Taking the Kids on a Caribbean Cruise
With summer just around the corner most families are planning their upcoming vacations. You’ll want to organize a holiday that allows parents to relax but will also give kids the fun activities they need to enjoy their time away. Caribbean cruises could be the perfect solution. The ships are family friendly, the prices are affordable and there are activities to suit even the fussiest family members. Here are a few tips and activities to ensure your Caribbean cruise is full of smooth sailing.
1. Book in advance
You’ll want to save money and also get the best possible accommodation, so reserve your cabin in advance. Family cruises in summer are extremely popular as kids are out of school, and prices will tend to increase right up until the date of departure.
2. Check for childcare services
Although it’s a common feature on family focused cruises, if you’re hoping to spend some time alone with your partner, then prior to booking your cruise make sure you research the availability of childcare services on-board. There should be listings for specific hours and services available that will allow you to plan a romantic time for two in advance.
3. Consider a themed cruise
There are a number of different cruise lines that offer themed cruises for children, with a variety of character meet-and-greets, parades, scavenger hunts, and other fun events organized to give kids the best holiday possible. For older kids, there are also plenty of other thrilling activities to take part in, such as ice skating, miniature golf, rock climbing, and even surfing.
4. Discover new cultures
One of the best parts about going on a cruise is that you get the chance to visit multiple destinations. This is an eye opening experience for children and adults alike. Whether it’s exploring historical sites, tasting new exotic foods, visiting markets or simply strolling the streets of a port town, your time abroad is certain to be memorable.
5. Put in your food order in advance
If you have young children and are worried about them sitting comfortably through an entire meal, then talk to the kitchen staff. They can prepare your food for a specific time and reduce your overall time at the dinner table. Also, bring some entertainment for your kids, though include earphones if this happens to be a tablet, phone, or game.
By following these easy tips, your family Caribbean cruise is certain to be stress-free and packed full of fun for all family members.
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I want to go on a Disney cruise with my kids so bad! Any special tips for this particular cruise line?
Elicia P says
I have always thought to do a cruise. I knew they had child services as I remember children being paraded arouond the ship but never knew of the advanced ordering. That is great to know as dinner service can last a while.
Sue M. says
These are all great tips! I might also suggest (though most people probably do already), make sure you have high SPF sunscreen with you. I only mention that because I know someone who went on a Caribbean cruise who said one of the passengers had to leave the ship and go to the hospital on the first day because they had such a bad sunburn!
tina gonzalez says
It would be nice to go on a cruise one day
Paula Hogsed says
Love it! We’re going on a cruise in July and my youngest is 3 – I wholeheartedly agree with the discovering new cultures! I wish I could afford to take my kiddos all over the world and experience many different cultures! For now, the Caribbean is a great place to start! SO looking forward to it! <3
Amber Ludwig says
Such great ideas!! I find do anything and everything you can ahead of time is a big help when it comes to kiddos!! And A+ on checking for childcare!! Great idea!!
Jeanna Massman says
A cruise can be a wonderful family bonding experience. Thanks for the tips!
Susan Smith says
We took out kids on their first cruise last month. They had a great time. They enjoyed having some independence from us on the ship.
One of my favorite fantasies is a cruise vacation! I would love to go someday with my family. Or even by myself! LOL! 🙂
Brooke Bumgardner says
I’m hoping to go on a tropical cruise sometime with our family. I think a cruise is a great way to get an all-inclusive vacation with something for everyone. Thanks for the tips!
Sarah L says
No kids, but *I* want to go on a cruise. Such fun.
Lyndsey R. says
Great tips! We are getting ready to take our first cruise trip next year and we are taking our 11 year old son. We are super stoked but mama is also a little nervous.
Kids trip of a life time
Sarah L says
I’d love to take a cruise. So many things to do on a ship.
Christy Peeples DuBois says
My two daughters and I went on a Carribean cruise a few years back during spring break. We had a grand time both on the ship and off. It was the best vacation I’ve ever had.