Great savings on family-friendly cruises.
By Sonia Esther Soltani
Aboard Norwegian Cruise Lineâs kid-friendly Pride of Americ (Flickr: Justin Ennis)
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Fancy visiting a couple of family-friendly destinations in a week without having to pack and unpack your luggage? Donât look further than a cruise vacation, one of the favorite ways for families to travel to exotic places with plenty of onboard entertainment in-between land excursions. Think giant swimming pools, amusement areas, and more food options than you can choose from. Here are some great deals from kid-friendly cruise lines to kick off the new year off with escapist dreams.
Discover the four fascinating Hawaiian islands in seven days onboard Norwegian Cruise Lineâs kid-friendly Pride of America, thanks to this great Travelzoo deal starting from $1,099 and departing from Honolulu. The shipâs Splash Academy kids club hosts educational and fun activities while land excursions enable families to experience the indigenous fauna and flora. The offer must be booked by January 31, 2015.
Visit the Caribbean about a Norwegian cruise ship. (Flickr: Richard Martin)
Explore spectacular destinations such as Cozumel, Belize and Hondurasâ Banana Coast onboard the newly-refurbished Norwegian Jewel (departing from Houston). Take advantage of the current Norwegianâs Freestyle Choice that features three offers including a Free Ultimate Dining Package, Free Ultimate Beverage Package, and up to $300 to spend on board, available depending on the accommodation level selected. Families traveling on Norwegian Jewel will enjoy the dedicated kidsâ areas and activities, TLCâs Cake Boss and Next Great Baker at Carloâs Bake Shop, and the Sugarcane Mojito Bar. Fares start at $599. The offer is valid through January 31, 2015 for sailings before April 18, 2015.
Dominican Republic, Antigua & Guadeloupe
Explore Dominican Republic on a Costa cruise ship. (Costa Cruise)
You can save up to 63% on some of Costa Cruisesâ seasonal offers and take the family to exciting destinations such as Samana in the Dom Rep, St Johnâs in Antigua, and Pointe-Ã -Pitre in Guadeloupe. Costa Mediterranea has 10-, 11- and 12-night itineraries departing from Miami on Jan. 13 and 23; Feb. 4, 16 and 26; and March 9 with special rates starting at $675. Other ports of call might include the Bahamas, Dominica, Turks and Caicos, St. Maarten, and St. Kitts â amazing places that will capture kidsâ imagination.
(MORE: Vacationing in the Dominican Republic? Here are some wonderful kid-friendly hotels to stay in.)
Enjoy the natural wonders of Bermuda with Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. (Flickr: Jess R.)
Fantastic beaches, aquariums, caves, and zoos are some of the many family-friendly attractions Bermuda is home to. Royal Caribbean Internationalâs Grandeur of the Seas has a seven-night itinerary to the enchanting island starting at $668, including a $50 shipboard credit, with AskAboutCruise.com. And as if the island didnât have already tons to keep the family entertained, the shipâs Adventure Ocean kids program features talent shows, sports tournaments and scavenger hunts. Departures are from Baltimore.
A family cruise to Alaska is filled with memorable sights such as imposing glaciers, whale spotting, and a vast array of wildlife wonders. Princess Cruises celebrates its 50th anniversary with many special offers, including savings of up to $600 per person on a seven-day cruise to Alaska, with prices starting at $599. Also in the offer is a $200 onboard spending money. Departures are from Vancouver. It expires on February 26, 2015.
Have a magical time on a Disney cruise. (Flickr: Christian Lambert)
Sunbathe, snorkel, and shop in this upmarket destination beloved of the rich and famous. Stopping by Disneyâs private island Castaway Cay is one of the many highlights of a vacation onboard Disney Cruise Line, which offers an exciting kid-friendly program. To make budgeting easier, you can book any 2015 sailing and pay only half of your deposit on the day you book and the remainder with the final payment as part of A Magical New Yearâs Resolution – Together Time deal. Departures are from Galveston, Port Canaveral, and Miami. The offer is valid for sailings through December 31 and must be booked by February 15, 2015.
Sonia Esther Soltani contributed this to MiniTime.