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Cruise ship kids clubs offer independence on family vacations. Here’s everything to know.

Sarah Brumfield and her husband, T.J., took their two daughters on a Carnival Cruise Line sailing last spring, and while the family spent plenty of time together, the couple also did their own thing away from the kids.

Brumfield, 39, could go to a comedy show, and her oldest child, Zoe, could later belt out a Britney Spears song at the teen club with a friend she’d made on board.

“I love family vacations,” Brumfield, who is based in Omaha, Nebraska, told USA TODAY. “It’s just sometimes if you get into those longer family vacations, you’re kind of on top of each other a lot, and it can get kind of stressful, and you really don’t get a break.”

Kids and teen programming on cruises help provide a respite, allowing families to enjoy quality time on a ship and have their own space as needed.

“I think it does make me feel a bit more independent, especially as you get older,” Zoe, 17, said.

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These programs even factor into whether the family, which Brumfield said take “one big trip” a year,” go on a cruise versus another type of vacation. She is among a number of travelers who have found kids clubs an appealing incentive, allowing kids space to play while knowing that they can’t go too far.

‘They do really well with that structure’

For other travelers, the programs allow for a different kind of quality time. Brendan Peoples and his husband, Edgar Castlow, take their five young kids on cruises once or twice a year. In addition to having alone time as a couple on an excursion or

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Cruises could be this summer’s cheapest travel option with itineraries going for as low as $29 a day

The Princess Sky cruise ship in Montenegro.

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  • Taking a cruise could be your cheapest vacation option amid a summer of expensive and chaotic travel.

  • There are currently 45 cruises sailing for $50 a day or less through 2022.

  • Cruise Sheet has seen a 17% drop in average cruise fares compared to the same time in 2019.

Vacationing this summer has already shaped up to be “hellish” and expensive. Airlines have canceled thousands of flights, gas prices have soared to record highs, and some hotel rates have climbed past pre-pandemic levels.

But amid these skyrocketing prices, chaotic travel stories, and inflation, there’s one glimmer of hope for budget travelers still looking for a relaxing getaway this year: cruises, many of which are sailing for under $100 a day.

A flurry of last-minute vacations at such discounted rates probably sounds too good to be true. And during most other circumstances, it is. Travelers often book their cruise trips at least a year in advance. But this time last year, the cruise industry and eager cruise goers were still cruise-lines-floridas-vaccine-passport-ban-workaround-causes-unvaccinated-difficulties-2021-7?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=yahoo.com” data-ylk=”slk:battling continually changing restrictions and sailing protocols” class=”link “battling continually changing restrictions and sailing protocols amid COVID-19.

In the last few months as travel and vaccine restrictions have eased, many cruise lines have begun increasing guest capacity and bringing their fleets back into operation for 2022 sailings. And because these companies haven’t had the “normal amount of time” to sell cabins, cruise lines are now discounting their itineraries to entice travelers, Tynan Smith, the founder of cheap cruise aggregator Cruise Sheet, told Insider.

Cruise Sheet has seen a 17% drop in average cruise fares from June 1 to July 13 compared to the same time in 2019. “These aren’t the absolute lowest prices I’ve seen, but there are [now] more low prices

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