At first thought, choosing a cruise as your family holiday might seem a bit ambitious. Many worry about the limited space, the general expectation that cruises are reserved for the older generation or couples, and the quantity and quality of entertainment available.
These are thankfully problems of the past. Many cruise deals from Thomson and other agencies are now for families, and companies are only too keen to be ‘child-friendly’, offering a mix of adult activities and children’s day clubs as well as the excursions on shore. There were also children-only outings to things like waterparks which went down particularly well with my daughters.
It’s important to double-check facilities before you book, though. Cruises that say they welcome children have to be well-provided for in terms of things to do, so ask pertinent questions like how many children they expect to be on board and what specific activities there are. They’ve thought of everything; a pool which could be covered when unexpected rain hit the deck and there were video games as well as the outdoor things like mini-golf.
The main benefits of a good family cruise derive from their well-organised programmes with enthusiastic staff, always very keen to get group of kids for group activities that are both funny and educative. So long as the kids are kept interested and entertained, you will make the best out of your breathing space and have a chance to enjoy your kids’ company when they return from another exhausting day of fun.