Family vacations and holidays are precious times altogether and where special memories are created, but let’s be honest, having the kids in tow can be a bit of a challenge at times.
You can find plenty of family-friendly cruise ships these days and they are rightly popular as a holiday choice because they tick so many boxes in terms of entertainment and keeping the kids well fed and happy throughout the day.
Picking the right ship
Cruise lines have been actively seeking out families who want to go cruise and you are almost spoilt for choice these days with ships that have plenty of facilities and entertainment on board which is specifically aimed at creating a great family cruise holiday.
If your family has a mix of tweens and teens, you know what a challenge it is to find a holiday that appeals to everyone. This is why it is important to look at the itineraries of the different ships and find one that offers you mostly what you are looking for and is likely to be frequented by like-minded passengers who are not going to worry about sharing the swimming pool and dining room with kids of all ages.
An easier start to your holiday
A good tip to get the cruise holiday off on the right note, is to make traveling to your holiday destination as easy as possible, so that the stress levels aren’t high when you arrive.
If you are in the UK, you can find cruises that are departing from Southampton and other ports, which means that you simply drive down the motorway, park the car, and you have started your holiday the moment you step onto the ship.
This can make a huge difference if you are traveling with children and have to take a flight abroad as part of your holiday arrangements, so considering sailing from the UK to make it easier.
When trying to choose your ideal cruise holiday with the family, think about the things that your kids really enjoy doing and check to see whether they will be well catered for on the ship that you are looking at.
A lot of children love splashing around for hours and many family-friendly cruise ships will tend to offer a fair amount of water attractions on board.
Twisting tubes and exciting slides with a big splash at the end will keep them occupied for many hours, so look at the range of water attractions being offered on the ship if this is one of their favorite activities.
You can even find ships that have a surf simulator, rock climbing and even a zipwire or ice skating and bumper cars, so these mini floating cities should ensure that your kids never utter the “b” word during the entire cruise holiday, as boredom is not an option if you make the right pick.
If you also want a bit of adult time on your holiday, a lot of ships offer supervised clubs for all ages and even the older ones get the chance to do things like backstage tours and sports.
A family cruise holiday can be a lot of fun and when you look at the number of cruise ships trying to attract families, you are spoiled for choice.
Michael Wilson, the Managing Director at Bolsover Cruise Club, continues to passionately run the company his parents created in the late 1960’s. Michael takes an interest in every aspect of the business. When he’s not working, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, watching rugby and gardening.