NEVER BE BORED ON BOARD
Turn your next cruise into the ultimate family holiday with a little planning and some inside knowledge – here are some tips to get you started
BEING ACTIVE ALONGSIDE YOUR KIDS ... WILL MAKE YOUR HOLIDAY SO MUCH MORE MEMORABLE
The time to make the most of your cruise is the minute you board the ship. Don’t let the fact that it can take a few hours for your bags to arrive in your cabin stop you from having fun. Make sure you pack swimwear, sunscreen and hats in your carry-on so that once you’re on board you can start using the facilities. Set up camp somewhere between the pool and the entertainment stage. If you stay long enough, you’ll have the best vantage point for the sail-away party.
When booking your cruise, consider your cabin location. Make sure it’s not below or next to a well-travelled area so that you can get the kids to sleep easily. Where possible, try to book a cabin with a balcony. Being outside but still close to your kids will let you enjoy some extended conversation time with your partner. And if you’re like us, you may also choose to take turns going out to see the late-night shows so you can really make the most of your time on board.
Don’t miss the opportunity to put yourself first by making use of the kids’ clubs. To get started get a copy of the daily program (it’s available at the registration counter) and discuss its contents with your child. To ensure their first visit is all “smooth sailing”, help them get settled by taking a good look around, playing a few games and perhaps finding them a buddy to hang out with. If you can, travel with friends who also have children. It makes the drop-off process very easy.
The kids’ club also provides a lot more opportunity than you might expect. Our boys were once the opening act for a cruise line’s headline performer, illusionist Drew Thomas. They sang and danced to a full house in the main theatre – it was a very proud mummy moment!
Make the most of the party atmosphere by having a family meal in the main dining room on the theme and formal nights. This is the place to be for singalongs and fun. And a little chicken dance as a side dish never really hurt anyone.
Whether you have an adventurous spirit or you’re just wanting to keep up with the kids, today’s cruises have you covered. Make the most of your cruise holiday by being an active participant. Challenge your kids to waterslide splashdowns or just be there to encourage them while they learn some new skills.
Circus training, Segway navigation, surfing and even walking the plank are just some of the things that guests can experience at sea. Being active alongside your kids and helping them to decide what they will try next will make you fun to hang out with and your holiday more memorable.
Cruising delivers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and locations … make sure you do the shore excursions. One of our priceless travel moments was floating on pool noodles in the sea off St Martin with our two boys (then aged five and three). It was an amazing experience watching the planes pass