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9 Family Cruising Tips

Planning for a family cruise? Here are some frequently asked cruise questions that you should know the answer before making a booking.

When should I book?

Cruise holidays should be booked as early as possible. Popular cruise lines like Disney, need to be booked at least 9 months ahead and they sell out fast. Also be careful waiting for last-minute deals as the cabin category or your preferred location of the cabin may no longer be available.

How do I book?

You have to take care of your family and let the travel agent take care of you! They know what to look for and can recommend the best cabin type, destination and more that will fit your family’s needs.

What cruise line should I book?

Many cruise lines have loads of activities and program for children of all ages to participate. However, not all cruise lines are created equal. Is there a water park onboard? Bowling Alley? Flow Rider? Ask your travel agent what they recommend with the age groups in your family. The cruise experience can make or break the holiday, not just the destination. Choose what speaks to your family.

Can pregnant women cruise?

Yes, pregnant women can cruise as long as they are under 24 weeks in their pregnancy.

Can I bring my baby onboard?

Depending on the cruise, the child usually has to be older than 6 months. Certain sailings may require the child to be older if they will be at seas for a few nights.

Family cruising tips

Is everything included onboard?

No. While many dining and entertainment experiences are included in the cruise price, specialty dining or drinks such as soft drinks and alcohol are often at extra cost. At times, cruise lines may offer promotions which may include a free drinks package or allow kids to sail free. Make sure you know what is included on board your cruise ship so there are no surprises.

When do I need to arrive?

Give yourself some breathing space. That could mean flying a day before the cruise departs or booking a flight that arrive early or departs late at night, enough to leave room for potential delays along the way.

What shore excursions should I choose?

Find out the length and cost, as well as what is included in the excursion. See if there is a lot of walking involved or if you need a stroller. Check if refreshments are provided as a lack of food can alter the mood of a child, or you need to pack, just in case.

What should I do the first day onboard?

Tour the whole ship together and set ground rules. That way everyone can get their bearings where everything is located.

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