With the Family Tour Challenge,Celebrity Cruises launches teenage family shore excursions. Each tour has been developed to enable teenagers to discover the world together through entertaining, competitive and enriching experiences. Each tour is shorter than standard excursions in duration, yet still packed with adventure and fun in order to make them more enjoyable for 12 – 17 year olds.
The new programme of excursions covers a range of activities including a Spanish family flamenco dance-off in Barcelona, learning to sail and take part in a mini regatta in Bermuda or even taking part in a gondoliering challenge through Venice.
Jo Rzymowska, managing director, Celebrity Cruises, UK and Ireland, explains:
“Family holidays are made by ensuring that all of the activities and adventures work well for children as well as parents. We’re extending our award-winning approach to children’s activities on Celebrity Cruises’ ships into our on-land shore excursion programme. The new programme has been developed to allow families to learn new skills, have fun together and embrace a little competitive spirit along the way.”
The Family Tour Challenge excursions include:
Family Flamenco Dance Off, Barcelona (Spain), from $99 per person – learn the basic rhythmic moves, handclaps and stomps of the traditional Spanish dance with a 45 minute private lesson. Then take to the floor to perform with a live guitarist and vocalist and compete against friends and family members in a contest to crown the best dancer
Palma Treasure Hunting Adventure, available in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), from $96 per adult and $46 per child – embark on a fun-filled family treasure hunt through the old town of Palma and uncover the history of the city and the island, whilst finding treasures hidden throughout the streets of the old town
Venetian Gondoliering Challenge, Venice (Italy), from $96 per adult and $46 per child – receive expert tuition in the age-old art of Gondoliering before heading to a waterway to test your skills and pilot your own gondola
Douro River Sailing Challenge, Porto (Portugal), from $175 per person – form a crew with your family and friends to race your own sailing ship along Portugal’s famous waterway. Board a 25-foot sailboat to embark on a regatta along the Douro River with spectacular views to greet you at the finish line before enjoying free time to explore Gaia Quay
Athens Sightseeing and Family Olympics, Athens (Greece), from $89 per adult and $59 per child – explore the ancient Olympic city of Athens with tours of the Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis before heading to the Panathenaic Stadium where you’ll enjoy a family race
Bermuda Gold Cup – Learn to sail and mini Regatta, Kings Wharf (Bermuda), from $139 per adult and $99 per child – embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure across the crystal clear waters of Bermuda. Take part in an expert briefing on the basics of sailing before taking to the high seas for a 45 minute practical lesson aboard a J/24, the world’s most popular race-designed keel boat. Finish the tour by participating in the Bermuda Gold Cup – a mini race against fellow students
Island Rainforest Geocaching Adventure, Ketchikan (Alaska), from $129 per adult and $65 per child – experience “geo-caching” a high-tech, GPS treasure hunt in the remote surrounds of the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy a 30 minute scenic cruise though the Clover Passage before embarking on your island adventure and use your wit to decipher the secret clues and solve the puzzles to be the winning family
The Big Nugget, Skagway (Alaska), from $114 per adult and $99 per child – travel back in time to the 1890s as costumed guides take you on a tour of the tales of the historic Klondike Gold Rush, interact with sled dogs and follow in the footsteps of early pioneers learning how to pan for Klondike gold before competing with other families to see who finds the most
Once back onboard younger guests will be entertained with a wide range of activities. These include X-Club teen entertainment featuring social activities and hangouts for teens, dedicated Xbox stations and the latest game consoles, sports activities, teen-only dance nights and for budding DJs the chance to get involved with the Scratch DJ Academy classes taught by seasoned DJ personalities. All Celebrity Cruises Youth Programmes are designed to cater for specific age groups to ensure all younger guests can make the most of their time onboard.