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Make time to get silly
Ever hear the saying “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?” Sure, you have. And the same often holds true for what happens during your cruise vacation – it’s the perfect time to let your hair down and allow yourself to get a little silly. Letting our inner child out every now and then is good for the soul!
Some people really don’t like Sea Days – they’re totally focused on getting off the ship and exploring new destinations. And believe me, I’m all about creating memories through journeys that take my breath away! But I also love Sea Days. Dan and I love sitting on the pool deck, people-watching and playing cards together. Who has time for such activities in the hustle & bustle at home??
But, even being darn-near 70, we also enjoy just being kids at times.
Cruise lines have lots of great ways to get silly onboard during Sea Days. It would be such a shame to miss out on an opportunity to just laugh with others and, maybe if you’re very brave, allow others to laugh at you WITH you!
Carnival, as the self-professed “Fun” ship, always has something silly going on – just pick one or two that tickle your fancy: the Hairy Chest Competition, Battle of the Sexes, Scavenger Hunts, Trivia Games, Hasbro the Game Show, Quest, Sports Competitions, Karaoke, and Pool Deck Games (plus many others!). Royal Caribbean and Norwegian also have many of these crazy antics – and even Princess, Celebrity and Holland America have a few to choose from. Most of the ships also have dance lessons onboard … here’s your chance to learn the steps to “Thriller!”
Keep the cruising kiddies safe
A family cruise is a wonderful adventure: time together without the stresses from home. This is your chance to create memories that will last forever and bring your family closer together.
Cruise ships today are often enormous – much like a floating city. And, just like you would when traveling in a large, new city, certain safety precautions are a must when you’re cruising with children. We’ve heard the stories in the news about accidents, assaults and thefts and this is not meant to frighten or dissuade you from taking the little ones on a cruise. But there are some safety tips that you might not even think about, being in a new environment. We hope this article will help prepare you for a wonderful, safe and memorable family vacation!
Tip #1: Never go into someone else's cabin or invite someone into yours.
It’s really no different than the behavior you’d teach – and expect – from your children at home. We teach our children not to go into a strange car or house. We warn them against opening the door to strangers. The same applies on a cruise ship. The Buddy System is a great idea on a ship, just like at home. If one of the children (older ones!) needs to go back to the cabin for any reason, they need to take a Buddy and stick together. And never should a child open the door for a crew member. Whatever it is can wait. One more good rule-of-thumb: if your child is a little leery about going back to the cabin without you, going to the restroom or anywhere on the ship without a parent, take the time to stop and go with him/her. It’s important for them to stay alert and be comfortable while on board!
WHAT NOT TO WEAR ON A CRUISE
The life of a cruise fan can be full of surprises. From Goth and vampire conventions to Hogs on the High Seas, you'd be forgiven for thinking that at sea, anything goes. But when it comes to dress codes, there are some hard and fast rules you should think twice before breaking (for everyone's sake).
Cruise Critic members' forum "What's the strangest thing you've seen on a cruise?", pulled together some of their top tips on what not to wear, from cabin to pool and everywhere in between -- and what to wear instead.
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