Vacations can be tough to plan, especially when you’re bringing your entire family with you. Booking hotels, car rentals, flights, they’re all such a hassle. If only there was an easier way to enjoy a family vacation… Wait, I think I know the answer to this.
Cruising, of course! Princess Cruises has made it a mission to connect people to others and the world. Through enriching activities, inspiring excursions, and beautiful destinations Princess continues to elevate its guest experience with families at the core.
Now, I can’t give you the perspective of a parent, because I’m 19 after all, but I do know a lot about what your kids can expect on a cruise (they’ll have the time of their lives, I promise). Our family, including my mom, dad, little brother, and I, we always feel disconnected from each other. Whether it’s work, school, sports, extra-circular activities and more, we don’t have too many breaks in our daily lives. But when we are on a cruise, everything changes.
Four people suddenly go from having their own room with their own living space to sharing one cabin, you would think can be hectic, but it really isn’t. As you cruise, you’ll quickly learn that your cabin is for a shower and sleep! Your eighteen-story cruise ship is your home, go out and explore! Now that my bother and I are in our teens, the leases get let loose (just a tad more) and our family separates into their own thing. My mother will find a quiet lounge chair to read, sleep, and listen to the ocean waves. My father will find something delicious in the Fresh World Market. My little brother will make friends from places around the country, and the world, and spend the day swimming in one of the pools. And as for me? Pop in the AirPods, sit out on the balcony, and just watch the day go by.
Of course, we’re not always separated on a cruise, I’ll run into my mother onboard and we’ll grab lunch or an afternoon snack together at the International Cafe (best place ever). My father and brother might go shoot hoops in the Sports Center. We all might go to some trivia, learn how to hula dance, visit Puppies in the Piazza, and so much more.
You can do all you want on a cruise, or you can do none of it.
A family outing to port, really isn’t that stressful either. And, as a teenager, doing something in public with your parents, really isn’t too bad I guess… Going on excursions through Princess Cruises couldn’t be easier. Your tickets are mailed to your cabin with info on what to bring, what to wear, where to go, what time, and anything else you should know. Meet at a designated area and then disembark the ship to be guided to your tour, it’s that simple! There have been so many fun memories on excursions together as a family, like zip lining in Cozumel, Mexico as my father and I faced our fear of heights to eventually laugh about it at dinner that same day. And then there’s times where we work together when all four of us had to work together as we climbed through caves in Gibraltar.
And with Princess, they make families even more special onboard. When my brother and I were younger they would take extra special care in entertaining us in the main dining rooms, we would come into the cabin at the end of the day to see animal towels, and any kind of birthday celebration was duly noted with a sign on the door.
However, while we do still have our moments onboard, we make things work. And that’s what family is all about, right?
Sixteen years of cruising and none of us have wanted to push each other overboard, if that isn’t family love I don’t know what is.
And if you’re traveling with grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, dogs, and others, it makes the cruise a whole lot better! A cruise is always better with a larger group. No matter what you choose to do, take your kids, take your parents. Cruising with family is actually a great experience and I highly recommend it!