The summer holidays are coming up and it is time to start thinking about the big family getaway. If you usually book a package holiday to the Med but want to do something different this year, a cruise could be just the thing.
Whether you are going as a family or joining the trend by sending the children off with the grandparents, cruises have something to suit all ages. From kids’ clubs to babysitting options, there is plenty to keep the whole family happy as you set sail across the globe.
Bolsover Cruise liners take families to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Here is a look at the trips designed with the family in mind.
Go Where You Know
Families trying out cruising for the first time can stick to the calling points they know by choosing a trip that takes in familiar destinations. In seven days, your liner is able to take you to four different countries while allowing you enough time to explore the key attractions.
On day one, you and the kids can hop aboard a barklori – a traditional Maltese boat – before continuing to Corfu. Here, the children will love Mouse Island, which is, according to local legend, a ship that has been turned to stone.
After a stay in Croatia, the ship heads to Venice, where you can all try a gondola ride. This Italian city is surprisingly family-friendly, thanks to its lack of car traffic in the centre, mask-making workshops in San Polo, and many ice cream stands.
Your first foray into family cruise holidays needn’t take you far. A two-day trip to Guernsey is a lovely way to dip your toe in the water.
This Channel Island offers a range of activities for the whole family, from cycle tours to diving, playgrounds to attractions. One highlight is Guernsey Museum. Children under seven go free and this local attraction includes the Cabinet of Curiosities featuring old-fashioned games to play. Check out the food markets, carnivals and seafront festivals, too.
While there is a big world to see when you head out on the open water, you may wish to spend some time on your liner – and there are lots of activities and events to tempt you to stay onboard.
Ships are designed with the whole family in mind. These include programmes for children run by the entertainment team and all-inclusive food options that mean even the fussiest eaters will find something they like.
Parents can soak up the sun on deck safe in the knowledge that their little ones are in good hands or make the most of the babysitting services that allow you to enjoy a guilt-free glass of prosecco while taking in the sunset.
Whether you choose to sail away for 14 days or want to try something a little closer to home to start with, a cruise is a great alternative getaway for all the family that is sure to surprise you.
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