Whether it is a 3 star, 4 star or a luxury 5 star cruise you’re boarding, the perks and activities on a cruise are almost endless, with something in store for young, old and everyone in between. Kids are definitely spoilt for choice on ships, but it is important to take the ages into consideration before you book as some cruise liners have more specific activities for teens compared to toddlers.
The recreational activities on the Carnival Cruise Line, for example, are inclined towards teens, but there are a handful of perks for kids under the age of 9 as well. The expansive outdoor pool, large water park, 10 whirlpools and 22 foot screen for movies is most inviting on Carnival, followed by a host of recreational fun divided into categories depending on age.
Ages between 2 and 5 are normally catered for in the toddlers groups and will get to do things like art, coloring and singing to name a few. Kids between 6 and 8 are normally seen as the junior category and that get to take part in excellent activities like talent shows, karaoke and scavenger hunts. The teens – and the pre teens – have a mountain of things to do. Many of the activities are water based in the host of pools that are aboard all the modern cruise vessels, but there is also multiplayer computer tournaments and energy sapping adventures like rock wall climbing and sometimes even ice skating, depending on the ship.
Anytime is good to take a break from the bustle of everyday life, and setting sail on a cruise liner allows you to do just that! Most people returning from a cruise claim that they achieved a general sense of overall well-being as it is one of the most relaxing ways to vacation. For most passengers, the idea of sailing through clear waters and visiting exotic sites is an absolute thrill complimented with endless hours of pampering. Some of the more well knows names in the cruise industry are Cunard, Princess Cruises, P & O and the Holland America Line, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. And when it comes to relaxation, all are appointed with state of the art spa facilities.
Cruise companies have a number of ways to relax, but one of the most common is spas. These can be taken on board in most cases and some also offer land based options. The on board option is undoubtedly the easiest and different companies go for different options like Eastern Traditional style, high tech cardio options and general fitness centers. If you are interested in taking full advantage of these kind of facilitates, it is best if you can find a package with all this included – which really is most of them. Add to this the options of multiple indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools, and you will find it hard to to enjoy yourself.
If a little adventure is more your fancy, then you will be looking forward to things like shore excursions to your ports of call, maybe a hand or 2 at your on board casino, deck games, ice skating, rock climbing, water slides or even on board surfing. Be sure to look up exactly what facilities are offered on your potential ships before you make your booking to make sure the options fit with your desires.
Action is often an unlimited component on many cruise lines starting with Wii consoles streamed through large screens, special game kiosks for children, cooking classes and the Royal Caribbean’s full size boxing ring to name a few. That’s not all; there’s also surf and theme parks, innovative yoga, extensively kitted out gyms and skating rinks to explore.
Dining is probably one of the best all-inclusive perks of cruises, and although it is free in most instances, there are a few packages that do require you to pay for snacks and beverages. Whatever the case maybe, the dining options on a ship include succulent world class dishes that are prepared by renowned chefs from different parts of the globe.
In the last ten years, cruising has become the fastest growing segment of the travel industry. Due to this we have seen both the amount and quality of cruise-liners improve dramatically. Ships on a scale never dreamed of before are being commissioned every year with some carrying as many as 4,500 people. They are no longer just large ships that traverse the seas to get from one place to another, but rather, regal floating cities with destinations set amongst the most beautiful places in the world.