Two ever-more-prevalent family trends, the "blended family" and the "global family," make multi-gen cruising a popular travel option, especially for reunions. The cruise ship setup also works for birthdays, graduations and non-specific vacations. Large cruise ships are best suited to handle multi-gen, as they provide one contained space where little kids can enjoy supervised play, tweens and teens can own the arcade or any of a half-dozen other activities, and grown-ups can enjoy poolside cocktails or even a little shopping. Meals can be easily scheduled for the whole family or members can break off and do their own thing come meal time.
Lena Katz is the senior travel correspondent for JustLuxe, covering trends, tastemakers, news and more.