7 Things I Loved About Cruising as a Kid

Emma - Cruising isn't just for Old People

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Ever wondered what it’s like to cruise from a kid’s perspective? Today we have a fab guest post by the cruising pro Emma from Cruising Isn’t Just for Old People. Thanks for sharing the ears with us Emma – brave lady!

Hey guys, it’s Emma here. I’m 23 and I have no children. You might be thinking ‘what is she doing here?!’. Well… I’m here to bring you a slightly different angle on the reasons that cruises are brilliant for children.

I was a cruising child. I went on my first cruise with my family at 11 and absolutely loved it. It gave me a whole new level of freedom that I’d never had before and I made friends that I still have to this day.

Below are 7 of the things that I enjoyed most about cruising as a child. This post may contain some embarrassing photos of me as a child so please be prepared for my funny ears…

1) Freedom!

Being on a cruise gave us freedoms which we wouldn’t necessarily have in our usual lives. I was 11 and my brother at the time would have been about 9. It was so exciting to run around the ship and explore by ourselves. For the Alaska portion of the cruise we were on board the Norwegian Spirit which remains to this day my favourite cruise ship. For the Hawaii portion we were on board the Pride of Aloha which is now the Norwegian Sky.

Norwegian Spirit - Cruising isn't just for Old People

2) Food and drink!

Cruises are well known for having a wide choice of food. We normally dined in the main dining room with our family but if we decided that we didn’t like the menu we were able to go to the buffet to get pizza. That surely is every child’s dream!? Lots of ice cream was also consumed as well as an awful lot of cookies. I enjoyed dressing up for dinner and having a waiter pull out my chair for me, I thought it was all very fancy but I liked to play the part. I also had a soda band and loved going to the bar by myself to order my drinks.

Emma from Cruising isn't just for Old People

(Yepp,  that is me on the right)

3) Kids clubs

When I was young enough to go to the kids clubs I usually did, I also went to the teen club when I was older. NCL always seemed to do a lot of events for children and my understanding is that they still do. Being able to hang out in the kids club room was the main attraction to me, they had a Wii in there and we spent our time playing games and dancing to the cha cha slide. The teen club was more of just a place to hang out, they would reserve areas of the theatre for the kids/teen club and also have pool parties.

4) Friends!

I made friends on cruises which I still have to this day (well, on Facebook atleast). I enjoyed making friends with people from other parts of the world. I usually joined the kids/teen club where I would make friends and then we would do our own thing for the rest of the cruise. We would hang around in the lounges or up on the decks, we would go to the shows together and meet up in the hot tubs.

5) The toilets…

This is a little bit of a strange one but I remember being just amazed by the sucky toilets. I was amazed but also a little terrified. They were all operated by sensors and I remember once the toilet flushed while I was on it, it scared me half to death. Those things were loud! I’m not sure if the toilets have got quieter on cruise ships in recently years or if I have just got less scared…

6) Visiting amazing places.

It really is a shame that I don’t remember more of my first cruise. I don’t think I appreciated it as much I would if I went now. I took my next cruise three years later, with the same family members. We visited many countries on a Baltic cruise, again we cruised with NCL, this time on the Norwegian Jewel. I love this cruise and appreciated visiting the countries.

7) Family time!

I did of course did like spending time with my family. (You wouldn’t have caught me saying that when I was a grumpy teenager though). Cruising has without a doubt provided me with some of my favourite childhood memories. I remember going up and down in the glass lifts on the Norwegian Spirit and spending hours in the buccaneers waterpark park part on the back of the ship. I only wish that I took more photos! Cruising for me provided the perfect balance of spending time with my family and spending time with friends.

This post was originally published on Cruising Isn’t Just for Old People.

Guest Post with Cruising with kids , family cruise blog www.cruisingkids.co.uk

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A guest post from Emma a Cruising Isn't Just for Old People about her experiences cruising as a kid and seven things she loved about it


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8 thoughts on “7 Things I Loved About Cruising as a Kid”

  1. Loving the toilet story. The sucky noisy toilets are the worst though. As a kid I would press the button and run out whilst slamming the door shut so that I wouldn’t hear it ROAR 😉

    • Ha ha that’s hilarious Sanna! I do remember the noise from the toilet being quite a shock when I first went onboard a ship;)

  2. I love the angle of this piece and how Emma looks back so fondly on her childhood cruising adventures. I can imagine the balance between family and new friends is really important for older kids. #MondayEscapes

    • Yes absolutely (for both parents who may need a welcome break and for teens who need the space too!)

  3. Fun to read this (kind of) from the perspective of a child. Really fun idea! #MondayEscapes

  4. We went on our first family cruise this year and many of these are the things my kids loved as well. #1 was definitely freedom – they felt so big to be able to wander the ship themselves. They loved the Kids Club too and ordering whatever they wanted off a menu each day and all-you-can-eat jelly! It really is a great way to travel as a family. #Mondayescapes


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