Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Vacation Experiences for the Whole Family (and a chance to win a cruise!)

As young, carefree newlyweds, we wanted to travel the world. We chose cruises to do this – they were by far the best “bang for your buck” to have a great vacation and see many different places. We loved the entertainment options available, the range of foods to try, and just the general freedom of cruising.
In the summer of 2011, we went on a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise...it was fabulous. The amenities were top-notch and we couldn't get over the flexibility and range of dining options available. It was far and away the nicest cruise we had been on. We were sold from that point on...Norwegian would be our preferred way to travel!
Fast forward a few years...our vacation planning has changed just a little bit. It's crazy how much a baby changes about your life – vacations definitely fall in that “life turned upside down” category.
But some things never change – and cruising is still one of those mainstays in our life. That's one of the interesting things about going on a cruise...there are options for newlyweds, young families, even older couples – there is just so much to do!
I have been researching cruises a little bit recently, especially what options they have for younger children. Norwegian Cruise Line's youth program has a wide range of activities for so many ages. One of my favorite activities available for children is Cirque Du Jour – a family circus show where children can learn how to perform circus-themed tricks. This sounds like it would be fun for everyone in the family!
I also love that there are sporting events and activities for kids, Nickelodeon-themed activities, and family events. It is so important to me that we would be able to spend time with Emma Ramey on a vacation. Norwegian offers kid-themed pools and entertainment options that are appropriate for the whole family. As much as I loved Norwegian before, I am completely sold knowing they offer a vacation experience that would be fun for my whole family! And, when we do decide to have time for ourselves, I know she would be in great hands with fun and energetic (but responsible) counselors.
Of course, Norwegian's youth program is in addition to their already stellar amenities (that happen to be great for kids and adults). You can't beat the value and convenience of a cruise. We love the wide array of dining experiences and entertainment options available on Norwegian....not to mention the opportunity to see so many interesting places around the world!
There are lots of different factors that go into deciding how to vacation – children definitely add a few elements to that decision. Knowing that our favorite way to travel is as great for kids as for adults makes it such an easy decision to choose Norwegian for our next vacation!
You can visit Norwegian's site to find out more about their family vacation experiences!

Who wants to win a cruise voucher for a family of four? To enter, comment on this post with the answer to the following question: “What is your dream vacation for your family?”
No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
  1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
  2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: "#SweepstakesEntry"; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
  3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
  5. Entries from all participating blogs will be pooled for winner selection; only two entries per household.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 5/7/2013-6/2/2013. Be sure to visit Norwegian Cruise Line's brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!