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A multi-generational trip to Alaska is fun for the whole family

Apr 14, 2014 - The fastest growing trends in the travel are multi-generation (three generation) family trips. Grandparents know the value of having the entire family together for quality time. The best part is for the kids to hear grandma and grandpa tell all the mischievous stories about their parents. Laughter and tears (the good kind) are what make this vacation so memorable.

What better way to bring the
entire family together for one week to make memories that will last a lifetime? That's why an Alaskan cruise is the perfect vacation. The cruise ship staff will cater to your every need while your attention will be on spending time with the ones you love most.

HAL-04142014-ship-Low Photo courtesy of Holland America Lines

An Alaskan cruise is a win-win situation for everyone

  • The kids get more attention from their grandparents and aunts and uncles.

  • Grandma doesn't have to cook any meals—no one has to cook or clean up (I'm sold!)

  • On a cruise ship, there are plenty of places to find time to yourself and be on your own.

  • You can get cabins next to each, an inside across from a balcony, or you can be on separate decks—it just depends on your family and your preference.

Is Alaska fun for the whole family?

YES! A hundred times, yes! Here's a list of some of the fun things you can do while in Alaska:

  • ii-fishing Ride the McKinley Explorer domed rail car

  • Ride the White Pass & Yukon Rail Route

  • Glide across the treetops on a Canopy (zipline) tour

  • River rafting or kayaking

  • Heli-hiking (helicopter ride to hike on a glacier).

  • Walk through the suspension bridge park

  • Flightseeing tour across the glaciers

  • Tram ride to the top of the mountain for breathtaking views

  • Dogsledding or play with the Husky puppies

  • Whale watching or fishing excursion

  • Watch a lumberjack show

  • Learn how to pan for gold

  • Explore a new town on foot; shopping and eating, or take a historical walking tour and culinary tour

  • Photographers will be busy! There are photo opportunities are at every angle; glaciers, wildlife, and capturing the family having the time of their life together.

  • On board your ship take advantage of some much needed R & R at the spa

The perfect multi-generational trip is an Alaskan cruise or an Alaskan cruise + land tour

morris-thompson-cultural-and-visitors-center-take-family-photo Photo courtesy of Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center In Fairbanks, Alaska

Holland America Line offers three types of Alaskan vacations that are perfect for a multi-generational trip:

10- to 20-Day Yukon+Denali Land+Sea Journeys

11- to 14-Day Denali Land+Sea Journeys

7- to 14-Day Alaska Cruises

Holland America Line cruise ships provide entertainment the entire family will love. You can bond while taking the Dancing with the Stars: At Sea dance lessons (and watch grandma compete for the Mirror Ball trophy), or take a cooking class together. Celebrating a milestone couldn't be any easier since the celebration dinner is no extra charge. Plus, if anyone in your party has a special need or disability, the cruise staff is there to assist and accommodate any need.

Four tips for planning a multi-generational cruise vacation

ii-chess TIP #1: Let each person contribute one thing they want to do.

TIP #2: Get an inside room across the hall from a balcony.

TIP #3: Grandparents' gift to the family eliminates budget problems for the entire family—and it makes planning so much easier.

TIP #4: Have a agent make all the arrangements for you.

Call us for more information

If you want more information about taking a multi-generational Alaskan cruise or Alaskan cruise + land tour, call one of our experts at We can make all the arrangements for you and your family. Contact us by calling 1-888-804-CRUIse(2784) or visiting our website

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