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Amazing Last Minute Trips Perfect for Kids

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you should lose all spontaneity. Book one of these last-minute trips with your family and rediscover your sense of adventure.

Go on a Cruise

Cruises are great because they offer an all-inclusive travel experience where everything is taken care of, and there’s always a special last-minute cruise offer available from the major cruise lines. Here are some of our favourites:

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises always have fantastic last-minute deals to destinations like the Caribbean and the Italian Riviera. Their innovative Celebrity Apex vessel boasts spacious cabins with large windows, elegant lighting, and indoor greenery. Dining options abound and Le Petit Chef is a firm family favourite with its high-tech animated dining and dinner on a magic carpet. The Celebrity Apex is considered by many to be the best cruise ship in the world.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean offers some of the most innovative ships in the world with plenty of wow moments. Their Wonder of the Seas vessel is great for families and has a great kids club and some of the most unique and diverse range of activities for the whole family, from rock climbing walls to ice rinks, zip lines, and roller coasters.

They also have world-class entertainment such as Broadway shows, and the on-shore excursions are out of this world. Cabins and staterooms are usually bigger than the ones available on other ships and there’s a huge selection of them to choose from.

Carnival Cruises

Carnival Cruises is a budget-friendly and reliable cruise line that’s great for families. They’ve been doing a lot of things to make their cruise lines a better experience for younger people, from adding the Sky zone, an indoor trampoline park, and even a boat rollercoaster.

Carnival can be described as very laid-back and super casual, with an impressive selection of dining options and flexible dining times. Their ships are good for families and anyone cruising on a budget.

Princess Cruises

Last but not least, Princess Cruises is best for multi-generational groups who enjoy a wide range of activities. Known for glitzy entertainment and impressive dining choices, Princess Cruises pioneered the concept of movies under the stars and their ships are glamorous yet traditional in design. The internet is really good on these ships and the entertainment on board is fantastic with lots of full-length shows, trivia parties, etc.

The cabins are very comfortable and lovely with some of the best beds on any ship. Princess Cruises were also the first to introduce the Ocean Medallion device, a wearable piece of technology that serves as your cruise card to make cruising more personalised and smarter. The device allows you to check in faster, order things and have them delivered direct to you and unlocks features on the app and interactive screens found on the ship.

A Staycation

A staycation is the way to go when looking for last-minute travel deals. That’s because you don’t have to worry about flights and extra travel time, and you can check out on a Sunday and be back at work on time the next day.

A few staycation trip ideas include camping at a nearby National Park, booking a picnic with a local picnic events company, or simply renting a cool Airbnb to free yourself from housework and chores for a few days.

Packing details for your trip

Whether you’re going away for a day or a week, your trip will be made even more amazing if you pack the essentials needed for traveling with your little ones. So, get your packing checklist out and make sure it includes the following:

* Swimsuits
* Sun hats and sunglasses
* Relaxed and casual clothes as well as some pretty yet comfortable dresses for evenings
* Extra pyjamas
* Nappies and tons of spares (should your toddler still be in nappies)
* Toys that your children enjoy playing with
* Colouring books or even I-pads to keep your child busy for hours during cruise dinners
* Flip flops
* Decent pairs of flats (since you are holidaying with children)
* Light sweaters and jerseys for chilly nights onboard
* Extra snacks that your toddler enjoys
* Beach towels
* Extra cutlery in case
* A novel for you and kiddies’ books for your children
* Floaties and swim caps
* Mask for yourself and your children
* Brown bags should one of your kids happen to get seasick
* Beach towels and essential toiletry items
* Wet wipes
* Water-friendly sun lotion and aloe vera gel to apply post-exposure to the sun
* Bug spray