School Holiday Cruising - Tips For Choosing The Right Cruise
Taking your kids on a cruise during the school holidays is a great way of introducing them to travelling. They’ll be able to discover the joys of seeing another part of the world without the stress of having to unpack/pack at each new destination. Hitting the open sea with your kids is also a fantastic way for parents and child to bond and spend quality time with each other, away from the responsibilities of everyday life. Here are some tips on school holiday cruising and our recommendations on the best Australian cruise lines for children.
Tips for choosing the right cruise
In an ideal world, the average child would be just as fascinated by the cultural and historical relics of old European capitals as their parents. Or just as keen to while away a day laying on a secluded beach reading a book. Obviously this is hardly ever the case, which means that parents will need to choose a cruise ship that offers enough entertaining activities onboard to ensure their kids enjoy their time away as much as they do. Many cruise lines in Australia and abroad have kids’ clubs that offer all sorts of activities for young cruisers, including arts and crafts, video game rooms, playgrounds and swim parties. Some cruise lines also offer themed cruises, giving your kids the chance to meet their favourite Disney characters and movie heroes.
Apart from opting for a ship with a plethora of entertainment options onboard, it’s also a wise idea to choose a cruise ship that offers flexible dining times for your family. Being able to choose when your family sits down for a meal means you won’t have to stress about making the meal sitting on time whilst your little one is throwing a tantrum. It also makes things much more convenient if you’re travelling with infants.
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The best Australian cruise lines for children
Now that you know what to look for in a cruise ship, what are the best cruise lines that set sail on Australian seas for you and your family to enjoy during the next school holidays? Here’s just three of the cruise lines we recommend:
Carnival Cruise Lines: Known as the ‘fun ships’, Carnival Cruise Lines offer a vast array of casual dining options, supervised kids programs and live entertainment that's sure to keep the kids entertained for hours! There's mini golf, basketball, a poolside cinema, discos, scavenger hunts, and the world’s steepest waterslide at sea, the Green Thunder at their very own waterpark! You name it; they’ve got it onboard a Carnival Cruise.
Royal Caribbean International: The largest ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet are ideal for school holiday cruises. Most feature a fantastic array of services and activities specifically tailored to kids. The Legend of the Seas, for example, splits kids into groups depending on their age and provides lots of age-specific activities. Older kids (15 and above) can also attend the ship’s “Optix Teen Disco” which features a soda bar. It also offers flexible dining.
P&O Australia: One of the biggest names in cruising, P&O have been entertaining kids onboard their cruise ships for decades. The Pacific Pearl has one of the best kids’ clubs onboard any cruise ship, hosting activities such as arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, talent shows and even hip-hop classes. It also allows families to choose their own meal times with “Your Choice Dining”.
If you’d like to book a cruise for your next family holiday, contact a friendly cruise consultant on 1300 954 661 today, and let us make sure your next vacation is enjoyable for the whole family.
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