It's fair to say that for most families, the opportunity to spend some time away from home in the sun each year is a must.
It's also fair to say that booking a holiday is one of the biggest investments that a family will make each year, so value for money is a key consideration as people seek to make the pennies go as far as possible. Despite that, most people will follow the same old format.
Choose a destination, look for a resort, select a hotel and then decide on a date. Get that nailed and then it's just a case of selecting the flights, deciding what board you want and then making the booking.
Now there's nothing wrong with that, but have you ever then sat by the pool and thought 'this is nice but I wish there was more to do', or spent a few days exploring and then realised that you've seen everything there is to see and still have half the holiday to go?
That’s certainly not an issue that you’d face if you joined the ever-increasing number of people who are looking at the cruise market when it comes to their summer break.
Whereas in the past, cruise holidays were very much seen as the reserve of the older clientele, massive investment across the industry has opening up the possibility for families to swap a traditional resort based holiday for a fun-fuelled adventure at sea.
And for those who do, untold delights await – and at a price much lower than you might imagine. Let me explain…
The Iberostar Albufera Resort sits on the holiday island of Majorca; a destination that has long been popular with visitors from the UK.
Close to the nearest beach and with plenty to keep the kids entertained, the hotel offers three different dining venue, five different bars, an all-inclusive package offering local drinks and spirits through to midnight, local entertainment and a spa.
Children can also access a swimming pool, water park and kids club.
For a family of four looking to travel in July next year, you can book today for around £1,300pp which in itself isn’t a bad price considering it’s right at the start of peak season.
However, when you then compare it to a family friendly cruise at the same time of year, you suddenly realise that it’s possible to get a lot more for even less money.
The Norwegian Epic has been part of the Norwegian Cruise Lines fleet since 2010 and underwent a full refurbishment programme back in 2015.
Winner of various awards through the years, the ship operates various itineraries around the globe and in late July 2018, will be sailing around the Mediterranean on a seven-night trip from Barcelona.
As well as providing the chance to see the sights around the Spanish city, the ship will also head for Naples, Rome, Cannes and Palma over the course of the week; offering the opportunity to explore a number of impressive destinations in one foul swoop.
Whilst onboard, there’s the chance to sample dining from more than 20 different venues offering cuisine from around the world, snack bars open around the clock, no fewer than 21 bars and lounges and an all-inclusive package that runs 24 hours and included premium brand alcohol.
Entertainment is more wide-ranging featuring everything from Broadway shows to first-rate comedy, with children having access to swimming pools, a water park, sports facilities and a kids club.
You’ll also find a spa, casino and gym onboard.
Thanks to special deals in place throughout August – which offer reduced deposits but a discount on rooms of up to £200 – a break for a family of four comes in even cheaper than the week in Majorca, despite offering everything that the ‘traditional’ holiday offers, and a lot more besides.
It should come as little surprise then to discover that more and more families are exploring the possibilities that a cruise holiday provides. Are you ready to join them?
The Eight Day Western Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona onboard the Norwegian Epic can be booked with GetCruising here…