How To Protect Your Children’s Skin From The Sun When Cruising

If you have cruised before you will know that being on-deck can be deceptive. The ocean breeze can make you feel cool and disguise the sensation of burning. But we want to enjoy the sun, for us it’s a highlight of any trip.

With this in mind we have a few hints and tips to protect  your children’s skin from the sun when cruising to allow you to enjoy the sun and get the best out of your cruise.

Stick to shaded areas when outside in the sun with children. Cruise lines recognise this and ensure many of their water parks are in the shade. However if you choose to spend time around a main pool find a shaded area.

Hats are essential but ensure they are snug fitting, if its windy on deck hats do have a habit of taking off. With this in mind always take a spare hat when cruising with kids.

When choosing sunglasses make sure they meet the British Standard (BSEN 1836:2005) and carry the CE mark to prevent sun damage to the eyes.

A 10 year old on the FlowRider on the Liberty of The Seas

We are all looking for the perfect and safest sunscreen for kids aren’t we?  Choose a great quality recommended sun cream to protect your children’s skin from the sun when cruising.

And with so many sun skin care brands available getting the right SPF protection is key.

To protect Your Children’s Skin From The Sun When Cruising use a sun care brand that offers children’s sun-care products, these are designed specifically for delicate skin.

Search reviews to find recommended sunscreen for babies, kids and toddlers. I swear by Bioderma Photoderm kid. Joe often gets allergic reactions to sun cream but I have found we can use this on him safe in the knowledge it will not react with his skin. And ensure the sun care brand has a good safety record and is a good quality product.

The minimum recommended factor is 15 but the higher the better, factor 50 gives far better protection.

Choose water resistant protection, kids love water!

Keep hydrated by always having a bottle of water handy and keeping it filled with cold fresh water.

Go for an easy to apply sun cream, kids hate having sun cream applied. FACT. Using a spray or mousse Bioderma sun cream saves so much time and tantrums. And always read the instructions; most sun creams require a settling period before you child can jump into the pool.

To fully protect  your children’s skin from the sun when cruising, don’t forget the easy to miss parts such as tops of feet, ears, back of neck and nose and re-apply at regular intervals.

Have a separate bag packed in your cabin with a hat, sunglasses, water bottle and sun protection spray to prevent you forgetting anything when getting off the ship on port days. There is not always shade available on excursions, planning ahead for this is vital.

 Protect Your Children's Skin From The Sun When Cruising

And what about sun protection for parents?

Using face sun protection is key to prevent the signs of early ageing. I find using a face Bioderma factor 50 cream under my makeup gives me protection. This is also perfect for thinning hair. I always have a small bottle of face protection cream in my bag in the summer so that Chris and I can keep well protected when out and about.

Rather than spending hours tanning use a sun protection which boosts biological tanning process, but also protects the skin from the harmful rays.

Don’t forget to apply your sun cream, an obvious one but sometimes we spend so much time trying to keep our children well protected from the sun that we forget ourselves.


Sarah Christie
Sarah Christie

Sarah also writes over at Extraordinary Chaos Family Travel and Lifestyle Blog. An award winning blog with a luxury travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys aged 13 and 18, who all love cruising as a family.

There is nothing better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aim’s to share how cruising with older children is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sport and dining options cruising has to offer.

Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

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  1. Margaret Clarkson
    April 23, 2018 / 1:22 pm


  2. nicola rupawala
    April 23, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    in the Maldives

  3. lesley renshaw
    April 23, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    Hopefully this weather will continue so here in the UK (daily) failing that, we are visiting to family in Spain so it will come in very handy for that too!

  4. john prendergast
    April 23, 2018 / 3:28 pm


  5. Emma C
    April 23, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    In Portugal

  6. Tee Simpson
    April 23, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    On our holiday to Spain

  7. Jessica Woods
    April 23, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    Daily when it’s Sunny and on our little holiday to Skegness

  8. Deborah Worrall
    April 24, 2018 / 6:07 am

    Not booked anything yet. We’ll be going somewhere hot but as we’re moving house, we have decided to leave it till last minute to book this year.

  9. Sue McCarthy
    April 24, 2018 / 7:41 am

    In my garden

  10. Ursula Hunt
    April 24, 2018 / 10:17 am

    On our cruise around Italy this summer

  11. Annabel Greaves
    April 24, 2018 / 11:30 am

    We will be using it on our summer holiday at the beach in Wales

  12. Suzanne
    April 24, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    The lovely Scottish Isles.

  13. laura stewart
    April 24, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    at home, if the sun comes back x

  14. laura banks
    April 24, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    tenerife in august

  15. Sheena Batey
    April 24, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    On my summer holiday in Whitby

  16. Hayley Colburn
    April 24, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    we have got the kids an annual theme park pass so will need it when we go visiting there each time

  17. Stevie
    April 25, 2018 / 10:38 am

    Hopefully Yorkshire will be nice.

  18. Isabel O
    April 25, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    In the garden, hopefully if we actually get some more decent weather!

