A cruise makes for the ideal family holiday. Fun, action packed and constantly exciting, there is no better way to spend a week or two together. The kids will love all the fun things to do, and it's great for you too because you will be able to enjoy some children-free time on your holiday. But if you like the idea of a cruise and you want to book one, there are a number of things to think about before you book your holiday.
- Size and Configuration of Cabin
One common mistake that families make is that they book a cabin based on the photograph, and are surprised at the small size when they arrive. If this is your first cruise, don't make the same mistake. Find out the exact size of the cabin before you book it so you know what to expect, and also check the configuration of the room to make sure you are happy with it. Some cruises provide a wide range of configurations, so make sure you know what the options are.
- Location of Cabin
The location of the cabin is another key point to consider. To get the best cabin you can, try to get one as near as you can to all the activities because this will save some walking time in the morning. On large cruise ships, you could have to walk a long time to get to all the fun stuff, so book ahead to get one on the upper deck.
If you book more than one cabin, it's a good idea to book as early as possible to make sure you get two cabins together. You don't want to have to book two cabins that are separated far apart.
- Kids' Clubs & Activities
When cruising with kids, find out whether there any clubs on the cruise specially for youngsters. These are great because you can enjoy yourselves while the kids go off and have fun. Just check the age limits to make sure all your children can join in if they want to.
Check out the other kid-friendly activities that you can enjoy while on board. On family cruises, there will be lots of activities to choose from. There may be some restrictions, however, such as the common rule that babies cannot wear nappies in the pool, so find out about these.
- Food and Drink
There will be plenty of food and drink for everyone, including children, on the cruise. However, just be aware that soft drinks and juices are often not included in the cost. Find out about the dining options because there may be set dining times in the restaurants that are inconvenient for you. But remember that the buffet is usually open all the time. If any of your children have special dietary requirements, make sure your cruise can cater for these.
- Shore Excursions
Some ships have more excursions that are suitable for children than others, so find out about these in advance. You want to make sure that there is something to do for everyone. Also find out about any age restrictions because there may be fewer options for younger children.
Book Your Family Cruise
These are five of the most important considerations when you are booking a family cruise. Cruises are such a great way to enjoy a family holiday because there is always something to do, and you will be able to enjoy a break while the kids amuse themselves. Just keep these factors in mind when you book your cruise, and you'll all have a holiday to remember.
Michael Wilson is the Managing Director at Bolsover Cruise Club. The company, once named Bolsover Travel, was started in the late 1960's by his parents. He continues to work passionately in the company, being involved in all aspects of daily operations. When he's not working, Michael enjoys spending holidays with his family, working in the garden, and watching rugby.