March 17, 2017 • BY Laurie Joy

Why Cruising is a Great Family Vacation

And how kid’s club plays a big role in that!

Well, it’s been about 15 years since I was Ladybug Laurie and worked as a Youth Staff Worker for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and it’s very surreal to be back on ships some years later, with my family and bringing my son to the very club I worked on.

Finding the right vacation spot for your family is no joke. The money and the time that it takes to find the right place for your whole family to enjoy takes a lot of planning. You want it to be right and be fun for everyone.

Below, I’ve listed all the reasons why I think cruising is the way to go.

Here’s Why You Should Cruise:

  • You only have to unpack once and yet visit several different locations
  • The excursions that you can do with your kids and family are endless on a cruise – you can snorkel, explore, see first hand, swim with, or beach it in each port
  • It’s a great way for your family to see many different ports on one cruise
  • After experiencing those ports you can then decide if you’d like to go back to them or if once was enough
  • Everyone gets to have a vacation while on a ship because there are ENDLESS things to do every day when on them.
    • For example: art auctions, martini making classes, bingo, blockbuster movies, wine tasting, dancing lessons, information about local ports, and the list goes on and on and on

Here’s Why You Should Sign Up for Kid’s Club:

Having worked as a Youth Staff member I can assure you that this is the place to be for you children. I never understand why some parents lug their kids around a ship while cruising and don’t explore this option. It’s safe, UBER safe, fun, educational, and where your kids would rather be than hanging out with you. #truthbomb

  • It’s the most fun your kids will have while on vacation
  • It’s FREE and FUN!
  • It’s safe. Your children are signed in and out by a parent or a family member (you decide who can pick up your child on the first day and put their names on the waiver)
  • Where your child enters into Kid’s Club (Adventure Ocean on any Royal Caribbean cruise) there is a locked gate that cannot let anyone in or children out
  • There are endless fun and educational activities for your kids – from Think Snow, The Wow is Now, to Exploring of Insects as well as many art activities (Crayola) as well.
  • Your children are surrounded by other children their age. There are age groups so that kids the same age are playing with their peers. They are typically broken up from Babies/Infants to 3-5 year olds, to 6-8 year olds, to 9-11 year olds, to 12-15 year olds to teens.
  • If you wish to go on an excursion and leave your child on board, you can do that. You will be given a beeper and if anything happens, the Youth Staff can get a hold of you.
  • Want to have a nice, quiet, uninterrupted dinner without your kids, then you can have that as the Youth Staff will take your child for dinner with them.
  • Want them to sleep like a log? Then keep them busy and active by going to kid’s club
  • Come and go as you please. You don’t have to go at the opening and stay until it closes. It’s there for you to drop off your child when it’s good for you. Kid’s club is open from 9am-2am every day!
  • NOTE: When it’s a busy time to cruise, say March Break, you may want to get there a few minutes before it opens, to ensure your child gets a spot in the club. They do have a cap on kids and when hundreds of kids are cruising, not everyone can get in there.

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My Question to You Is:

What is the best vacation you’ve been on with your family? And have you ever cruised?  Post them in the comments below.

Comments 2

  1. I took your advice last year and booked our first cruise. We all loved it and can’t wait to cruise again! My daughter is 9 and was able to have sign out privileges from the kids club. What a great way to allow her some independence. We asked her to meet us in the room at a set time and the proud look on her face when she came through the door was priceless!
    So looking forward to the next one

  2. Athena, I LOVE that you took a cruise! And yes, when they’re 9 they can either sign themselves in and out of the club. Please, if you have any pictures, post them in the Facebook Group (Mama Mojos on the Move) and share them with the ladies and myself!
    xo Laurie

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