Based on the information provided to me by my host agency, KHM Travel Group and my experience booking my customers trips I will say:
Winter Months: From December 21 to March 19th 2018
If you don’t mind the cold weather this is the best time price wise to go to Europe and South America. In Europe it will be winter like here but in South America it is Summer and you can enjoy their beautiful beaches.
All the Caribbean will have great discounts during these months, some resorts offer 40%, 50% sometimes even more when running a promotion.
Best value weeks for winter travel:
Spring Months: From March 20th to June 20th 2018
During the Spring months you can still have a very good value for your investment since you will be travelling before the peak season, that time here in America is all summer.
Europe and South America start their peak season in these months, to take advantage of the extra perks and good prices, make sure you book your trip at least 6 months prior to your trip.
Cruises offer great promotions, so it is probably the best time to go on one.
During this Spring Break there will be many promotions for the Caribbean but to take advantage, look for them around November or December to get the best value for your investment.
Summer months: From June 21st to September 21st
This is the busiest time of the year for travel. Book your family vacation at the end of December no later than February to make sure that you take advantage of the early bird discounts, kids stay free promotions and so on.
Peak travel: All summer
Best value weeks:
Fall months: From September 22nd to December 21st
After the summer peak season, hotels will have wonderful discounts and extra perks during this time, for me in particular is the best time of the year to take vacations with your friends and loved ones.
Best value weeks
Hurricane season June 1- November 30
Peak Season Calendar in Travel Agent Portal. Khm Consulting Inc.
I have experienced all the facets of traveling with children. I have traveled with my few months old baby, with a toddler, preschooler and with a school age kid. All of them are different, each requiring attention to detail to make sure that you have a good family vacation from the moment you start to the time you return.
Traveling with Babies: I would consider a baby from new born to 2 years old
Traveling with Toddlers: I would consider a toddler from 2 to 4 years old
Traveling with young kids: I would consider kids from 5 to 7 years old on this group.
Traveling with older kids: I would consider kids from 8 to 18 years old on this group.
According to Cruise Critic families have the following categories to choose from:
Best cruises for Romance:
1.-Windstar cruises: Their three intimate motor-sail-yatchs offer luxurious touches like fine dining, fine linens, L’occitane toiletries, personal service and itineraries in the Caribbean and French Polynesia with plenty time in ports that allow honeymooners to have a great time discovering the marvels of each one.
Their three regular yachts (with no sails) offer itineraries in Panama Canal, Europe and Asia
2. - Paul Gauguin Cruises: They specialize in the idyllic South Pacific Islands such as Tahiti, Fiji, Cook Islands. They cruise all year around and are the favorite line for honeymooners, couples celebrating anniversaries or looking for a romantic escape. Their itineraries offer stops in remote islands with plenty time to lie in the tropical sun.
3.- Princess Cruises: Well-known cruise line for the Love Boat TV show, offers couples seeking romance, alfresco balcony dinners for two, several dinning venues for a date night and adults-only sun decks with spa-like atmospheres.
Best for families with young kids:
1.- Disney Cruise Line: They offer nurseries for babies starting at 3 months old, themed play space for preschoolers and school-age kids; plenty Disney character interaction and cabins that cater to families with split baths ( with tubs), extra berths, room dividing curtain, child proof balcony locks.
2. - Carnival Cruise Line: Their kids program starts at 2 years old, plenty food options for kids, water slides and aqua parks. They also offer the interactive “Hasbro, the Game show”, “Seuss at the Sea” and some of the largest standard cabins in the industry for families.
3. - Royal Caribbean International: Another favorite line among families. This cruise line is a leader with innovative kid programming and expansive youth facilities. Their partnership with Dream Works brings the characters that the little ones love to parties, parades and photos.
Best for families with older kids:
Royal Caribbean International: Teens have rock climbing walls, on board surfing, DJ classes. Zip lines, shows, and teen’s clubs.
Norwegian Cruise Line: Teens appreciate no set dining times, no strict dress code, plenty choices in entertainment and food. Teen’s club offers game stations, exclusive parties, water parks, outdoor sports, Musical venues and shows.
Carnival Cruise Line: They offer separate tween and teens clubs, shore excursions just for 12 to 17 year old chaperoned by the youth staff. They also have water parks, mini golf and outdoor movie screens.
Best Cruises for seniors:
1.-Holland America: Has midsize ships and appeals to mature travelers with their traditions like: Afternoon tea, ballroom dancing, gentlemen host and with their focus on cooking and technology classes.
2.-Cunard Line: Is a line for a classic cruising. They offer the only regular season of transatlantic crossings on its flagship Queen Mary 2. This is full of ballroom parties, formal dinners, jazz concerts and so on.
Resource: cruisecritic.com. Cruising 101. How to pick a cruise line by Roxanne Wells, updated on December 11 2017
Author Rossana Jeri
Bilingual English -Spanish Travel Agent