5 Reasons To Cruise Alaska For Awesome Multigenerational Family Travel

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Alaska family travel best experienced by cruise ship. Photo of cruise ship in Alaska harbor.
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Very few cruise experiences compare to the fun and excitement of an Alaskan cruise.  Just ask the thousands of cruisers who make the trip every year.  In fact, more than half of the visitors to Alaska arrive by cruise ship, and an Alaska cruise has consistently ranked as one of the top domestic vacations.  Not surprisingly, it is also a top destination choice for multigenerational cruisers.  If you’re considering planning some multigenerational family travel, check out these five reasons an Alaskan cruise is a perfect choice. 

1. Alaska Is One Of The Most Exotic Places You Can Visit for Family Travel In The USA.  

Alaska, which is often referred to as the last great frontier, is a very large territory dominated by thousands of acres of untamed wilderness and a smattering of cities/towns. By sheer geographic mass, Alaska is the largest state in America, and you could easily spend several weeks touring around all of the nooks and crannies.  

The massive glaciers and stunning marine wildlife provide a unique backdrop for a family cruise. The natural wildlife both in sea and on land is its own attraction.  Think humpback whales, sea otters, moose, grizzly bears, and the largest population of bald eagles in the country.  Where else can you see a moose strolling through town?  And, Alaska offers many outdoor adventures: stunning mountain hikes, dog sledding, fishing, kayaking, looking for bears while hiking through a rainforest, and various helicopter excursions only scratch the surface of what’s available.  As part of a land-tour extension, you could also visit Denali National Park and see Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in America.  There are many one-of-a-kind experiences in Alaska that can truly be the foundation for the family trip of a lifetime.

2. Experience the Land of the Midnight Sun First Hand.

Have you ever wanted to see the midnight sun?  If that doesn’t excite you personally, your kids and/or grand-kids will probably get a huge kick out of it. Generally, the “midnight sun” phenomenon, where the sun remains visible even at or after midnight, occurs during the summer in places that are north of the Arctic Circle (or south of the Antarctic Circle).  Almost one-third of Alaska lies above the Arctic Circle and thus falls within the midnight sun zone.  But even those parts of the State that fall outside the zone still experience exceptionally long summer days, some with daylight hours of 17 hours or more.  

And there is plenty to pack into all of those extra daylight hours.  Many outdoor activities run past 8 p.m., and some Alaskans manage to start a golf game at 10 p.m. in the summer. 

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Remarkable Reasons to Add Antartica To Any Family Cruise Bucket List

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If the breathtaking cover photo alone isn’t enough, read on to see if you should add this cruise to your family’s longterm bucket list.  Hands holding sign Bucket List sign

Note that the cruise line featured in this article, Lindblad Expeditions, is one of the dozens of cruise lines included in our Reference Guide to Cruise Line Youth Programs & Policies.  Available for free download here.  Read more about our Reference Guide here.

 

Why Expedition Travel is the Ultimate Educational Adventure for Families

You can find the original referenced article at www.ciaobambino.com/family-expedition-vacations.

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Family Cruisers: Use This Easy Tool to Quickly Weed Through Dozens of Cruise Lines

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Once you start perusing options for a family cruise, you may quickly become overwhelmed.  Once you factor in all of the different cruise lines, various size and types of ships, and all the potential ports and destinations, literally hundreds of potentially viable options emerge.  Comparing all of these options can be daunting.  So, we have developed a tool to help.  

drawing of mom shrugging hands in confusionWe have compiled a 28 page e-booklet to help you quickly compare cruise lines.  We designed the comprehensive Family Cruise Companion’s Reference Guide to Cruise Line Youth Programs & Policies to assist families in their efforts to assess the various options and decide which cruises could be a good fit for their family.  You may download a free copy here.

The Typical Short List For Planning a Family Cruise

A handful of cruise lines are routinely recognized as being family friendly.  A review of the numerous travel publications and blogs available generally yields a consensus view as to the most family-friendly cruises: Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Norwegian (NCL). High marks often also go to Celebrity, Holland America, and Princess. (Focusing on U.S.-based market.) (You can find a comparison of some these top family cruise lines here.)

Anyone looking to plan a family cruise could safely start by taking a look at what those lines have to offer.  And, it would also be a safe strategy to focus on the larger ships among those lines.  In recent years, the major cruise lines have been rolling out larger jumbo mega-ships that can hold 4,000-5,000+ passengers plus a crew of 1500-2000.  The newer mega-ships have been designed and built with dedicated facilities and activities for children.  Offerings may include elaborate water parks, rock climbing, zip lines, bumper cars, ice and roller-skating, surf simulators, 3D movie theaters, and much more.  Read More …

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