Tips from our First Family Cruise
Our Family embarked on our first cruise this week. We were booked on the P&O Pacific Dawn on a 3 day Comedy Cruise to no where. We were all very excited and now have some helpful tips for other families thinking of cruising as a holiday.
- It is a great holiday for a family with no dishes, cooking or organising.
- The staff were lovely and very friendly
- If you are an active family like us, Purchasing the Edge pass is worth while, we certainly covered the cost of the pass in all the activities we did.
- The restaurants offered a great option for all tastes, we liked the A la Carte restaurant for dinner as a treat all dressed up.
- Lots of outdoor areas for fresh air
- The water slides were lots of fun and the was live music on deck during the day.
- They played kids movies on the big screen in the morning. Kids could watch the movie and adults could read books or chat.
- The Comedy shows were great, it was fun to take the kids to a live show that was all included and we could attend any of the shows we were interested in.
- If you are prone to sea sickness, you are on a boat and it does move constantly, you will probably get sea sick at some stage even with Sea Sickness tablets.
- The sound and vibration of the motors make you feel like you are on an aeroplane for 3 days.
- You seem to spend the first day running around the ship booking in all your dinner times, activities and kids club. As new comers we did not know this and were stuck with the latest dining time each night as we chose to relax once on board.
- Inside cabin was good as it was close to the centre of the boat and should move less, but once inside a small room with nothing to focus on and no fresh air, sea sickness set in quickly even if only in the room to shower before dinner or dress before breakfast.
- The ‘unlimited’ Edge pass is based on set times for activities which is understandable with the number of guests to accommodate. You can only pre book 3 per day, and it can fill up quickly. We were hoping to have an activity morning and relax in the afternoon. However, you may end up with Laser Tag and bungy Trampoline in the morning, Abseiling at 1:30pm, Rock climbing at 3:30 and Flying Fox at 5:30pm. This can be a little interruptive and for safety sake all are breathalysed, so no cocktails in the afternoon.
- If anyone is prone to sea sickness book a balcony cabin, being able to access fresh air and see the horizon is worth the cost.
- 3 Day Cruises are maybe not the best option for first time cruises, 3 continuous days at sea is a long time. A cruise that reaches land again in a day or two is maybe a better option to let you hop off the boat and explore. Or cruises focused on more protected waters between islands.
- Try to pre book as many restaurants, kids clubs and activities on line before boarding to save the frantic booking process that ensures once on board.
- Pack Cards or board games, If it is windy and cool, the activities can close down and swimming is too cold. Kids clubs are all indoors and if it is windy, it is rocking, so activities on deck in the fresh air are good.
- You never know until you try it, some love cruising and will holiday no other way, others will never cruise again (my daughter at the moment). I was sea sick for half the cruise, so didn’t love this experience but enjoyed much of it. However I can see the appeal of cruising and with the knowledge I have now, feel that we could select a cruise more suited to our family next time.
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