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Family-Friendly Cruises

Traveling with children is an amazing opportunity for your kids to discover new worlds, learn about foreign cultures, and have out-of-this-world experiences.

But, let’s be honest:  it can be stressful.

Have you ever considered coming to the Galapagos with your kids? The amount of one-of-a-kind wildlife on the islands fascinates travelers of all ages.

But what are some ideas for “Kid-Friendly” cruises?  Let’s take a look at the basics that parents consider priorities:

Safety

Entertainment

Simplicity of travel, and

Learning opportunities

Safety

Every parent is concerned for their child’s safety at home, and, even more so, away from home!

The most important factor when planning your family cruise is the safety of the vessel:

Does the boat meet with national and international safety standards?

Does the boat have up-to-date emergency and rescue equipment?

Are the sides and balconies of all decks on board child proof, with bars or glass that prohibits falling?

Your travel agent should be able to answer all of the questions above in order to push aside any anxiety.

Safety and security are serious issues, especially on the high seas.  Do not be afraid to ask your agent any questions you may have about safe practices on board.

Entertainment

 

The Galapagos Islands are a “living laboratory” of land, sea, and sky creatures.

Children will be amazed at the close proximity they will have to all of the animals.  Lying down next to sea lions, swimming with turtles, seeing giant tortoises larger than they are: the idea of getting back to school and showing off photos of volcano hikes, crater swims, dinghy rides, lava tunnel walks and snorkeling with penguins is pretty exciting!

Galapagos cruises generally include two land visits and a snorkeling trip every day. Kids should be comfortable in the water, as well as with snorkel equipment so that they can see the outstanding underwater world below.

Back on board, most ships have DVDs and books about Galapagos, as well as “non-Galapagos” movies and books.  Ships generally also have a collection of board games and cards.

Larger ships offer certain extras, like the EXPLORER II that offers its 100 passengers Spanish, cooking, and towel-folding classes, as well as a glass bottom boat.

Smaller vessels, like the Cormorant and Galaven catamarans with only 16 passengers, can provide personalized dinghy tours, the opportunity of getting to know the captain by name, bridge visits, and 24 hour access to the cookie drawer.

Simplicity of Travel

Many companies offer full packages that include airport pick up (no dragging luggage around behind you while looking for a taxi and unfolding the stroller!), local knowledgeable staff members (no need to haul out the dictionary while fumbling through the diaper bag!), and key tips and pre-trip information to help you and your kids know how things are going to go from the minute you land.Booking with a recognized travel agency who can help you with the ABCs and 123s of traveling to Galapagos is highly recommended.

Learning Opportunities

Galapagos cruises offer daily lectures for passengers with a variety of themes, but this isn’t the only way to learn while on board.

Kids will more likely enjoy learning “hands on”, experiencing the wildlife and geology for themselves, touching different kinds of lava rock, swimming with endemic species, and learning about animals up close.

Have the kids keep a photo or video journal, and log their daily activities in a creative way.

To find out which cruises are “family friendly” and specific activities and offerings of each boat, contact one of our professional trip advisors. You can start planning your family trip with our free trip planning service today!

 

 

 

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