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Activities for Children in Cruise Ships

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Authored by Thea Tan in Cruise
Published on 12-30-2008

Parents who are planning to treat their children to a vacation might want to consider a cruise ship. Many think that spending time on a cruise is for adults only, which is entirely wrong. The truth is, there are cruise ships that target children especially those who are 12 years old and below. Thus, they offer activities that are appropriate for them.

Be mindful that not all cruise ship offer the same activities. What you can do is to scout or do some research first with regard to the ship’s itineraries; see if these will be enjoyable for your children and for you as well. Cruise ships always present their offerings, amenities, and facilities for customers to decide upon.

For most cruise ships, gaming is almost always a well-known attraction. In fact, arcade rooms are available where not only the children can play but adults as well. However, if spending time in the arcade room while you are onboard doesn’t interest you, then don’t worry about the safety of your children. Employees or crew members of the ship are always available to accompany children and guide them too. But you have to decide whether you want to leave your children with them or not.

Aside from gaming, swimming is also a popular option for children under the age of 12. Believe it or not, there are adult-size and wading swimming pools that you may enjoy with your children on a cruise ship. Although there are lifeguards on duty, it’s still advisable to keep an eye on your children especially if you know your child is not good in swimming or doesn’t know how to swim.

Movie theaters and performance stage are other attractions besides swimming and gaming. Watching movies or concerts is one thing that all family members can enjoy. The only thing you must do is to ensure that the movies are appropriate for or can be enjoyed by children. Looking at a cruise ship’s itinerary will give you such information. The good thing is that you can always view itineraries even without a reservation.

When you are already tired of doing the aforementioned activities, you can always dine at restaurants and other eating places aboard the ship. In fact, family-themed cruise ships have meals for kids. These meals will surely be enjoyed by your children. The prices, however, vary from ship to ship although there are some that are likely to offer discounted meals for children.

Lastly, childcare centers in cruise ships are deemed to be beneficial most especially to parents. These centers have caregivers for your children’s safety and they will provide care for them while you and your spouse enjoy each other’s company. These crew members are experienced in dealing with children and they have undergone training in childcare. Policies regarding childcare may differ among different cruise lines.

If you think that the said activities are enjoyable for the entire family, you may want to consider booking a reservation for a grand family vacation. Additionally, there are other activities to choose from to ensure your trip is memorable.

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