Trying to find the perfect holiday for all the family to enjoy? Grandparents, parents, teenagers, toddlers all travelling together… you a headache just thinking about it! Well we think we have the answer – Cruising!

It offers time together and time apart. Today’s cruise ships offer kids clubs and onboard attractions for younger cruisers; ease of cruising from UK ports; great value and entertainment plus bonus of visiting so many different destinations in one trip.

Our top 5 tips for enjoying a family cruise:

#1 Study the facilities of family friendly ships carefully, each ship is different, even within the same cruise line. Some are better suited to younger children, with separate pools and water play areas while others have waterslides and chill out zones ideal for tweens and teens.

#2 Avoid the stress of flying and cruise from a UK port, fantastic for travelling with young children as you can bring along more child related paraphernalia as not restricted by luggage limits. Note: cruise lines do not take babies under 6 months.

#3 Kids’ clubs aboard are amazing! General starting age is 3 years upwards, although most ships have parent and child play areas for younger children. Important to examine the kids clubs, see how different age groups are split and the themes they have. Check if children can be left in clubs on port days while you go ashore. Clubs are free of charge but some companies charge for port days and evenings. You will need to register your children on the day you embark as places are on a first come first served basis.

#4 Activities galore! Family friendly excursions are usually highlighted in excursion booklets and typically focus on water parks, animal attractions, boat rides and submarine trips. Shore activities are often themed as scavenger hunts or can learn a skill such as cooking or surfing, which the children can do on their own or as a family.

#5 Cruises offer flexibility especially when it comes to dining. There is something to tempt even the fussiest eater, younger children will be able to enjoy buffet and family areas whilst older children can enjoy novel speciality restaurants with entertaining showman style chefs. Family friendly cabins are also available with sofa beds or bunks that drop down from the ceiling plus there are inter-connecting cabins and suites that have one or two bedrooms which can accommodate parents and children.

Get in touch for advice on which ships and cruise lines would best suit your family needs.

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