jack is my personal favorite. Although, my boyfriend won a hundred dollars out of the cash claw machine on our last cruise! The arcade has arcade games that both the kids and the adults can enjoy!

Clubs- There are kids clubs that you can drop the kids off at for several age ranges. I used to love going when I was a kid, because I got to hang out with people my own age, and play games with them. The staff always had something for us to do. My personal favorite was the on board scavenger hunt! There is also a night club for adults!

My siblings and I meeting up after spending time in our kids clubs back when I was twelve. 

Games- Speaking of games, there are lots of activities set up that involve the whole family. Scavenger hunts, trivia, and Bingo are to name a few! There’s also a library that has board games!

Food- Pizza, Mexican, Asian, seafood, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, cheese cake, warm chocolate melting cake… The food options are endless. There is something for everyone.

More- Often times there’s a movie screen, rock walls, karaoke and more!!

You’re Off the Grid

There’s no cell phone service on the open sea. That leaves a precious opportunity to spend quality time with your family; No distractions. Work can’t bother you, and your teenager won’t spend all day on the internet. (Unless you purchase it.) It’s prefect for being in the moment together, and it makes for such sweet clear memories.

Make Your Memories

I hope I’ve helped shed some light on why cruising is such a great option for families. There’s so much to do and they’re so affordable. I feel like if more people just knew these things, there would be a lot more families who would take vacations. Vacations are so important for our mental health. You deserve a break, and you deserve to have amazing memories with your family.




12 Comments on Family Cruise Vacations: Why Cruises are Perfect for Families

  1. Amazing article, it refreshed all my childhood memories. Thanks for listing down the importance of family cruise vacations.
    The best part of this kind of vacation is the memories you create with family and siblings. I was just curious which family cruise vacation did you enjoyed most?
    Thanks again for sharing an amazing article.

    • Thank YOU so much for your comment. It’s really difficult to decide my favorite family cruise. I’ve had three family reunion cruises that included parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Those were all fun, and great bonding experiences. One of those was a Royal Caribbean, and the other two were Carnival. I also had another GREAT cruise on a Carnival ship that took us to Progreso, Mexico and Cozumel, Mexico. That was very memorable, because we got to explore the Mayan ruins in Progreso together, and climbed on giant water floats at the beach in Cozumel. It’s incredibly hard for me to narrow down my favorite though.

  2. This sounds so amazing!! I love how cruises are all-inclusive and have enough options for everyone to have fun while on board! Also, everyone from the staff to the other passengers are always so fun and kind. I almost always meet and make cruise friends that I meet up with throughout the cruise!

    • I’ve had the same experiences, Erica! That’s why I want others to know how great they are! I still keep in touch with one of my cruise friends I met about eight years ago! I also always LOVE the servers and staff on the ships. I’m so glad you’ve had these experiences! 🙂

  3. My wife and I have been talking about going on a cruise for some time now. Many of the reasons you mentioned have been the drivers. Multiple destinations, activities for the kids, the FOOD!

    I don’t really know why we haven’t done it yet, but now I’m definitely going to revisit the idea.

    You mentioned Carnival, is that the best in your opinion?

    • You should definitely do it! It’s so relaxing, and so much fun. I love both Carnival and Royal Caribbean. I have been on Carnival ships the most, but I know you would have fun on both. Carnival is typically a little cheaper, but you can find great deals for both. Carnival has a little bit more of a fun “party” vibe than Royal Caribbean.

  4. You are right! Going on cruises is one the best ways to spend a vacation with the family. My family even had a family reunion on a cruise ship, and we had a good portion attend ( at least 30 family members), and we all had a great time on and off the ship. But if you don’t want to leave the ship, there’s no problem in that either because there are so many activities, events, and shops to keep you occupied on the cruise ship.

    • I’ve had family reunions on cruise ships before too! Those are so much fun! I agree with you about not always having to get off the ship. Sometimes I prefer to just stay on board, and enjoy the festivities! (Especially if we stop in Freeport, Bahamas. I’ve been there a few times already, and there’s not a whole lot to do.) There’s always something to do on the boat!

  5. I think cruising is a great idea! In fact, I am treating my son to a cruise this fall. We are looking forward to it. I think that it is also a great way to spend time with your family. I have been on a couple myself, but never with family, so I am looking forward to this!

    • You are going to have so much fun! Cruises have some of my favorite memories with my family! Have a great time!!

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