Family travel tips: taking a cruise with kids
If you’re travelling with a toddler or pre-schooler, only the most adventurous (or foolhardy?) parent will pack five destinations into a week. Just imagine the stress of unpacking and packing, plus constantly travelling from place to place, all with a small child to consider.
Not much of a holiday, right? Unless you take a cruise, that is. No wrestling with suitcases every day, no worrying about trains, cars or planes, just the chance to explore lots of different places then relax with all the kind of facilities you’d expect from a huge resort (and then some).
My last cruise was with my daughter when she was around 17 months old, stopping at three different Caribbean destinations including Grand Turk, taking a food tour of our embarkation port Miami, and generally having a fabulous time.
Reading the posts from Tinbox Traveller and Life with Baby Kicks on their recent family cruises has got me thinking it’s high time to try another, especially with fellow blogger Travel Loving Family planning her cruise with kids.
So I’ve been working with Cruise 1st to come up with some tips for parents planning their own cruise holiday, whether you’re in it for the food, for the culture or for meeting other people.
Because if you’re travelling solo with a child, as I often do, it’s a fantastic option there too – childcare on board, communal tables if you don’t fancy eating alone, and it’s easy to get chatting to people.
If you have time between all that exploring, of course. So the only question is, where to? Having had a taste of the Caribbean islands with Minnie, perhaps next time we should take a look at the Mediterranean.
What do you think – where would you choose for a cruise with kids?
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