Cruise - Make It a Family Affair
This past year, more than one million youngsters under the age of 18
years old sailed on Cruise Lines International Association ships. Young
people make up a large portion of your fellow passengers when you take
a cruise ship vacation. Kids on vacation period, especially if they
are not your own, can really can drag down on the fun.
Of course, you probably want to take the kids along with you on your
vacation. They can add to the fun if you take care of things right,
and cruises are a great time to spend time with your children, especially
if you work or go to school and so do they. Keep in mind though that
if you were on a child-free vacation you wouldn't want somebody else's
children running amok, being loud or rowdy, ruining the fun of those
who aren't involved in their rowdiness. Have enough respect for your
fellow passengers/cruisers, as well as the ship's crew, to keep your
children under control.
Easier said than done, right? Let's go over a few ideas on how to keep
your children under control and make your cruise one of, if not your
most, memorable family vacation ever.
The biggest and most important tip of all is not to take your kids on
a cruise they will not enjoy! Idleness leads to rowdiness and mischievous,
often uncontrollable behavior. Many cruise ships, especially those
on the Carnival Cruise line, offer kid-friendly "Fun Ships" that have
entire itineraries dedicated to keeping your little ones out of your
hair and the hair of your fellow cruisers. There are kids' pool areas,
dining rooms, and game rooms. There are even scheduled and supervised
trips ashore for those who wish to go along. (Who wants to take a 5-year
old scuba diving in the Caribbean? Certainly not I).
All cruise liners have a list of rules and regulations to follow, and
that goes for the kids as well. Many cruise liners have a separate
set of rules that apply to the kids and a separate set of rules that
apply to the adults. Unfortunately as a parent your parental responsibilities
do not end when you venture on board your cruise liner. You have a
responsibility set forth by the shipping company (yes, just about all
of them) to keep your children under supervision. If you are not supervising
your youngsters yourself, it is your responsibility to make sure that
someone is watching them, even if it is the children's program coordinators.
Unfortunately, the actions of your children could cause you your vacation.
If the behavior of your children is in any way detrimental to the safety
or pleasure of the other passengers, many cruise lines have policies
that allow them to drop you and your youngsters off at the next port,
and keep on sailing without you. Most people cannot or do not wish to
afford plane tickets back home because your kid's were unable to control
themselves and you were unable to control them. Don't take the risk!
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