Sailing with kids – In your cabin

The majority of cabins are small and perfectly formed – especially for two people.  But if you start adding more people – the smallest of who need the most space, you might need these pointers to get the most from your home onboard. 

Suitcase sets.  Everyone knows that space in cabins is reasonably limited – the reason its better to take a set of suitcases rather than all the same size is that sets can be put inside each other taking up the footprint of just one case under the bed.  This is really useful if you’ve got pushchairs etc. 

A Pringles lid.  If you’ve got a small child or baby who still has baths – it can be tricky to negotiate the bedtime ritual in a sink. In most cabins, we’ve found the Pringles lid the ideal size to fashion as a plug-blocker for the shower tray.  This means that you can run an inch or two of water in the bottom to allow your baby to sit in it.  Don’t forget some bath toys. 

Magnets. Although they’re usually covered with some kind of covering, cabin walls are metal. Taking some magnets with you will serve you two purposes; they’re great for kids to play with when you’re trying to get stuff done (particularly the letter ones) and you can fasten stuff to the walls with them.

Cabin Doors. Its really unlikely that small children can open cabin doors onto the main corridors, since they’re so heavy.  All cabin doors (like hotels) double lock – meaning the handle has to be pulled right down. 

Balcony Doors. For some parents, balconies can be a real concern with kids.  Some ships have a lock on balcony doors to prevent them from being opened – but most are designed as such that a fair amount of welly is needed to open them – so your kids should be safe.  

Bathroom Doors. You may have noticed that the ease of movement of bathroom doors varies form ship to ship (you may not).  These doors are also metal and for a smaller passenger – it could present a risk.  By twisting the mechanism in the middle of the arm at the top of the door, you can control the ease of movement for the door and reduce the risk of injury. 

Balcony/Cabin Furniture. If the climbing risk with furniture on your balcony is a concern for you, your cabin steward will normally take them away for you.  If you’ve got a smaller cabin and one of those large bucket chairs taking up a lot of room – they’re usually happy to store them elsewhere too.  All you need to do is ask. 

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