Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cruising with Family: Older Kids and Teens

Cruise Ship Family Vacation
Family Cruise Vacations are wonderful for families with Teens
We've covered kids, toddlers and babies in previous posts of the Cruising with Family series, now let's look at the opposite end of the childhood spectrum: the t(w)eenagers.  Family vacations can be a challenge when some family members are (ahem) less than thrilled with the idea of never-ending family togetherness.  A cruise allows for a nice balance of fun, kid-centric activities with just enough of family time.  Plus, the relatively safe confines of a cruise ship can be a wonderful place for an older kid or teen to experience some independence.  

Preparing for a Cruise with Older Kids and Teenagers:   

  • Well before your vacation, determine how long their leash will be and talk it through, so kids and parents all have the same expectations. 
  • How will you stay in touch when kids are off doing their own thing?  One option is to set a meeting place, and meet up at predetermined times throughout the day.  Another idea is to bring a set of walkie-talkies for easy communication. 
  • Research the kids program options for their age group; depending on your teen’s personality and interests it may – or may not – be a good fit. 
  • The kids program may allow kids over a certain age to sign themselves in and out.  Determine if this is appropriate for your child.
  • Establish ground rules for safety: for example, you may require that they don’t go into staterooms other than your own. 
  • Be sure your kids are familiar with the ship’s safety procedures.  Point out crew members that they could go to, if they’re lost, in trouble, or simply have a question. 
 What does your tween or teen enjoy doing while on a family cruise vacation?

Want to know more about preparing for a family cruise vacation?  Check out the other posts in our Cruising with Family series:

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