Advice for Cruising with Children

Posted January 28th, 2015

If you’re feeling a little nervous about cruising with children, don’t be. The fact is that cruises aren’t just for retirees, singles, or couples. There are also a large number of family-friendly cruises out there that can make cruising with your little one enjoyable for both young and old. You just need to make the right choices! Here are three nuggets of wisdom that will help mums and dads and little ones have the best time possible while out at sea during their next holiday.

Choose a Great Fit between your Child and Ship

Spend some time looking over your cruising options and choose a ship that fits your child’s needs and temperament. For example, if your little one is quite active and finds it difficult to sit still, then choosing a ship with a Kids Club is necessary. And if your child can’t keep regular sleeping hours but rather sleeps on the go, make sure you choose a cruise that offers flexible dining options for Mum and Dad, such as a 24 hour buffet or anytime dining.

Your children will love the Kids Clubs on Carnival cruises

 

Ships that offer baby-sitting options or feature onboard nurseries are obviously ideal as they can give you a chance to hit the casino, grab a few casual drinks at the bar, or watch that enticing cabaret show. And don’t forget: most ships have strict age policies that you’ll need to keep in mind. For example, Royal Caribbean require infants to be at least 6 months for most of their cruises, while Princess Cruises have a minimum age requirement of 3 years.

Pick the Right Room for the Cruise

Like it or not, but chances are you’ll have to spend more time than most in your cabin during your cruise. Someone will need to keep an eye on your child when they’re sleeping. However, don’t fret. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to miss out on anything at all. For instance, when selecting a room, try and choose one with a balcony during the warmer months. This will allow you or your partner to soak up some nice rays just outside your room while keeping a watchful eye on your child – without feeling like you’re missing out on the gorgeous weather outside. Also, choose a room with a room divider so that you can let your child sleep in the dark whilst you catch up on some reading.

Interconnecting cabins, like those on Pacific Pearl, are perfect for families.

Try a Shorter Cruise to Start with

If it’s the first time you’ll be travelling with your child on a cruise ship, then don’t make the mistake of assuming they’ll be able to handle a 16-day transatlantic voyage. Instead, test the waters first and book a shorter cruise to gauge your child’s sea faring ways; two to five days is often best. If you’re child is able to handle life out at sea, and you’re still able to have a great time, then you can always book a longer cruise in the future.

Feeling confident about going on a relaxing yet fun cruise with your young family? Then call us today on 1300 954 661 and have a chat with one of our friendly cruise consultants. They’ll be able to alleviate your concerns and book your family a memorable holiday in no time at all!

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