Cruising is one of the best choices for a family vacation. Cruising with kids is always memorable and eventful due to the adventurous nature of kids. Cruise lines are mostly family friendly and offer supervised facilities and activities for kids onboard. Here are some tips that will help you plan and have that exciting family cruise. No secret that planning a trip could be a hassle. It is always exciting and challenging planning for a cruise with your family particularly if you plan on cruising with kids considering there are so many factors that need to be put under consideration.
The list of Five Essential Family Cruise Tips:
Learn about the limitations of babysitters
Some cruise lines offer babysitting services on board so in case you bring the baby or babies along. You can take some time off while your sitter helps you with the baby. Babysitting services are not always available on cruise lines. They are also quite expensive and are not always available.
You can for example not request a babysitter prior to the cruise so sometimes when you need a sitter one might not be readily available for you.
Other ships also only let you to request a sitter at least 24hours in advance making it difficult to get one impromptu. Before going on a family cruise please do thorough research on babysitting services offered on the cruise ship to avoid disappointments.
Bring your own safety features
When you bring your kids along for a family cruise, it’s important that you know how to handle safety onboard in case of anything. As much as cruise lines provide safety features and guidelines, it’s important for you to bring your own safety features. You might for example want to bring a multi-outlet power strip to charge electronic devices. Phones might not have service so it’s advisable for you to bring walkie talkies to be in constant communication with your kids in case of anything.
You might also want to come up with a few family safety guidelines together as a family prior to the trip and have the children have basic information that can help them find their way in case they are lost e.g. the name of the cruise line and your room number.
Make a research about Each Port of Call
Before embarking on a family cruise, you need to make research about each port of call for your cruise line as this is the premier stop from where they will take on you and your family for that cruise holiday you have been looking forward to. Normally, ports of call are pre-assigned in a cruise vessel’s potential itinerary and as such the vessel is required to visit these ports within the specified time-frame.
Research activities available for Each Child
Cruise ships offer supervised activities for children to enjoy during the cruise. It is important that you involve the kids in researching and picking activities available for them on the ship prior to the cruise.
Don’t Worry About Picky Eaters
Do you have a picky eater in your family? Do not worry about that. Just do a lot of prior research on places offering picky eater-friendly diet choices. A lot of cruise ships have restaurants onboard that can make picky eaters happy.
Do not be scared of going on a cruise just because you have kids. Pack up, follow our family cruise tips and have a wonderful vacation!