Holland Cruises for Kids

Holland Cruises for Kids
Holland America has designed their cruises to be fun for both kids and adults, and it's nearly impossible to travel with them and not be constantly entertained. Holland has cruises that go all over the world and makes stops in beautiful and exotic locations that everyone will love. But kids will have so much fun with Holland's onboard programs, you'll have to drag them off the ship.

Club HAL

Holland Cruises take care to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all kids onboard, and the HAL programs demonstrate that dedication. Children ages three to seven will love the creative and fun activities, like painting, story-telling and games, that their program (called HAL-Kids) has to offer. Kids ages eight to 12 can be a part of the HAL-Tweens program where they will get to participate in more adventurous activities, like scavenger hunts and on-deck sports. Most ships also have a teen lounge, where those between the ages of 13 and 17 can watch movies, play video games and dance.

Accomodations and Dining

All Holland ships offer tons of kid-friendly food options for the hot-dog-loving members of your family, and high chairs, booster seats and baby food are available provided you contact the ship prior to your trip. When it comes to lodging, keep in mind that all rooms aboard a cruise ship are smaller than what you'll find on land, and most rooms aren't designed to be super kid-friendly, instead featuring only single or double beds. Inquire before you board about whether there are any cribs or cots available on your ship.

Culinary Program

For the budding chefs in your family, Holland offers culinary programs geared toward all ages. There is a program for kids ages three to seven and one for kids ages eight and up, although Holland recommends that teenagers join the adult culinary program. These classes are a great chance for kids to keep busy, get messy and feel great about themselves as they learn a new skill.

Baby-Sitting Services

Parents wanting to take in a show or relax at a bar can leave their kids with the on-ship baby-sitting service for only $5 per hour, per child. Although this service sounds great, there are a few stipulations: care is only available from 10 to midnight on most ships, and only potty-trained children three and older are eligible. It may be possible to arrange baby-sitting services at other times; check with the desk on your ship to inquire.

Article Written By Kathryn Walsh

Kathryn Walsh started writing in 2005. Her work has appeared in "The Syracuse Post-Standard" and on various websites. She has over 15 years of experience working with children, two as a preschool teacher. Walsh received a dual Master of Arts in journalism and television and film from Syracuse University. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Rochester.

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