A cruise offers a great way to enjoy a tropical vacation or to see the world on a budget. You can choose from a variety of cruise experiences, from raucous, nightlife-friendly excursions to more peaceful and relaxing getaways. Cruises can also be wonderful family-friendly vacations. Not only can you find a cruise to fit into just about every budget, but you can also find cruises that are perfect for kids and families. Here are a few things to consider so you can choose the best cruise to take with your kids to ensure that you have a fun and memorable experience for the whole family.
Consider these factors when selecting the best cruise to take with your kids:
Size of the Ship
Big cruise ships accommodate big crowds. That means that the bigger the ship, the more people you can expect to battle for space in the dining hall, for your turn at the bathroom, for lounging by the pool. Smaller ships may be better for many families as they offer a more intimate feel and are less chaotic with fewer people on board.
Some cruise lines go all out to welcome families and children. Activities can include games like bingo, basketball and water play, as well as arts and crafts, t-shirt painting, and more. Look for ships that make a lot of kid-friendly activities available for a better cruise experience.
Without these types of activities, kids can become bored and restless on cruise ships, making for a very long and very unpleasant vacation.
Many cruises are designed specifically with adults in mind, and they go out of their way to create a more mature atmosphere, one that includes lots of drinking, partying, and gambling. Other cruises are specifically designed with families in mind, with amenities, activities, and schedules with children in mind. Look for a cruise that creates an atmosphere that is friendly and welcoming to children. Carefully survey the marketing materials for the cruise to get a sense of the cruising atmosphere, and research the reputation of the cruise online to get reviews from past cruisers.
What amenities are on board for babies and toddlers? Some cruise ships offer the basics, such as highchairs and stroller access across board. Others offer more extensive amenities such as childcare for evening entertainment and more. Don’t assume that the amenities you need will be provided. Traveling with children can be difficult, so be sure that you will have the items you need for smooth sailing.
What makes the trip better for you and your kids? Most families will likely find that structured activities make it easier to travel with kids. Figure out what works best for your family and choose accordingly.
Cruises can be great vacations for family, but you have to find one that suits your family’s needs. Consider the size of the ship, the amenities and activities on board, and the type of atmosphere the ship promotes when choosing the right cruise for you.
Have you been on a cruise with your children? How did you choose the right cruise for you? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!