Taking the ferry is one of the most exciting ways to travel with young children. Mum of two boys under four, Hayley Spurway shares some top tips for crossing the sea stress-free.
Parents, let’s face it, you might as well shelve expensive, long-haul adventures until your children can remember the experience and not spoil every idyllic moment with raging tantrums. Look closer to home for your travel experiences and you can swap the slog of flying with children for the relative ease of ferry travel: food and facilities on tap, space for restless little feet to roam, the convenience of taking your car on holiday, and no luggage restrictions – so you can pile in toddler paraphernalia galore. There’s no formula for stress-free travel with two rambunctious tots in tow, but heed a little well-earned advice to make ferry crossings as smooth as possible.
Book a cabin
Whether you travel by day or night, if the crossing is more than a couple of hours then a cabin is worth paying extra for. By all means explore the ferry, but having an enclosed space in which the children can play or nap while you put your feet up is invaluable. It also provides a safe place to leave your bags instead of lugging them around in the wake of wild toddlers, and somewhere for time out when your two-year-old is having a meltdown. Most cabins these days are en suite so, as well as the luxury of a private toilet (especially handy for potty-training kids), you’ve got the option of a shower and change of clothes before your onward journey.