“Especially with babies between the ages of
0 and 2, parents can pretty much travel wherever
they please — as long as they are able to bring
along provisions and keep the routine of an infant
consistent,” Jenss said. “And there are a lot of
hotels and resorts that will cater to little ones.”
Gary Sadler, senior vice president of sales for
Beaches resorts, says that his properties provide a
kids’ club for infants and children through age 12.
Meanwhile, certified nannies are available to care
for infants (ages 0-2), along with toddlers (ages 3-5).
“By including a lot of different activities
and childcare options, Beaches ensures that all
of its guests have the perfect family getaway,”
Small children are often more predictable in
terms of their routines, and they are relatively
easy to carry along on mellow outings. At this age,
health and safety is a concern, and parents will
want to make sure they pick a destination that has
plenty of access to clean water.
Another important consideration for families is
“Optimal room layouts for sleeping are key, and
many families with young children need at least
some sort of kitchenette,” O’Shaughnessy said. “It
can also be helpful to have a separate living space
so parents can put young kids to bed and still have
a place to hang out together.”
Danny Genung, owner of Harr Travel and a
former teacher, says that a cruise is perfect for
“You have all of your food at hand with tons of choices —
many lines will order food specifically for you —
and diapers and wipes can be delivered as well,” he said. “For
families with babies, I recommend larger ships that have
programs and dedicated space for toddlers. Then, once they hit
3 and are potty trained, all of the major lines work well.”
Adolfo Perez, vice president of sales and trade marketing for
Carnival Cruise Line, says ships definitely have more resources
dedicated to little ones. In addition to kids’ clubs for various
ages, the new Carnival Horizon will have the first Dr. Seuss-themed waterpark.
“Everyone loves Dr. Seuss,” Perez said. “And we even
serve green eggs and ham as part of the Green Eggs and Ham
Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends.”
According to our experts, top destinations for this age group
include Italy, Hawaii, the Caribbean, France, Spain and Portugal,
as well as Christmas markets in Germany.
“Destinations with resort infrastructure — where accommo-
dation options are plentiful and there is enough to do without
traveling great distances — are ideal,” O’Shaughnessy said.
This is the sweet spot of family travel: Kids at this age begin to
appreciate travel destinations and experiences. The accommodation setup is still important for a lot of families, but there’s
an increasing focus on activities. This is also a good age for
kids’ clubs. Kids want to learn, but the goal should be to keep
it interactive — don’t plan a museum visit, make it a treasure
hunt. An entertaining tour guide can be a lifesaver for this
age group, too.
“Childcare is so important,” Gray said. “If the kids are having
fun, so are the parents.”
The F TA’s Jenss thinks this is a great age for all-inclusives,
accommodations with a pool and cruises.
Perez says variety is a major benefit to a cruise family
vacation for parents with kids this age.
“The size of our ships provide a huge canvas that allows
us to create unique spaces for kids,” he said. “We offer
spectacular waterparks, outdoor attractions such as basketball
courts, mini-golf, a ropes course and, on Carnival Vista,
the groundbreaking SkyRide bike-ride-in-the-sky aerial
Cruising can be an
ideal option for families
with young kids.