Multi Generational Family Travel

Family life has changed drastically from what it was fifty years ago, even from that of ten years ago. Families are smaller, usually both parents work, and grandparents may be working longer too. So, other than holidays such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, getting everyone together to spend quality time can be problematic. And as we all know, holidays can be stressful too.

Enjoying the vacation together ...

Enjoying the vacation together …

The solution? Multi generational vacations! These are fast becoming the popular way to unite two and three generations for that quality time together. Instantly you are thinking that doesn’t work for your family – the children would have no interest in sharing all their time with the grandparents (and let’s be honest, neither would you), and your whole vacation would disintegrate into a series of negotiated activities so everyone can do a little of what they want to do. This does not have to be so.

Probably the best option for this type of family travel is cruising. Your travel professional will know exactly the right cruise line or ship which will serve all ages well. Many lines have age-specific programs for toddlers to teens, exciting activities for mom and dad, and enrichment activities for the grandparents. (Of course nowadays the lines are blurred and the grandparents may be more active than their children!) Some cruise lines such as Norwegian have a more luxury-based section on their ships (The Haven) where the older generation can chill in style and comfort with extra perks while the children and grandchildren reserve regular staterooms and enjoy more energetic pursuits.

Enjoying vacation activities apart ...

or enjoying vacation activities apart …

With Royal Caribbean’s mega ships having such a large range of activities from simulated sky diving and surfing to cooking lessons and crafting, no one is at a loss for something to enjoy. Even river cruise lines have gotten into this market. Uniworld, the epitome in boutique style luxury, now offers family based cruising on select voyages, and AmaWaterways™  has teamed up with Adventures by Disney®.

With everyone staying all in the same area (the ship), the family is free to share and engage in as many activities across the generations as they wish – or just meet for meals to recount the highlights of the day. No cooking, washing dishes, making beds, or picking up toys! On the other hand, the wealth of opportunities to make long lasting memories is almost endless. Imagine biking through the German countryside with your grandchildren, shopping with Mom in the Christmas markets, or the whole family swimming in the Caribbean surf, or enjoying an ice theatre or magic performance at sea.

so everyone can enjoy the vacation with their interests and at their own pace

so everyone in the family can enjoy the vacation at their own pace.


So if lack of quality time with your family has gotten you down, drop by or call your travel professionals, Cruise Holidays of Topeka, group specialists, and discover the wealth of multi generational vacations that await you at sea and on shore.

Planning a Family Reunion Cruise?

If you’re planning a family reunion cruise, it’s never too early to start the process. Planning your family reunion cruise at least 10-12 months in advance will allow family members to get excited and commit, coordinate their schedules, and begin saving money for their vacation. In addition, early advance planning will help your family access the best group rates, discounts, staterooms, and itinerary options for your family reunion cruise.

It’s also wise to seek out a trusted travel advisor who can find these ideal family reunion cruise options to meet your group’s needs, secure your group the best deals and perks, book staterooms, keep track of deadlines, and help with special events and private room requests. Call or contact us – group planning is our specialty!

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