11Oct/13

Is cruising just for the “newly wed and nearly dead”?

 

It used to be, but not true anymore. Cruise ships are increasingly targeting families, offering children’s programs and facilities that rival those on land. You’ll find onboard water parks, teen discos, video games and a variety of crafts projects and interactive play. Singles can enjoy the camaraderie of communal meals and organized shore tours, special singles’ meet-and-greets and a host of onboard activities. Hip and urban travelers will be pleased to find gourmet dining, high-tech and modern entertainment and late-night action at onboard bars and clubs. Gay and lesbian cruisers are welcomed onboard with their own meet-ups in ships’ lounges. Charter cruises — catering to gay singles, couples and families — are also offered. Health-conscious and active travelers should note that midnight buffets have given way to expansive fitness centers, spa cuisine and an array of active, onboard pursuits like rock-climbing and Pilates classes. And, cruise lines are even offering plenty of shorter-than-usual (three- to six-night) voyages that are marketed to working people, who can’t give up two weeks or more.



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