Smooth Sailing For The Whole Family


Holidaying at home has been popular for the last few years as families tighten their belts and try to keep calm and carry on.  However, there are only so many wet weeks in the Lake District or boring boarding houses in Bognor many families can stomach, before the kids start making the most of Legal Aid, while it still exists, and arrange to ‘divorce’ you.  Despite their luxury reputation the cruise industry has found that it is managing to ride the storm of the recession (some puns are irresistible) and cruise holidays are as popular as ever.  Unlike many single location holidays cruises have, in fact, seen continued growth.

A room with quite a lot of views

So why are cruises so popular?  Well, they aren’t usually subject to volcanic ash cloud disruption, although that is probably a minor consideration.  The first reason that cruises remain popular is that they offer excellent value for money compared to other resort deals; to beat off the effects of the global recession cheap cruise deals have become more common than ever.  Most resort hotels have everything you could want; shops, bars, restaurants; entertainment; childcare and the same old view day in day out.  This is the first plus for your average cruise – don’t expect to get used to that view from your hotel room because it will change by the hour.  It’s also extremely unlikely with a cruise that your room will overlook a half-finished hotel.  Many land based resorts have found themselves wrecked on the rubble of economic downturn, slowly gathering dust and weeds.  While your first night on board may feature a view of the Southampton dockside, you can be pretty certain your second won’t – even on a budget cruise.

Choice destinations

When it comes to organising family holidays at a resort you have to take into account the age ranges and tastes or needs of the whole group.  Juggling between Grandma’s intolerance to Spain (in general) and the twins new found vegetarian principles can leave you with the feeling that you’d like to send them off to the opposite ends of the earth on more than just a holiday.  The favourite British cruise destination is still the Mediterranean (43% of us pick it over other destinations) and it’s easy to understand why.  Why pick between France and Spain, when you can have them both – with Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt thrown in.  Certainly it seems to be the variety that the cruise can offer that appeals to so many people.  The Mediterranean offers such a wealth of history and different cultures that even a short cruise around some of its shores has more to offer than you might think. Add to this the consistency and quality of the service on board, and you have a recipe for success.

Taking the planning out of planning

When it comes to individual requirements a cruise, again, can beat many other types of holiday.  Having all the advantages and facilities of most resort hotels – often more – you can also have the comfort of eating in at familiar restaurants whether you are moored off Morocco or going ashore in Athens.  Organising a trip on this grand scale could be a nightmare, but the single base that your ship offers tends to take the ‘planning’ out of ‘planning’, which when it comes down to it, is really what holidays should be all about!

Mediterranean cruises can offer a little of something for everyone – ensuring that everyone has the chance to relax and nobody but the childcare assistant is left holding the baby.  For variety, choice and quality of experience a Mediterranean cruise can offer the best of all worlds.

Amazing Family Vacation Destinations

Taking your family on a vacation is a sure way to strengthen the bond between you all. Laughter and fun should be part of every family routine. When you enjoy each other in a way that breaks down barriers between you, you learn more about your children, or your parents, and what makes them tick.

Family Vacation
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It used to be much more difficult to locate the kind of places that could make everyone in the family happy. That’s not quite as true as it was in past years. Family centric areas are starting to emerge more and more  often as the new vacation paradise.

Whether you’re into camping, luxury, water vacations, or the best in outdoor entertainment, from theme parks to national parks, you’ll find plenty of places to love in our offerings of the top family vacation areas in the United States.

Las Vegas Nevada-Believe it or not, Las Vegas has become one of the most family friendly places in the world. Between Circus Circus, and the hourly circus shows which are presented there are loved by kids of any age. Many of the hotels feature indoor gardens and waterfalls, while several also feature outdoor mini zoos for your family, set in tropical gardens. Just outside of Las Vegas you will find outstanding entertainment for those who love the hiking and biking and boating adventure vacation.

Las Vegas is a miracle of sights and sounds that are pleasing for kids, including an erupting volcano on the street and an Atlantis show comprised of moving animated statues inside one of the more popular hotels. Each of these shows is free of charge. While you may pay more for a hotel in Las Vegas, the entertainment is nearly always free.

Red Rock Canyon is a beautiful hiking and camping area, while Lake Meade national resort area brings you amazing scenery and vast waterways to traverse. Boats are available for rent in the area. The Hoover Dam is also in the immediate vicinity, while Las Vegas itself offers you wild west history at its best with the museums and historical buildings to be found outside the “strip” area.

The Atlantis Resort is another of the most beautiful and interesting family vacation areas. More than 800 million dollars went into the creation of this tribute to the lost city of Atlantis. The resort offers more than 20 thousand rooms for guests, as well as lagoons which are inhabited by stingrays and lionfish and other incredible sights.

If you’re all about the outdoor world, but you want some comfort as well, one of the most unique resorts in the world is where you should spend a family vacation. Takilma, Oregon is home to a veritable city in the trees. Treesort is one of the most unusual family vacations that  you will ever take. The resort is comprised of fourteen different enormous treehouses which sleep between two and  eight people in each one. There are ladders, suspension bridges, and even a fire pole as well as rope ladders to get you up and down from the amazing suites that are your place of residence in Treesort. The luxury suites offer a bathroom, a master bedroom, a top loft, and even a small kitchen for your use while you are staying in Treesort.

America has become a place which is recognizing the importance of family and what it takes to please everyone. Spend some time rediscovering American in one of these incredible family vacation areas… and while you’re at it, spend some time rediscovering each other.

Joyce Brister is a loving parent and blogger for the My Baby Blog.  Joyce loves writing about situations that parents are often faced with.  She would like for you to take a look at her Glenna Jean Crib Bedding Sets at My Baby Bedding Shop.