Family Cruising – Happy Kids Means Happy Parents
Iain Bruce-Low and his partner Anne-Marie own an award-winning hair salon in the scenic Scottish seaside town of Oban. With their three lovely children, they find family cruising is the perfect solution to meet their needs.
When was your first cruise? Which ship was it and where did you cruise too?
It was a Western Mediterranean Cruise in 2013 with Royal Caribbean onboard Adventure of the Seas.
What made you decide to book your first cruise?
Having 3 children all different ages 15, 12 and 3, we wanted to find a holiday that had something to keep everyone happy.
What did you like about your first cruise?
The quality, the service and the number of things to do for everyone.
What is the best cruise you have been on, and why?
We cruised on Anthem of the Seas in 2015 and the ship is incredible! It is so modern and new, with a lot more dining options, much more our style. There were an incredible amount of things for the kids to do, they were never bored!
What is it that appeals to you about cruising?
I love the freedom and choices, you can be as active or as lazy as you want. It is by far the most you can ever do on holiday as well as being the most relaxing holiday you’ll ever have.
How do you decide which cruises to take?
For me, it’s about the ship. It has to be a good enough size, we have learnt the bigger the better. Smaller ships tend to get more overcrowded where bigger ships people spread out more. Having plenty for the kids means they are happy – meaning we are even happier.
What’s the first thing you do when you step onboard a cruise?
We go to the Champagne Bar to pick up a drink, then go off exploring.
What was your last cruise? What did you like/dislike about it?
It was a Venice and Greek Isle cruise onboard Rhapsody of the Seas. As it was out of season, we found it was more family cruising for adults and their parents, rather than small children. Also, the ship was probably too small for our liking. However, the smaller ship did allow us to explore a new area of the world, which we loved.
What would be your dream cruise if you could create your own?
For me, it would be from Greenock/Glasgow and all around the Mediterranean, through the Suez Canal and on to Dubai and Asia. At least a couple of months, please?
Do you have any tips for booking a cruise?
I would always recommend staying the night before the cruise, in a hotel nearby. It takes out the stress of arriving at the same time as everyone else. Also, you can tip the members of staff directly when you are onboard, then you don’t have to prepay gratuities.
Can you offer any onboard tips for people who have never cruised?
Eat drink as much as you want and remember there is a gym, although I’ve still not seen it.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about trying a cruise but is worried they will feel trapped on a crowded cruise ship?
I’ve heard it all before and best thing I could say is book it because you’ll never know until you try it.
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