If you’re looking for the key family cruise resources we recommend to make your vacation special, you’ve found the right place!
We enjoy an affiliate relationship with some of the businesses and services below, which means that if you click through these links and buy goods or services from them, FCG gets a small commission. Each of these are personally recommended by us, however, as we only want to share resources with you that are going to help make your family cruise vacation a success.
Now let’s get to the good stuff…
Selecting A Cruise
Where are the closest cruise ports to you? Take a look at our handy List of Cruise Ports over on Google Maps, and you can easily figure out just how long a drive you’ll have to various locations.
Of course that is just one of many questions you’ll have to ask yourself as you select a cruise, so consult our article on that very subject to help you narrow down the possibilities!
When it comes actually booking and paying for your cruise, there are basically three ways to go:
- Go direct to the cruise lines, like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, etc.
- Work with a local travel agent
- Use a 3rd-party travel site like CheapCaribbean.com, CruiseDirect.com, or even shopping clubs like Costco. For example, we took a cruise in 2017 that we booked through Costco, and a few weeks after we got back we received a $150 Costco gift card in the mail. So it’s worth checking any clubs you are a member of!
Each of these options has their benefits and disadvantages, and we’ll cover those in more detail in a separate article.
Preparing For Your Cruise
Passports are one of the first things you need to think about when getting ready for your cruise. We’ve talked previously about why everyone going on your cruise should have a passport, even if they are not technically required. If you have any further questions about passports, head over the State Department’s official website.
Things to Bring on Your Cruise
Make sure to check out our post on the most important things to bring on a cruise! Get these a few weeks ahead of time and you’ll be ready to focus on the fun when Cruise Day comes!
Rover: Do you have family dogs who need to be taken care of while you are away on your cruise? We absolutely LOVE Rover.com, which is a network of dog-sitters who welcome your pet into their home for their own vacation. We tell our guys they are going to “Camp Kevin”, and know that they are so much more comfortable in the cozy home of dog lovers rather than a kennel.
Even better, you get photo updates throughout the stay letting you know your dog is OK and having fun (like the picture shown here, of our two guys Scout & Sarge).
If you sign up through the following link at Rover.com, you will get $20 off your first stay!
Blurb: You’re going to make incredible memories on your family cruise, and there is no better way to capture them forever than by creating a professional-quality photobook at Blurb.com. They have easy-to-use tools on their website to help you upload your photos and assemble them into a genuine work of art.
Make sure to check their site, as they usually offer great deals when you order multiple photo books, so you can share those images and memories with family and friends!