If you are considering going on a cruise with your family, you are not alone. More and more families are choosing getting aboard a ship and sailing away. People are simply loving this way of family vacation. With summer in the horizon, we wanted to share some great Tips For Cruising with Kids to consider and put to good use when you decide is it time to say Ahoy Mates!
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Cruising with your family is a wonderful vacation idea. The first thing to do is to choose a cruise-friendly to your party. Kid-friendly might not be the same as kid-tolerant. Not to worry, we have the inside scoop on the best cruises for families. Once you have chosen your cruise, consider these point on cruising with kids and your type of room. Regardless if you aim to relax, play, be active or reconnect on board, these tips from the experts at iCruise will help ensure you focus on all the good and keep the not so good at bay.
Best Tips For Cruising With Kids
These tips are true lifesavers. We are including not only the things you need to know when cruising with kids but some ideas to look at that will help you decide on the best cabin for your tribe:
Tips for cruising with kids plus a few things to know
- Pack a carry-on bag with sunscreen, swimsuits, flip-flops, etc. so families can begin enjoying the ship right when they board. Luggage may take a while to arrive at the rooms.
- Bring inflatable beach balls, floaties, etc. that the kids can enjoy playing in the pool. They are easy to pack and cheap so you can leave them behind.
- Reserve onboard activities before sailing
- Carnival and Disney have limited number of strollers for rent. Royal Caribbean and Princess do not offer them.
- Bring a small inflatable pool for kids who are not potty trained. Kids not potty trained are not allowed in the pools. (Exceptions: Disney’s Splash Zones and Royal Caribbean’s Baby Splash Zones do allow children to swim without being potty trained.)
A word on your family cabin or suite:
- Disney’s bath-and-a-half set-up; rooms that include pullout sofas & pulldown bunk beds
- Carnival Vista’s Family Harbor cabins offer free access to the Family Harbor Lounge, which offers a buffet breakfast, daytime snacks and ice cream, specialty dining for kids, TVs & computers, board games, & a free night of babysitting
- Norwegian’s cabins and suites for families offer access to exclusive pools and sun decks, restaurants, & lounges
- Cabins and Suites that are mid-ship have less motion and will help reduce the likelihood of developing seasickness
- Request a crib, playpen, & bathtub as soon as you book. Most ships have limited supply. (Most rooms only have a shower, not a bath)
- Find out what is located above/below/around your cabin. Cabins located by late night entertainment spots, the engine room, elevators will be noisier than other locations.
- Triple and quad occupancy cabins are possible to find. Most ships have a third or fourth bed that pulls down and can be retracted during the day.
- Newer ships have a variety of connecting cabins. (cabins with interior connecting doors) Gives you twice the amount of space and two bathrooms.
- Family suites can sleep 5-8 people and have at least 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a large common area, and a balcony. These are limited and may need to be booked 6+ months in advance.
- Celebrity Cruises: 80% staterooms offer an ocean view and 74% have private balconies.
Have more questions? Need more assistance? iCruise experts can definitively answer all your questions and set you sailing in no time! What are you waiting for? The ocean and all the fun to fave on a cruise calls you!