First Time Cruise Tips For Families

If you are reading this you have possibly booked your first cruise, or indeed and considering booking a family cruise. Well, hello and welcome, we are Sarah And Donna, 2 cruise mad mums, a little more about us! Additionally If this is your first step on your family cruise journey, thank you for letting us be part of it? This page is full of First Time Cruise Tips for families, grab a cuppa and enjoy discovering all that cruising has to offer.

First Time Cruise Tips For Families

Deciding On The Right Cruise Line?

Firstly deciding on the right cruise line is a big decision and depends on many factors.

  • The age of your children?
  • What sort of traveller you are?
  • Do your children love clubs and activities?
  • Lastly are are you a family who loves to stay together?
Disney cruise line for families

We will be able to help you with all of your burning questions, and guide you to choose the right cruise holiday for your whole family.

First Time Cruise Tips, Which Is The Best Cruise Line For…….?

This is the burning question and really does depend on what you want from your cruise holiday. Check out our posts for a little guidance and to pinpoint exactly what you are looking for.

Our first time cruise tips baby guides look at what’s involved in cruising with a baby. They will help you decide which is the best cruise line for you. Whilst if you are travelling with older kids the best cruise line post will help you to make that decision.

First Time Cruise Tips, Cruise Cabins For Families

Once you have decided on your cruise line you need to consider what sort of cabin you want to book.

Things to take into consideration are;

  • Where on the ship do you want to be located?
  • Do you want an inside, outside, balcony or suite?
  • Do you have accessible needs?
  • How large is your family? Will you need a connecting or 5 berth cabin?
  • Do you want a bath in your cabin?

Our family cruise cabin guide tells you all you need to know about choosing the right cabin. There are also plenty of vlog tours of different cabins too, thus giving you an idea of what family cruise cabins are really like.

First Time Cruise Tips, Packing For A Cruise

This is a bottomless pit of advice so lets start with the question everybody asks! What To Wear For Formal Night? Its a subject every new cruiser worries about but actually its a lovely experience, especially when cruising with children and babies.

Taking Babies On A Cruise

There are so many questions when Cruising With A Baby. Are cruise ships baby friendly? Which ships can babies use the pools? As they can’t on all ships if they are still in diapers. What do we need to pack and can I take my stroller. Also do cruise ships sell nappies and milk and will the restaurants cater to our needs?

If you are cruising with Disney Cruise Line check out more here for Cruising With Disney Line With A Baby. We have also researched all you need to know about the baby club on Royal Caribbean and getting essential supplies onboard.

What About Keeping Kiddies Busy On Your Cruise?

Our printable colouring sheets and Print and Cut Travel Dollies are perfect for keeping little ones busy when travelling. However if you’re cruising with Disney there is also a tutorial here to help you make your own Cruise Door Magnets.

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Taking Older Children And Teens On A Cruise

You have a whole new set of considerations when traveling with older children, we have created lots of posts around Cruising With Teens and looking like what its like to Cruise With Kids?

We Also Look At Different Cruise Lines For Older Children And Teens

Additionally We Have Checked Out A LOT Of Kids Clubs.

Here are the latest kids club tours.

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Ordering Cruise Drinks Packages

Is it worth buying a drinks package when you cruise? We have been busy preparing guides to help you choose your next drinks package, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic packages.

Our ultimate guide breaks down every cruise line to help you decide which drinks package to book.

There are also several options for the kiddies. Because when they are constantly on the go it’s important to keep them hydrated. There is even something for the teens with packages that include smoothies and mocktails.

We Have It All Covered Right Up To Embarkation Day

Now all you need to do it turn up and enjoy your cruise with these embarkation day tips. Hopefully we have taken all the worry out of it for you. Have a wonderful cruise.

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  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.