No surprise: Mom and Dad are cruising with kids of all ages - more than 1.5 million a year. What’s notable is the 50% bump in families with children under the age of three, a trend that might be fed in part by the discounted fares offered by some lines for tots younger than two.
In general, the most family friendly cruise lines are: Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, Cunard Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises.
Since the devastating earthquake of March 11, 2011, tourism to Japan’s Tohoku (literally “northeast”) region is slowly coming back. In October 2012, I joined a group that visited Aomori, Akita, Iwate, and Miyagi, four of the six prefectures that comprise the 25,825 square mile region that is approximately the size of West Virginia, but with a population of 9.3 million. While we were there, we experienced wonderful tourist attractions, so many of which targeted children, and we met numerous children everywhere enjoying themselves