This holiday, you have decided to treat yourself and your family to a completely amazing vacation experience by going on a family cruise. Still, planning a cruise for the entire family is much more difficult than organizing your regular vacation. Luckily for you, it doesn’t have to be! To help you mastermind your preparations, here are a couple of essential tips that will make your first family cruise a true adventure of a lifetime.
Choose Your Destination with the Entire Family in Mind
When masterminding your family cruise, the first thing you should think about it is the destination of your cruise. Although, you may be interested in visiting ancient Greek and Roman sites across the Mediterranean, your kids might be more interested in a trip to the zoo or the local fun park. Tropical destinations, such as the Caribbean and Polynesia, that offer something for everyone, are great solutions for family cruises. Spending time playing in the sand, swimming, and trying out watersports, like surfing or scuba diving, will be great family fun, and won’t leave anyone feeling bored.
Start Small to Get a Hang of Cruising
As great as a cruise might seem, they’re both exhausting and overwhelming at first. So, if you are considering a family cruise for the first time, start small and gradually move to a bigger and longer cruise. A scenic long-distance barge travel along waterways in France and England may be the perfect starting off point for a lifetime of cruising. Kids can get accustomed to life in cabins, and the many hours it takes to reach the next port. When they pass their first test, it’s time to move on up to an ocean liner, and experience the real deal.
Decide the Time and Length of Your Cruise
When determining the best time and length of your cruise, there are a few things to consider. Based on your and your kids’ available vacation days, work out when is the best time to go on a cruise for your entire family. Additionally, you should also do some research into when exactly is the perfect time to visit your particular cruise destination. Once you have figured these things out, you can easily plan the length of your cruise, from the moment you embark on your journey to the moment you get back home.
Research the Offers of the Cruise Line
Researching all the best family cruise lines allows you to get a sense of what life will finally be like once you get on board your ship. Check out the various facilities on offer, including services they provide. Look towards family cruise ships, which can meet your demands when it comes to activities for kids, daycare, or computer games and musical programs teens might be inclined to enjoy. As for on-board facilities, make sure the ship has child-specific accommodations, and explore the general amenities your family might require, like a kiddy-pool, swimming lessons, a gym, game rooms, on-board entertainment, and restaurant menus.
Check Out the Accommodations
Since you are going to spend at least a week out at sea, you should examine all the cabin options. Apart from the price, you should also take into consideration the size of the cabin, as well as sleeping arrangements. Determine if the cabin is child-proofed for younger children, and whether you will be placed in a single space, or assigned multiple cabins. If you are assigned multiple cabins, make sure they are located next to each other, or across the hall. Finally, check the sleeping areas themselves. Research the beds, whether the cruise line offers double beds, and what sort of beds they have prepared for children.
Pack for Your Trip with Care
Because a cruises are different than a regular vacation, you will need to know how to pack for your cruise. First off check to see if there are limitations to the amount of luggage you can bring on board, as well as what is permitted technology-wise. Apart from that, focus on the cruise’s dress code and the clothing requirements. Most cruises have at least one formal night that require all passengers to wear a suit and tie, or cocktail dress combination. Make sure you take notice of the attire is permitted on deck, since most ships don’t allow bathing suits to be worn outside of the pool. Also, pack a second bathing suit for every family member, a warm set of clothes for the chilly nights at the open sea, and all the necessary personal hygiene products to keep all the germs well away from your family’s cabin.
So, there you have it! A couple of truly amazing tips to help you plan your journey, and make your cruise an adventure of a lifetime the entire family will remember.
About the Author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.