Take a Homeschooling Trip on a Cruise Ship
Study with Traveling Group
Taking kids on a homeschool cruise creates the opportunity for families to travel together and learn through the actual experience of seeing, walking, touching and being there rather than reading a book. Ports of calls fit as the kid’s classroom. They study with their traveling group and make new friends. Planning is the key to making sure everything goes as intended by following these steps.
Advise on How to Plan
Book your cruise early. You want to have plenty of time to plan and research itineraries and excursions off the ship. It's a good idea to take your homeschool cruise with a local homeschool group. Traveling with a group works best when you have children.
You can surf the Internet and find information about the ports of calls. It is best to go over this information with your children. The more you and your children know the better you will feel about going to a new place.
You should check with the cruise agent for information or details you need to know for a safe and fun trip because most cruise agents offer lists and helpful information packs. You should always encourage your children to earn money or save money for the trip due to the fact that cruise ships arcades, tipping and shopping cost money.
Save But Spend More When Necessary
Try to find ways to save money. You can look online for off the ship excursions. Most of the excursions off the ship are cheaper than ship sponsored excursions. With that, you should spend the extra money on a room with an ocean view because they are larger than interior rooms with a window and open space terrace.
Plan Your Trip
Make sure you check the weather conditions for your homeschool cruise to decide on the type of clothes to wear on the trip. You can make a list of what to bring on the cruise. With careful planning, it is essential to a successful trip. Why not bring a set of walkie-talkies? Everyone in the family will be able to stay in touch while on the cruise ship. Walkie-talkies are a great way to keep track of your kids and other traveling companions. Make sure you bring extra batteries or a charger. Remember it is important to bring essential items on the cruise. If you forget to bring something, it will double in price on the ship. So, you need to plan, plan, and double plan.
Important Incidentals to Keep in Mind
Since you are traveling with your kids, you need to board the ship early. Arriving early will prevent unnecessary stress, and leave you plenty of time to deal with traffic and other delays.
Always check in together as a family because separating the husband to park the car and come back can cause double work for everyone. Then, you would worry if he will find you and make it back in time.
You should try to check in as much luggage as possible with the porter when boarding. That way, you avoid the long lines and standing and waiting to get on board. You don't need to or want to carry an assortment of backpacks and pillows.
If your children are sleeping in the same cabin in an upper berth, realize to close the berths you have to push a button on the rear clasps. Which means, you need to make sure you understand all the ins and outs of how things work in your room before you embark on your adventure. This will definitely save you time and stress.
It sounds silly but you need to make sure the toilet lid is closed when you flush it because cruise ship toilets are notorious for making horrific noise, and it might scare the younger kids.
Homeschooling and traveling on a cruise ship are two wonderful freedoms in life.
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Schedule Meals with Your Kids
It is always a good idea to make sure your children have a friend with them for learning excursions. Buddy system works well if the group is going from place to place. No one becomes lost or left behind. Volunteer to watch other parents kids as well. Be prepared for the children to stay up for the midnight buffet.
You will want to keep extra cash in the porter’s safe. Each child can place their money in an envelope with their name on it and only carry money that they will use that day.
You should really encourage your children to tip their favorite staff on the ship. You might even want to create a family tipping envelope.
You will have a great time, but try to schedule meals with your children. Most kids want to eat with their friends, but it is good to schedule a standard eating date with your kids. It can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Just make sure you make it happen.
And whatever you do make sure you have a great time with lasting memories.
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