When planning a family holiday, a yacht charter is not always the first option that comes to mind. But it is actually the ideal getaway for your entire clan. Chartering a yacht with kids can be an incredible experience that the whole family treasures. Creating wonderful memories together, you can travel through the glorious Whitsundays, an island adventure you’ll never forget.
Not only is a sailing holiday a great value, it’s also an opportunity for your kids to put down their electronics and get into nature. Handling your vessel together is a chance to bond, increase your confidence, and achieve something great as a family. If you’ve never considered cruising with kids, it’s time you gave it a closer look.
Getting Ready to Sail
Kids of all ages can enjoy a sailing holiday, but it is ideal for those who can swim or are already fairly comfortable in and around water. School-age kids really thrive on yacht charter holidays. If possible, take your kids to a marina before the trip, so they can get a better understanding of the adventure to come. They can see how ships generally work and what the holiday will involve. Simply knowing what to expect can help ease any last minute nerves as well.
Onboard safety will be paramount when cruising with kids. You’ll want to go over all rules and procedures to make sure they are well-informed. You can also give them extra protection with life vests and the right gear. Non-slip shoes for on deck, sun visors to shield their eyes, and other gear helps your kids be fully prepared, outfitted in essentially the same items the adults are wearing. This shows the seriousness of sailing and offers additional peace of mind.
Get the Whole Crew Involved
Now the real journey begins. Getting your kids involved in the sailing of the vessel itself is an amazing way to build unforgettable memories. The children can be an integral part of the crew, with important roles to play. You can even assign them appropriate titles such as lieutenant, lookout, and bosun. This only enhances the experience. Kids love to help with a big project, and there’s nothing more exciting than navigating a ship. Allow them to assist where they are comfortable, but be sure to let them take breaks and engage in non-sailing fun. This gives them the chance to unwind and relax.
A Fun, Family-Focused Holiday
The best part of a sailing holiday is that it offers something special for everyone. Romance is to be found in the evenings when the sun sets, the stars come out, and the kids are tucked safely into their berths. During the day, adventure and discovery reign, as you can explore the Whitsundays as a family. Head on shore for some bushwalking or spend your time enjoying the water. The gentle turquoise waves are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, fishing, and other water sports. The Whitsundays alone will be a huge part of the trip. Your kids will love finding secluded inlets, discovering the best spots to see tropical fish, and even “helping” as you moor and anchor.
Queensland Yacht Charters has several optional add-ons which particularly cater to a family sailing trip. Hire kayaks, stand up paddleboards, fishing and diving equipment, and more. These great extras will be a huge hit with the kids.
Isn’t it time you booked your family yacht charter holiday? We’ve got many different vessels which are just perfect for families with children. Hop onboard for the most exciting holiday adventure you’ve ever had, and get ready to be known as the coolest parents around.