Though there are quite a number of choices when it comes to cruise lines, you have to realize that not all of them are equal when it comes to family travel. That is why I provided the list of questions that you can ask in a previous post. Here are some more considerations that you may want to go through if you are planning a family cruise.
Look for newer ships
This does not mean that older ships are not seaworthy or anything like that. It is simply the fact that newer ships are bigger and more likely have been designed with families and children in mind.
Look for family-friendly stateroom options
What does this mean? Ask for discounted prices for second cabins and children’s rates. If you can afford it, look for a room with a veranda or at least a space which you and your partner can call your own if you need to get some fresh air away from the kids.
Check the itinerary carefully
It would not be that much of a problem if you were traveling alone or with your partner. With children, however, you have to make sure the ports of call are safe and will be fun for the kids. Go through the itinerary and do some research.
Don’t assume anything
This is a sweeping statement, really. Take your own medication with you – don’t assume that the ship will have them on board. If you have babies, take enough diapers and supplies to last the whole trip. Do not assume that you can buy these on board. Same thing with formula.