Welcome aboard, fellow travelers! If you're on the lookout for unforgettable family adventures that seamlessly blend luxury, exploration, and excitement, you've just docked at the right destination. Join us as we set sail into the mesmerizing world of international cruise ports, where the sea breeze carries the promise of family bonding, cultural exploration, and relaxation.
Embarking on a cruise is more than just a vacation; it is a floating voyage of discovery that caters to every member of the family. In this travel blog, we will navigate through the world's most enchanting cruise ports, unlocking the treasure trove of benefits they offer for families seeking a perfect blend of leisure and exploration.
I will guide you through the diverse array of international cruise destinations that cater specifically to families. Discover how these ports serve as gateways to a world of cultural immersion, thrilling excursions, and family-friendly activities that will create lasting memories for you and your loved ones. Join us on this journey as we explore the international cruise ports that transform family vacations into unforgettable tales of adventure, relaxation, and shared joy. Understanding your children will help navigate the excursions and activities at each port.
One of our top destinations for the kids was Costa Rico. It was so much fun and entertaining for the kids. The excursion we did was called land, sea, and rail. Our kids really love all types of movement. It took us awhile to get to this point and we must tell them what to expect ahead of time. But during this port, we traveled by train. I do not know if they liked the history, but they loved the giant cookies they could eat! Historians on board informed us of the types of animals we could see, the plants and ingredients that the cookies were made from. Next was to travel by a small boat to see (and hear) the animals around us. Our eldest son really enjoys all different types of animals, so this was more of a treat for him. The last was to walk around looking at the different plants. No one enjoyed this part, but they enjoyed the fresh fruit at the end! Any activity will engage your children. Our children like the trains and movement. Our eldest enjoys animals. You really get to see more of the port by selecting this excursion.
Another family friendly destination is Cartegena, Columbia. We absolutely loved this port. When you arrive, you will notice right away the beautiful aromatic flowers, gorgeous colors in the sky, and the clear blue waters. The excursion we selected had a pirate theme. We followed the pirates around, solving the clues provided. There was a guide of course. He provided the clues, but also, the history not only of Cartegena, but of Columbia too. It was a balanced tour, mixing history and information for the adults and fun for everyone with clues and battles between the pirates. We learned so much about Columbia from the door knockers, to jade and all the things in between. This is a very interesting port with beautiful water and skies.
Curacao was an exciting island to visit as well, and this is why it landed on our international port list for families to visit. This port is known for its beaches and beautiful cocktails. Many people travel to this island itself for a week’s long vacation. We visited for the day. We selected a low activity level, but animal interacting activity. We visited an Ostrich farm, where the Ostriches are protected. We heard about the ostrich’s life and about peacocks. We were able to have several opportunities to feed the ostriches from our hands. We still talk about this activity. It still brings smiles to our faces. I do want to mention that our youngest, low functioning autistic child did not participate in this event.
Grand Caymen landed on the list of international ports for families for two reasons. There are two excursions that are fantastic and interactive. You can select a package that combines these two together, so I want to offer information about them both, or you can select them individually. The first is swimming with the dolphins. This is exciting because you interact with the dolphins three-four separate times before you swim with the dolphins. It is a very safe way to interact with dolphins. Additionally, you are also in a life jacket, and you have trainers the entire time. If you do not get a full ride with the dolphin, the trainers always give you another opportunity to try again. The second, which is located across the street, is the Turtle Farm. You can learn about turtles, the distinct species, how they are rescued, and are able to pet them. There are also roosters here. Our kids enjoyed the roosters just as much. There is so much more to see and do here. There is the history, the food, and the culture to understand. Many travel here for shopping and to make the island their vacation spot for a week.
The last international port for families to visit is Saint Barts. When we pulled up to this port, it was different from other ports. It was quiet and not inundated with other cruise ships like other ports. We appreciated it because our sons become overwhelmed at times with all the people moving around, the numerous ships, and then vendors trying to sell to you and have you purchase their excursions. We selected the “Yellow Submarine” excursion. It really is a yellow submarine that partially submerges. You walk down a set of stairs where you sit at seats facing out. There are windows with cards that contain fish and other sea animals that you may see. We were so fortunate to see so many colorful fish, sea fans, and even turtles in their natural environment. The tour length was perfect so that the kids.
In conclusion, the enchanting world of international ports in Central America and the Caribbean beckons families with a promise of unforgettable adventures. From the vibrant colors of flowers, the crystal-clear waters, and sunny skies, these ports serve as gateways to cultural richness and natural wonders. As you embark on your family voyages, may each port of call be a chapter in your story, filled with shared laughter, exploration, and the joy of discovery. Whether you are setting sail for the first time or returning to these beloved destinations, may the warmth of these tropical havens create lasting memories for you and your loved ones. Bon voyage and may your family's maritime journeys be as boundless as the seas themselves!"
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