As soon as the holiday season is over many families are shifting their focus towards the next big break – spring break. Not only that, as many as 1.5 million North American children cruise with their parents every year. In other words, now is the perfect time to start exploring cruise ships and what they offer for the next family vacation, which, let’s face it, is just around the corner.
Cruising with children has become widely popular over the last decade or so thanks, above all, to Disney, which is the company that single-handedly popularized this sort of vacation as a family vacation.
Other companies, such as the Royal Caribbean, also offer plenty of activities for children, tweens and teens, from sporting activities to kids’ clubs, where they serve ‘mocktails’ and entertain the children, allowing the parents to take a little break as well.
Look for cruise ships that offer plenty of kids-oriented shows, projects and generally things to do because we all know children can get bored easily, and it’s best to try and prevent that.
Most large cruise lines have strict rules about children running around the ship unsupervised and their staff are doing a great job enforcing those rules.
However, with so many different activities, from rock climbing and carousels to ice skating, most children will be entertained and families happy with their cruise vacations.
If your children are older and still want to vacation with you, check certain age restrictions that cruise ships might have, from ordering alcohol to gambling at casinos. Your teens will not be happy if they can’t be entertained due to their age.
For multigenerational vacation, consider Holland America, which offers sports activities for the youngsters, retreats for children of all ages, and shore excursions that appeal to the older generation.