Ever wondered why so many families return home from their latest cruise raving about it? If you’ve considered family cruising but have yet to take the leap, read on to find out why a cruise can be the perfect holiday for all the members of your family.

Cruising offers great value for your holiday dollar.

Fares include nearly everything you’ll need for a memorable trip – meals, accommodation, daytime and evening entertainment for parents and children and transportation. The best cruise deals will have you sailing away for less than $100 per person, per night. Compare this to what you would spend on land for accommodation, transport, meals and entertainment for your family and the results speak for themselves. This kind of value is unbeatable!

Cruise Ships are family friendly.

From tots to teens, parents to grandparents, family cruises are fun for all ages. If you’re struggling to find a holiday that your toddler, child and teenager will all enjoy, look no further than cruising. With kids clubs now grouped by age and run by educators and child care workers, teens can relax in their own well equipped area with entertainment and facilities to impress even the moodiest of teenagers. In a totally separate area you’ll find the play areas for the little ones – usually a comfortable distance from parent-friendly pools and bars. Perfectly combining enjoyable programs with education, your little ones won’t even realise they’re learning something while having so much fun.

How can you not love a trip that keeps your kids entertained, giving you the chance to relax and unwind? Starting to miss them? There’s still plenty of time to be together at dinner or on shore excursions*. Take advantage of the late night kid’s club* or babysitting services* and sneak in a romantic dinner or two with your partner.

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It’s your holiday too so why shouldn’t you get the chance to relax and have fun?

On a cruise, you unpack once while your floating hotel takes you from city to city, country to country or island to island. There’s no need to contend with fighting and boredom in the car, coordinating plane and train schedules or dragging the family around from one hotel to the next. Every morning you’ll wake up in a new place without the hassle of getting there.

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With outstanding value for money, cruising really is the way to go.

As well as the opportunity to visit multiple destinations, there’s the all inclusive nature of a cruise. Planning is easy; cruising is relaxing, hassle-free and provides the opportunity for plenty of quality family time. It can also be a great choice for a multi-generational holiday offering grandparents, parents and children the perfect mix of family time and independent fun. On a cruise you can spend as little or as much time together as you want – the ship is your oyster!

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There are now more ships out of Australian waters than ever, with some spectacular new additions over the past couple years.

Carnival Cruise Lines has fast become a family-friendly favourite with amazing state-of-the-art facilities and entertainment onboard. Carnival Spirit includes a water park with water slides, mini golf, sports courts, live band karaoke, family comedy hour, 5 different age-grouped kids clubs, Serenity adults-only area, a great choice of dining, bar and lounge and the option of a late night group babysitting service for children under 11.

With three ships now cruising out of Australian waters, Royal Caribbean is another fairly recent new-comer to the market with facilities and entertainment onboard that has to be seen to be believed.

With live DreamWorks characters, specialised family friendly shore excursions, three different age-grouped kids clubs, waterparks and a surf simulator, a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, carousels, zip-lines, family time dining and in-room babysitting on offer – these ships are so action packed and exciting, none of you will want to leave!

Check out the footage below to see for yourself why family cruising offers an fun, enjoyable, value for money and fascinating holiday for families of all ages.

Pop into one of Phil Hoffmann Travel’s eight branches now to speak to one of our cruise experts who will find the perfect cruise for your family holiday.  www.pht.com.au

*Additional charges may apply

If you could take your family on a cruise anywhere in the world where would you go? 

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Belinda's a passionate advocate for community and connection. As the founder of the Mum Central Network she’s committed to celebrating the journey that is Australian parenthood. Mum to two cheeky boys, and wife to her superstar husband, they live a busy but crazy lifestyle in Adelaide. Great conversation, close friends and good chocolate are her chosen weapons for daily survival. Oh, and bubbles. Champagne is key.

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