Free Babysitting!! This is your vacation, too, Mom and Dad, and while I know for me the temptation has always been great to want to spend the whole time with my kids, my kids are finding it much more appealing to spend time without me, despite my reminding them of the hard pregnancies and difficult deliveries I had with each of them. If your children are over the age of 3 and potty trained (check your cruise line to confirm that the age is correct on your voyage), they are eligible to participate in the kids’ club activities aboard your ship.
Now, kids’ club activities vary not only from cruise line to cruise line, but may also vary from ship to ship and destination to destination. If a ship anticipates very few children onboard, they tend to limit the number of hours and the activities for children. We have never been on a ship with NO children’s activities, but I have heard that there are sailings where the number of children passengers is so low, there are no planned activities for children.
However, hands down, the best cruise line for children’s activities is the Disney Cruise Line. This has absolutely nothing to do with my love of all things Mickey Mouse, but is rooted in pure fact. Kids Club activities onboard the Disney ships begin early in the morning (by 8 AM usually) and last well into the night – going as late as 1 AM in many cases. The activities include arts and crafts, character interaction, and lots of physical activity to keep the kids moving, dancing, and grooving. My kids would check in at the earliest possible opportunity and not check out until it was time to disembark if it was up to them. While they have enjoyed activities on other ships, the children’s activities alone almost justify the price of a Disney Cruise. Phenomenal is the best way to describe the kids’ clubs with Disney.
Next port o’call – cruise excursion tips