A decade ago cruise ship activities for children were limited, making a family cruise vacation difficult to say the least. Today however, the major family friendly cruise lines work to outdo one another by offering a cruise package that will offer the greatest “Wow” factors to both please and impress all members of the family. ROYAL CARIBBEAN As an example, on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis and Allure of the seas nightly aquatic performances wow audiences with daring acrobats and divers as well as jets of water that shoot up to 65 feet high. More active families can also enjoy rock-climbing walls, a surfing simulator – the Flowrider, and zip lining on the ship among other activities. Come 2014 Royal’s Quantum of the Seas will offer bumper cars and a London Eye type capsule that will transport you up to 300 feet above the ocean. NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE Meanwhile on Norwegian Cruise Line, a multi story Aqua Park is ready to welcome families on their cruise vacation with Free Fall slides that abruptly drop you through a loop. More active guests on this line will find ships that host a sports complex that spans three decks and includes a rock climbing wall, a ropes course, a bowling alley, mini golf a spider web cage, a bungee trampoline and … The Plank – a small platform they can walk that extends 8 feet off the side of the ship! DISNEY CRUISE LINE Not to be outdone, Disney Cruise Line offers the 765 foot AquaDuck Water Coaster that whisks you through a transparent waterslide that drops four decks. The Disney Magic is about to go into dry dock which will equip it with a new AquaLab water play area and the AquaDunk, an extreme water thrill slide that will drop you on a near-vertical plunge! On all of these lines there is of course much more than can be listed here to provide cruise vacation fun for the whole family! Additionally all lines offer a broad selection of family friendly stateroom configurations and age appropriate activities and facilities for kids ages 2 and up that will allow for a good mix of time apart and time together. When combined it’s easy to see that a cruise vacation can indeed provide the ideal family getaway that provides the perfect mix of both relaxation and fun!