Trek Travel makes it easy for families to plan a trip that everyone will enjoy. // © 2015 Thinkstock
Feature image (above): The force is strong with Star Wars Day at Sea participants. // © 2015 Disney
In 2016, Carnival Vista
will offers families cruises with Cuban-themed staterooms, a sports activity park and the first IMAX theater at sea.
Star Wars at Sea
Disney Cruise Line is introducing a new way to explore the galaxy: by luxury cruise liner. On select Disney Fantasy sailings in 2016, budding Luke Skywalkers and Princess Leias can participate in Star Wars Day at Sea, an event that celebrates the adventures and characters from the eponymous saga.
The daylong event will take place on eight special sailings next year and will feature a deck party with character meet-and-greets, film screenings, themed activities for children and teens, food and drink specials and merchandise. It’s also likely that celebrities and insiders who were involved in the creation of the films will make appearances to sign autographs for fans and to discuss the movies.
Reconnect Via Rapids
O.A.R.S. has released its 2015 Family Adventures catalog with 21 all-inclusive options for families. The trips range in difficulty and include Easy Expeditions (best for childrenages 4 and up), Awesome Escapes (ages 7 and up) and Epic Excursions (ages 12 and up).
New this year is a trip to Green River in Utah’s Desolation Canyon, where families will encounter bedrock canyon walls while exploring Class II and III rapids, Native American ruins and a hideout featured in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
“Time-stressed families should look no further when it comes to vacation planning,” said Steve Markle, director of sales and marketing for O.A.R.S. “We offer families the chance to unplug from their highly connected lives and reconnect. Guides take care of the meals and activities.”
Tall-Ship Cruising in the Mediterranean
On select Star Clippers itineraries this summer, children can sail for free when two adults book one or two cabins. Each adult in a family cabin is also eligible for a $250 flight credit. Eligible itineraries include the 11-night Montenegro & Croatia Cruise and the seven-night France, Corsica & Balearic Islands Cruise.
On all trips, guests will explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and museums and can partake in historical tour excursions and sailing lessons.
Customized Adventure Trips for Families
Cycling-based tour company Trek Travel has introduced a new and flexible way to plan a family vacation. Clients booking a Family Custom Trip have the opportunity to select destinations, dates and activities they’re interested in prior to sitting down with a Trek Travel trip designer. The group then works together to craft the perfect vacation with adventure activities that suit all age groups and interests.
Popular trips for families range from touring the Canadian Rockies to cycling along the sea in Nova Scotia. Kayaking, hiking and swimming are among options that can be incorporated into itineraries. In addition to these active choices, the operator offers more adult activities, such as wine tasting and the option of staying in five-star accommodations.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to create the family vacation of your dreams,” said Meagan Coates, trip design manager for Trek Travel. “The family that swims with elephants, ziplines, makes s’mores, hikes and rides together, stays together.”