Top 4 Cruises to Take With the Family in 2013

Cruises are incredibly exciting because you essentially get to take all kinds of vacations at once. There are shops on board and shows, pools, games, sometimes entire amusement park rides, such as water slides and roller coasters. That’s what makes them so great for the entire family, so consider one of these cruise destinations the next time you’re ready to take the kids on vacation.

Keep It Close to Home in Canada

northern lights

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Sometimes you simply can’t go too far away. You might think that means you can’t enjoy a cruise, but that’s simply not so. Think about hopping on board for a visit to Canada. There are some amazing things to see and do, from the charm of Prince Edward Island to the chance to see the Northern Lights in northwestern Canada.

Take a trip in the spring or summer and the weather will delight you, especially on board. You may even book a cruise with ports of call in several Canadian hotspots, from Toronto to British Columbia. But don’t pass up the opportunity because you think you can’t travel far.

Enjoy a Tropical Voyage to Hawaii

Hawaii

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Is there anything better than a sunny, stunning, tropical vacation? Cruises to Hawaii are becoming ever more popular, and the journey is just as much fun as the destination. It’s a great place because you can easily enjoy it during almost any time of year, whether you book your vacation for summer, fall, winter, or spring. Since Hawaii is small, you’ll also have the chance to island hop, which allows you to enjoy the best of everything—even helicopter rides and intrepid volcano hikes.

Journey to the Land Down Under

New Zealand

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If you have the time and money, a longer cruise is tons of fun. What better than a trip to Australia? Flying to Oz is a serious ordeal, but while cruise trips are pretty long as well, you still get to enjoy all that space. Plus, when else can you travel right through the Great Barrier Reef?

If at all possible, ask for extra vacation days so you can disembark on the continent and really soak up the local culture. If you have a lot of time, you should also think about traveling on down to New Zealand, just to make the most of your holiday. The kids will love the chance to see, among other things, the real, live village of Hobbiton.

Introduce Culture with a European Cruise

Europe

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European cruises come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. You might choose a “loosely European” cruise by visiting the United Kingdom instead, which will allow you to stop off in Britain, Ireland, and Scotland. You can also choose to delve deep into old-world European culture by visiting places such as France, Germany, Russia, and even Norway. Charter your own path through Europe, and you can go anywhere.

A cruise truly gives you an opportunity to see the world from a unique vantage point, so don’t miss the boat. If taking vacation time for your cruise is too difficult, think about working on a boat. Search hospitality employment sites like jobs at Royal Holiday to find hotels and cruise ships where you can work while you travel. This could be a way for parents with new graduates to work and travel with their children.

There is a big wide world out there. Will you get out and see it? Where will you book your next cruise?

About the Author

Shaun Chatman is a well published author on many authority sites. He lives in Dunedin, FL, and spends his free time playing with his kids or advising friends on tech, gadgets, finance and travel.

 

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http://www.minitime.com/trip-tips/A-Sea-of-Possibilities-article

 

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