Families Choose Multigenerational Cruise Vacations

This month Sue and Marv Weber, owners of Marvelous Travel, took to the seas for a multigenerational cruise vacation with their sons, daughter-in-law and five granddaughters. The family sailed on Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas®, a large, modern vessel featuring luxurious amenities. According to many travel experts including Sue and Marv, this versatile cruise ship may be the perfect way for families of all ages and sizes to vacation together in harmony.

The Webers aren’t the only family that’s cruising this year however, as multigenerational vacations continue to rise in popularity. In fact, according to Parents.com, one third of all grandparents travel with their grandchildren. The same source reports that Americans are living longer, healthier lives and attribute their desire to travel to their good health.

Many families who are separated geographically find these shared vacations to be quality time, making memories for a lifetime. Also, because of the recent economic downturn, travelers are using family vacations as two-in-one way to combine vacation time and family visits since they might not have the resources or time off of work to make separate trips.

· Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas was the largest passenger ship ever built until 2009 when the company built its Oasis-class lines of ships that trumped the Freedom. Featuring 15 passenger decks and accommodating 3,634 guests and a crew of 1,360. Onboard amenities include four Vegas-style shows, Adventure Ocean -one of the best programs for children at sea, four pools and six whirlpools including the Solarium – their adults-only retreat. Passengers can be assured that they will be cruising in style aboard a vessel that offers entertainment for the whole family.

Royal Caribbean ships are packed with activities, making them a choice destination for multigenerational vacationers with a variety of interests and needs. For soft adventure types, cruises offer rock climbing, an on-board zip line, and FlowRider® that lets riders catch some waves atop boogie boards—all while still on deck. Grandparents can take a trip down memory lane in the SeaPlex, Royal Caribbean’s arcade-style facility complete with roller skating and bumper cars. When some downtime is inevitably needed, vacationers can visit the spa, the choice of pool decks, or the library/card room. With a variety of indoor and outdoor options, and active and relaxing choices, cruise vacations fit the needs of multigenerational travelers.

Familytravelnetwork.com notes in its “12 Tips for Multigenerational Family Vacations” that many families have high expectations for making memories together and bonding on mutigenerational vacations. Although the site advises to leave all expectations on the shores and focus on having fun, Freedom of the Seas offers families a chance to bond over learning something new together. The ship offers classes in language, dance, wine tasting, cooking, jewelry making, scrapbooking, and features guest speakers on a range of topics. Any of these could turn in to a shared hobby for family members.

Marvelous Travel got its start in organizing cruise vacations in 1994, and has been successfully planning multigenerational cruise vacations for families across the country ever since. To learn more about the Webers’ family vacation, or to help you plan your own vacation, contact the agency at (610) 277-6165 or marv@marveloustravel.com