Cruising With Kids: 5 Family Cruise Tips

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:

  1. Learn about the limitations of babysitters

The Babysitter

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.

  1. Bring your own safety features

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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.

  1. Make a research about Each Port of Call

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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.

  1. Research activities available for Each Child

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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.

  1. Don’t Worry About Picky Eaters

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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!

 

 

 

 

Our Top Five Greatest Road Trip Movies

Our wise elders had already given the secret of happy family, by saying, “Family that eats together and stays together”. But we being busiest creatures of entire world are unable to follow it. So what is solution for this? We have to make our own compensating routines for spending quality time with our family. Spending quality time with family (watching family road trip movies, for example) not only ensures the strong bonding of members but also passing the generation old knowledge and wisdom and sharing of huge lot of experiences that would guide the younger once. There is an opinion that mother is your first teacher, which is correct. In addition, there is one more saying that nature is best teacher, which will ensure passing of all wisdom in it.

Now we don’t have so much time to learn from each of above…can we plan something, which will contain all above elements, without any new burden and special events? Of course, we can. Just plan a family holiday. If it is a road trip than much better. Don’t you believe me? Then you must go through following some movies focusing on road trips. They are funny, entertaining and will touch your soft corner at a same time.

Our List of Greatest Road Trip Movies to Enjoy With Your Family:

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National Lampoon’s Vacation

The first movie I would like to recommend is “Vacation” (1983) by Harold Ramis. This is definitely one of the greatest road trip movies in existence.

Here’s the plot:

This is the story of man namely Clark Griswold, who wants to take his family to, “southern California amusement park valley World” for spending the quality time and holidays as well. Only thing is that he wants to travel around the country by road for reaching the amusement park with his wife and children, which were not at all interested in road trip but are interested in air travel.

The troubles started even before start of journey as he has to compromise on his car itself. Then anyhow journey is started, in which his wife insisted to go out of road to meet some relatives where their plan changes due to addition of some elderly lady relative who wants them to drop her on their way. The car they have taken is old worn out and giving troubles, the elderly woman, and her dog are increasing those troubles. It was not enough when wife’s purse stolen and they have money trouble too. Luck seems completely off with them as the elderly woman is dead in sleep and they have to abandon her dead body. By the time, complete family has lost interest in park and the trip only our hero seems to determine enough for going ahead and taking all of them with him.

Finally, when they arrived at park, luck did its masterstroke by informing them that park is closed for 2 weeks. Gosh, still hero is not disappointed and forcefully enters into the park. The police has to come along with manger of park. After knowing complete story of their travel, the family visits the park along with police. The happy ending. The determination of hero, the problem solving skill and the family bonding is what makes it must watch film.

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

Second one on the list is, “Little Miss Sunshine”. This film includes the typical family having stepbrother and grandfather and uncle. Little olive wants to participate in beauty pigment in California, for which family has to travel by road, which a car that needs the push every time it has to start. All the typical mess with unique family starts in journey. While coming they lost the grandfather, who was main teacher of little olive, they reached the competition few minutes late, after certain amount of drama she is allowed in competition, but after looking other glamorous contestants her parents knew the results. Still they encourage her. However, looking at her dance organizer’s wants her out of it instantly but family goes on stage and dances with her. Finally, by agreeing not to participate in any competition in California they left for home.

Rain Man (1988)

Rain Man

Next movie is “Rain Man” which shows how the road trip bonds two brothers, of which one Is having mental condition and $ 3 million dollars of father and other id fit AS FIDDLE and has only rose bushes. At the end, how the fit bro is giving up everything he wants for brother is heart touching.

We're the Millers (2013)

Now I would like to introduce 2 family road trip movies which doesn’t have family by blood but one is two strangers coming together for travelling to Chicago – “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and other one is how a small smuggler forms fake family for his defense i.e. , “We’re The Millers”.

Both of these films shows hardship while travelling together, they involve police, goons and mafia dons. Nevertheless, at the end it show that family doesn’t need to be of blood bond, it has to be felt by heart.

On concluding note I can say the well said quote in this changing world nothing is permanent than family. Travel with them and make the lifetime memories. It would be great when taking all challenges and problems head on knowing to keep all family in mind.

Wish you happy travel!