Three Generations Aboard Ship
  • On Dec 14, 2009
    Stephanie from VA Asked

    I am planning a cruise in 2011. It will be the first our family has been on and I was wondering what all we should so other than just the cruise. Or if we should do anything else since this is our first and I want my kids to like it. Thanks for your help!

    Embarking on a first cruise can be a magical adventure. Sometimes families aren't sure if there will be enough to do at sea or while in port but I can assure you that you'll be able to do as much or as little as your family desires.

    If you are doing a seven night cruise, I would concentrate and budget for just the cruise and go to Walt Disney World on another vacation. I would recommend flying in at least one night ahead of your voyage to avoid the stress of possible travel delays. Flying in two nights ahead of time would allow your family to enjoy a day at the Kennedy Space Center and/or a beach day near Cape Canaveral.

    While aboard the cruise, you'll have an endless selection of activities to enjoy. Nearly all of these activities are already included in the cost of your fare. There are some additional costs such as spa treatments and bingo games so plan accordingly.

    Should you venture off of the ship while in port? It depends on the type of vacation that you envision. Do you want to see an exotic port or swim with dolphins? Or would you rather swim aboard the ship and see an afternoon movie? The one port that you''ll want to enjoy is Castaway Cay. However, you do not have to book any excursions to enjoy this island paradise. Spend the day playing at the beach and enjoying the barbecue lunch.

    A cruise is a "no-compromise" vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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