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10 Things to Look for When Booking a Family Cruise

Climbing wall onboard TUI Discovery 2.Climbing wall onboard TUI Discovery 2.

If you’re new to family cruises, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to choosing the best trip for you and your kids. We’ve looked at what to consider when selecting a ship and and itinerary.

• Unless you’re travelling with pre-schoolers, your first job is to check cruise calendars to find out which itineraries set sail in the school holidays.

• Study itineraries to find out about land excursions that would be of interest to your children, whether it’s through Gibraltar’s war tunnels or to Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.

• Alternatively, if you’d prefer to explore on shore under your own steam, book a TUI ship with mountain-bikes for ages 10 years and over.

• Find a cruise company that, like TUI, offers kids’ discounts on some shore excursions.

• Choose a ship that has plenty of choice when it comes to onboard dining, including family-friendly buffet restaurants.

• Look at children’s pricing. Aboard TUI’s cruises, kids don’t pay adult price or cabin supplements, there are infant prices for under-2s, and cots are provided for free.

• Ask about family accommodation options. TUI has both family-sized and interconnecting cabins, to cater for families of different sizes and with different ages of kids.

• If you’re looking to use childcare during your trip, check what kids’ clubs are available, what age ranges they cover, and whether they need pre-booking. TUI’s free kids’ clubs cater for ages 3–5 years, 6–8 and 9–11. There’s also a Baby Centre and teen space.

• Look for a family-friendly cruise that offers evening entertainment suitable for all the family, plus family spaces where you can spend quality time together.

• Find a cruise that offers you the option of pairing time onboard with a short stay at a family-friendly hotel, as TUI’s Cruise and Stay holidays do.

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