09 Aug 2019
Cruising with kids on Royal Caribbean means ample opportunity to share in exciting and fun activities. While Royal Caribbean ships are designed with families in mind, we asked our readers for their best tips for maximizing family time while onboard.
We received a lot of great ideas, including these top tips for families to consider before their next cruise vacation.
"At the pool, I create water games in the pool." - Kimberly Sawyer
"They loved movies by the pool every night. " - Kristina Michelle
"We set rules/guidelines before we ever got on the ship so they always knew the expectations." - Amanda Stieferman
"Use Adventure Ocean as much as possible! I remember when I was a kid I loved it! I would skip dessert at dinner just to get there early!" - Sean Hurab
"We always plan "together" and "apart" time. When they were younger: morning in Adventure Ocean, afternoon lunch and activities (pool, golf, rock climbing, etc.) with the family, dinner together, back to Adventure Ocean for them and entertainment for mom and dad!" - Gayla Steiner
"Don’t stress, don’t try to do EVERYTHING. Let them go at their own pace and if they want to play putt putt 15 times instead of swimming...let them." - Suzanne Marshall Sexton
"If they are 11+ and mature enough to check in on time, allow the freedom to explore on their own." - Philip Dickson
"If they are old enough to navigate the ship on their own (especially teens) make sure you talk about ground rules before you leave such as how often they need to check in with you, meal time arrangements, curfew (some of the teen activities may be late at night), are they allowed to go to others cabins with friends that they meet on the ship. It helps to talk about things like this before you go." - Lisa Davis Boetje
"Schedule some down time. So much fun easy to get burned out." - Chris Caulfield
"When dining ask your waiter to bring the little kid’s food first. Then bring something for them to do while you eat!" - Pam Brown
"Utilize the Royal Tots room so they can run & play!" - Kristina White
What is your best tips for having fun with kids on a cruise? Share your tips in the comments below!