Tips for Cruising with Kids | Guts & Gloss

All aboard! We set sail on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas cruise for a much needed vacation. This trip was one of the first times we were able to relax in years. I wanted to teach my daughters that tragedy and loss doesn’t define us. It makes us stronger. Nothing will stop me from giving these girls all the happiness within my control. Get knocked down. Stand up TALL!

I am not a cruise expert, but I learned a lot while cruising with kids. Here are my top 7 tips:

1. Choose a line with a kids club and get your kids comfortable there on the first or second day. Typically you will be on a cruise for 3 to 7 days or more. That means if you bring your kids the last day all the kids will have made friends the days prior. So, if you get them started early, they will know other kids every time you take them! They will also see their new friends around the ship and play with them while at sea out of the kids club!

2. Plan as much as you can prior to getting on board. If you drink alcohol, get a drink package BEFORE you leave. If you like to eat at restaurants other than buffets, purchase a specialty dining package before you leave as well.

3. Most ships allow you to bring 2 bottles of wine. Take advantage of that, because everything costs more once you are on the ship.

4. Bring HEALTHY snacks your kids like. Unfortunately, even the most kid-friendly ship doesn’t have snacks like granola bars, Pirates Booty, or just plain old Goldfish. My girls love to snack, and sometimes when we were just hanging in our room, I needed better snack options for them.

5. Bring some activities for downtime. We had lots of downtime, and my girls love to color and write. Bring their fave crayons and family fun games to play… even while out at the pool (Uno, etc.)

6. Bring all the accessories… I am a sunglasses and hat kind of girl, but my kids aren’t. Well, on this trip they have been! They have been loving wearing shades and hats. Even if you think they won’t wear them, bring them because they are super expensive on the boat!

7. Let’s talk excursions. Make sure you Google the reviews for the excursions. You can book through the ship or on your own. Do your research. We had a bad experience on our excursion, and had I done more research, I wouldn’t have chosen it with my kids.

Have you taken your kids on a cruise? What cruise line did you travel on and what were your favorite memories?

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