Top tips for taking the grandchildren on a cruise holiday
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If you’re a grandparent taking your descendants on their
debut cruise, there are few things to remember. Here, we’ll discuss the best
child friendly cruise lines, and share some hints and tips on how to enjoy a
hassle-free cruise with little ones (and not so little ones!).
Choosing a child friendly cruise lineWhilst most cruise lines accept children aboard their fleet,
some provide more children’s facilities than others, so it’s important to shop
around to find the one that’s right for you and your pint-sized fellow
travellers. Here, we’ve highlighted three cruise lines who excel in keeping
kids entertained aboard their vessels.
P&O CruisesWith a vast fleet sailing to every corner of the globe, P&O
Cruises are experts in carrying a multitude of different passengers – not least
To ensure they provide the perfect environment for adults
and children alike, P&O have five ships designated to ferrying families
around the globe. With a variety of different destinations on offer, P&O
Cruises’ Aurora, Azura, Britannia, Oceana and Ventura ships are ideal for
grandparents cruising with their grandchildren.
Each of P&O’s family friendly boats are built to offer a
safe, comfortable and above all, fun, environment for adults and children. With
fun child-friendly attractions, family sized cabins and a diverse kids dining
menu, P&O offer comfort and well-being whatever your age.
Princess CruisesPrincess Cruises have one of the best-designated children’s
entertainment programmes of any cruise line, with daily entertainment,
activities and clubs for children of all ages.
All of Princess Cruises’ vessels (excluding Ocean and Pacific class) offer staffed Youth Centres and Teen Lounges, where children between the ages of 3 and 17 years can relax, play games and socialise safely – good news for grandparents looking for a little me time.
Royal CaribbeanIt seems Royal Caribbean aren’t content to cater for a
single generation. Across their twenty three strong fleet, they manage to keep
every passenger happy – no matter their age.
Kids are kept interested with a plethora of fun and
thrilling activities: Little thrill-seekers will love the FlowRider – a surf
simulator that lets you surf or boogie board atop a torrent of realistic waves;
whilst big kids can partake in a teen disco, rock climbing wall and in-line
Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, is a
brilliant choice for kids – take a look at the Telegraph’s review here.
Tips for cruising with your grandchildrenAlthough choosing a cruise line with enough child-friendly
facilities and activities will make cruising with your grandkids easier, there
are a few things you can do to ensure the waters remain calm during your trip.
Below, we’ve listed a few hints and tips on cruising with your grandchildren.
Firstly, be aware that cruise lines have different age
restrictions in place for travelling children – Cruise1st UK have a useful
guide here which sums these up for the major lines.
Involve the little ones in the planningBe sure to involve your grandkids in the holiday planning
and preparation. From going over the route and explaining what they’re likely
to see in each port of call, to filling them in on all the great attractions on
board – involving them in the trip planning prior to travel will make sure your
grand kids are as excited about the trip as you are.
Set the ground rulesYou may dote on your offspring’s offspring, but trust us:
they’ll play up on their beloved grandparents if given half a chance. That’s
why, it’s important to set some ground rules early on. Though marketed as a
megalith of fun, cruise ships can be dangerous, so it’s important to keep a
close eye on the little ones at all times. If they’re proving too much of a
handful, book them into the on board kids club for the day and enjoy a
well-deserved spot of R&R.
Carry the correct documents
It goes without saying, that carrying the correct documents
when travelling with kids is absolutely crucial – particularly when crossing
international waters. Passports
are required for children as young as three when passing border crossings, so
it pays to have the documents at hand at all times.
Enjoy itCruising with your grandkids should be an unforgettable
experience neither you nor the kids will ever forget – relax and enjoy it!
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