With students out of school for a week or longer, the Spring Break is a prime time for family vacations. That means more children and teenagers will be at sea than usual, and they will have plenty of peers and other families to interact with onboard. Cruise lines are always seeking to improve their recreational programs and venues for kids, tweens, teens and families.
Not far behind -- and often for a lot less money -- are Disney’s competitors. Each has partnered up with outside entertainment franchises to offer their own family-friendly experiences.
Carnival Cruise Lines already hosts Hasbro game shows on some ships, and starting in 2014, its ships will begin to feature Dr. Seuss activities with Seuss at Sea. Kids can meet Nickelodeon favorites such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer onboard select Norwegian Cruise Line ships. Also, on an increasing number of Royal Caribbean International vessels is the DreamWorks Experience with film screenings and characters.
If you’re a single adult or couple, don’t let families scare you away from taking a cruise during Spring Break. Some Cruise lines continue to secure areas onboard exclusively for adults to escape. Even the family-oriented Disney Cruise Line, for instance, offers stellar adults-only venues throughout its ships, and a growing trend is for outdoor deck areas set aside for those over 18, like Carnival Cruise Lines’ fantastic and complimentary Serenity Retreat.
The Best of Both Worlds
Between standard and luxury, premium category cruise lines like Holland America Line and Celebrity Cruises and their more generic kids programs might not be the first to come to mind for family cruising, but they do offer superior quality to the delight of discerning adults. It also just so happens that these lines’ newest television partnerships have tuned in to bridge the age gap, which appeals to variety of cruisers.
Now all you have to worry about is deciding which ports of call you want to visit during your Spring Break cruise.