Behinds the scenes here at Vacationkids, our travel advisors answer this question about week long family vacations in Europe almost every day. I'll be brutally honest, when I hear this question the above picture immediately pops into my brain.
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This is the reason parents love most. Cruise ships, unlike hotels, charge by the number of passengers sharing a cabin - period. The cost has nothing to do with age. At many resorts, once your child turns 13 they will need to pay the "full boat" adult rate. On a cruise ship, the first two passengers in the cabin (aka - mom & dad) will pay first and second passenger rates. No matter how old your children are, if they are sharing the cabin with you they will pay 3rd, 4th, 5th passenger rates which are lower (aka - kids rates). Of course the number of passengers sharing the same cabin is dependent on the occupancy limits of your particular stateroom. Also be aware that when a cruise line offer "perks" like free drink or specialty dining , this discount applies to the first and second passengers only. Any additional passengers sharing the cabin would need to pay for the cost of these perks.
The Caribbean, Mexico, the Bahamas and Bermuda are certainly the most popular cruise destinations for American families. These family friendly ports of all offer fun experiences for kids of all ages. Depending on the specific sailing you choose, your family can visit a several different countries and Caribbean islands on a single cruise. Ports of call and the length of time your ship will be docked in port will vary between different cruise lines.
A great way to teach children their place in this word is to show them exactly where they come from. If you're looking for inspiration for your next family vacation, consider a family heritage trip. Imagine your family walking in the footsteps of your ancestors.
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If you're a busy parent juggling life who just realized your kid's team won't be making this year's baseball playoffs or your daughter decided not to attend summer camp then you need to make some last minute family vacation plans - it's not too late. That's the good news.
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Many people hate the idea of spending money on insurance - whether it's for home, car, health, etc - until they need it. Then they are so grateful to have the coverage. Travel insurance is much the same -- you hope you’ll never need to use it, but let’s face it, your vacation is an investment in your family - don’t you want to insure it the way you would your car?