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How To Cruise Ship Travel With Teenagers

Feb 23, 2008
When you're planning a family vacation, it's hard to find something that appeals to everyone - especially if you have teenagers. Parents want to relax, take it easy or enjoy quality family time, while teenagers are maybe looking for something more adventurous or high energy. A cruise vacation is one way to appeal to everyone in your family. You can find one (or more) that provides activities to meet everyone's enjoyment need.

Keep reading to learn about the benefits of a cruise vacation with teenagers, what to look for when booking a cruise for your whole family and how to get the most out of a cruise vacation with teens.

Why Cruise Ship Travel with Teenagers?

Not only are cruise ships large with lots of activities and space, but they're also a self-contained adventure and well-supervised.

Your family will receive the benefit of varied activities like swimming, movie theatres, arcades, tennis, live entertainment and spas. However, as a parent, you'll also enjoy the fact that your teenagers have space to roam, but are always well-watched by diligent crew members. A cruise ship is a safe and fun-packed environment.

As every teen parent knows, even the best-behaved teenager would balk at spending 24 hours a day with their parents. So typically, families enjoy separate activities throughout the day and then come together for meals and evening entertainment. The cruise ship environment allows everyone to enjoy themselves while still bringing families together for quality time.

What Should I Look For When Booking a Cruise with Teenagers?

Be sure to carefully read the cruise ship's policy about unsupervised youth on board the ship. Some ships are geared specifically toward adults over the age of 25, seniors or singles while others have more of a family feel. First and foremost, you're going to want a ship that has a family focus.

Second, check the cruise line's alcohol and gambling policies. Depending on the cruise line, they will serve alcohol to anyone over the age of 18 either with or without parental permission. If this concerns you, be sure to carefully read through the cruise line's policies regarding age of majority.

Third, opt for a cruise that offers a wide variety of active shore activities. Your teen will enjoy the freedom and adventure of scuba diving, surfing lessons or rock climbing. In fact, some boats even offer on-board climbing walls or simulated surfing pools. For a small fee, your teen will get a kick out of the thrill of an activity that's fun, educational and also aerobic.

Finally, how do I Make Sure Everyone Has a Good Time?

By looking for a cruise that's targeted specifically toward families with children of all ages, you're going to find a vacation that has a wide variety of activities for everyone in your family along with the security of knowing your kids are well-supervised. Your teens will enjoy the thrill of a lifetime, bringing home many fond memories about which all family members can reminisce for years to come - especially if plenty of events are captured on camera.
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