How to Prepare for a Cruise (Kids and Teens)

School's out for the summer, and your family has an amazing vacation planned - a cruise! But this is your first time, and you have no idea what to expect. Don't worry - just relax and read this article to find out everything you need to know.


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    Assuming they have at least the minor details worked out already, talk to your parents before anything else. Be sure to ask them what day and time you'll be leaving, where your departure port is, how you'll get to the ship and how long this will take, what ship\cruise line you're sailing on, how long the cruise is, and where the ship will stop. If you can, get an itinerary (schedule) before the big day.
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    Make a packing list, including everything listed in the following 2 steps. This will help you keep track of all of your belongings. You might even consider bringing this list with you, so that you don't leave anything behind when it's time to pack up and head home.
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    Pack a suitcase. This is where you'll put all of your essentials. Make sure to pack a change of clothes for every day, a bathing suit, toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, and hairbrush, and anything else you might need (sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, accessories, etc.) While packing clothes, keep in mind that there will probably be one formal night when you'll go to a fancy restaurant, so pack an extra fancy outfit as well.
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    Pack a small book bag. This time you should pack things to entertain you along the way. Once you board the ship, you won't be bored for a single moment, but if you have to get through a long car trip or airplane ride in order to get to the ship, then you'll need something to keep you busy until then. If you're looking for ideas, a good book makes a perfect travel activity, provided you don't get carsick easily. You could also bring a sudoku book, crossword puzzles, board or card games, electronics (MP3 Players, iPads, or other portable gaming devices), a laptop or movie player, movies, and, of course, snacks!
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    Get to know your ship ahead of time. Most cruise ships are huge, and very easy to get lost in. Try looking on your cruise line's website and finding your ship - chances are, there will be a ship map of some sort. Your ship will at least have a library, a theater, a buffet, a children/teen area, a pool, and several restaurants.
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    Get some sleep. To most kids and teens, this probably doesn't sound very appealing, and it's hard to rest if you're excited about your trip. Just remember that nobody wants to be stuck in the same car, plane, or state room (cruise ship bedroom) with a grouchy friend or family member who hasn't gotten any sleep.
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    Have fun! Cruises are all about enjoying time with your family, so make sure to do just that! Don't forget to bring the camera and a journal so that you'll always remember the fun trip you had together!


  • If you're looking to make some friends on the ship, go to the kid camp or teen area. They'll have fun activities designed just for kids your age, and it's a great opportunity to hang out with someone besides your parents and siblings.

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