The perks of going on a cruise
Before you get overwhelmed, know that traveling abroad with kids can be done well! One of the best solutions, according to some of our acquaintances at Thomson Holidays, is to opt for a cruise. This opens up your destination possibilities, offering many different cities and regions that you might not have thought about visiting originally, as well as significantly simplifying the travel process. On a cruise, you won’t have to worry about trains or buses from city to city and any day trips or excursions can, in most cases, be arranged with your cruise provider before you ever leave shore.
Most cruises are child friendly, with kids clubs, pools and events for younger travelers. The kids will love their independence and the chance to make new friends. Some cruises even divide the age groups, so if you have kids of different ages, check out how activities vary for each sub-grouping.
Best places to go
Cruises also allow children to have a hand in helping choose what area of the world they want to see. There are more traditional options closer to home, like Mexico, Canada or Alaska, but there are a ton of interesting and exotic destinations, too! Caribbean cruises, for instance, enable the family to get far away from it all and relax together. Most Caribbean cruises run beach excursions, water sports and snorkeling, so kids and adults alike can enjoy the warm water and sunny weather. If you have older children, the family can try more adventurous excursions like swimming with dolphins and rays or ziplining through the jungle. Going to the Caribbean is a safe bet, especially if this is your first time taking kids on a boat. For first-time sailors or families with younger kids, a shorter cruise may be wise since children can get restless.
Tips and tricks
We also want to provide a few tips for things to bring along on your cruise trip. Although most ships have stores and plenty of other amenities, it’s smart to bring things like aspirin and anti-nausea medication for the kids just in case. Snacks that the kids are partial to are also a good idea as it reassures younger kids overwhelmed by their new surroundings and ever-changing locations with a little familiarity. Bringing a few games that don’t require the Internet like a pack of cards or travel board games can be lifesavers during downtime.
Food and drinks can make or break a cruise, so make sure you do your research on which ship is the best fit for your family. You and your partner may want to have romantic dinners after 8pm, but your kids may want to eat early and informally. Buying something like a soda card for the kids can avoid headaches and complaints about being thirsty, while buffet style dining also helps make the cruise experience a good one for your kids.
Although it’s not always easy to travel with kids, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. It is fun for the entire family to expand their horizons and going somewhere new can be a very bonding experience. We hope these destination suggestions and tips for taking a cruise with the kids will create great memories for years to come.
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