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10 Reasons Why a Cruise is the Perfect Family Babymoon

If you’re pregnant while taking care of older kids, the concept of a “babymoon” might seem silly to you.

Isn’t that something you do before your first baby?

Oh no, my friend. Oh no. I’d argue that you deserve a babymoon more than anyone — and so do your kids. Before your newest baby inevitably shifts the family dynamics, why not get away and enjoy your three-person/four-person/five-person family as it is? One last hurrah before the next baby years!

We’ve already established that a cruise and a pregnant woman make lovely vacation-mates (the food! the spas! the lack of planning!), but it’s also an incredibly convenient option for pregnant women with families to keep entertained.

Here are 10 reasons why you should consider taking a cruise for your family babymoon:

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  • The Splash Academy 1 of 10
    The Splash Academy
    Norwegian has brand new youth programs rolling out now through the end of summer, and their Splash Academy is specifically for kids 6 months to 12 years old (and they're broken up by age group). It's jam-packed with so many activities — like a Cirque de Jour circus school (juggling! tumbling!), arts & crafts workshops, Wii games, surround-sound cinema, etc. — they won't even notice that mom and dad have been lounging at the spa all morning.
  • Entourage 2 of 10
    Entourage
    And if you have much older kids to entertain — say the hard-to-please teens — Norwegian's Entourage program is for kids ages 13 to 17. They'll be distracted with sports, fashion, pool parties — whatever catches their attention that day. In all honesty, you might have a hard time pulling them out of The Teen Center, considering flat-screen TVs, air hockey, and dance music tends to trump family time. There's even a Late Night Fun Zone open until 1 a.m. every night so mom and dad can have some romantic alone time.
  • Family Activities 3 of 10
    Family Activities
    And when you're ready to step away from the pool and create some family memories, there's plenty to do — whether you want water slides (Norwegian has a cool on-board Aqua Park) or family-friendly live entertainment.
  • Pre-Planned Excursions 4 of 10
    Pre-Planned Excursions
    Forget about booking reservations or hunting for the coolest activities. The cruise offers tons of different shore excursions, many of which are family-friendly — like swimming with dolphins and whale watching.
  • …Or Not 5 of 10
    ...Or Not
    Or you can opt out of excursions if pre-planned activities aren't your thing. You're free to freestyle it.
  • Food For Even The Pickiest Eaters 6 of 10
    Food For Even The Pickiest Eaters
    With kid-friendly menus all over the ship — and a range of eating options — there's no way your kids would ever go hungry.
  • No Long Trips Confined To a Seat Belt 7 of 10
    No Long Trips Confined To a Seat Belt
    Is there anything worse than a really long plane ride or car ride with stir-crazy kids — on top of your pregnancy? You'll get from Point A to Point B while sliding down water slides, playing Wii, splashing in pools, napping in beds, etc. Heaven, I tell you!
  • A Short or Long Trip 8 of 10
    A Short or Long Trip
    If you know that your vacation limit is only 3 or 4 days, then book a 3- or 4-day trip. If you want to be away for two weeks, that's an option too. Totally up to you and your family.
  • Family-Friendly Destinations 9 of 10
    Family-Friendly Destinations
    The cruise isn't the only fun part of the trip — there are tons of different destinations to choose from, ranging from Alaska to Bermuda. See all of your destination options.
  • All the Relaxation, None of the Mom Guilt 10 of 10
    All the Relaxation, None of the Mom Guilt
    Complimentary childcare + a range of mommy-needed services = the best of both worlds. You can have your fill of family-making memories while also having date nights and alone time with just you and your baby-to-be. And without any of the vacation-planning hassle?! Sold.

Disclaimer: A big thanks to Norwegian for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion. 

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Read more of Michelle’s writing at Early Mama.

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