Tips for Taking Kids on a Cruise


Making memories with your children should be something you are passionate about as a parent. If you are starting to feel stressed out and overwhelmed with your daily life, then it is time to plan a vacation for you and your family. With all of the different vacation options on the market, you will need to do your homework before choosing one.

Nearly 100 million Americans plan on taking a family vacation in the coming year. If you are looking for a fun and unique way to travel with your family, then taking a cruise is a good idea. Before you embark on your cruise, you need to make a plan for how to keep your children safe, happy and engaged. Here are some things you need to consider when taking your kids on a cruise.

Selecting the Right Cruise

The first thing you need to figure out when trying to take this type of vacation is which cruise to book. You might be surprised to learn just how many different cruise companies and packages are on the modern market. You can find cruises from Seattle, Miami, and so many other ports. As you start to look at the various cruises at your disposal, you need to consider how family-friendly each one is.

Most modern cruise lines have kids’ programs and activities on their ships. However, there are a few that actually cater to children of all ages. Different cruise providers like Disney, Royal Caribbean and Carnival are among the most family-friend options. Taking the time to figure out what type of accommodations and activities are offered on a particular cruise is vital. With this information, you should have no problem choosing a cruise excursion your entire family will enjoy.

Choose The Right Time of Year To Take a Cruise

Once you start to develop an idea of which cruise line you want to book your trip with, you will need to start thinking about when you want to travel. Ideally, you want to travel during a time of year when lots of children will be on the cruise. This will provide your kids with plenty of playmates, which is always a good thing.

In most cases, traveling during the summer months is a great way to ensure plenty of kids will be aboard your cruise. Trying to travel during the school year means that very few children will be on the ship. This can make the cruise experience less enjoyable for your children.

Get Your Kids Involved in the Vacation Planning Process

If you want your children to have a great time on the cruise, then you need to give them a say in the destination you visit and the activities you participate in. Luckily, most cruises provide a plethora of great family-friendly activities your children are sure to love. Activities like snorkeling, surfing and swimming are fun for the entire family. Providing your children with a few different cruise options is the best way to ensure the right destination is chosen.

Teach Your Children Cruise Safety and Etiquette 

Another important thing you need to focus on before embarking on a cruise with your kids is teaching them the dos and don’ts of traveling with others. If your child knows things like the importance of drying off before sitting in a restaurant or entering an elevator, they can avoid making these mistakes on board the ship. You also need to let your children be quiet when talking indoors or around the rooms of other passengers. Having a family meeting before the cruise is the best way to provide these tips to your children.

Check Out The Food Options on the Cruise Ship

If you are traveling with younger children, then you probably have a few picky eaters in the group. Instead of being caught off guard, you need to check out the food options on the cruise ship before setting sail. By doing this, you can plan to eat at restaurants that your children will enjoy.

By following these tips, you can have an enjoyable cruise experience with your children.

About Carson Derrow

My name is Carson Derrow I'm an entrepreneur, professional blogger, and marketer from Arkansas. I've been writing for startups and small businesses since 2012. I share the latest business news, tools, resources, and marketing tips to help startups and small businesses to grow their business.