5 Essential Tips When Cruising with Kids

Taking the whole family on a cruise can be a great way to relax and bond with your kids. You’ll be able to visit several places in a single trip and have so much fun and excitement as family-friendly ships are loaded with activities and entertainment that are suitable for both kids and adults. So, make the most out of your family cruise trip with these five must-know essential cruising tips.


1.       Choose a kid-friendly cruise line and check on age requirements

The most important thing you should do when travelling with kids is to choose a kid-friendly cruise line. Make sure to research on the entertainment options and age requirements for the excursions of your shortlisted ships. If you’re planning to go on a cruise with an infant or a toddler, read carefully the terms and conditions of the cruise line before booking them as some cruise lines require a minimum age of six months to one year old, depending on the cruise’s itinerary.

2.       Book the right room size for your family

Instead of booking standard cabins, book a bigger room that’s complete with shower, perhaps has a king size bed, and has bigger floor area to accommodate your entire family, especially your kids. Look for one that’s specifically designed for families to ensure your convenience. You may want to avoid rooms with balconies with bar railings for your kids’ safety. If you really must have a balcony in your cabin, look for one that’s made with Plexiglas instead of bars.

3.       Bring essential items with you instead of buying them on-board

If you’re going to travel with a toddler, don’t forget to pack a lot of wipes, diapers, baby food, bottles, and pacifiers since most cruise ships don’t carry these items around, or if they do, they’re priced horrendously expensive. Also, you should bring a carrying device for your baby, be it a small stroller or a baby carrier, since most cruise ships only have limited number of carrying devices available onboard. Make easing out easier for your kids by allowing them to bring along their favourite toys on your trip.


4.       Take advantage of your cruise’s children’s club

Top cruise lines that specialize in family trips provide free and supervised kid’s clubs. In these clubs, kids are given a chance to make new friends while their parents use their free time to relax by themselves. Children can take part in activities like treasure hunts, pool games, and even in arts and crafts. Teens, on the other hand, can enjoy themselves through dance and karaoke parties. Club services that target toddlers and infants are also available, but are quite limited. Babysitting services may also be offered, but for an extra fee.

5.       Schedule your own family itinerary

For older kids, coming up with a daily plan is a good way to monitor their whereabouts while on the trip. If they’re planning to participate on on-board activities, hand them brochures and ask them to highlight the activities they wish to attend. That way, you’ll know where to find them whenever you want to check up on them. Discuss your own plans as well, so that they’ll also be able to look for you when they want or need something.

Going on a cruise trip with your kids can actually be less stressful than you think. Just plan things ahead and allow them to enjoy the activities they want, while you also make the most of your family excursion.


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