Build a sand castle on a private island. Most cruise lines that visit the Caribbean make a stop at a “private island” for a truly unforgettable day at the beach. Families enjoy splashing in the waves on secluded, pristine beaches, water sports galore, and great beach barbeques. Make unforgettable sand castle kingdoms with your children. The mother-daughter spa experience. Nail-painting sessions are taken to another level on cruise ships, where they are invited to enjoy real spa treatments together. State-of-the-art salons and spas promote unusual treatments, relaxation, and girl bonding opportunities. Watch a Caribbean sunset together. Acruise offers a uniquely unobstructed view of the sea and the horizon, providing for an ideal setting for your family to watch a sunset or sunrise together. Fireworks every day. For those families on Disney cruises that enjoy a little more pop in their sky-gazing activities, an impressive fireworks show captivates cruisers of all ages each night. Launched from the deck of the ship, the fireworks explode nearby with reflections off the water and plenty of oohs and ahhs from both kids and parents alike. One-on-one time together. Kids and their parents alike can show off their shooting skills on full-sized basketball courts on ships like Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The competition does not have to stop there, however. There’s also miniature golf, rock climbing walls, pools and waterslide games, ping pong, gaming areas, and more to fuel family-friendly competition. Art auctions. Onboard art auctions are a great place to expose kids to art appreciation. Anumber of cruise lines, including Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, NCL, Oceania, Disney, and HollandAmerica Line, have offerings that have included works by the likes of Chagall, Picasso, and Dali. 1. Explore the world together. Kids of all ages love adventure and exploration. From the rainforests of the Caribbean, to cultural differences in another country, to delicacies from the sea that they have never experienced before, your cruise will rekindle plenty of fond family memories back home. Chapter V Tips for Parents Cruising with Teens and Tweens Parents taking a cruise with tween or teenage children know these kids enjoy their space as much at sea as they do at home. The world’s most popular cruise lines have long recognized this and now offer more hangouts and activities tailored exclusively to these age groups than ever before. Combine this space with plenty of activities for the whole family and it is easy to see why cruises make for memorable family vacations, no matter what one’s age. Special pricing for children up to seventeen years old applies on many cruises, and this makes a cruise truly value for money. The following is a sample of the coolest places for older youth to hang out at sea in safe and secure settings: Holland America Line Teens traveling on HAL cruise ships enjoy The Loft, a special lounge area designed to resemble a NewYork artist’s studio. The setting includes music and videos, comfortable furniture, Internet access stations, video games and karaoke, big screen TVs, and more. A secluded passageway leads upstairs to The Oasis, a teens-only sundeck featuring a nine-foot waterfall and a cooling cave. Teens can sunbathe during the day and dance under the stars at night to the beat of a state-of-the-art sound system and laser show. Royal Caribbean International This cruise line’s Voyager Class ships are a floating paradise for teenagers. The Living Room invites kids to hang out during
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