NEVER GET HUNGRY ON A CRUISE. CHECK YOUR CRUISE DINING OPTIONS WITH ALL OUR CRUISE FOOD ARTICLES:
- You can order Freshly Made Tacos & Burritos on Carnival Cruise
- Chef Guy Fieri's Burger Joint on board Carnival Cruise is a Must Try
- Have an Afternoon Tea in the Middle of the Sea
- The Better Cruise Breakfast Buffet is on board Princess Cruises
- Do not leave Carnival Cruise without trying their Sea Day Brunch
- Carnival Cruise Menu & Food Pictures
- Princess Cruise Menu & Food Pictures
|one of kid's meal options aboard Princess Cruises|
Yahoo!! What more can a parent ask for. There's so many food options on a cruise. Our eldest likes American Food, our youngest is more into Asian food. Get anything from the buffet or order anything at the dining room during dinner. I don't need to think of what to cook or which restaurant to eat from. On a cruise, the kids can find whatever they want.
There's even free room service. So if they get hungry coz' during lunch they decided they don't want to eat as much(go figure, they are kids) and now it's 2PM and I'd rather be in bed for a nap, we just call room service.
2. CRUISING WITH KIDS: NO CLEANING PLUS ROOM GETS CLEANED AT LEAST TWICE A DAY.
|Canival Cruise Animal Towel in your room every night|
If regular hotels clean your room only in the morning, on cruises they do it twice a day. We come back to our room after eating and our room is tidied up and ready for our nap/sleep.
The bathroom is clean as well and whatever havoc my kids have created(think toys all over, cereal on the floor), they'll fix it for you. So all you have to do, is relax. And a bonus towel animal is waiting for you in your room after dinner on Carnival Cruise.
3. CRUISING WITH KIDS: CRUISE DAYCARE AND CRUISE BABYSITTER.
|Princess Cruises Kids Daycare for the youngest age group, there are 3 rooms divided by age group|
Cruise day care is not all day long, like typically on sea day, you'd have to get them during lunch. For Port days, when parents want to go on shore excursions, kids can be left on the ship's day care and they'll be fed lunch. But each cruise lines varies, so do check. They are included in the cruise fare you paid for, except if they are less than 2 or 3 depending on which cruise line. But you can pay a minimal fee to have them babysit on certain days and after 10PM.
- Camp Carnival is 2-11, Circle C is for young teens 12-14, Club 02 is for high schoolers 15-17. Babysitting(Night Owls) is for 6 months to 11 years for a minimal fee.
- We liked the daycare room on Princess Cruises better plus it's less crowded. Check here for Carnival VS Princess Cruises so you can pick which cruise line fits your personality and needs.
|2 of the 3 slides aboard Carnival Inspiration|
Each cruise line offers something to get you wet. Cruise lines are an all inclusive resort and the water fun is a lot of fun both for the parents and for the kids.
- Carnival Cruise has a a huge water slide, some has a slide that goes down the pool and even has a kid version slide and waterworks for them to enjoy.*
- Disney Cruise has a clear slide so you can see the ocean as you slide. Pretty scary but looks like a lot of fun.*
- Royal Carribean has FlowRider, a simulated surfing experience. *
- Princess Cruises has a wave pool. Not big but not crowded either.*
5. CRUISING WITH KIDS: TONS OF ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES FOR PARENTS, FOR KIDS OR FOR BOTH.
|Mini Golf on Carnival Cruise|
Each cruise line has a show that changes every night that our kids love. We've also been to back to back cruises, like 3 within a 6 month period and we never saw the same show ever.
- Carnival Cruise has a Mini Golf on the top most deck and a Hasbro Game Show.
- Princess Cruises has Movie Under the Stars on the pool deck every night.
- Royal Caribbean has Rock Climbing.
- Disney Cruise has Meet & Greet with Disney characters.
- Norwegian Cruise Line has a Rope Course.
|Photo taken aboard Carnival Inspiration during a Winter trip while on port in Ensanada, Mexico|
No need to drive nor buckle the kids in & out to their carseats. No diaper bags to bring. No whining in the car. No "Are we there yet?" since we're already there and they simply have tons to do... and eat.
Note: There's a daily parking fee at your cruise port where you will board. Consider the parking fee in your vacation budget or have someone drop you off to save on cost.
7. CRUISING WITH KIDS: VACATION STARTS IMMEDIATELY.
|Carnival Cruise Animal Towel Mascot|
You do have to go through security before boarding a cruise just like at the airports but at least more than likely there's no delay in leaving. You can just board and start your vacation even before the cruise leaves the dock. Yes, food is already ready right when you board as well. So that means you don't need to pack your magic tricks like you would when traveling by plane with the kids.
8. CRUISING WITH KIDS: NO NEED TO RESEARCH WHERE TO GO OR WHAT TO VISIT WITH SHORE EXCURSIONS.
|Toured Catalina Island with this Golf Cart during port days.|
- In Catalina Island, I would suggest renting a golf cart to tour around the island.
- In San Francisco, we just walked to the pier. Got the kids on the double decker carousel & watched the Sea Lions then walked to Ghirardelli Square for yummy sundaes. It's quite a walk. Bring the kids stroller.
9. CRUISING WITH KIDS: LOTS OF NAP TIME.
|Carnival Cruise room|
Believe it or not, the kids nap a lot on the cruise. Is it the food? The lil' swaying of the ship? Whatever it is. We're down for it. We're on a vacation and needed all the rest we can get.
10. CRUISING WITH KIDS: A NEW EXPERIENCE & ALL IN FUN.
|Princess Cruises Movie Under the Stars, watch from the pool lounge chairs and blankets will be provided too.|
The fact that cruises are an all inclusive resort means we don't have to worry about anything, nothing to book separately like hotel rooms or rental cars. And kids get to experience a lot of things including getting to try new foods. It's really a hassle free way to vacation with the kids that we don't mind taking them multiple times a year. Plus, you get to visit another place or city almost every day without driving or flying which takes up your vacation time. You just sleep and when you wake up the next day, you're in another city.
Are you convinced to go on a Cruise with the Kids yet? Here are some Tips for Cruising with Younger Kids:
- Check the Minimum Age Requirements for Cruising with Babies:
- Do Kids Cruise for Free?
- Cruising with Kids: Don't Forget their Passport if You're Cruising to Another Country
- Cruising with Babies: Request for Baby Food in Advance
|Ordered baby food ahead before boarding Princess Cruises|
- Is There Whole Milk on The Cruise?
- Can I Bring a Stroller to a Cruise?
Hope my Cruise Tips can help on your future cruise with the kids. If you have questions, leave them below. I'll try my best to answer them. For all our other Cruise Posts and Tips, Check here.