Cruising is a popular choice when two, three or even four generations of a family want to vacation together. There are a number of trends that are contributing to the growth in multi-generational cruising:
- The baby boom generation has entered the ranks of senior citizens with a desire to stay active and to spend more time with their children and grandchildren. By hopping on a cruise ship, a family can see the world in comfort and togetherness.
- The boomer generation is increasing the overall affluence of the senior population, and many of them can afford to pay part or all of what it takes for their children and grandchildren to get on board.
- The younger end of the boomer generation is still working and using their limited vacation time to be with their own parents as well as their children.
A cruise is a fantastic choice for multi-generational groups because today’s ships offer something for everyone – and, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert can help you select the best one for your family.
Many ships offer a combination of kids’ clubs and games for high-energy kids; sports decks and exclusive lounges for teens; quiet spaces and gourmet dining for adults; table games and cultural presentations for seniors; and shows, movies and pool decks for families to enjoy together. When any member of the family needs a break, they can retreat their stateroom or find an out-of-the-way spot to curl up with a book.
Families also have lots of options for time spent on shore – options you may want to discuss in advance. Excursions can vary widely in the level of activity required (a 300-foot vertical climb to a hidden waterfall vs. a walk along a level forest path, for example). They can appeal to all family members, or may please just a few (an afternoon on the beach vs. an afternoon at museum). Shore excursions often fill up quickly, so it’s important to decide in advance if you want to choose excursions that everyone will like; let family members choose their own excursions; or do some of each.
Your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert can also help you and your family members arrange air travel that will get everyone to the dock on time. If your group is large enough, you may even qualify for discounts on board.