Why are family vacations with teen cruises so popular? Cruises are often a great holiday for teens, but they usually will have a better time on the largest ships in popular Caribbean, Mexican, and some high season (think Christmas break) and Alaskan Cruises.
A two-week European sailing will draw an older crowd and probably bore your teen to tears unless they can really appreciate the culture and history of the ports of call.
Teen cruises with flexible dining options are a good choice also because formal dining with mom and dad can be downright stifling for them so the more options the better.
The freedom to be able to roam around, combined with lots of entertainment choices, a variety of ports of call and tours, are a big hit with teenagers on vacation.
In fact, some cruise lines are creating special programs, facilities and amenities specifically for the teenage cruise traveler and some include shore excursions that are geared and/or limited to teens.Youth spa programs on several cruise lines also now offer treatments such as mother/daughter facials, father/son massages, spray tans and pedicures on these teen cruises.
Some family cruise ships also offer teen-only discos, lounges and sun decks. These cruise ships and lines that offer these include:
- Norwegian Star & Dawn
- Every Royal Caribbean ship (except Nordic Empress)
- Carnival Conquest & Glory
- Grand, Golden, Star Princess (have the largest)
- Disney Magic & Wonder
- Holland American Zuiderdam & Oosterdam
- Every Celebrity ship
So which cruise line and/or cruise ship should you choose for your teen cruises? It will depend on your family and of course your teen. If there are younger and brothers and sisters in tow, choosing a ship with child and teen programs will be important.
With that being said, you also need to match the ship with your teen’s personality. Some teens enjoy organized activities, while others prefer roaming independently on a ship the size of a small city. And some are drawn to adventure and excitement of the ports of call without the mega-ship distractions.
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