Are you curious about cruises post pandemic? Looking for stress free travel to relax and unwind? Cruising is not just for singles or retired seniors.  The industry is ramping up after Covid. Read on for family cruises and some economical ways to save money on your first cruise this travel season.

Cruising Expectations

With cruising protocols lifted in January 2022, booking a trip will be a viable vacation choice with some changes. Voluntarily compliance of CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of covid on aboard and after docking will be in place. Read up on your cruise line before booking to ensure the safety standards meet your travel needs. Also check that all ports of call are open and accepting passengers for day trips.

Avoiding any unexpected surprises is the new normal in the travel industry these days. Finally, be realistic about what cruising used to be and is currently happening on ships post covid. From lengthy food-laden buffets to extravagant shows, some amenities might be limited or curtailed entirely. Check out what your cruise will offer and if any deposits are refundable before booking your dream trip.


Book Early or Last Minute

With travel schedules, labor shortages, and covid surges still in the forefront the best advice is flexibility with travel plans. That said, cruising with a family will take some planning for multiple rooms, but last-minute dealsstill exist. Normally, off season will be your best priced cruise, such as May or September for Alaska destinations. Popular times such as summer and school breaks normally carry a higher cost.  However, savings can still be had with booking ahead and being flexible on accommodations and activities. Check websites often for frequent updates and last- minute deals to fill the ship.

Family Cruises

Disney and many cruise lines specialize in kid friendly trips for families. The key is to tailor your cruise destination to your family’s likes and expectations. Will you need on board activities throughout the cruise? Does a private island or beach suit the kids’ and the parents’ vacation wishes? Doing your research upfront through Tripadvisor or on the ship’s amenities will answer many questions beforehand.

Also, find out what it feels like for a family at sea regarding food options, port locations, and onboard fun. It’s a good idea to get a feel for the average age of passengers onboard so there are no surprises. Check out reviewers’ photos and honest feedback to make an educated decision before you cruise with the kids. Enjoy your next dream cruise and be safe!