Cruises are the ideal family holiday. You get to unpack just once, explore multiple cities in one trip, and avoid the stress of airport security! Whether you’re at the first stages of considering a cruise or you’ve been hovering over the ‘book now’ button for weeks, this guide to family cruising will give you all the tips you need to make the most out of your holiday.
Choose your destinations
You can travel all over the world on a cruise, but when you’re travelling with a family you need to think about the amount of time you want to be away for and, more importantly, where you all want to go! Sail across the blue seas of the Mediterranean and you could enjoy a number of stops in some of the most beautiful and exciting European cities such as Lisbon, Barcelona, and Marseilles. A Mediterranean cruise is an ideal family-friendly trip with just the right mix of culture, good weather, and beaches for adults and children of all ages to enjoy.
Do your research
Once you’ve settled on your cruise destinations, start researching! Grab a notebook, look at the tourism websites for your destinations and take a note of all the museums and tourist attractions that interest you. If you’re travelling on a budget, then you should also write down the total cost of admission. Show your family some of your findings and see what gets them the most excited about your trip! This will help you to cut down your long list of must dos.
Make an itinerary
Creating a schedule lets you get the most out of your stopover, however long or brief it may be. Pre-booking excursions and planning ahead means that no one misses out, and leaves the whole family feeling satisfied that they’ve seen everything they wanted to. Leave extra time in between activities to account for travel and taking a wrong turn or two, and you’ll have plenty of time to see the local attractions at your own pace.
Think about food
One of the best things about going on holiday is getting to try delicious local delicacies, so start thinking about food! The Mediterranean is famous for its light dishes and regular use of olive oil, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Delve into Italy’s best pizza, Spain’s tapas plates, and France’s breads and cheeses. If your children can be fussy about food, then you can always pick out some local treats for yourself and have your meals aboard the cruise instead.
With a little forward planning, you and your family can have an unforgettable cruise experience. Start making your plans now and you could be sailing across the open seas sooner than you think!