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Spring Break is around the corner  and so is the annual question, “What to do … and, where to go”?  It is an exciting time of year because “Spring Break” marks our passage into the spring and summer season … lots to look forward to!
Take your family on a cruise vacation.
Cruising is gaining popularity and is an excellent option for a family group to enjoy a break away together.  There are many cruise lines to choose from.  And, they all have excellent children’s programs for all ages including teens.  Cruise ships are very safe environments and provide for satisfaction for each member of the family, young and old alike.
So what to look for?  If it has a high service level, the adults are going to be pampered as well as the kids.  Definitely check on what the kids programs are, and what the ages are in each group.  What is offered for your teens?

Popular Family Cruise destinations in the spring are: Mexican Riviera, Caribbean, Hawaii, and the South Pacific.  Some good considerations for cruises catering to families are: Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Oceania Cruises and even Holland America Line.  If you are looking for a more “all-inclusive” upscale experience for everyone, then consider: Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Cunard Line, Crystal Cruises, Silversea Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line, and Seabourn Cruise Line.

Popular Family Resort destinations are: Mexico, Cuba, Caribbean Islands and Dominican Republic.  The best option is to choose an “all-inclusive” resort, so you will know exactly what it is going to cost you because it includes: all meals, beverages, accommodations and some entertainment.  These generally have activities that will have an added cost, but you can have a great time with the basic package.  For an “Everything Included” vacation, look at resorts like “Beaches Resorts” where absolutely everything comes in the package.
Again, check out the specific kids programs being offered.  Are there kid’s pools and kid specific activities?  How many restaurants are there?  What are the extras offered at an extra cost?  Make sure there will be something for everyone to enjoy and feel satisfied.  The children and youth should be able to get as much value out of the vacation as the adults.

Destinations closer to home here are: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, and all over Florida.  Disneyland and Walt Disney World are a must at some point with most families.
The best advice is to consult your Cruise & Resort Professional who can help you sort through the choices to create a vacation perfect for the whole family!
More cruise & resort destinations to come in future articles.  Til then, keep cruisin’! – – Gary Gallant

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