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High Seas Adventures

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High Seas Adventures
 ...downriver sojourns and lake frolics are sure to be family vacation winners!

     Whether aboard a traditional cruise ship, smaller eco-cruise, chartered sailboat, riverboat, barge, or houseboat--chances are you and the family will be back for more!
    In these floating “homes away from home,”  you can unpack once and stay put for the duration of the trip.  However, each day brings new scenery, exciting ports- of-call, and exotic places often otherwise inaccessible.   
    Listed below is a sampling of floating home adventures.  After deciding what you’re looking for in a vacation, research further to best match your family’s wants and needs.


Cruise Ships...

      Within these cruise lines are ships ranging in size from 800 to over 3000 passengers; they offer diverse itineraries, a multitude of destinations, and a variety of activities and amenities.  Ideas to consider before selecting a specific ship:
    First decide where, when, and how long you’d like to cruise, then what shore tours interest you.  Air costs will depend on what port the ship sails from.  What is the size, sleeping arrangement, and location of the cabin(s) that best suit your family?  Are there favorite activities for all and as a family together?  If you want children’s programs--do they operate during your planned cruise and without having a minimum number of kids signed on?  Also, consider the age groups, counselor ratio, cruise/port hours, facilities, safety, and shore programs.  Is babysitting available and what is the minimum age of child to travel?  Do the restaurants have children’s menus, are there informal eateries?  Are cribs, high chairs, strollers for shore excursions available?  Is there adequate medical services aboard?  
    Your travel agent can help select the right cruise for your family, and, in most cases book it at a savings.

Carnival Cruise Lines caters to the whole family, providing an abundance of activities--you’ll find swimming pools, 114 ft. water slide, casino, nightclub shows, video arcade, health and fitness facility, "Children’s World," an expansive 2,500 sq. ft. play area, and much more.
Destinations: Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, Bahamas, Caribbean, Panama
Ships: 14
Children’s Program: "Camp Carnival," a year-round, supervised children's program for ages 2 through teens.  Babysitting is available.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
provides relaxing cruises, yet they’re packed full of activities for an on-the-go family.  Enjoy swimming pools, spa and health center, theater, dancing, casino, live entertainment, and a shipboard library.
Destinations: Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama, Bahamas Caribbean, Canada, Europe, Bermuda.
Ships: 13
Children’s Program: “Adventure Ocean” is a supervised year-round youth program for ages 3-17.  Babysitting is available for 5-12 year olds.

Norwegian Cruise Lines is noted for its theme and sports-oriented cruises.  Enjoy everything from “Legends of Jazz and Blues Cruises” to the golfing “Tee-Up Cruises.”  You’ll find swimming pools, basketball courts, golf driving net, casino, fitness center and spa, jogging track, game arcade, Broadway plays and Chocoholic buffet!
Destinations: Alaska, Canada, New England, Hawaii, Caribbean, Panama, South America, Europe.
Ships: 10
Children’s Program: "Kids Crew" is a year-round, supervised children's program for ages 6-17. During the summer and holidays the program is extended to ages 3-5.  Babysitting is available for potty-trained children.

American Hawaii Cruises offers a great way to see the Islands of Hawaii--by sea and land.  On shore excursions you can visit amazing sites and also take part in activities like kayaking, horseback riding, and snorkeling.  All the while learning about the Hawaiian culture.  Special “Whales in the Wild” cruises sail from Dec-April.  Find swimming pools and theater on board.
Destinations: Hawaii
Ships: 1
Children’s Program: A supervised children's program for ages 5-16 operates during the summer and holidays.


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