You won't be alone. More than a million passengers per year take family cruises.
The top two for families are the Caribbean and Mediterranean, followed by Mexico and Alaska.
The average is seven days, though some cruises are as short as 2 days and as long as 10 or more days.
A good, well-connected travel agent can often get you a lower price and/or a better cabin than you probably could do on your own. They also offer you sound advice based on years of experience.
If you choose a departure port within driving distance of your home, you can eliminate the expense and hassle of family air travel.
Know the real total cost
While most advertised cruise fares include your cabin, food, and entertainment, they don't include tips, alcohol, alternative onboard restaurants, laundry, transportation, shore excursions, among other extras. They collectively represent a tidy sum.
I've known people who selected their cruises based solely on their children's desires. Those of the parents and grandparents should count, too.
Pirate photo courtesty of Disney Cruise Lines