Families who want to vacation on a luxury charter yacht with kids have completely different needs and concerns as opposed to couples who show up for a relaxing cruise holiday for two. Knowing these needs and finding the right yacht charter company to meet your requirements can be the difference between having a good and an exhilarating holiday. Here are five tips to make your family yachting holidays enjoyable and unforgettable.
1. Choose Twin Beds Over Double Beds
Children are generally more comfortable in a bed of their own as opposed to a double, or king-sized bed. It goes without saying that a comfortable kid is a well-behaved kid! Make sure your luxury yacht charter company has the option of a double; some larger yachts offer nanny cabins if you’re travelling with a baby or a toddler.
2. Take a Look at Kids Entertainment On The Yacht
It’s important to remember that this is not just a holiday for you – but for the whole family. Children need constant stimulation to fight off the boredom blues, so with that being said you’re best off making sure that there are things to keep them occupied such as child-sized water skis and wakeboards.
3. Safety Nets and Gates
Safety is always the number one concern for parents when considering their children’s wellbeing, and in this situation it’s absolutely paramount. Sometimes being a parent we feel that we need eyes on the back of our head in order to know what our children are getting up to, on your vacation you want to be able to relax whilst at the same time knowing your little ones are free from any impending danger.
Ask your yacht charter brokers if they have firm childproof safety nets and gates installed on a yacht to prevent your child from falling off. Various security items, such as locks, gates, netting or surveillance equipment can easily be installed upon request. Crew can also move furniture to create safe play spaces.
4. Have your Charter Brokerage Create a Child-Friendly Itinerary
The toys and on-yacht entertainment can soon wear off when it seems to your children that you are hogging all of the fun when your yacht shows up to destinations. Check with your charter company that child-friendly destinations have been added to the itinerary.
Family-friendly destinations usually have amusement parks, water parks, and child-friendly beaches.
5. Pick a Yacht with the Right Crew
It’s important to understand that all charter yachts come in many different shapes and sizes and cater to a particular type of person. When heading on on family yachting holidays, speak with your yacht charter broker about choosing a yacht, where crew are motivated about engaging with children.
Some staff members have nanny qualifications (although you should remember that this doesn’t mean they’ll be a full-time nannies), and many have an array of fun children’s games up their