If you are considering going on a cruise with children or teen-agers, many cruise shipshave family-related or kids/teens program. In addition to wildlife viewing, snorkeling, kayaking and hiking, they can visit the bridge, learn about navigational charts, tie nautical knots and enjoy family-centered ice cream socials, costume party and talent show.
Family cruises are usually held at spring break or summer vacation time when odds are in favor of there being other kids on board. But even without special programs small ships are wonderful for families if the activities focus on nature and wildlife. What kid can be bored with close-up encounters with whales, seeing monkeys in a rainforest, walking on a glacier, or fishing for piranha in the Amazon?
Cruises also can give kids a sense of place and sense of history that they cannot obtain in a classroom. And they experience the exchanges with other people and other cultures that occur traveling with small groups.
It’s not a good idea to take young children or teenagers on more formal ships, in fact, some of them have rules against taking children. And we would not take children on cruises with limited activity or that have a reputation for heavy drinking. But other than that, we would highly recommend cruising as a family experience.
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Example: Ecoventura had 10 teens and 10 parents in a graduation cruise aboard their yacht Eric in the Galapagos Islands in June just after graduation. In a week the boat visited the islands of Genovesa, Fernandina, Isabela, Santiago, Santa Cruz, Espanola and San Cristobal. Activities included snorkeling with penguins and sea lions, naturalist-guided wildlife hikes, nature photography, lava tube exploration, star gazing, and a night out on the town of Puerto Ayora, the largest settlement in Galapagos.
Unplanned events included moonlight card games, diving like pirates off the upper deck to storm a nearby ship at anchor and a graduation party with dancing and live musical entertainment courtesy of the captain, crew and guides.
There was glowing guest feedback from teens and adults alike for lifetime memories and a unique way to celebrate.
Let us know the size of your group and we can arrange a graduation cruise with Ecoventura or other boat of the right size for your group.
There are often special fares on family cruises with discounts of 15-50% for teens and children.
GREAT CRUISES FOR FAMILIES
are some cruises that have good children or family
TOURS & CRUISES
CRUCEROS DE AVENTURA
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
Passenger Capacity: 49
ADVENTURES -- GALAPAGOS
REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES
WILD ALASKA CRUISES
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