Cruising with Kids

Last week we headed off on Ovation of the Seas for a family (plus one very special friend with her 5 yr old), 8 day cruise to Mystery Island (Vanuatu)  and Noumea.

Now hold onto your hat there were 23 of us! We had 9 cabins consisting of 8 children 5 years and under.

This cruise has been 12 months in the making. Geoff and I had been on Ovation 12 months earlier with our sister and brother in law and collectively we decided to give the family a cruising experience

Probably the main advantage of booking when still on board was we were able to choose our cabin locations – which for us, were balcony, all on the same floor – some interconnecting plus the floor below the kid’s club with direct stair access.

Would we book this far out if travelling on our own? No, there are far too many specials offered along the way which if able to book last minute are fantastic.

Ovation of the Seas has activities suited for all ages but because this particular cruise attracted a much younger audience, activities did tend to book out quickly, so best to book your shows and activities online once your trip is confirmed  – you can always cancel at a later date.

Cruising has an enormous assortment of activities to choose from, Ovation being so large has even more than most. Some of the family took advantage of the dance classes, bars, casino, trivia quizzes, adult only areas while others were more active and chose bumper cars, rock climbing, IFly and surfing. There was even a silent disco which many enjoyed. The shows vary and one in particular called Pixel was a great success with the littlies.

Even the 5 year olds were able to IFly


Miss 5 yr old


Some family members took advantage of everything on offer, some read books, floated in the pools and took the time to catch up with one another, the littlies embraced kid’s club and enjoyed making new friends. Master Twins 23 month olds were even booked in late at night – where they were popped into their PJs, read stories, cuddled and were asleep ready for parents to collect.


North Star takes you up and over the ship for a birds eye view



Silent Disco with Brett and Emi

We only attempted to get all 23 together twice for a family dinner – yes many Ipads were used in this exercise




We are not suggesting cruising is for everyone – some of the family may not choose to go on another cruise in the foreseeable future but all heartily agreed it was a fantastic way to have dedicated family time, parents to have some “metime”  to take a complete break, for cousins both old and young to reconnect and for the littlies to have a “ball” For Geoff and I to spend quality time with our children and as Grandparents it was an opportunity to have all our Grandchildren together in one location hence many cuddles and special moments were enjoyed.


Heading to a pirate party


Toddler Swimming area


Swimming at Mystery Island


Dedicated adult only area


Cocktail Hour




Till the next family adventure




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March 9, 2018 5:26 pm Published by