I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. We might have the opportunity to go on a cruise soon but I’m just not sure it’s the most family friendly of holidays.
I’d be terrified of the kids falling overboard, making a nuisance of themselves and getting thoroughly bored and fractious.
I’ve never been on anything bigger than a ferry myself so I have no idea what a cruise ship looks like really, once you get on board. How close are the railings are to the edges and how much room they would have to run around in? It’s all a bit worrying really.
Which got me to thinking: if I could design the perfect cruise ship for families what would it look like?
The railings would need to be solid barriers and not bars and a good few feet from the edges of the ship, for a start.
There would need to be an entire deck just for families with a splash park, slides, climbing frames. And an ice cream van.
There would need to a whole deck just for adults with loungers, swimming pool, whirlpool and a fully stocked bar.
There would need to be complimentary child-minding.
The day would be filled with kids clubs – where parents didn’t have to go and join in.
There would be a cinema, bowling alley, roller skate rink and football pitch.
There would be a lovely quiet room filled with bean bags, soothing music and low lights – just for the parents.
And people that came round and gave you foot rubs. yes, there’s be lots and lots of foot rubs.
And the Cirque Du Soleil of an evening.
It does sound rather lovely. I wonder if anything like this actually exists. And if they sell holidays for £5.99pp.
It’s nice to dream isn’t it?
…Oooh, after a bit of digging it looks like something not far from this really does exist! Cruise1st Ire have a cruise on the Royal Caribbean International Independence of the Seas. That has it’s own kids deck!
Sadly their cruises do seem to be for a little bit more than £5.99.
Would you take your kids on a cruise?