Preparing for a Cruise with Children

One of the best parts about going on a cruise is the opportunity to take your children along so you can make wonderful memories together. Unforgettable moments and once in a lifetime experiences that can be enjoyed by the whole family what can be better than that?

However, like all holidays, it’s worth being prepared before you set sail so that you can enjoy your adventure to its full potential. That’s why we have created this guide so if you are travelling with children, you’ll know exactly what’s in store before your voyage takes place.

In this post we will discuss the following:

  • Do your research
  • Things to pack for children
  • Top tips for cruising with children
  • Choosing the right cruise


Do your research

It’s crucial before embarking on any cruise that you do your research so you know which cruise line and ship will be right for you and your family’s needs.

When looking for cruises that will be suitable for children, weigh up the options and look out for things like child care facilities, family activities, meal options and cabin room sizes and layouts. What one cruise may offer you might not be as sufficient as another, so it’s crucial you look into every option before you make any decisions to ensure your children are in the right environment to make the most of their holiday. Find out what facilities are available on board, because this will give you a good idea as to whether or not it’s worth taking your children on that particular cruise ship.

When considering excursions and shore days, go for ones that will be fun for the whole family. The age range for certain kids clubs may vary so if you are travelling with very small children or babies, bear this in mind when you start looking at deals.

Things to pack for children

This will obviously vary depending on the age of your children but some of the general items are as follows:

  • Child’s airline tickets/passport/cruise information
  • Child’s medication/first aid essentials such as plasters, creams etc.
  • Toiletries/baby shampoo
  • Suncream
  • Nappies/swim nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby formula
  • Sun hat
  • Books and magazines/colouring books
  • Toys
  • Bibs
  • Inflatable swim aids


Top tips for cruising with children

1. Check minimum age requirements

Most cruise lines will have a minimum age requirement on board and this is usually around 6 months. Some don’t have any minimum age requirements and welcome guests of all ages. It’s handy to look into this when you’re choosing which cruise liner to opt for though, just to be on the safe side. At the end of the day, you know your children best so trust your own judgement.

2. Think about your cabin choices

One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a cruise line that is perfect for you and your children is the accommodation on board. Think about whether you need a cabin that is more spacious than a standard size and also consider the facilities that are available in each cabin. Your decision will depend on the ages of your children, the layout of the room and the cost.

3. Prepare your children

It’s a nice idea to involve your children when it comes to planning your cruise. Try giving them books about the destinations you will be visiting and show them the cruise line website. It’s even more crucial to prep very young children so that they know what to expect. An important note to remember is that their usual daily routine will be thrown off when you go on holiday, and that can sometimes be upsetting if it’s not something they are used to.

4. Make a checklist

There’s nothing worse than being away from home and realising you have forgotten an essential suitcase item. Make sure you make a checklist before you go away and do a separate one for your children’s items. This will ensure that you have everything you need whilst you’re away and all your children’s items are at hand when you need them. Using this organisational tip will make your cruise run smoothly and keep you prepared at all times. It will also save you money because you won’t need to purchase something you have forgotten to pack whilst you’re away.

5. Make a point of health and safety

This is only really relevant if you have children who are a little bit older and are able to understand more clearly but it’s a good idea to tell them about the importance of safety whilst on board the ship. Explain that ships are safe but they must follow the general rules and regulations at all times.

6. Sign your children up for kids clubs

Many cruise lines offer the chance for children to attend kids clubs and these are even categorised in different age ranges so that each child can benefit from the activities available. It’s also a really great way to give you and your other half the chance to spend some quality time alone and also it’s a great social environment for your children to engage and interact with other children their age. Not to mention the fact that they can put their creative minds to good use and pick up key skills from these activities.

Choosing the right cruise

For family holidays and getaways, cruising is an increasingly popular choice for all generations. Whether you choose a mini cruise or one that gives you the chance to travel for longer periods of time, you will certainly be able to create the holiday of a lifetime for you and your party.

Here at Cruise Nation we have a variety of deals and cruise lines on offer for you to explore that will be just perfect for children. From amazing kids activities to onboard facilities, there is something for all age ranges.

If there’s a particular cruise line you wish to out more about or you have absolutely no idea and wish to speak to one a member of our team, feel free to get in touch! You can phone us on 08004084612 or alternatively fill out our c​ontact form​ and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Cruising can give you and your children endless amounts of joy so don’t let that perfect holiday sail away. Contact us today and let us help you begin your cruise ship adventure today.

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