Our cruising holidays were well into double figures some time ago, so I have a pretty good idea about what my Top five priorities are when booking a family cruise. Naturally, we have made plenty of mistakes in the past such as booking our room above a jacuzzi and not checking if there was a kettle to boil water for the babies milk. The cruise line we have chosen to sail with have always been very quick to rectify our problems but here are my Top Five priorities when booking a family cruise.
Our Daughter is our main priority and a happy child makes a pair of happy parents. It is only recently that our little one has wanted to go off and spend time in the kids club but previous to her new milestone, we always checked out what entertainment for children was on offer. There are tons f activities to do onboard a cruise liner for families if your child does not want to skip off to the club on their own.
Can you imagine my excitement when I discovered a laundry room on board the Oasis of the seas when we were last cruising with Royal Caribbean? My baby was 8 months old at the time and the laundry room was a life saver for getting those grubby bibs and baby grows washed up. Check before you board as this means you can take less clothing and wash as you go along.
Some families are more than happy to stay on board and enjoy the amenities when the ship docks but if you are a family like us, then you will want to go exploring and check out some of the local sites. If this is the case then I seriously recommend checking and booking your excursion trips before your cruise. We are sometimes fine to go and do our own thing but a tour guide always comes in useful if we are visiting somewhere for the first time. It is also a sensible idea to check the cruise’s itinerary before you book your holiday. For example, if a beach holiday is not for you then you may not like to take a Caribbean cruise.
A huge priority for me when booking a family cruise is having the peace of mind that my child will be safe at all times. Baby and kids pools are lots of fun and for me ideally, I just prefer a splash of water up to my child’s knees. That way I can let her be a little independent by watching from the side if need be. There is a new regulation that all ships must provide safety vests for children playing or using the pools on board.
Our Daughter is a big fan of the nightly shows, she loves the costumes and she loves to dress for the occasion too. When we are not at a show then we aim to spend as much time as a family as we can. I am always the first to check out the daily entertainment program as we love to take part in activities such as scrap booking and family quizzes suitable for all ages.
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