Tell them cruising is a great family vacation. We have been on two cruises and will be going on another in 17 days. Depending on your age, you can explain to them that they will get to relax a lot during the day while you are off doing the kids' activities, have dinner as a family, and then everyone can go their merry ways. Explain that you would check in every few hours and introduce them to anyone you meet so they know who you are hanging with.
The shore excursions are fun, or you can just wander around the ports and shop and sight see. My kids (12 & 16) have a lot more freedom on a cruise than they do on land vacations (67 family vacations so far), and cruising is by far the best for everyone.
Okay, I'm going to sound like a total nerd for saying this, but I make this whole presentation to convince the parentals about a cruise. I print out costs, pictures, possible excursions, and itineraries and make a poster. It works. I've been on 4 cruises with the Monarch (with 3 of my friends) booked for July. The Monarch definitely took some begging though. Good luck!
Sovereign of the Seas 2/03
Navigator of the Seas 2/04
Adventure of the Seas 2/05
Serenade of the Seas 2/06
Monarch of the Seas 7/06
Liberty of the Seas 8/07
Majesty of the Seas 5/08
make a power point... simple as that! it worked for me! showing pctures and writing out reasons why you should go. if your parents see that you spent a lot of time into even making a power point presentation they'll def know that you REALLY wanna go
First, have a serious conversation with your parents to find out why they are not interested. Then find information to help them to overcome their concerns.
Many adults who never thought they would like a cruise, love it once they acturally try it. Find adults that your parents know who have been on a cruise. Find any friends, relatives etc. Have them talk to your parents about how great it is and how affordable it can be.
Yeah, you have to give them options, but first make sure they will even consider the idea; cruises are really expensive.
I would just tell them its a new type of vacation you want to try (or do it again if you did in the past). Tell them they have things for everyone to do, and we can go to different places instead of just one.
Frankly, I've been lucky. My dad has loved cruising forever, and he waited until my sister and I were old enough. But I am actually going through this right now, my best friend wants to go, instead of staying at a boring resort for a week.
This is what I told him to do.
-tell them that the cruise is actually inexpensive considering there is non stop food, vegas style entertainment, the actual cruising itself, etc.
-i gave him an example of my caper to show his parents all the fun stuff that is going to happen
-lastly, i told them that they could get rid of their youngest son in the kids program =]....who knows they may decide to go now =]
Carnival Conquest - December 31, 2006
Carnival Valor - January 8th, 2006
Carnival Triumph - January 1st, 2005