So you’re all excited about your families first cruise vacation. If this is the first time that you are planning to cruise with your kids, who are over the age of ten, then this article is just for you. Traveling with young teens, or even young teens can wreck havoc on your cruise bill if you don’t set some very important rules. Below are those rules that you need to make sure your kids understand. To get started you will need to see if your cruise ship offer some type of pay up front card. This card will allow you to load up money on the card in advance, and your kids will be able to use this to purchase items while on the trip. Since your teens will probably be doing their own activities it is important to set up the rules. If they don’t this may be the last vacation that you, and your family take in a long time.
Set number of purchases per day
The first thing you will want to do is limit the number of purchases that each child is allowed to make per day. If you give them the card that some cruises offer, you will want to make it clear how much they can buy on it. Make it clear to them that they will be charged for certain drinks, snacks, and gifts that they buy on the cruise.
Use the all you can drink areas
Many cruises offer all you can drink areas. In some cases this will be for soda’s, or fountain drinks. Be sure to check this out before you leave for your cruise. Often this information is included in your cruise paperwork. Be sure to double check the fine print, or you can just ask when you book the cruise. It is best to have them send you something in writing that confirms this. This way when you tell the kids to use these areas there will be no confusion.
Use your water bottle, and packed snacks
Giving each of your children their own water bottle and bring snacks aboard with you is a good idea. Be sure to tell each of your children to fill their water bottle and keep it with them during the day. Also packing snacks and leaving them in the room is a great way for kids to eat in between meals when they feel the need.
Stick with the free activities
There are plenty of free activities that you can find on a cruise. There are also some activities that will cost you an additional fee. It is a good idea to set up the itinerary for your kids and then make sure that they stick with it.
Leave the phones alone
Be sure to tell your kids to leave the phones alone while they are on vacation. Even using a cell phone on the cruise can raise your bill and you will be in for a big surprise when you return back home. You especially don’t want them using the phone on board the ship.