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Tips for cruising with kids
June 4, 2018, 2:35 pm
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Cruise vacations are popular with families for a lot of reasons. First and foremost, the value is terrific since lodging and meals are wrapped up in the fare. Second, your family can visit many destinations on a cruise without checking in and out of hotels and wrestling with luggage along the way. Finally, cruise lines have perfected the family vacation by offering something for everyone: fine dining, luxurious spa options, pools with waterslides, quiet pools and hot tubs, rock-climbing walls, videogame competitions, and so much more.
 
Here are a few things to keep in mind when cruising with kids.

Check minimum age requirements: Most cruise lines have a minimum age requirements for guests. Find out everything about the cruise line before deciding to make a booking. Also remember to check other requirements such as age requirement to access the pool, children’s programs and shore excursions.

Select your cabin wisely: The most important aspect of cruise planning for a family is selecting the right accommodations. You will need to crunch the numbers and compare amenities to determine which option to go with. Your decision will depend on the ages of your children, the layout of the various cabins, and the cost factor.

Prepare your kids: Invite your kids to participate in the planning of the vacation. Give them books about the destinations you will visit and show them the cruise line's website. It is especially important to prep little ones so they know what to expect.

Pack for your children: If you have already traveled with your kids, you know the drill. In addition to packing their clothes and favorite toys, do not forget sunglasses, sunscreen, and bug spray. Always carry child-size earplugs and child-friendly seasickness medication.

Talk safety: Once onboard, have a conversation with your kids about the importance of following rules onboard. Explain that ships are safe but they need to pay attention during the muster drill so the family will be prepared on the very off chance that something goes wrong.

Keep up schedules: Once onboard, it is best to try to keep to your regular schedule. Wake when you normally do, let the kids nap when they are tired, and do not let them stay up too far past their normal bedtime.

Do not miss the ports: Sign up for a ship-sponsored shore excursion, book your own private tour guide, or simply get off the boat and explore the port on your own. If you have got little ones, take it slowly but definitely get off the ship when you can. Do as little or as much sightseeing as your family can handle.

Stay on the ship: While it would be a shame to miss out on a port, sometimes it is really nice to stay onboard while everyone else is out exploring. The pool and other recreational facilities are all yours and your family can have a terrific day spending time together.

Give your kid a camera: Buy your child an inexpensive camera and tell him or her to document the vacation. It is a fun way to get kids to look at their environment and capture the things that they loved best.

 

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