Tips To Make Cruising With Kids A Great Vacation
Now that people are starting to get out and travel again, thoughts turn to vacation planning, specifically family vacations. We have been quarantined in our homes for so long, we’re looking to get out, explore the world, be catered to, relax and enjoy ourselves. Cruising is the one kind of vacation that I can think of that can offer you all those things and more.
Cruise lines are experts in travel for kids…
No parent ever, has heard their kid say on a cruise…“I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” Your kids can be entertained from morning to night while on board with such things as:
- Theme parties
- Dance parties
- Outdoor movies
- All the food they can eat
- Miniature golf
- Rock climbing walls
- Supervised time for little ones
- Family activities
Tips when cruising with kids…
On a cruise, there is something for everyone…It will be a vacation your kids will remember and talk about forever! But even a great vacation can be even greater with these tips.
- One of the smartest things you can do to get your family cruise off on the right foot is to contact a cruise specialist. Let them guide you to…
- Kid friendly cruise lines
- Kid friendly and interesting ports of call
- Family friendly state rooms that will fit not only your family, but your budget
- While you’re waiting for your luggage to be delivered to your stateroom…
- Drop off your carry on items in your stateroom.
- Take a moment and meet your room steward and let him/her know of any special needs your family might have.
- Take a walk around the ship and find the many places you can eat.
- Carry swimsuits in your carry ons so the kids can enjoy the pool while you’re still waiting at the dock to get underway.
- Once your luggage is delivered, unpack and make yourself at home away from home.
- Check out the “kids club” areas and schedules.
- If you have young children and have booked an inner cabin, you may want to consider bringing along a nightlight.
- If you ‘re planning on going on some shore excursions, bring a back pack with you to carry such things as water, little snacks and other essential things you may need.
- For very small children, bring or purchase an umbrella stroller to more easily get around the ship and for walking shore excursions.
- There are babysitting services available, but you should get your reservations in early. These services could be an extra charge. (FYI, children must be at least 6 months old for most cruise lines)
- Even swim diapers won’t get a child who’s not potty trained into the pool.
- For younger children, it’s tempting to go off eating or nap schedules, but that’s not a good idea; a hungry, tired child, even on a cruise can have a melt down and be difficult and unhappy.
- When you’re choosing what you’ll do for shore excursions and activities, be sure to consider the things that your children will enjoy. If your children are old enough, you should involve them in the planning.
- Set safety and courtesy rules for your children to protect them from injury and protect the other ship guests from being annoyed and inconvenienced.
- Be prepared for seasickness, just in case.
- Pack a laundry bag to keep dirty clothes organized.
- Never let your children climb on the ship’s railing…it’s dangerous, and people fall from them every year.
- If your kids are old enough to be on their own some of the time, plan meeting places and times just to check in with each other throughout the day or evening.
- Plan time to do unplanned things…give the kids (and yourself) some downtime from scheduled activities.
- Small children don’t always appreciate eating in the formal dining room as much as you do, it might be a good idea to plan several meals at the buffet and let the kids choose what they want to eat.
I am a seasoned traveler/cruiser and travel agent… Contact me, let me help you choose the cruise or trip that will be perfect for you. I can give you information on what’s going on in the cruise world today, and help you “navigate” through situations where you might have to reschedule.