Cruise Specials for Families With Kids

Cruise Specials for Families With Kids
In tough economic times, taking a vacation can seem like a fantasy. The answer could be a family cruise. Cruises are already one of the best values around, and several cruise lines even offer additional specials for families with kids.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line's three ships--the Disney Magic, the Disney Wonder and the Disney Dream--were created just for families. Parents won't have to worry about entertaining their kids while sailing to exotic ports of call in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Alaska or Europe. The "Special Offers" section of its website is crammed with extra savings to specific destinations. Military families can get even deeper discounts.

Disney Cruise Vacations
Guest Communications
P.O. Box 10238
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival is one of few cruise lines that offers programs for kids as young as 2. Its "Camp Carnival" program features activities such as arts and crafts, pizza parties and talent shows. Older teens can enjoy nightly dance socials as well as their very own shore excursions. Check for online specials including an "Early Saver Program" that offers discounts to families with foresight.

Carnival Cruise Lines
3655 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has programs for kids ages 3 through 12 that include galley tours and scavenger hunts. Older teens get their own teen center loaded with movies and video games. On certain trips there are even interactive science and marine biology programs offered in conjunction with the California Science Center and the National Wildlife Federation. Sign up on Princess' website to receive special offers.

Princess Cruises
24844 Avenue Rockefeller
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean's award-winning Adventure Ocean Youth program offers a range of activities for kids from ages 3 to 17. Younger kids get supervised activities such as science, art and games, while teenagers can enjoy pool parties, karaoke or dancing. Water sports are part of the package too. Click on "Hot Deals" on its website for information on specials for the whole family.

Royal Caribbean
Corporate Guest Relations
1050 Caribbean Way
Miami, FL 33132

Article Written By Michael Kerr

Michael Kerr is an award-winning freelance writer living in Portland, Oregon. He writes about business, health and travel for a number of publications including Portland Business Journal, Healthline Networks and USAToday, among others.

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