A cruise vacation provides the oft-touted benefit of easily visiting multiple places in a short time frame while only unpacking once. Those benefits multiply when applied to exploring a whole continent such as Europe through international cruises. Your family can easily see most of the best known attractions throughout Europe on a 7 to 14 day cruise without the stress of backpacking, train schedules or navigating internal flights.
Although several domestic cruise lines with well established quality kids’ programs routinely sail international routes, you could add an adventurous twist to your next family cruise by booking international cruises with an international cruise line. And, several international cruise lines offer robust kids’ programs that can compete with domestic lines.
Sailing on an international cruise line instead of the more typical domestic lines can provide additional benefits of language and cultural immersion not readily found on your standard Carnival or Royal Caribbean cruise. By taking a look at some of the international cruises offered by international cruise lines, it is possible to create a “mini” immersion/enrichment experience that suits your budget and style. (For tips on how to enhance the cultural and educational experiences on your cruise, check out this article from U.S. News & World Report.)
Exploring international cruises can also be a way to enhance a more extended land-based vacation with a cruise. So, for instance, you could cruise with a German-based cruise line as part of a German/Switzerland grand tour. Or, if you want to immerse your family in the cultures of the Iberian peninsula, you could incorporate a trip on a Spanish based cruise. This same theory applies to international cruises focused on Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. Read More …