Family Vacation Planning? How about a Cruise?

A cruise can be a great family vacation. Many cruise lines cater specifically to families so you have lots of options and choices.

Take your time and look for the perfect cruise line for your family vacation. Look for family friendly ones which offer built in kid’s play areas where you can leave your kids with qualified child care staff while you take a little time out for yourselves.

This great for both kids and parents alive. You get to have some time to yourselves, enjoying what you like to do and the kids get to be entertained and have some fun of their own. Another great thing about a family cruise is that you stop at many different destinations, you get to enjoy your travels to different areas withouth having to worry about whether or not your luggage made it to the same destination and trying to find it.

You get to enjoy the sites and sounds of your new destination with your family during the day and in the evenings you go back to your cruise ship. But the fun doesn’t stop there. There are lots of things to do, see and enjoy on board.

Here are just a few questions you’ll want to be sure and ask your travel agent when looking for the perfect family cruise:

Make sure the cruise ship you choose is family friendly and allows children of the same age as your kids. Some cruise ships allow children over a certain age only or only during certain months of the year. Also, ask about child discounts. You certainly wouldn’t want to find out a board time that they won’t allow your children aboard.

This would also be a good time to find out about on-board activities, child care centers, play areas, baby sitting, details and rules for acceptance of your children into the child care center. Also ask about vaccines, potty training and health precautions.

You may also want to ask about child care staff qualifications and staff to child ratio. Just to be sure your child will be safe while out of your site.

If you are going to be traveling with an infant or small child and will require a crib or cots find out if they are available, what the fees for them are, and if they need to be reserved in advance. You don’t want any surprises later.

You should also be sure of the size of the cabin, because you don’t want to cramp your family into a small space.

What about kid’s menus? Find out what types of foods are available and served for your children. If you child happens to be on a special diet find out if you can make any special arranges for him or her in advance. If your kids are picky eaters, like mine ask about foods or snacks you’ll be able to purchase on board.

Most cruise ships formal evenings. Plan ahead, if you don’t feel comfortable taking a toddler and baby along to a formal evening inquire about other dining options for your family.

Prepare and asking all your relevant questions. It will make it easier to choose the right cruise vacation for your family if you have all the information you need ahead of time. This way you can make a wise, informed decision as to your families vacation cruise.

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  1. Reiselaender says:

    Whenever we’re going on a family vacation, I always take into consideration the safety of my kid, I also hope he’ll be able to enjoy our trip. I’ve heard of some cruises from a friend that has activities for all ages, even for toddlers so I am also considering it next time we plan our family vacation.

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