Lifestyle,  Travel

Let’s Talk About Family Friendly Cruises

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Recently I wrote about how I have added taking a romantic cruise to my travel bucket list. I mean, just imagine booking a Mediterranean cruise and soaking up the sun, sights, culture and cuisine! Sounds like heaven, right? And everything you need is all in one place – honestly, it just seems to me that cruises are the way forward. When you book an Egypt travel package, do not forget to include Nile river cruise in that.

It’s that appeal of everything being in one place – the convenience of entertainment, food, leisure facilities and more that got me thinking about potentially embarking on a cruise as a family. 

cruise ship sailing at sunset

Thinking about booking a family friendly cruise.

I have 2 kids and this summer we went on our first ever family holiday. Holidaying with the kids was a very different experience compared to the type of holiday that we are used to. We chose to stay at a holiday park and I would definitely recommend this because the leisure facilities are just a stone’s throw away. Being able to grab our stuff and pop over to the swimming pool or catch a live entertainment show was such good fun, and because everything was on site, it made our holiday 10 times easier. 

Combining exploring new destinations and on-demand leisure.

So what about combining these two things? Taking a cruise as a family would enable us all to explore new places, try new food and experience new cultures, while also providing all the entertainment and leisure activities my enthusiastic children could wish for. 

I’ve been looking into the best cruise liners for kids, but obviously it depends on what you’re looking for and the age of your children. There are amazing luxury cruise ships that offer beautiful scenery and sights, as well as providing top notch facilities. But then I wonder if my 6 year would cope with pizza not being on the menu? The Disney Cruise looks like great fun and a quick Google search reveals tonnes of cruise ships jam packed with family orientated activities and fun, friendly travel destinations. 

A few weeks ago I was determined to book a luxury cruise with my Mister and enjoy some romantic time alone. Now, however, I think a family cruise is the way to go for us. 

Going on a cruise as a family would enable us to make amazing memories and experience new things together.

The fun we’d have and the memories we’d make exploring together as a family are just unbeatable. Plus, what an amazing experience for the kids to have as well! One of the fun things I loved about our summer holiday was how Luke instantly made friends with the children that were staying next door. We watched them play football together and connected with other parents as we were all sharing a similar experience. I can imagine that being on a family friendly cruise would be such an amazing, fun experience for the boys and we might even make some new friends along the way. 

So who knows where our cruise will take us! We are determined to book a cruise one day, whether it be on a luxury liner or a family friendly ship. Who says we have to pick, anyway? Maybe we’ll just have the best of both worlds and book one of each… It looks like it’s time to alter the travel bucket list again! 

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Have you ever been on a family friendly cruise? I’d love to know the details – what you got up to, where you went, who you travelled with? Let me know in the comments or send me a tweet @gloryiscalling!

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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