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Family Friendly Cruises Launches on “Can Do” Street

image of young family enjoying what cruises have to offer

I am pleased to share that we launched  our latest family resource, “Can Do” Street Family Friendly Cruises!  Our new site shares information on what cruising offers every member of the family, from the toddler to its senior members including children and adults with special needs, whatever their ages.

Each week, I will publish a post about a new aspect of cruising  in my blog, Cruises…Resorts at Sea, located on the “Can Do” Street Family Friendly Cruises web site. 

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 40+ cruises I have taken over the past 25 years, and my 30 + 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 Keeps You 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.
seniors enjoying cruises
senior couple on cruiseship

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:
  • 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.
  • 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.  If you have questions about how cruises can be a fit for your interests and budget, just call me at 800-388-8781. 

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Resorts at Sea: 2018’s New Cruise Ships

image of Norwegian Bliss one of Norwegian's cruise ships
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

 In 2018, several cruise lines will introduce new cruise ships with features that make them resorts at sea, appealing to the child in all of us. While most cruise ships have been family-friendly for several years, the new ships bring activities  to cruising only seen before in land resorts and amusement parks. 

Here’s a peak at what these new resorts at sea cruise ships will be offering:

Carnival Horizon cruise ship will sail out of Miami to ports in the Eastern and Western Caribbean, and feature a Dr. Seuss water park; the Sky Ride where you strap in and zip safely around a suspended two-lane bike course high above the deck of the ship, and an IMAX Theatre .

Celebrity Edge, the latest of the Celebrity cruise ships will sail to the Eastern and Western Caribbean out of Port Everglades starting in December 2018. It’s most amazing amenity, the  Magic Carpet, is the world’s first cantilevered, a floating platform that reaches heights of 13 stories above sea level, so passengers can soar over the open ocean.

ms Nieuw Statendam, the newest member of the Holland America cruise ships will  have a 270 degree LED screen in the theater as well musical themes such as Billboard Onboard, Lincoln Center Stage, and B.B. King’s Blues Club.

Norwegian Bliss,will sail to Alaska and the Caribbean The Observation Lounge will be the perfect spot to watch bald eagles soar over glaciers or dolphins splashing in the Caribbean. The  Bliss will offer the largest race track at sea, and water slides that round the side of the ship.

Symphony of the Seas,  one of the Royal Caribbean cruise ships will be the largest cruise ship ever built when it goes into service in the Spring of 2018. and will accommodate 6,000 guests.  It will feature a 10 story slide, robot bartenders, an ice skating rink, an aqua theater, and have 20 restaurants on board. It will sail to the Caribbean from Miami, Florida after a season in the Mediterranean.

Viking Spirit – Viking’s fifth ocean cruise ship will have an aft infinity pool, thermal suite with snow room (complimentary),and  two story explorer’s lounge. Every stateroom will have a private veranda. Wi-Fi, specialty restaurants, thermal suite, laundry room, and 24/7 room service will all be complimentary.

Each of these new cruise ships will feature a number of new amenities in addition to the ones described above, as well as all the family-friendly amenities described in detail in our fist cruise article, What Makes a Cruise Family-friendly?

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