Family Travel Question:

Q | Do you think it would be a good idea to take a cruise to Mexico with kids?

We are thinking about taking a crusie to Mexico with our kids, 8 and 5. Do you think this would be a good idea and fun for everyone, or would it be better to just go to a resort? -Candace, WA

A | Choosing between a resort and a cruise

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Cruises can be great vacations, especially for families. There are many options for entertainment on board that will keep everyone of all ages satisfied. Most cruise lines have ample activities and entertainments planned for children regardless of age and even offer free babysitting. (Some resorts also offer these programs.) The beauty of going on a cruise is everything is taken care of for you. You don’t have to worry about meals, transportation, or cleaning your room – you just sit back and relax with your family. Also you are less likely to get bored because every day you are in a new place, something that a single resort can’t offer.

When choosing between a resort or a cruise family vacation for your family you may want to consider a few things. What are you looking to gain out of your vacation? Do you want to just kick back on the beach and enjoy the surroundings or do you want to be able to experience a few different locations under one budget?

Also, does anyone in your family get seasick? This may be something to consider when booking a cruise, although cruise ships have large stabilizers and with a small dose of Dramamine you really should have no concerns.

What it basically comes down to is your family’s preference and budget. If you have never been on a cruise before and are worried you or some family members won’t like it, I always suggest a test cruise. Test cruises are what I consider to be shorter, cheaper cruises to make sure you like it before you shell out a lot of money for the longer itineraries. There are a few cruise lines that offer three or four day Mexican Riviera cruises that you may be interested in.

Regardless of which option you choose, make it about spending quality time together as a family and making memories that will last a lifetime!

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