Family cruising; small companies can take you “off the beaten path”

Image courtesy of Paul Gauguin
Image courtesy of Paul Gauguin

The large cruise line companies undoubtedly have a myriad of activities for all ages, and they are quite popular with families because of the variety they offer.  So, as a traveling family, is it worth looking at smaller ships for your next cruise vacation?

Absolutely.  Smaller, more niche lines are great- and they cater to those of you wanting to take a more “off the beaten path” family voyage. Believe it or not, when it comes to families, small lines and ships can be just as good (or better) due to the intimate atmosphere on board.

I love the idea of a family cruise through Tahiti and French Polynesia… the sights are incredibly beautiful, and cruise line Paul Gauguin offers a children’s program that is hard to beat for exploration and learning.

If you’re thinking of sailing on this line with your family, here’s what you should know about their children’s programs…


Paul Gauguin Cruises is unable to accommodate infants less than one year of age.


Paul Gauguin Cruises offers a unique program that introduces young travelers (ages 9 to 17) to the extraordinary natural wonders of French Polynesia through direct, hands-on, interactive experiences with marine and island ecosystems. Young Ambassadors explore coral reefs, hike rainforest trails, and visit marae (ancient Polynesian temples). They also learn how black pearls and vanilla are cultivated, how volcanic islands become coral atolls, and how to paddle an outrigger canoe. Parents are encouraged to join children on eco-excursions and other activities aboard and ashore. The Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program is available on select summer and holiday cruises for a nominal fee.



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