Saturday, September 02, 2006

Romance is possible on a family vacation

I was speaking with a friend of mine who has a young family and he was telling me that because he has a one-year-old and a five-year-old, holiday vacations have pretty much become null for them lately. They can’t seem to keep up with the five-year-old as much as they’d like because of the baby, and even though they want to have the whole family for their vacations, they would also love to have some alone time when they go away.

I had suggested they consider cruising for obvious reasons such as the price, the different destinations, etc… but the thing we talked about most was what I considered the most ‘family friendly’ ships which are the Royal Caribbean Voyager Class Ships, such as The Explorer of the Seas, which leaves out of Bayonne, New Jersey.

The forte of the Voyager class ships is that the ships are so large it includes tons of activities to keep the whole family entertained. But actually, what we hit upon wasn’t that the whole family was being entertained “together”. It was actually more that they could still enjoy vacationing together as a family – going to the shows, enjoying meals, lounging by the pool, scaling the rock climbing wall… and that they also have the option to be able to enjoy their vacation alone as husband and wife.

You see, because the Voyager Class ships have so many activities for kids, mom and dad are still free to drop the five-year-old off at the Adventure Ocean Kid's Center and schedule a babysitter for their one-year-old. So even though they are very much on vacation with the entire family, they don’t have to feel guilty when they want to have a nice romantic dinner for two, or simply just have a ‘grown-up’ guilt-free-kid-free evening.

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