Things for Kids to do on a Caribbean Cruise
Taking a cruise is a great family vacation because of all the great things to see and do! We recently visited the Caribbean on the Regal Princess and had the time of our lives! We played, explored, relaxed, and even got a little exercising in. Here is what you can look forward to on your family vacation to the Caribbean with Princess Cruises plus some helpful tips if you’re traveling with younger kids:
1. Fun in the Sun
The Caribbean is beyond gorgeous with turquoise water, blue skies, and white sand beaches. Everything you imagine the Caribbean would look like is actually real. Sometimes I had to pinch myself because everything was so pretty! We are beach people and love going as a family. Tip: pack LOTS of sunscreen and extra hats. We found that no matter how much sunscreen we put on, we were always feeling extra sun-kissed by the end of the day.
2. Fun Food
It’s no secret that food on a cruise is fun! This is especially true for kids. Princess Cruises not only has the ultimate fine dining for adults but they also have the ultimate fun dining for kids too. My kids enjoyed free pizza and the unlimited ice cream cones practically every single day (it was a party and they loved it!).
This is where they got to swim up and ordered a virgin strawberry daiquiri in Amber Cover in the Dominican Republic (our first stop of the cruise!).
We booked a poolside cabana as part of our excursion with Princess Cruises and it happened to come with an over-sized hammock that my kids wish we had at home:)
3. Non-stop Activities Onboard
Our 7 day Caribbean cruise had 3 “at sea” days where we got to play all day on the ship. The boys loved morning golf:
The girls loved any excuse to be at the spa:)
My daughter highly recommends a kids manicure and pedicure!
Table tennis was a family favorite. We liked visiting this sports area every night because they play fun music at the basketball court, which makes nighttime ping pong even more fun! There were always groups of kids and teens in the sports area.
There are kids and youth clubs onboard that are also packed with daily activities and fun things to do. Register your kids at the clubs before you board the ship to make life easier!
Air hockey was my son’s favorite:
Although he sure did love playing some video games there too!
When we had some extra energy, we would jog around the track
Ok, ok… I did not go jogging! But, I was really good at lounging in the sun- HA! Just in case you do like to exercise on vacation, the Regal Princess has a full gym with personal trainers.
There was SO much to do that we were very sleepy each night. My daughter liked to journal and color in her bed that came out of the ceiling (my kids thought their stateroom beds were the coolest beds ever!).
The kids and family movies in the staterooms were the BEST! We watched all of the newest releases in our room each night and then watched more at the pool during the day. The Regal Princess has a gigantic outdoor movie screen by the pool. So, grab a chair and enjoy a movie outside!
Tip: Bring some towel clips just in case it is windy onboard (which is pretty normal when you’re sailing).
Be sure to book your family’s excursions in advance and be prepared for some adventures! Everyone has been asking me which island was my favorite in the Caribbean and it has to be St. John because of the “On Your Own” excursion we did this day. We hopped on a super fun boat when our ship docked at St. Thomas and it took us to St. John (about 30 minutes away). The US Virgin Islands are stunning! Once we got to St. John we hiked to Honeymoon Beach. It’s a hidden beach that you have to hike to get to and it is worth all of the effort! Be sure to pack lots of water and tennis shoes for this hike. We had our bathing suits on and borrowed towels from the ship.
The end of our adventurous hike brought us here. I literally jumped and squealed when we turned the corner caught our first glimpse of this:
My son threw off his shoes, said, “Mom, get me my snorkel!” and dove in. Tip: bring a beach bag with sunscreen, hats, snacks, water, and snorkel gear when you head to the beach.
We saw lots of tropical fish and even a stingray. Can you see the fish jumping with joy behind my daughter?
Her giggles were priceless!
I wish I could blink my eyes and be back in St. John. It’s incredible!
We did a lot of souvenir shopping at the various ports (Amber Cove, US Virgin Islands, and St. Maarten). There was a lot of shopping on the ship too! Is anybody else’s child obsessed with stuffed animals like my daughter is?
7. Time Together
Whether we were watching the waves below us on the Regal Princess Sea Walk:
Or looking for seashells on the beach in St. Maarten…
…Our time together was the most valuable thing on our Caribbean cruise. This was our last port day in St. Maarten. We hopped in a taxi and went to Divi Little Bay for hours of relaxing beach time. My daughter never got out of the water and my son jumped around in the sand building castles all day long.
Mr. Smart School House and I reserved some lounge chairs, ordered food & drinks, and smiled all day long. It was priceless!
As we sailed home, we got to meet the Captain of the ship as well as many of the officers.
Learning about how they sail the ship and seeing all of the equipment is incredible and an excellent learning opportunity for kids.
Here are a few more tips for making your Caribbean cruise with kids fantastic:
- For a little down time, consider “DIY Room Service” – We stayed on the Marina Deck near the front of the ship which was very close to the buffets. Grab some snacks and bring the food to your room! Take advantage of the room refrigerator for additional snacks (like yogurt, fruit, etc.) and keep some extra utensils in your stateroom for eating. Additionally: bring some plastic baggies for your beach bag (preferably a beach bag with a cooler section). Ask for ice to put in your plastic bags before leaving the ship. The bag of ice will help keep snacks and drinks for the kids cold.
- Pack a Power Strip for your Stateroom – Typically, your stateroom will be quipped with a couple outlets. If you have 4 people in a room like we did with all of our cell phones and other devices, one plug is challenging. Bring a power strip with you on a cruise so that you can charge your phones, computers, tablets, watches, etc. all at once.
- Take advantage of the ship’s laundry services – Since space is always limited in staterooms you don’t want to overpack! Either set aside some time and use their laundromats on the ship (there is a really nice one on every deck), or use their laundry service where they will wash, dry clean, and/or press everyone’s clothing for you. If there is one thing I can’t stand, it’s a weeks worth of stinky dirty laundry in a room! It’s best to have clean clothes and extra space. While you can always request extra hangers, I packed all of our clothes on our own hangers. It literally took 2.5 seconds to unpack our suitcases on the day we boarded because everything went straight to hanging in the closet. Shorts and suits got folded on the closet shelves and then we were able to stowaway our suitcases underneath the beds for the entire trip. Easy peasy!
For even more tips on cruising the Caribbean, check out this post with my
10 Must Know Tips for the Best Caribbean Cruise
(link to previous post)
Call 1-800-PRINCESS or visit www.princess.com to book your Princess cruise today!
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