“Taking a cruise holiday is one of the best ways to travel with children. Family holidays are wonderful, but they can be frustrating, especially if you plan to visit different destinations and take part in various day trips.That’s why, I’ve teamed up with fellow travel blogger Elma Humpries to recommend tips on a family cruise. That’s what makes cruise holidays so perfect, the destinations come to you! And all from the comfort of your cabin. Don’t worry if you’ve never taken a cruise. To help you take the plunge we’ve compiled a quick list of some of the family cruising top tips…
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Do your reading
It’s always a good idea to your homework before booking a family cruise. There are more cruise operators out there than you may think and they all have differing policies when it comes to age restrictions and childcare policies. All cruise companies have some form of kids club facilities, but not all offer private babysitting services, and all have a minimum age for boarding.
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Before you do anything, make sure your children are young enough to go on the cruise in the first place, because you can’t leave your toddler behind at the port! While the minimum age for kids activities varies, a decent rule of thumb is that if your child is potty trained, then they should be old enough for at least some of the organised fun.
Plan some breathing room
Setting off for holidays with the kids can be stressful at the best of times, and rushing to catch a cruise is no different. Help reduce your anxiety levels by travelling to your departure port a day before. This means if there are any problems you have a good buffer and can enjoy the first part of your holiday stress-free.
Choose your room carefully
Your cabin is the room you’ll have for the duration of your holiday, so choose wisely. If you need a bath make sure and book a room that has one. And if you or your family members are prone to sea sickness then opt for a room near the centre of the ship, as the effect will be lessened.
Prep your wee ones
A family cruise is an exciting event for anyone, but this is even truer for kids. They will surely be thrilled about the holiday. This makes it all the more important to properly prepare them for what lies ahead. Discuss safety precautions, what do if there’s a problem, and ensure that they know how much freedom they’re allowed when they’re aboard, and what excursions you plan on taking as a family.
The small chance of getting sick is no reason to avoid a cruise. Stomach bugs happen, and having so many people in relatively close proximity can exacerbate these things slightly. With this in mind it pays to be prepared for a family cruise, so pack extra hand sanitising gel, disinfectant wipes, and Dramamine just in case.