Posts Tagged ‘Family Cruising’

Welcome To Family Cruise Advisor!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Welcome to Family Cruise Advisor, developed and maintained for people who love to cruise with their families. Our goal is to help you make informed family cruise vacation decisions by providing you with content that is personal, passionate, informed and inspired. Thanks for dropping by.

Family Cruise News: Disney Cruise Line Takes The Helm Of Disney Dream

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

It’s official. Disney Dream is the newest and largest Disney Cruise Line vessel.

Disney Dream is designed like a transatlantic ocean liner with contemporary details.

Disney Dream is one step closer to greeting guests in Florida now that Meyer Werft officially delivered the new vessel to Disney Cruise Line today in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Construction of Disney Dream started two years ago in Papenburg, Germany. Disney Dream measures 128,000 tons and has 1,250 staterooms with the capacity to accommodate 4,000 passengers. The largest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, Disney Dream has many  innovations  that will allow family cruisers to have the vacation experience of a lifetime. Perhaps my favorite innovation is the AquaDuck water coaster.

Check out the video. This is not just another water slide at sea. The AquaDuck looks really fast and should provide a lot of fun.

Disney Dream will deliver family cruise experiences like no other.

Other noteworthy features on Disney Dream include:  Inside staterooms with virtual views, Enchanted Art that immerses guests in stories, and fine dining at Remy.

The shipboard experience remains focused on the legacy and heritage of The Walt Disney Company’s most valuable assets – master storytelling, world-class entertainment and legendary guest service.

Disney Dream is ready to welcome family cruisers on its maiden voyage, set for January 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Florida.

Want to learn more about Disney Dream?

Family Cruise Diary: Top Teen Activities on Liberty of the Seas

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

To Flow or Not to Flow? That is always my question when I go on a Royal Caribbean ship.

Mother-daughter cruise on Liberty of the Seas -- pictured in Labadee, Haiti

My 12-year old daughter and I took a mother-daughter cruise last month on Royal Caribbean International’s Liberty of the Seas. Although the cruise was more work than pleasure for me, my daughter came along to keep me company and to make sure I would not have to pay the single supplement.

There are many diversions, entertainment options, and activities available on a family cruise. While onboard Liberty of the Seas, we set off to discover the 5 most popular activities for tweens and teens between the ages of 12 – 14.

Top 5 teen activities on Liberty of the Seas:

  • Adventure Ocean youth program for ages 12-14

Teens participating in Adventure Ocean programming experience freedom, opportunities to make new friends, and a chance to participate in a variety of non-stop activities.

Although the Adventure Ocean program is supervised, youth are permitted to check in and out of programs on their own. Try to establish a meeting point and a time to reconnect with your child. Since participants in Adventure Ocean are able to come and go as they please, this age group tends to migrate around the ship on their own between scheduled activities like: teen dodgeball, Scratch DJ Academy, teen soccer, Karaoke, and theme parties.

  • FlowRider surf simulator

Adrenaline junkies get ready for fun. The FlowRider, on select Royal Caribbean cruise ships, is ready to give teens (and moms) the ride of their life. Teens have their own private time on the FlowRider or they can stop by with their parents during scheduled hours. The FlowRider simulates a real surfing or body boarding experience. 30,000 gallons of water per minute rush underneath the rider at 30 mph creating a five-foot ocean-like wave.

I really wanted to try the FlowRider, but I was not prepared with the right outfit. My advice here is to invest in some board shorts and a sunscreen shirt or rash-guard to wear on top. As a mother, you might not want to try the FlowRider in your bathing suit. Enough said.

  • Ice Skating on Center Ice – a real ice rink at sea

Ice skating rink at sea

The most challenging thing about ice skating at sea is finding the ice rink. There is really only one entrance to Center Ice, ask for directions and plan to get lost. Once there, enjoy some  recreational skating or take in an ice show performance.

Make sure to pack long pants and socks because they are required to skate on the ice.  Besides “Encore!” the ice show on Liberty of the Seas, family cruisers can take advantage of open skate times. There is a maximum of 50 guests per session allowed at any one time.

  • Challenger’s Video Arcade (located adjacent to the Adventure Ocean rooms)

State-of-the-art gaming center on Liberty of the Seas

For some reason, the arcade on Liberty of the Seas is quite a hot-spot. The games are not cheap, but for some lucky youth the sky is the limit.

Unsuspecting parents should realize that activating your child’s SeaPass card with a credit card to cover purchases onboard will allow access to the recharging station that issues gaming credits. Parents are responsible for all charges. My daughter, who does not have permission to charge, reported that one of her friends spent about $150 to “win” an electronic device.

Games take credits that are pre-purchased at the Recharge Station tied to your SeaPass account

  • Strolling through the Royal Promenade finding pizza

The best pizza at sea?

A fun teen activity on Liberty of the Seas is walking through the indoor mall-like space called the Royal Promenade. A popular destination while window shopping is stopping for food or ice cream. Pizza in Sorrento’s Pizzeria is complimentary, while treats at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop are available for a fee.

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