A lot of cruises are family orientated, which is great. Some even have free kids clubs which means that mummy & daddy can go and have some alone time, maybe enjoy a massage, knowing that Aria is being cared for and having fun. Some will even take your children to breakfast a few times a week so that you can have a lie in, I'm sold!
Not all of them are super formal, which is one thing that would worry me when booking with a kid. A lot of them have buffet restaurants, serving favourites such as pasta and fries, for a more relaxed dining experience, which is great for the family. We would also have the option to taste the local cuisines when we stop at various destinations, as a foodie who loves to discover different cuisines this really appeals.
If we were to set sail out on the open seas with Aria in tow we would pay the extra and book a room with a balcony, rooms on ships are small and I would not want to be stuck in a small room during every nap. Sometimes Aria will nap in the pushchair when we are out and about but sometimes she refuses until she is in her cot. At least with a balcony room we could sit out in the fresh air, taking in the views and maybe enjoying a book.
Top 8 things to check before booking :
- Is there a kids club/kids activities?
- Are there pools suitable for children that aren't yet potty trained?
- Will there be a cot bed provided?
- Will there be a fridge in the room to store milk?
- Is there somewhere I can bathe my baby?
- Can I wash any soiled clothes on board?
- There is a possibility that your child may get sea sick - make sure that you take travel sickness tablets with you just in case.
- You may struggle to buy the essentials such as formula and nappies on board - make sure you pack plenty and more again just in case.
Most importantly, don't expect your baby to stick to their routines while cruising.
Have you ever been on a cruise with children? Would you go on a cruise with children?