Why We Are Taking Kids on a Cruise

Why We Are Taking Kids on a Cruise

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A co worker asked me today, “So, who is watching your kids when you go on your cruise?”  I replied that we were taking kids on cruise, and her immediate repsonse was, “Why?  That isn’t going to be much of a vacation!”

Kids on Cruise

I was very confused about her response. I thought about it for a minute and I realized then that our viewpoint on travel and kids is different than many peoples’.  I really wouldn’t consider it a vacation WITHOUT taking them with.

Sure, not taking our kids on cruise would eliminate the struggle with the entire car full of luggage that is required to take kids on a cruise ship (stroller, two car seats, extra clothes, a travel cot…etc).

We would be able to dine carefree, without the extra worry of bibs and spills and dripping sauces all over clean clothes.

Our nights would still be ours, able to be filled with activities of our own choosing..perhaps a show one night…perhaps songs and drinks at the piano bar another.

Our days would be filled with sunshine and sleeping and relaxation, sipping colorful drinks in glasses with colorful umbrellas by the pool.

But what fun would that be?

Now, I will be sipping my glass of lemonade in between telling my toddler for the gazillionth time not to run on the deck, with the baby strapped to the carrier on my chest looking at me crossly wondering why I am not giving her some.

Kids on Cruise

Our nights will be spent camping out in the inside stateroom with sleepy little ones, maybe sneaking a movie on the TV after they have gone to bed if we are not too tired ourselves from chasing them about the ship all day.

Sure, traveling without them would have some benefits, but we would miss the look on my son’s face when he realizes that BIG boat that he sees towering above us outside of the window of the cruise terminal is the one that we are going on.

Kids on Cruise

We would miss having the memories of my son and daughter playing together on a beach in the Carribean, giggling together as the waves splash at their toes.

I couldn’t imagine them not coming with us, even if it means that it won’t be a particultly relaxing vacation.

Kids on Cruise

There will be plenty of time when the kids are older and no longer want to travel with mom and dad (which will hopefully be a long, long time from now.  Indeed, people tell me all the time that it will be here before I know it.)

We would rather sacrifice a little relaxation and sleeping in for the priveledge of getting to see the world with our two precious little people.

Sleep can wait.  Relaxation will come.  These memories that we are making by taking our kids on cruise now will be forever.


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Shanna Schultz

We are Shanna and Aaron + kiddos. We are a travel addicted family of four who love to escape at every possible opportunity. When we travel, we love to focus on creating meaningful travel experiences that help us all learn about the world together and bring us closer as a family. Shanna also writes about travel in the Midwestern part of the United States at her blog A Midwest Travel Companion

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Great article, love your sharing so much, thank you!

  2. Yes, good choice, a cruise is always fun, even with childs.
    Great adventures

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  4. its really nice to read your travel story. baby is soo cute. thanks for sharing such a nice post with us all.

  5. Nice post! I went on a cruise a few years ago and it was a lot of fun. There were a few kids aboard and I think they had a lot of fun too. There were some activities for them so they could play and enjoy! I think it’s a good idea to take them with you!

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