It used to be, but no way is that true anymore. Cruise ships are increasingly targeting
families, offering children's programs and facilities that rival those on land.
You'll find onboard water parks, teen discos, video games and a variety of crafts
projects and interactive play. Singles can enjoy the camaraderie of communal meals
and organized shore tours, special singles' meet-and-greets, a host of onboard activities
and, on some ships, solo cabins. Hip and urban travelers will be pleased to find
gourmet dining, high-tech and modern entertainment and late-night action at onboard
bars and clubs.
Health-conscious and active travelers should note that midnight buffets have given
way to expansive fitness centers, spa cuisine and an array of active, onboard pursuits
like rock climbing and Pilates classes. And, cruise lines are even offering plenty
of shorter-than-usual (three- to six-night) voyages that are marketed to working
folks who simply can't give up two weeks or more for a vacation.