Sample the World Without Breaking the Bank

Planning a family vacation and can't decide where to go or what to do? Cruises might be an affordable option with something for everyone.
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Let’s be honest, planning a family vacation is hard work. Figuring out the best vacation that will make everyone in your family happy is probably one of the most challenging aspects. While your ideal trip might include a night out on the town, your son might be looking forward to hitting the surf and your daughter might just want to hang out by the pool all day.

So how can you make sure everyone enjoys the trip while keeping within your budget?

One solution is to forget about finding the perfect destination and consider a cruise instead. Cruising might be the most affordable vacation to sample the best that the world has to offer, ensuring that everyone in your family will have a great time.

Cruises allow you to visit several places in the Caribbean, Europe or Asia without sacrificing valuable family time packing and traveling between different cities. Instead of being crammed into a car, train or airplane, you could be relaxing poolside and making memories with your family, all while skipping the “are we there yet” refrain.  Plus, a cruise vacation is big on value, with many first-rate activities included in the cost of your cruise fare.

Consider this: For those in your family that enjoy musicals, cruise ships offer a wide variety of free shows and entertainment. In New York City, tickets for “Chicago: The Musical” go for about $150 per person. But on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, you can enjoy the same show for no extra charge beyond the price of the voyage.

Adventure enthusiasts are always craving the next big rush, but those experiences can add up quickly. Surfing lessons in Hawaii cost $75, skydiving in Miami costs $249 and rock climbing in St. Lucia costs $150. But you can try all of those experiences on a cruise for no additional charge. Many of the latest cruise ships feature innovations such as surf simulators, skydiving simulators and rock walls onboard.

Eating well is something most vacationers look forward to, but dining can eat away at your budget quickly. For instance, a dinner at celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s signature restaurant, Jamie’s Italian in Sydney, could easily average $50 per person. The same meal at Jamie’s Italian onboard Quantum of the Seas or Anthem of the Seas would cost you about half of that.

So if you’re struggling to plan an unforgettable vacation that everyone in your family can be excited about while not having to stress about money and time, then you might want to consider booking a cruise. It’s an affordable way to provide a little something for everyone.