• If you have an infant, ask about any minimum age required to sail. Some lines will accept newborns; others, only infants 3 months or older. Some lines also have potty-training restrictions in their childcare centers.
• What are the children’s programs and activities? Some lines cater to children; some offer token activities and events. Be informed.
• Is there a playroom or game room dedicated to children or teens?
• Are there family-only and adult-only areas of the ship?
• Will the ports of call interest your children? Older kids may like more shore excursions, while the younger crowd will benefit from a couple more days at sea, where everyone is free to enjoy the ship’s amenities.
• Does the ship dock directly at ports, or do passengers have to ferry in to shore? Strollers, diaper bags and the like can be a real hassle to carry on and off of these small boats.
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