Although many families may have never tried this experience, cruises are one of the best ways to spend your holidays with your children. In fact, in many cases, this may be the only way to ensure that everybody is going to have fun.
On the other hand, it may not be easy to find a cruise that accommodates the needs of each member of your family. The real challenge is to book an experience which includes different activities, such as kids’ clubs, family cabins and anything your little ones may need. The first thing you should keep in mind is that not all itineraries are created equal. For example, AquaExpeditions will most likely be completely different than a trip to Alaska.
If you are ready to embark on this adventure and let your children live an experience they are not going to forget any time soon, here you will find all the most useful tips to make your next cruise the perfect utopia for any child.
Choose The Right Ship
Some ships are definitely better than others to accommodate families. They are bigger, have newer facilities, and often they employ staff members who are trained and know how to deal with children. Besides, they offer spaces for several activities for the whole family. This includes bowling alleys, ropes courses, bumper cars, skydiving simulators, and even IMAX screens.
Restaurants and lounge areas have at least one variation of their menus dedicated to children, and often they don’t sell alcohol before late at night (when, hopefully, the little ones will be sleeping already, and adults will finally have some time for themselves).
Find A Good Destination
Cruising is a convenient and exciting way to help your children explore the world with you. When choosing the destination of your next cruise, there are several factors that you would take into account.
This includes the number of at-sea days, the point of calls, and the shore excursions. If you are traveling with little children and toddlers, exploring the wildest jungle may not be a good idea. Differently, you may not want to bring your teens to a Disney Cruise (or maybe this is precisely what they are looking for).
Get Your Kids Involved
Unless mom and dad are going to have the last word, children should always be part of choosing how the whole family should spend your next holidays. This includes picking the best activities so that in the end everybody will be excited and happy to try new things.
Before you discuss your next cruise with your children, it is recommendable to find some age-appropriate alternatives to evaluate all together. You may also buy books or print pictures of each destination, so they will learn more about those places.
Be Prepared For Any Illness
Let’s be honest: kids tend to feel ill when important and sudden changes occur. Get ready for any inconvenience by bringing with you all the necessary medication. If your children suffer from a particular condition, you should first discuss it with your pediatrician, especially if this is going to be the first cruise for your child.
Don’t forget that sailing the open ocean can always cause motion sickness. You should book a room that is mid-ship so that you will reduce the likelihood to develop seasickness. Your doctors can surely advise you on different ways to prevent motion sickness.
Another thing to consider is that children tend to put their hands in their mouths. If you are traveling with little kids, you should always bring with you a good antibacterial ger, or some baby wipes to clean their hands at any moment. Yes, even teens may need someone to remind them to wash their hands.
Packing correctly for your next cruise is essential because you’re not going to have too much space in your cabin. You should always keep a carry-on back with you, filled with anything your children may need, from food to medicines to their favorite toys. If you are traveling with toddlers, make sure to pack plenty of diapers, wipes and baby formula. Unfortunately, not all these items are available onboard, unless your ship is specifically designed to host families with little children.
Don’t forget to bring and check your kids’ documents. Are they still valid? Is their name spelled correctly? Another important thing is choosing the right clothes, which should keep your babies warm (if necessary) and dry. You should also pack comfortable shoes.
To prepare for shore excursions, you should always bring along a backpack to store food, medicines, and toys. Sunscreen and spray to protect your children from mosquitos are essential, especially if you are traveling to specific destinations.