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Choose The Right Family Room For Your Next Cruise

Cruises are excellent choices for family and multigenerational vacations. There are activities and amenities for all age groups, so each family member can design their own personalized cruise vacation to fit their interests. In addition, cruise ships offer a wide variety of accommodations to fit a variety of family sizes and budgets. Itís important to think about your familyís needs as well when choosing your stateroom. Selecting the right cabin can play a key role in the success of your familyís vacation.

Budget is often the main determinant when choosing a family stateroom. Before deciding whether to scrimp or splurge, though, think about how your family will be using the cabin. If you have young children and will need to spend significant amounts of time in your stateroom with them while theyíre napping, having a balcony cabin can make a big difference in overall vacation enjoyment. It might be worthwhile to splurge on a balcony while finding ways to save on other parts of your trip. Connecting cabins and special family staterooms or suites can also be a huge plus, as they provide parents with the privacy they crave.

In addition, parents should pay special attention to location when selecting their familyís stateroom. Cabins located mid-ship are generally preferred for convenience and stability. If itís important to be close to a particular area of the ship, such as the youth programs area, look for that as well. Most importantly, though, carefully research whatís located above and below any potential stateroom choices to help ensure peace and quiet while your children sleep in the evenings. Stay away from cabins located above theaters and lounges, or right below the pool deck. Staterooms on decks with cabins located both above and below are often best

Cruises work very well for family groups consisting of multiple generations or families traveling together. Multigenerational family groups may wish to choose connecting cabins or a combination of different types of staterooms in the same general area of the ship. Book early for the best selection. Special discounts may be available if your group is large enough.

Sometimes the perfect combination of exceptional family-friendly accommodation options and exciting ship amenities can be decisive in choosing a ship. Thatís certainly the case with the new Carnival Vista. The innovative Carnival Vista is loaded with incredible features. For families and multigenerational groups, one of the best is the new, specially designed Family Harbor. Found only on Carnival Vista, Family Harbor is located in a dedicated family zone on Deck 2 aft. This exclusive Family Harbor area features 96 ďfamily ergonomicĒ deluxe ocean view, balcony, and interior accommodations, extra-large suites, and a cool Family Harbor Lounge. This is one of the best choices for family accommodations on any of todayís cruise ships.

Decorated in an attractive nautical theme, spacious Family Harbor accommodations come with lots of special amenities like toiletries, bathrobes and slippers customized for younger guests. Family Harborís suites feature separate sleeping areas for parents and kids, providing that extra privacy parents crave. A large walk-in closet and two separate bathrooms make these Family Harbor suites even more family-friendly. Family Harborís deluxe ocean view staterooms are perfect for larger families, accommodating up to five guests as well.

One of Family Harborís best features is the Family Harbor Lounge. This roomy hangout is accessible by card key and it's available round-the-clock exclusively for Carnival Vista guests staying in the Family Harbor area. The private Family Harbor Lounge is the perfect spot for families to relax and unwind together. It's equipped with large screen TVs, programmed family movies with popcorn, and Hasbro board games. Video game consoles, games and movies can be checked out here, too.

Family vacations are hassle free for those staying in Carnival Vistaís exclusive Family Harbor. The Family Harbor Lounge is staffed with a dedicated family concierge from 3-5 p.m. daily to help make vacation planning easy for families and amp up the fun. The Family Harbor concierge is available to help register kids for youth programs, make shore excursion recommendations and bookings, handle dining and spa reservations, and much more.

In addition, families staying in Carnival Vistaís Family Harbor have access to even more free goodies including:

* Kids under 12 eat free at all Carnival Vistaís specialty dining restaurants except Chefís Table. Kids must be accompanied by adults and order from the Kidsí Menu.

* One free session of Night Owls per child, providing up to three free hours of babysitting. Night Owls is Carnivalís late-night activities program for children up to 11 years of age. Kids enjoy parties, music and activities until as late as 1 a.m., giving parents time to have their own brand of fun onboard the Carnival Vista.

* Complimentary self-serve continental breakfast and snacks served each day in the Family Harbor Lounge.

* Self-serve cookies and milk available daily in the Family Harbor Lounge during family bedtime hours.

Family Harbor is a hit with families sailing onboard the Carnival Vista. It provides a centralized place for families to meet and hang out together, helping to make their Carnival Vista cruise the best vacation ever. In addition, all the extra Family Harbor amenities make the Carnival Vista even more awesome for lucky families making their home-away-from-home there. With the right choice of accommodations, family cruise vacations can easily be smooth sailing all the way.

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