One of my favourite bloggers Hayley from Sparkles and Stretchmarks has just returned from a family cruise and after reading about her experience I really want to go on a family cruise myself. I have never been on a cruise before, to be honest, I always thought they were for older people and not for young families like mine. Over the past few years I have heard just how family friendly a cruise can be and as my partner is desperate to go on a cruising holiday I have been looking into them lately.
When looking online I was faced with so much choice, from the Carribean to the Mediterranean to visiting the Norwegian fjords or even the Baltic Sea. I am not really a fan of the cold so I think I would have to opt for a cruise somewhere in the Mediterranean or the Canary Islands to enjoy some much-needed sunshine. Whilst browsing online I came across Bolsover Cruise Club who are one of the UK's largest independent cruise agents with over 50 years experience they deal with premium cruise brands such as Royal Carribean, P&O and Celebrity Cruises to name just a few.
Some of the things that have drawn me towards a cruise are that I can visit and explore lots of countries during a cruise. The guided tours you can take once you are in port also make much more sense as a parent as we get to see the best of the place we are seeing in a safe way, without the fear of getting lost. It must be amazing to go to sleep in one country and wake the next day in another one, I also think my children would be much more settled in their cabin than multiple flights. The fact you can depart from the UK or from your local airport is also a draw for us as it makes things much easier logistically.
On sea days I know that the whole family will be entertained as the ships have endless entertainment, dining options and activities on board to keep youngsters happy. They even have kids clubs suitable for children and teens, along with swimming pools, arcades and onsite sporting and activity facilities. Some even have babysitting services, meaning us grown-ups can enjoy a nice meal or drink in peace one evening whilst the children are taking care of.
The more I read the more I want to book a family cruise and I think that we may well book a one for our family honeymoon after our wedding in June 2019.
Have you ever been on a cruise before? If so I would love to know what you thought in the comments below.
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