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Cruise News: 6 Tips for Cruising With Your Grandkids

By    |   Tuesday, 17 May 2016 08:13 AM

A cruise vacation can be a unique opportunity for bonding and shared experiences with grandchildren. Careful planning and preparation can help ward off unpleasant encounters and make the most of your time on the ship.

Here are six tips for cruising with your grandkids.

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1. Notarized letter — Along with passports, grandparents should have a notarized letter signed by both parents authorizing them to travel with the child, CruiseDiva.com advises. Such letters should include specific details about the trip and consent to authorize medical treatment. Boarding or entry to foreign countries may be denied without the proper identification and proof of permission.

2. Bring a buddy Grandparents.com recommends bringing along a sibling or friend for shared experiences and companionship. This will also help ward off homesickness.

3. Room accommodations
— Carefully consider what features you need in your room, Fodor's Travel advises. Not all cabins include bathtubs or refrigerators, and depending on your needs, you may want to choose a more spacious suite or adjoining cabins.

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4. Age requirements — Many ships have age requirements for children's activities, pool use, shore excursions, and other features, U.S. News & World Report notes. Grandparents should research which cruise lines have the best accommodations for children and choose accordingly.

5. Kids clubs — Many cruise lines include free kids clubs, offering supervised activities by age group. Options are limited for the youngest children, but most age groups have ample opportunities to meet kids their age and explore a wide variety of activities. Kids clubs can offer alternatives for children while grandparents enjoy formal nights or port days. Grandparents should check whether they are offered year-round or if there are associated costs, Family Travel Forum advises.

6. Pack carefully — Most cruise lines don't carry diapers, formula, or other baby essentials, and those that do often charge steep prices, according to U.S. News. Convenience items like snack foods may also be costly. Bringing a favorite toy or stuffed animal can offer comfort to children away from home, and trinkets, coloring books, pool inflatables, and other items can come in handy, too.

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