Cruises offer a fantastic option for a family vacation. A cruise is almost tailor-made for families – an all-inclusive atmosphere with enough going on to keep the entire family occupied and an incredibly convenient way to see the world with the little ones without having to unpack and repack over and over again!
Choose the right cruise line
There are plenty of cruise lines out there that have put the work in to ensure they cater specifically to kids and families. Choosing a ship that boasts loads of child-friendly activities takes the weight off you when it comes to planning and gives your little ones a full schedule of fun. Plenty of lines take kids into account when designing shore excursions, accommodation, evening activities, and even dining options. This makes the whole vacation easier for mom and dad, particularly if it is your first cruise together as a family.
Experiment with a shorter cruise first
If it is your first time cruising as a family, it is worth testing the water before committing to a three-month around the world adventure. A three-to-five night sailing offers a brilliant way to discover if family cruises are for you and can give you great inspiration for your next cruise vacation as well. These slightly shorter voyages also ensure that boredom or seasickness don’t derail your main summer vacation.
Pick your cabin carefully
There’s a lot to think about when picking your cabin at the best of times, which goes double when traveling with kids. A suite or adjoining rooms are the best options, but if this is outside your budget, then some staterooms come with dividers, balconies, or additional seating areas. This extra space can make all the difference when everyone is packed into a small-ish space!
Don’t plan too much
You might be tempted to fill your kids’ cruise with as many activities, plans, and excursions as possible, but less can often be more on a cruise. Leaving plenty of flexibility in your itinerary and allowing plenty of time for breaks, rest, and relaxation helps avoid overstimulation and keeps your kids from getting too tired. Due to the secure nature of the ship, you can also let your kids do their own thing much of the time, which also offers you guys the chance to enjoy things your way as well!