Should You Consider A Family Cruise?

February 3, 2015
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Going on a family cruise was our kids’ idea. For years, every time they saw a cruise ship docked at Circular Quay they’d ask if they could go on it. Finally, we said ‘yes’. Wondering if you should do it, too? Here are just a few things to take into account before you make your decision.

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Everything is done for you

No cooking and cleaning. No need to go out at night to get dinner. On the flip side, the kids end up eating way too much junk and the food can get boring. I was craving home cooked meals and green smoothies long before the end of the cruise.

Kids’ club!

You can drop the kids off and have a few hours to yourselves as a couple. If your children love the kids’ club, you can achieve the perfect balance between a romantic time away, a relaxing retreat and a family holiday. Only our kids hated it. Every time we wanted them to go to kids’ club, there were tears. We only took advantage of it a couple of time. After all, it was our children’s holiday, too, and we wanted them to enjoy it.

You only unpack once

There’s no flip side to this – if you have little children, you know well how much stuff they need and how frustrating packing can be. Being able to just unpack once and not worry about it until the end of the holiday is definitely a massive plus in my books.

The sea conditions can vary

If the sea is calm and the sun is shining, you will have a great time on the deck. But when it’s storming, there’s possibility of sea sickness. Even if everyone is feeling ok, the chances are that the swimming pools and the outdoor activities will be closed, and there’s only so much you can do indoors. We had a couple of those very long days during our trip.

Limited time at the destination

We visited 4 destinations and each time we had to be back at the ship no later than 4.30-5 pm, even as early as 2.30 pm at one of the ports. We didn’t get to see all major attractions and we had to keep track of time throughout the day. I didn’t like feeling rushed, I much prefer travelling slowly.

How did our family cruise go? The kids loved it and we had a hard time dragging them off the ship. The adults – not so much. It was an interesting experience, but I think I’m flying next time.

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