5 Cruising Insights for Families

There are a couple of common questions among parents that are planning a cruising adventure for the whole family. The first one is, are my kids going to be welcome? Of course they will. There are lines that offer adult only packages, but many also offer family oriented cruise packages and have attractions for kids.

These kinds of adventures are also very convenient because you have everything you might want on a vacation, without having to do tons of separate reservations and you are in a safe environment.

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Here are 5 Insights for Families:

Entertainment: Most cruises offer exciting things to do for people of all ages and a couple age-specific activities for kids and some even offer babysitting services. This means that it won’t be easy for your kids to get bored.

Ideal Length of a Cruise Vacation with Kids: Children, specially the smaller ones, need to be constantly stimulated with different activities and places to explore. They can get bored quite easily or feel trapped, so you should keep that in mind when booking a cruise. It is recommended to choose cruises that range from a couple of days up to a week.

Money-saving Tip: As always, spending a good amount of time doing research on your options can save you money. Some cruises offer special discounts in specific activities for kids or packages with unlimited beverage for children. So don’t settle for the first option you find, there are many great Cruise Deals out there!

Teenagers: Most of the cruise lines have this category covered too. Aside from the activities for all ages, they have areas where they can have fun and meet, such as arcades and dance clubs.

Stay Communicated with the Rest of the Family: If you are not traveling with small kids or babies, chances are that at some point you will all go on different directions. Since cell phones don’t always work at the sea carrying walkie-talkies is a great idea to avoid getting lost.

NOTE: Child friendly cruises are normally the mid range lines with large ships. Upscale might not be as accommodating for kids and budget might not have specialized activities for them.

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Article by Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!
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