Looking for a family vacation idea? How about a cruise? Cruises offer somthng for everyone. On a cruise, part of the fun is getting off the ship to explore ports of call. Cruise lines offer a variety of shore excursions – planned, guided tours and activities – to help guests make the most of their time on shore. Some excursions – such as wine tastings, gourmet cooking classes or arduous climbs – are geared for adults. But, plenty are family-friendly, perfect for kids and parents to share.
On a Princess Cruise that stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, your family can take a Jeep ride through the scenic countryside (sorry, kids – drivers must be at least 25). After a stop in the small farming community of El Colorado, drive on to one of the area’s gorgeous beaches, where you can swim, bask in the sun or relax in a shaded hammock.
Disney Cruises’ visits to Cozumel, Mexico, offer an opportunity to try another type of watercraft – a submarine. Families can board the U.S. Coast Guard-certified Atlantis, which descends 100 feet to view tropical fish and coral formations.
When Royal Caribbean International visits Alaska’s port of Icy Strait Point and Chichagof Island, families can climb aboard 4x4 vehicles for a rugged ride through the forested, mountainous landscape. Then, everyone will want a turn on one of the world’s longest zip lines – an impressive 5,330 feet, including a 1,300-foot drop in elevation.
Families that sail with Norwegian Cruise Line to Nassau in the Bahamas can live like pirates for a day. After boating to a beautiful white sand beach, search for hidden treasures sparkling in the sand beneath the clear water. After swimming, snorkeling or relaxing on the beach, take your bounty back to Nassau trade for special offers in the downtown shops.
Families can’t resist the opportunity to walk up to the crater of volcanic Mount Vesuvius when they call on Naples, Italy, with Celebrty Cruises. An alternative is a guided walking tour of the archaeological site of Pompeii, the city destroyed in 79 A.D. by an eruption of the volcano.
There are hundreds of other shore excursions available to you and your family. If you need assistance finding the right shore excursion for your family, contact Cruise Holidays of Mission Viejo.