Trip to Europe + Kids + Easy = We’re Going on a Cruise!

Stan R. March 13, 2013 No Comments

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The kids are finally old enough for a real vacation. Although riding Disney’s “It’s a Small World” and “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” is thrilling (the kids have so much fun), it’s not exactly your idea of getting away. Sometimes it’s more work for you than actually going to the office. Thankfully cruise ships have taken this into consideration and have created the ultimate getaway for you, your spouse and your kids.

Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. (CLIA) reports that each year, approximately 1.5 million kids are cruising. Ships have no choice but to be the kid-friendliest of all by offering unique experiences. With spa treatments, a variety of restaurants, salsa dance classes and a sky observatory lounge (among many other enticing entertainment options for adults), the kids will think this ship was made for them. Cruises offer youth programs, pools, water slides and an entertainment center where you can trust they are safe to play games, sing karaoke, watch movies and do crafts.

 

Babysitting

Want to get dressed up in a fancy frock and dance the night away? On a cruise with babysitting services, you can do that without worry. The kids will be close but oh, so far away. There are various ways to have your kids looked after. For example, they can take culinary classes, art classes and go on scavenger hunts. They can attend a ship planned afternoon tea party or an early evening dinner party—kids only. You can also get private in-stateroom babysitting on a Celebrity European cruise. Open to children 12 months and older, a sitter will watch up to three kids for about $19/hr in the comfort of your room.

 

Play Together Onboard

Sometimes you actually want to share the day with the kids. With pool volleyball, trivia contests, lawn games, basketball courts, pools, Broadway tribute shows and circus shows, there’s never a dull day on a cruise ship when at sea. Enjoy a variety of meals together without lifting a spatula.

Celebrity cruises takes it up a notch thanks to their partnership with LeapFrog Schoolhouse offering kids a working studio to produce their own newscast and virtually explore the ports they’re visiting.

 

Why Europe?

Eiffel Tower - European Cruise

The ultimate history lesson for the kids – guided tours throughout Europe

This is the ultimate history lesson. Enjoy day trips to Italy and take your family on a guided tour of ancient Rome exploring architecture like the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Or, immerse yourselves in the sights, sounds and tastes of Parisian culture. Ride a riverboat down the Seine; stroll along the Champs-Elysees and view famous French attractions most kids only get to see in photos in history books—the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower.

Ignite their imaginations on a journey through the Scottish countryside visiting medieval castles, where they can learn about drawbridges, Shakespeare and the Loch Ness monster. Then travel to Ireland to kiss the Blarney Stone and bestow the gift of eloquence. Every kid could certainly use a bit of that, couldn’t they?

You get to relax and play. The kids will have so much fun they won’t know they’re also learning. And everyone in the family has an opportunity to see things few people get the opportunity to see firsthand.

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Stan is the proud father of three young children. He and his wife love to travel frequently to places near and far with their extended family.

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