Travel – Taking a cruise enables us to offer our children a small variety of different cultures and land marks all rolled into the same holiday. We have a family travel map at home and rules are as long as we get off the boat then we can pin our destination on the map. We are real explorers and our Three year old has experienced many different parts of the world due to the flexibility of cruising.
Entertainment – cruise ships offer a full itinerary for both Adults and children through out the day. If you are travelling with little ones you may want to check that there is a kids club on board. Personally for us as a family we prefer babies and children’s activities offered from the Royal Caribbean fleet of ships but equally Cunard have a fantastic play area both indoors and outdoors for toddlers and the staff were amazing. Our Three year old prefers to enjoy the after dinner shows with us now as she has a real rhythm for music. Most of the shows are child friendly and offer an array of colours, sparkles and stunning costumes.
Food – For me as a busy Mum taking a vacation which involves zero cooking is a dream. Onboard cruise liners you will have a choice of a variety of restaurants and a self service buffet area. Olivia our Daughter will happily join us for a three course meal with the iPad thrown in for company but at the same time she is happy to take a leisurely lunch in the cafe. Buffets are fantastic for families as there is always ample of food choice on offer. The buffet is open almost twenty four seven which means there is no need to follow a routine if you are busy with the kids.
Sunset – I honestly do not remember experiencing any sunrise or sunsets as a child. Maybe because I come from a very big family and we were just always socially busy. However I was always aware of this magical environment from the movies. As a family of avid travellers we have literally become obsessed with watching the sunsets. Onboard is the best place to catch a sunset in luxury and make childhood memories and family traditions.
Celebrity status – We are still fortunate enough to be able to take Olivia away out of term time as she is still just in nursery. This means there are less children on board but still a diverse mix of generations. Our Daughter is very sociable and made herself known to most within a few days onboard by dancing and joining in with the shows. She bought a smile to many peoples faces on a daily basis and it was almost impossible to leave our cabin without her being recognised. I type this in a very light hearted sense as we met tons of lovely people.
Have you cruised with your children before or are you seeking any help or advice concerning which cruise liner to book with?