Taking cruises with kids can be a fantastic way to have fun and bond with your kids, as well as create wonderful memories. There’s something for everyone on a cruise, from exciting activities and entertainment to delicious food and breathtaking views. If you’re considering a cruise with your children, here are some things to keep in mind to make the most of your time at sea.
First and foremost, choose the right cruise for your family. Consider the age of your children, as well as their interests, when selecting a ship and itinerary. Some cruise lines, such as Disney, cater specifically to families with kids, offering a variety of programs and activities designed to keep children entertained and engaged. Keep in mind that the activities that a cruise offers for the kids can be fun for you too! As Carnival points out, cruising with kids is “one of those rare vacations where what’s good for the kids is also good for the grown-ups”!
Once you’ve chosen your cruise be sure to take advantage of all the kid-friendly activities available. Many ships have onboard play areas, swimming pools, and game rooms, as well as organized activities like arts and crafts, dance classes, and sports tournaments. There are also opportunities for kids to participate in age-specific clubs and groups, where they can make new friends and have fun together.
In addition to onboard activities, there are also plenty of shore excursions that are perfect for families with children. From visiting a local zoo or aquarium to exploring historical sites and cultural landmarks, there is sure to be something that appeals to your kids. Just be sure to research the excursions ahead of time, so you can make informed decisions about which ones will be the most fun and educational for your family.
And when it comes to food most cruise ships offer a variety of options for families with kids. From casual buffet-style meals to formal dining experiences, there is something to suit everyone’s taste and budget, not to mention plenty from which to choose for even the pickiest of eaters. Many ships also have dedicated kids’ menus, with smaller portions and more familiar, child-friendly options.
Another important factor to consider when taking a cruise with kids is safety. Most cruise lines have strict policies to ensure the safety and well-being of all passengers, including kids. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these policies, and take advantage of any safety features and amenities available, such as life jackets, lifeboat drills, and medical facilities. Some people choose their cruises based in part on how good a job they think the cruise line will do of looking out for their littlest passengers.
Finally, don’t forget to pack for your kids, just as you would for any other trip. Bring along their some of their favorite toys (but not irreplaceable ones, as ship happens), games, and books, as well as comfortable clothing and plenty of sunscreen.
Taking cruises with kids can be wonderful, fun, and unforgettable, making memories with your kids that will last a lifetime. With a little extra research, planning and preparation, you can ensure that your whole family has a great time!