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Family Friendly Cruises Launches January 29, 2018

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We are counting down to the launch of our latest family resource, “Can Do” Street Family Friendly Cruises on January 29, 2018. Our new site will share information on what cruising offers for every member of the family, from the toddler to its senior members including children and adults with special needs, whatever their ages. To enhance the cruise experience, we will also share information about land tours that are available once the seniors enjoying cruisescruise reaches its last port of call.

To make “Can Do” Street Family Friendly Cruises a reality, I became a Cruise Planners Franchisee. Cruise Planners is an American Express Travel Representative. As a Travel Agent I will draw on what I have learned from the 47 cruises I have taken over the past 25 years, and my 35 + years as an educator and a recreation therapist designing and running programs for preschoolers through senior citizens. My cruise planning and booking services will be offered by telephone at no cost to you.

The Family Friendly Cruises Site Will Keep Readers Current About:

  • All major cruise ships sailing from ports world-wide to destinations all over the world and river cruises.
  • Weekly cruise value packages that make cruising an affordable vacation for families, focusing on cruise ships that offer 2 kids sale free or sail at a reduced rate..
  • Group rates that enable extended family members and friends to sail together for a reduced rate.
  • What you need to know about before deciding to take a cruise, including information about youth programs, meals, laundry, priority boarding, insurance, medical care, accessibility and other special needs accommodations on shipboard, and in ports of call. Knowing if a ship has the  amenities you want and need will insure a comfortable and enjoyable trip for every member of your family.
  • On-board cruise life, and ports of call will be published, weekly, in the website blog.

Why a “Can Do” Street Cruises Site?

Cruises are great environments for a family-friendly vacation. Cruises are resorts at sea, giving individuals and families access to a luxury vacation that is convenient, comfortable, exciting, fun, and more cost-effective than many land vacations. Cruises pamper. They offer fine dining,  Activities are complementary, beginning early in the AM and going late into the evening. Professional entertainment, which is Broadway quality, is offered each evening in the theater, and throughout the ship on sea days.

While children participate in complimentary, age appropriate day and evening youth programs conducted by trained staff,  adult members of the family have the free time to enjoy other activities that cruises have to offer.

Cruise ships also anticipate the needs of families traveling with children as a standard practice. High father and son cruiserschairs and cribs are available.The ship store carries diapers and other child care necessities. Dining rooms have a supply of coloring materials on hand, and have a kid friendly menu. Each cabin on the ship is equipped with a refrigerator that can store baby bottles as well as healthy snacks.

Today’s cruises open the world of cruise travel for children and adults with special needs. In addition to accessible cabin accommodations, hearing and sight assistance devices, mobility equipment rentals such as wheelchairs, scooters,and walkers insure that children and adults with disabilities can get around the entire ship and in ports of call. Oxygen, hospital beds recliner chairs and other special needs rentals make travel possible for those with other medical conditions. As a Certified Accessible Travel Advocate, I can assist on planning  for the needs of children and adults while cruising and while in port.

Weddings, reunions and other special events bring families together to celebrate on a cruise.

What Makes Cruises Family Friendly?

  • Cruising is a cost-effective vacation: A cruise is often more cost-effective than a land resort vacation because most cruise costs are included in the per person rate for the cruise, including:
  • Meals/ snacks: All meals in the complimentary dining rooms, snacks such burgers, fries and hot dogs on  the pool decks, desserts  and unlimited coffee, tea, juices, milk, and soft serve ice cream are free throughout the trip. Soda and alcoholic beverages cost less if purchased through a beverage package.
  • Sea activities: Throughout the trip, all activities during the day and in the evening are free with the exception of the game arcade, casino, and spa services. For more on shipboard activities, see the Cruise Critic article, A First Timer’s Guide to Onboard Activities.
  • Youth programs: All youth programs are complimentary. Program participation is on a first come, first served basis. Children are grouped by age. Staff are professionals experienced in providing recreational activities and supervising children and teens. There are children’s programs and programs for teens. Programs begin at 9 AM, break for lunch with family, begin again in the early afternoon and go until 5 PM. Evening programs begin at 7 PM and close at 10:30 PM. During land excursion days, children can remain in the youth programs. There is a small fee for staff supervision of  children remaining in program during meal times. To view a sample of a youth program,  Read About the Splash Program.
  • Family activities: In addition to pool side activities, water slides, basketball, table tennis, and shuffleboard, some ships have a bowling alley, volleyball and tennis courts. The library stocks current bestsellers, and popular board games.
  • 2 Kids Sail Free is offered on several cruise ships making for an affordable family vacation. Other cruise ships offer reduced rates for children. Ages vary by cruise line from 17 years and under to 12 years and under.  Other cost saving promotions include on board credits that cover specialty dining packages for 2, beverage packages for 2, Internet access discounts, and shore excursion credits. Special group packages not only reduce the cost of a cruise, but also provide additional amenities not offered with regular cruise packages.
  • Laundry: Cruise ships either have self-service laundries on most floors, or they offer discounts for laundry services. You put the laundry out after dinner and it is delivered to your cabin, usually the next evening. If laundry service is an issue for you, before you book a cruise, check with the cruise line to determine if they have self service, a fee-based laundry service or both.
  • Dining: Cruise ships offer several complimentary restaurants, including 2+ traditional dining rooms with waiter service; a less formal buffet dining experience features a variety of ethnic foods and  a few eateries feature pub foods or desserts. Another option is the Specialty Dining offerings that carry a charge, such as a steakhouse, dinner theater, French, Japanese or Italian restaurants. The charge connected with eating in these restaurants is less that what the same meal would cost at a land restaurant.
  • Medical Care: Cruise ships have on board medical services that are open for several hours a day, and a medical staff on call round the clock.

Please visit “Can Do” Street Family Friendly Cruises  on the 29th of January!

Once we launch, please call me if you have questions about how cruises can be a fit for your interests and budget, at 800-388-8781.

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