You've always wanted to try cruising, but now that you've got children to consider you're wondering if it's such a good idea. If you choose your shipping line carefully and follow some common-sense tips, you'll be able to start planning your cruise holidays 2014 today. You would surely love to see the world's greatest natural wonders together with your family.
Of course, the ultimate kid’s cruise ships are the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, which provide great fun for children and adults. There are a number of other shipping lines that offer special kids' activities, including clubs for youngsters, waterslides, video arcades, magic shows, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and onboard sport.
It's great to travel with your family, but you do need to consider other people aboard your cruise ship. Embrace some of these ideas to ensure that all on board enjoy themselves:
Use your discretion as to whether your children will enjoy cruising.
You know your children better than anyone, and will be able to decide whether cruising is a good option. Some lines have minimum age restrictions, and may also have age limits on swimming pool access or involvement in onboard activities or shore excursions.
Choose the cabin that best fits your family size and ages.
Most shipping lines have detailed information and ship layout plans on their websites, and contact them to check on details if necessary.
Involve the kids in the holiday preparations and discuss expectations.
If your children are old enough, show them the different cruise options and discuss what everyone would like to do while on a cruise. Also, talk about behavior standards, and make sure they understand that there'll be lots of other people on the ship.
Once you're on board, take the tour.
Settle into your cabin, then explore the ship together, showing your children public spaces that are for kids and those that are restricted to adults. Emphasize safety rules, and attend the drills that the ship gives. Check the life jackets that are in your cabin, making sure you've got the correct sizes as well as equipment for babies and toddlers if applicable.
Keep to your normal routines as far as possible.
Young children tend to get overtired and overexcited if their schedules are disrupted to a large extent. Kids' cruise ships usually offer kid-friendly menus and meal times, so take advantage of them.
Most importantly, have fun as a family!