If you’re looking for a fairly easy and fun vacation with kids, we suggest you consider a cruise. Most of the main cruise ports are major North American hubs which means you can use Aeroplan Miles to fly to the destination, and you can also use miles towards various cruise lines. On our recent cruise trip, we flew to Puerto Rico on miles and went on a Southern Caribbean Islands cruise on Carnival. Truthfully, before we went on the cruise, we weren’t sure about cruising with kids. We were worried about the size of rooms, the food (our youngest has a severe allergy to eggs and dairy and it requires us to carry an epi-pen) and thousands of people in a confined space on the ship. But, after our recent experience on Carnival, we suggest you should consider a cruise with young kids because it offers something for everyone in the family. The food - Before we left, we wondered how would we know what was in the food for our allergic son (like hidden butter) plus we had no desire to eat buffet food all week. One thing we learned on the cruise is that you do NOT need to eat buffet food at all! The main dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can go for an a la carte breakfast where you can order whatever you want off a menu just like in a restaurant, but the food is all included so there’s no bill at the end. Lunch and dinner had the same a la carte options; and since you have the same waiter for dinner each night, ours was always really good about our son with allergies. We would pre-order his next night's dinner so we knew that his food was safe. Plus, it allowed us to make special requests. Excursions - The best part about cruising with kids is the ability to visit many different countries in a short time. Plus, getting on and off the ships with kids is very easy (and stroller friendly). You can choose to pre-book your excursions before you leave home, you can book excursions on the ship, or you can simply walk off the ship and into the port and there you will find taxis and companies waiting for cruise ship passengers. Most of the excursions are family friendly and normally they last about 4-6 hours. It is the perfect amount of time for young kids because after 4 hours, they are normally getting tired and hungry. In our case, a nap was normally needed for our 2 year old. The room - The rooms are small but they are very functional. We really didn’t know how we would fit all 4 of us in a room, but we all fit comfortably (this included a crib). If it’s at all possible, definitely splurge for the balcony room. It provides extra space to store the stroller, it’s the perfect hang out when the kids are napping, and it’s a great place to have some quiet time away from the other passengers on the ship. Entertainment - Between the kids clubs, arcades, pools and various games that happen while the ship is at sea, there’s always something to keep the kids entertained. The kids clubs are a great way for parents to have a little break, and the kids get to play in a safe supervised environment. The pools are salt water, so it’s best to keep this in mind before jumping in. Because of the salt, goggles are a great item to bring. The evening entertainment was fun and we saw lots of kids enjoying the show. We would find an area by the door on the upper floor, this meant if one of our kids got a little too excited we had an easy exit out to go for a walk. Taking a cruise with kids can be very inexpensive. Wait to find a deal; normally booking far in advance will save you lots. It is also advantageous to stick to one cruise line because they offer perks for returning guests. If you can combine the cruise with flights using Aeroplan, it’s possible to have a family vacation for under $2000. Taking a cruise with your family is a great way to experience a number of different countries. It’s also a great way to see if it’s a country you want to return back too. Cruising is an easy way to travel because once you're on the ship, there’s no re-packing at each stop. And since there are so many cruises to pick from, you can always find the perfect fit for your family. This post was sponsored by TD/Aeroplan. All expressed opinions and suggestions are my own.