Last updated: 03:00 AM ET, Wed September 14 2016

CLIA and MSC Cruises Give Good Reason to Travel as a Family

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) | Jason Leppert | September 14, 2016

CLIA and MSC Cruises Give Good Reason to Travel as a Family

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I would not have gathered a wealth of cruise travel experience at such a young age had it not been for my parents sharing their passion with me starting before I was two years old, and now, there truly is no better time to cruise together as a multigenerational family. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and MSC Cruises agree.

“Cruise vacations offer a unique option for family members of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents, and a chance to celebrate family milestones and create memories,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Families can explore amazing destinations, choose perfect amenities and activities for each family member, all in a stress-free and fun travel environment.”

CLIA has gathered its top reasons for families to enjoy cruises together beginning with amenities and activities. It cites fantastic kids and teens facilities for younger generations to adventures like surfing and skydiving via simulators at sea for older ones. I only wish I had the elaborate children’s clubs that exist today back when I was growing up onboard.

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MSC also adds that private accommodations are now better suited to family travel, whether that be simply connecting staterooms or dedicated varieties on its upcoming new ships. The MSC Meraviglia, for example, will have a new cabin category to choose from among family staterooms, super family staterooms or duplex staterooms. Modular cabins can join together to accommodate up to 10 guests on the Meraviglia as well as the MSC Seaside, set to homeport in Miami, Florida.

Flexible travel options, according to CLIA, additionally make it easy for grandparents and grandchildren to select an itinerary and ship together and then once onboard opt to do as much or as little as they so desire. They can embark on lots of shore excursions, or grandparents can just relax in the comfort of, say, the private MSC Yacht Club with its own pool deck, observation lounge and spa access while the kids enjoy the 4D theater or LEGO experience. The chance to periodically partake in activities apart before gathering together again is another of CLIA’s highlights.

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CLIA also considers cruising the best return on experience as a convenient package of transportation, lodging, dining and entertainment that removes any stress of planning, and it’s also one of the greatest ways to share the world. CLIA says it’s a great bonding experience for families to discover international destinations and cultures together, and I can personally attest to this as my parents and I to this day fondly recall our earliest sailings and those cruises we continue to take.

Where you can’t go wrong with MSC Cruises in particular is the line’s offer for kids aged 11 and under to set sail on select voyages with their parents for free. 

“Whether your family is looking to spend time together, independently or a combination of both, cruise travel offers guests the chance to connect while seeing the world and partaking in once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” D’Aoust continued. “Cruising presents unlimited options to ensure that each member of the family gets the vacation they desire.”


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