Are cruises a good option for families with small children?

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Yes, cruises are typically a great way for families with small children to travel. However, some cruise lines are more kid-friendly than others. A huge benefit to cruising is you only have to pack and unpack once, which comes in handy with all the gear that babies and toddlers need. Also, there are plenty of entertainment options on-board and docked at shore, so boredom is virtually impossible. Another plus for parents is the wide variety of childcare options, from fun children’s programs to in-room babysitting and staffed nurseries. One thing to keep in mind, is that some cruise ships have a minimum age of 12 months, where others have a minimum age of 4 or 6 months.

“When deciding on a cruise, make sure the children’s programs are tailored to your child’s age. The structure and activities of these programs vary — even among ships from the same cruise line — so make sure the program you want is available during your trip. Web sites such as Cruises for Families and Family Cruises can help you compare your options. You may also want to check out Celebrity, Norwegian, Disney, and Royal Caribbean International cruise lines, which are known for their family-friendly offerings.” –Baby Center

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Our travel specialists are here to answer all your questions about cruising with children. We specialize in finding the right cruise for each family. Please contact us for more information!

Sonja Arrasi
Cruise & Travel Masters

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