My Recommended Suggestions When Cruising With Kids
Written by: Kuki
A very significant portion of the cruise industry these days view their target audience to be families.
It’s rather obvious if you look at their marketing, as well as all of the new activities and amenities being placed on new ships the last few years.
When schools are out of session, whether spring break, Christmas holidays, or during the summer, rates cruise lines are able to charge are as a rule, quite a bit higher as well.
I used to cruise with my sons quite a bit when they were younger. They always enjoyed the cruises, but these days they’ve grown up, and are more involved with establishing themselves and their own lives. My views of cruising with kids, has changed quite a bit these days, mainly because I am no longer in that demographic… of family cruisers.
For those who are, I’m going to allow you the benefit of my experience with tips on how I learned to “handle” the kids while cruising with them.
#1 – Rethink! Don’t do it! Why one earth would you want to ruin your vacation by bringing your children with you. They aren’t that much fun at home, so what makes you think they are going to be fun to be with on a ship.
#2 – If you’ve chosen to ignore my #1 recommendation, be sure to book a separate cabin for you and your spouse, and a separate cabin for the children; on a different deck if at all possible. Slip their cabin steward $5 at the beginning of the cruise, and tell them to take care of your kids.
#3 – A little white lie never hurt. When giving your kids your cabin number, in case they need you, make one up. Even on a big ship you’re going to run into them eventually. If they are teenagers, you’re very likely to trip over them while they are “hanging out” on a stairwell anyway. Why would you want them to infringe on your time by actually telling them where you are?
#4 – The very first day on board show them where the kid’s programs are held. Give them the hours they operate, and tell them they must be there whenever it’s open. Be sure to tell the kid’s program counsellors the same cabin number for you as you gave the kids. You really don’t want them bothering you either. If they really need to find you they have access to the ship’s video surveillance system.
#5 – On the first night of the cruise insist they have dinner with you in the dining room. Make them understand that this is a “family vacation”, and dinner together on the first night is your “family time”. Then show them the buffet, and the direct dial for room service, and let them know they are never to come to dinner in the dining room again.
If it makes you feel better you can tell them you are trusting them to show you they are mature, and you’re accepting that they can handle the responsibility for their own behavior.
The truth is, you don’t really care. Your ideal is you just hope they don’t get arrested during the cruise.
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Posted: April 3rd, 2012 under Kuki.