Family Cruise Travel Planner, 2019 Edition

2019 Family Cruise Travel Planner

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Chapter XXIII- Expedition Cruises

Expedition cruise lines typically attract seekers of adventure and unusual thrills. These lines have very unique and exotic destinations such as the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and Greenland. Expedition cruises tend to focus on very isolated scenery or wildlife up-close and personal. On an expedition line, you will undergo a multitude of new experiences—new cultures, new foods, and new smells—as all of your senses are awakened and you commune with nature. The amenities range from simple accommodations to ultra-luxury environments.

These lines are well suited for:

  • Travelers seeking eco-friendly expeditions.
  • Travelers seeking remote scenery and wildlife viewing.
  • Travelers who may be willing to forego luxurious amenities in exchange for remote locations with exotic birds and animals.
  • Travelers seeking a small ship experience with high-impact adventure.
  • Travelers looking for expedition and unique cruises off the beaten track.
  • Travelers seeking an educational experience and a vacation filled with history and culture.
  • Travelers seeking a destination immersion.
  • Travelers looking to challenge themselves.
  • Travelers looking to meet others who share their passion.


Alaskan Dream Cruises

Minimum Age: No minimum age

Children’s Programs: None (except on special summer family cruises)

Babysitting: No

Tickets: https://allthingscruise.com/browse-cruise-lines/alaskan-dream-cruises/

Overview

Alaskan Dream Cruises offers small ship cruising with seven to ten-day cruise itineraries. Shore excursions are complimentary. One or two excursions at each port of call will showcase Alaskan adventure and heritage.

Destinations

Alaska

Minimum Age

No minimum age.

Babysitting

This line does not offer babysitting services.

Pregnancy Policy

There are no restrictions as to when pregnant women can sail, as long as they take the necessary safety precautions.

Children’s Programs

There are no official children’s programs.

 

Ecoventura SA/Galapagos Network

Minimum Age: Twelve years (five years on family departures)

Children’s Programs: None (except for family departures)

Babysitting: Not available

Tickets: https://allthingscruise.com/cruise-research/cruise-lines/ecoventura/

Overview

Ecoventura operates a fleet of four expedition vessels that sail to the Galapagos Islands. They sail seven-day itineraries and their small ships carry only twenty passengers.

Destinations

The Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador

Minimum Age

Children under 6 years of age are not accepted unless the parents or legal guardians sign a hold harmless release. It is highly recommended that children age 11 and younger confirm only on a designated family departure. Children under the age of 5 are only permitted on exclusive charter basis.

Babysitting

Not available.

Pregnancy Policy

Ecoventura may, in its sole and absolute discretion, refuse to board any Passenger who will be thirty (30) or more weeks pregnant at the time of the cruise.  Passengers who are 30 or more weeks pregnant must notify the Company in advance and will be required to sign an additional waiver.

Children’s Programs

Designated family departures are offered over school breaks and feature age-appropriate activities, depending on the ages and number of children on board. Ecoventura naturalists know how to bring the islands they love to life and balance learning with fun for the entire family.

 

Lindblad Expeditions

Minimum Age: None

Children’s Programs: Moderate

Babysitting: None

Tickets: https://allthingscruise.com/browse-cruise-lines/lindblad-expeditions/

Overview

Lindblad Expeditions is an expedition cruise line. They have a strategic alliance with the National Geographic Society. This partnership allows travelers to interact with active explorers. They have a fleet of small expositions ships, Zodiacs, onboard naturalists, and underwater cameras to enrich the expedition experience.

Destinations

Alaska

Amazon

Antarctica

Arctic and Russian Far East

Baja California

Belize and Guatemala

British and Irish Isles

California Coast

Channel Islands

Costa Rica and Panama

Egypt

Galapagos

Mediterranean

Pacific Northwest

Peru

South American East Coast

Scotland

South Pacific and French Polynesia

Vietnam and Cambodia

Minimum Age

Children of any age are welcome aboard. Parents must sign a minor consent form. It is also suggested that the legal guardian of the child sign and have notarized a letter of consent to travel with their knowledge. There is $500 discount on the double occupancy rate for each person under eighteen on all departures.

Babysitting

Not available.

Pregnancy Policy

Lindblad does not have a policy in effect and takes pregnant clients on a case-by-case basis. They rely upon the opinion and advice of the woman’s own physician. (It also depends on the destination and trip.) Lindblad does have a consulting doctor and, if you will provide specifics, he will be consulted.

Children’s Programs

Lindblad Expeditions has introduced National Geographic Global Explorers program. This new program offers activities for kids and teens like earning a Zodiac “driver’s License”, recording wildlife sightings, participate in daily field activities. This program will be featured on select Galapagos and Alaska sailings. Their cruises are designed so that family members of all ages can enjoy their voyage. Hands-on learning with onboard naturalists, kayaking, snorkeling, and hands-on science can offer fun for active and curios children. The ships are small so the children are never far from their parents.

 

Un-Cruise Adventures

Minimum Age: Either eight or thirteen years (depending on the ship)

Children’s Programs: None (except on family departures)

Babysitting: None

Tickets: http://www.cruisecompete.com/lines/un_cruise_adventures.html

Overview

Un-Cruise Adventures has a fleet of small ships that explore Alaska, the Columbia River, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexico, and British Columbia. There is a relaxed and casual environment on board. Their small ship allows for up-close explorations and there are trained leaders and guides on board each ship to give insights into each destination.

Destinations

Alaska

Columbia/Snake Rivers

Costa Rica and Panama

Galapagos

Hawaiian Islands

Mexico’s Sea of Cortés

Pacific Northwest

Minimum Age

Children eight and older are welcome on any departure. Exceptions for children seven years and younger may be made; call Un-Cruise Adventures or your travel agent to request pre-approval. On private charters of any vessel, all ages are welcome and any age restrictions are waived. For sailings aboard the Safari Quest, children must be at least fourteen; Safari Quest welcomes children ages thirteen and younger on private yacht charters only.

Babysitting

This line does not offer babysitting services.

Pregnancy Policy

Due to the limitations of vessel facilities, bookings cannot be accepted for women who will be 30 weeks or more pregnant at the conclusion of travel. Women in their third trimester (greater than 24 weeks, but less than 30 weeks) must submit a letter from their physician granting permission to travel by boat (and for air travel, if applicable).

Children’s Programs

There are no formal children’s programs aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ ships.

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