Cruise lines and responsibility for children

Those of us who are involved in the cruise industry know that one of their major focuses over the last decade has been making their ships more and more family friendly.  In catering to this demographic, they have introduced bigger and better entertainment facilities, children’s programs, and shore excursions designed specifically with children and families in mind. The question comes to mind, then, what responsibility the cruise lines bear for the children aboard their lines.  In my …

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Everything you want to know about Disney Cruise Line

A close friend of mine recently traveled with her family on Disney Cruise Line; a quick 5-day jaunt from San Diego down into Mexico and back, and she said it was, hands-down, the best family vacation they’ve ever had. Given that Disney is perhaps the most recognized name in family entertainment in the world, it’s oftentimes the number one choice for families researching a cruise vacation.  And while you can find a wealth of information on the …

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Celebrity Cruises receives “Autism Friendly” certification from Autism on the Seas

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Autism on the Seas™ (AotS), the leading travel organization catering to vacationers with autism and other developmental disabilities, today announced that Celebrity Cruises has received the Silver Level “Autism Friendly” certification from AotS. The important designation qualifies the modern luxury cruise line’s efforts to accommodate guests with autism and developmental disabilities for inclusion and participation in its cruise vacation experience.  Effective immediately, the Celebrity Cruises fleet* is Silver Level certified “Autism …

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Jamie Oliver to launch restaurants on Royal Caribbean!

A few years ago, Jamie Oliver, Food Network chef, established a program called Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, aimed at improving nutrition for children in public schools.  The philosophy? “Imagine a world where children were fed tasty and nutritious, real food at school from the age of 4 to 18. A world where every child was educated about how amazing food is, where it comes from, how it affects the body and how it can save their lives”. …

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Will you pay more to be child-free on a cruise?

News from Princess Cruises: they’ve raised the fee for admission into their adults-only area, The Sanctuary, on all the ships in the fleet.  The daily fees, in fact, have doubled, and now stand as listed: Half-day Lounge Rental – $20 per day Full-day Lounge Rental – $40 per day (If you choose to buy a whole-cruise rental pass, you’ll be charged a fee of $30 per day, times the number of days of your cruise.  For example, …

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Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic announce the young explorer challenge

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic are inviting their younger travelers to see and share the world in a whole new way with the launch of its Young Explorer Challenge. Created to mirror Lindblad-National Geographic’s unique legacy of exploration, geographic education, global stewardship and innovation, the Young Explorer Challenge invites the next generation of explorers to creatively capture the ways in which their voyage opened up the world to them in a new way. The year-long educational contest is open …

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MSC’s family-friendly sailings

MSC’s Divina now calls the Port of Miami home, providing travelers with a new option in cruising from the port- very good news for the family vacation. Here’s why: On MSC, kids 11 and under sail free and children aged 12-17 sail at a reduced rate.  No special promotion, no short term deal; it’s just their policy. The line clearly wants that family demographic: they offer an outstanding children’s program that’s divided by age, the Mini Club …

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Royal Caribbean and the Make-A-Wish Foundation: Wishes At Sea

Did you know that Royal Caribbean has a national partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation?  For those of you not familiar with the program, these two companies work together to we help make dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. Wishes at Sea (established in 2000) is a program whereby every year Royal Caribbean commits a number of cruise packages specifically to children whose wish it is to have an unforgettable dream-come-true vacation with his or her family. …

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Can you have a child-free evening on a family vacation? Royal Caribbean’s answer…

There’s a special joy in introducing our children to new destinations, people, and experiences; being there to see a whole new world open up in front of them.  That’s why we do the family vacation- to treasure every moment with them. Well, okay, maybe not EVERY moment. Even adults need some time to play… so in addition to Royal Caribbean’s children’s programs and facilities, there’s one more very important thing you should know about: Babysitting Services.  There …

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Holland America Line: Their childrens policies and programs

Since we’ve been talking so much recently about family travel, here’s some information on another line that has an outstanding children’s program: Holland America.  If your children are between the ages of 3 and 17, this line has a myriad of activities, functions, and amenities that will keep them happy and entertained for the duration of your cruise. A caveat: although children aged 6 months and up (12 months on Transoceanic sailings) are permitted on the line, …

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