Beach and Travel Tips for Family Cruise Vacations

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Growing up, I spent every summer playing in Mission Beach during my family vacations in San Diego, California. I didn't realize until I was an adult, a mom to be specific, how much preparation and planning went in to all of those vacays.

My family just returned from a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean on board Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. While I didn't have to do nearly the amount of planning and preparation my parents did, thanks to the convenience of cruising, I did have to get ready for three days at port.

Here's my top three tips to enjoying successful back-to-back days on the beach with your family while on a cruise vacation:

  1. Bring the appropriate gear: a beach bag to carry everything in, swim suits and tops, lots of sun screen (with the proper SPF to avoid sun burns), towels, snacks, a filled water bottle for each person, hats, sunglasses, cameras with charged batteries and empty memory cards, extra battery for the camera just in case, a map of the island/country you're visiting, money for taxis and food, and lots of recommendations from online research and people you asked on board the ship.
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  2. Lather up: Make sure to put on enough sunscreen. Reapply at least every hour. The last thing you want to deal with the rest of the cruise is a sunburn!
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  3. Go off the beaten path: Cruise excursions are an awesome way to travel, because they are arranged for you. But, if you want to see some of the most gorgeous beaches and get more into the culture, take a taxi to a local beach and enjoy the day and the beauty of the island.
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  4. Go with friends: If you know people on the ship or make new friends, traveling together during day trips makes a lot of sense. We went with friends who had kids approximately the same ages as our kids. We shared taxi rides, shared experiences, and our kids played together. We would have enjoyed ourselves if we had gone just with our family, but friends make everything sweeter!
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  5. Take a ton of pictures: One of the best parts of traveling is reliving the family vacation over and over through pictures. The slide show below captures only a snippet of our days at the beach. Believe me! I had to delete a lot of pictures in the montage to keep it to under 9 minutes LOL! Enjoy!

Cruise provided by Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. Pictures made possible by Kodak M350. Clothes provided by Down East Basics. Family made possible by Troy and Jyl Pattee and their way awesome & cute boys, Chase and Connor!

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9 Responses to “Beach and Travel Tips for Family Cruise Vacations”

  1. duongsheahan says:

    Jyl,
    This is so amazing. Sounds like you had an incredible trip! One of these days, I goal is to take a short 3 day cruise to overcome fear of being on a ship/boat out in the ocean again. Long story, but you may already know. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your awesome family vacation.
    @duongsheahan

  2. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by jylMomIF: @TroyPattee The post is up with our beach pics from the Eastern Caribbean: http://bit.ly/b9mc2b #royalcaribbean…

  3. Hi Jyl,

    Perhaps this is something we can reference on our http://www.blogginmamascruise.com site I am working with Caroline from Moms On Vacation to produce the first official blogger cruise conference to the Bahamas via Royal Caribbean (& family can come along.)

    -Heather Lopez

    (P.S. Amy from Mom Made That/ Mom Spark is on our Advisory Board.)

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  5. Simon says:

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by jylMomIF: @TroyPattee The post is up with our beach pics from the Eastern Caribbean: http://bit.ly/b9mc2b #royalcaribbean…

  6. Lee says:

    Jyl,
    This is so amazing. Sounds like you had an incredible trip! One of these days, I goal is to take a short 3 day cruise to overcome fear of being on a ship/boat out in the ocean again. Long story, but you may already know. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your awesome family vacation.
    @duongsheahan

  7. Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  8. Rattled Mom says:

    Sounds amazing! I would love to try a cruise with my family – it seems like such a family friendly trip! My husband and I loved our Royal Caribbean cruise honeymoon. It would be a different experience with 3 kids, I’m sure, but still a good one I hope!

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