May 24, 2024


Beautiful beaches make family cruises even more relaxing.

Whether families are traveling to celebrate a special birthday, retirement, graduation, or simply to celebrate each other, a cruise vacation is sure to bring them closer together.

Family-focused activities for a range of ages, superior dining and entertainment, good value and stress-free planning are among the top reasons that cruise lines are in demand for family reunion vacations, according to Cruise Lines International Association, the world’s largest cruise association. MMGY Global 2014 Portrait of American Travelers reports that over three in 10 grandparents traveled with their grandchildren in the past 12 months and eight in 10 of those also took the parents along.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) recommends these tips when planning a multigenerational family reunion:

Think Bang for Your Buck
The inclusive nature of a cruise helps keep families on a budget. There are no worries about who is going to pay for this dinner or that activity as almost all meals, entertainment and activities are included in the rate. Extras, such as specialty restaurants, can be decided ahead of time. Kids even sail for free on select Crystal Cruises (ages 17 and under) and MSC Cruises (ages 11 and under, plus kids 17 and under sail at a reduced rate.)

Work with a Qualified Travel Agent
CLIA member certified agents are the best resource for ship, itinerary selection and cruise planning based on the specialized CLIA training they undergo and their knowledge of the cruise industry. They can also coordinate group and family reunion arrangements directly with the cruise lines. Visit CLIA’s website,, to find an expert cruise counselor.

For more information see: Secrets of a Successful Family Cruise

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