  19. Hannah Wallington
    April 25, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    I would be using it over the summer on our days out

  20. Tracy Hanley
    April 26, 2018 / 9:34 am

    We will use it when we take the grandkids to spain

  21. Craig Havery
    April 26, 2018 / 10:37 am

    In Turkey this year

  22. Kim M
    April 26, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    In the garden x

  23. holly harmsworth
    April 26, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    i would love to go back to the dominican republic

  24. Fay
    April 26, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    Somewhere in the Caribbean would be pretty amazing!

  25. Alice
    April 26, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    In my back garden.

  26. Nicola S
    April 27, 2018 / 4:56 am

    If money was no object, definitely somewhere in the Caribbean! Just so sick of the miserable and cold weather. It’s been a long winter.

  27. Charlene Merrall
    April 27, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Oooo Australia would be lovely! Or California!

  28. Allan Wilson
    April 28, 2018 / 5:23 am

    If it could be any cruise then the Pacific Islands.

  29. Jennifer Toal
    April 28, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    Florida if I could afford it.Benidorm it is then

  30. Jen Oconnell
    April 28, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    On our summer holiday to Spain!

  31. janine atkin
    April 29, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    the maldives 🙂

  32. Rachael Sexey
    May 1, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    The Mediterranean 💜

  33. Tracy Newton
    May 1, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    My family and I are cruising around the Med on Britannia. We love family cruises. We would be using the sunscreen when we are in port. On sea days, the kids won’t need it because I can’t get them to leave the kids club 😁

  34. Sylvia Paul
    May 1, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go on a Caribbean cruise especially to visit Barbados. Unfortunately unless I win the lottery it’ll have to remain a dream x

  35. Kristyn Harris
    May 2, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    I would love to use my Bioderma Sun Protection on Hawaii!

  36. Carole Nott
    May 2, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    Somewhere hot and sunny – maybe my back garden!

  37. debbie jayne davies
    May 2, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    I would love to go on a Caribbean cruise .

  38. Kristin Burdsall
    May 2, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    My parents will be spending this Christmas and new year cruising around Australia and New Zealand and im ridiculously jealous! I would love to be joining them

  39. Sarah F
    May 3, 2018 / 7:43 am

    It’d have to be the Mediterranean – we have done Greece, Italy & Montenegro so it’d be lovely to see some of Spain & The Canaries! x

  40. kayleigh Robinson
    May 3, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    I’d use it in a cruise around the Mediterranean,it would be bliss!

  41. sheri Darby
    May 3, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    A Mediterranean cruise

  42. Susan B
    May 4, 2018 / 2:04 am

    The Bay of Islands, New Zealand

  43. jamie banks
    May 4, 2018 / 5:45 am

    in my garden as i hve no holidays booked unfortunatly x

  44. Elizabeth Smith
    May 4, 2018 / 11:50 am

    Given a blank cheque I fancy one of the wildlife Antarctic cruises, not tropical but I guess if the sun reflects off the snow sun protection is a must

    May 4, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    Benidorm, grandson going soon with his ma and pa

  46. May 5, 2018 / 4:14 am

    I’d love to go on a Northern Lights cruise where, although it may not be hot, there would be sunshine 24 hours a day so sun protection would be vital.

  47. Claire Croft
    May 5, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    Florida 🙂 The Sunshine state!

  48. Allan Fullarton
    May 5, 2018 / 2:04 pm


  49. paula cheadle
    May 5, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    southern Spain, we love it

  50. Rebecca Powell
    May 5, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    A cruise around Italy

  51. donna l jones
    May 5, 2018 / 5:14 pm


    May 5, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    A Mediterranean cruise would be amazing

  53. Lucy Carter
    May 5, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    I’d like to cruise the Caribbean

  54. Elisa Cartwright
    May 5, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    A Caribbean cruise would be a great place to use this sun protection

  55. kate Giovine
    May 5, 2018 / 10:57 pm

    At the park

  56. Michelle Ferguson
    May 6, 2018 / 7:40 am

    If I was going on a cruise would love to go to Bermuda

  57. Karen Hughes
    May 6, 2018 / 7:49 am

    I would love to go to Hawaii.

  58. Natasha pain
    May 6, 2018 / 8:41 am

    We are heading off to France on a road trip for our first family holiday so this would be perfect

  59. Kim Neville
    May 6, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Mauritius would be amazing with the family

  60. Carolyn E
    May 6, 2018 / 11:46 am

    In my dream world where money is no object, it would be on a South Pacific Island cruise…..closer to home, an Italian extravaganza would be a dream holiday, with a cruise stopping off at a few neighbouring countries too.

  61. Jeanette Leighton
    May 6, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    Love to visit Egypt

  62. Jennifer Gardner
    May 6, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    I’d love to go on a Nile River Cruise. Definitely need SPF!!

  63. Sally Collingwood
    May 6, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Sunny Spain!!

  64. Donna W
    May 6, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to the South Pacific.

  65. Adrian Bold
    May 6, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I’d like to cruise around the Caribbean. Thanks for the competition.

  66. Kim Styles
    May 6, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    the Caribbean hopefully. later this year

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