These lines are well suited for: • Adults looking for a sophisticated, intimate small ship experience. • Travelers seeking an educational experience and a vacation filled with history and culture. • Seasoned travelers and adults who are destination-oriented. • Highly educated travelers looking for a history-rich vacation. • Those seeking to meet experts in their fields who have a vast knowledge of the cities visited. • Those who enjoy an educational type of vacation. • Those who enjoy traveling and conversation with noteworthy academic experts. Chapter XV Summary
Cruises make for a great family vacation, but not every cruise line is created equal. Some are better than others due to the nature of their amenities and offerings, so take the time, do the research, and find the one that best fits what you hope to achieve during your family vacation. Remember, if you are planning a family cruise vacation, it’s very important to research cruise lines’ children’s amenities and policies. There are lines that cater especially to families with children’s amenities and programs; there are others that allow but don’t promote travel with young children; and there are even some cruise lines that categorically discourage (or have policies against) bringing young children aboard. You need to keep this in mind if you want to make an informed booking decision. Here are some general points to consider: • Six months is generally the minimum age for cruising with children on most lines; but expect it to be twelve months on transatlantic and other select voyages. • The cruise lines vary their minimum age to cruise; the lines vary from six months at the low end to twelve years at the high end. • The majority of cruise lines offer children’s programs or amenities in some form, but several do not. Make sure you do your research! • Those lines that offer children’s activity programs generally begin them at age two, but lines may start as young as age one, or as old as age five. • Babysitting services are available on some, but not all, lines. Parents should expect to pay premium price for these services in most cases. If you prefer that your children have personal attention, another option is to bring along a nanny who can help to entertain and supervise your kids. That way, you can travel together as a family yet still also enjoy some relaxing, adult vacation time.
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