Cruising is becoming more popular than ever with young families. Why? Because it truly offers something for everyone and it allows you to spend plenty of time with your family. Cruising with kids is a convenient and fun way to explore the world. Many new cruise ships are like floating resorts with seemingly endless options to keep all ages entertained. Meanwhile, your family is transported from destination to destination, while unpacking just once. Like any vacation, though, a cruise can go very wrong without proper planning and preparation. To ensure your family enjoys a smooth sailing, there are certain details you need to take note of and it's best if use you use a travel agent to help plan your trip! It's always smooth sailing when you have a travel expert in your corner!
You have to research your cruise options thoroughly. Weigh the pros and cons of each cruise line including childcare options, family activities, meal options, stateroom size and layout, and, of course, price. Also keep in mind that amenities for children vary among cruise lines. You should ask your kids what they would want to do on your trip. Kids will want to be a part of choosing where your family should cruise and can help you decide which activities are best. Incorporating some of their wishes will make the cruise more enjoyable for the whole family.
Imperial Pro Trip: Sound like a lot of work? Your travel agent - just talk to a travel agent - as they will already know most of the information already (except what your kids want)! They can take what would be hours of research and turn it into a 5 minute phone call!
A newer ship is a better option for a family cruise, especially if this is your first time at sea. Newer ships tend to have features like water slides, celebrity restaurants, fancy sports decks, and signature entertainment. If you’re traveling with several children of different ages finding ways to keep them busy and happy can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Many cruise lines have done a great job planning activities for all ages. Older children may be able to participate in the activities of their choice, and need only to check in with parents on a regular basis.
Imperial Pro Tip: You travel agent will be able to tell you all about activities for kids and what cruise lines and ships are best suited to your family.
Cruising is literally the perfect vacation for all family sizes - especially multi generational families! It has something for everyone! What's even better is a good travel agent who specializes in cruises can make the entire process seamless! Travel agents are known for giving more personalized service than cruise lines and as mentioned before, they have a greater knowledge of individual ships and cabins. Travel agents have been onboard many cruise ships and can offer first-hand advice, like which cabins to avoid because they're under the main theater or across from a crew-only access door.
A good travel agent will also get to know your travel style and guide you to the cruise line, ship, and even room type that are best for you. Additionally, a travel agent often has access to better deals than you or may be able to obtain an on board credit or other special amenities for your family.
A great agent can steer you in the right direction and help you avoid paying a hefty sum on additional charges, such as booking fees. A travel agent may also have competitive rates for travel insurance. They can also lend their expertise throughout the decision-making process to help you get the best bargain on your pre- and post-cruise transportation and score unadvertised deals. Beyond the excellent advice and onboard perks travel agents can provide, one of the greatest things about working with a travel agent is that they have your back in the unlikely event something goes wrong - like with flight connections or other typical travel issues!
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Thelma has been an avid fan of cruising for some time and feels this is a great way to see several different islands in one amazing trip. She loves to help her clients plan their vacations whether it's by land or sea.