If you are planning a family cruise vacation, you may find it overwhelming with the number of choices in cruise lines, ships within each fleet, destinations, and duration of cruises. You may not want to book a cruise with your children on a senior's cruise, or a cruise that can not accommodateate younger children.
This guide should help you choose the best cruise and cruise ship vacation for your family by identifying some of the more important details that can be overlooked, but can make a great difference between a vacation that is fun, full of excitement, and unforgettable, and one that is sunk in deep water.
Choose a cruise ship that fits your family. Not all cruise ships are designed the same. There are ships with different designs within the same cruise line. So it is a good idea to book a cruise on a ship that will accommodate your family and your family's needs.
If you are traveling with an infant or toddler, check if the ship provides day care facilities. If you are traveling with older children and teens, make sure that the cruise ship has areas designated for those age groups such as a "kids only" lounge so they can get away from mom and dad for a little while.
Decide what type of room accommodations you will need. Does the ship have family suites available? Are the rooms conjoined or separate? There are rooms with a window that would provide a spectacular view of the sea or of the port the ship will stop at, and there are rooms in the interior of the ship.
What type of activities can be found on the cruise ship for children? Are they age appropriate and grouped by learning levels (ie 3-5 year olds as opposed to 3-8 year olds)? You can find activities like rock wall climbing, arcades, a children's matinee, organized activities, basketball, volleyball, a children's pool area, and computer rooms with internet access.
Some cruise ships have meals that are served to guests at a set time and at a set table. If your family is more accredited to eating whenever they want, then you may want to consider a cruise ship that offers freestyle dining. Casual fare, bistro, ethnic cuisine, any type of food that can tantalize the taste buds are offered from the many restaurants on board.
Another important point to consider is the destination. Where will the ship stop at? Is it safe for youngger children to go on shore? Does the ship provide an age appropriate shore excursion for the kids or a family out on shore?
The length of a cruise can be from a 3 day weekend to 8 or 9 days out to sea. How long of a cruise vacation would you like to enjoy and can afford with your family? Is there enough interest from your children and enough stimulating activities and sights your children can enjoy for a longer stay? Can you and your spouse enjoy being on a cruise with the kids for a longer time?
Some of these details can make or break a wonderful family cruise vacation. By following this family cruise vacation guide, you can plan a family cruise vacation that is suitable for your needs and your children's needs. Plan how much fun and excitation for the entire family, where to go, what sights to see, how long to stay, and your family will have an unforgetable time on the cruise.