Family cruising is becoming one of the most exciting growing segments in the travel industry. When selecting a dream itinerary, it’s important to consider the variety of onboard activities, flexibility, and amenities. We’ve curated a list of the top four family-friendly companies that guarantee a feeling of togetherness long after you’ve left the ship.These magic-makers go beyond all expectations with unique opportunities and innovative ways to spend quality time together. So, plan an immersive trip for a great value and let your pint-sized children, preteens, and young adults mingle while parents and grandparents relax or join in. It’s a vacation the whole crew can enjoy.
Royal Caribbean: Anthem, Harmony, Allure and Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean is bringing Hollywood-style entertainment to the high seas. Enter the lively and energetic world of DreamWorks, where your kids can interact with iconic personalities such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and the penguins of Madagascar. After an exhilarating meet-and-greet with their favorite lovable characters, choose from an expansive list of onboard entertainment that includes RipcordSM by iFLY®, the first sky simulator on any cruise line; NorthStarSM, a jewel-shaped capsule with 360-degree views; SeaPlexSM, with the first bumper cars, roller skating rink, and circus school at sea; Broadway At SeaSM shows; AquaTheater shows; rock-climbing walls; FlowRider® surf simulators; mini-golf; ice skating; and the first-ever carousel at sea. But it’s the attention to detail that really impresses passengers. Royal Caribbean has anticipated your needs. Their onboard youth programs feature age-appropriate curriculum, exciting nightlife entertainment, and early dining options for children (ages 3-11). The Adventure Ocean® staff is on standby waiting to pick up your little ones so that mom and dad can have a night out on the ship. Be the captain of your own journey, and make family memories that will last a lifetime.
Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Escape, Breakaway, Getaway and Epic
Norwegian Cruise Line has raised the bar on multi-generational activities and fun. Known for their first-class onboard aqua park, the whole group can choose from a variety of water slides, games, and more. Ride the “Free Fall” for heart-pounding excitement, or challenge each other on the tandem slides. But don’t worry, everyone in the crew can enjoy these activities. Head to the family slide, where even the youngest splasher can join in on all the fun. When your children are having a great time, so are you; and the casual environment onboard is perfect for families craving freedom and flexibility. “Freestyle dining” makes it easy to appease all palettes by giving you control over where and when you eat. If anyone knows what you guys like, it’s you.
Elevate your children’s travel experience in the “Reimagined Youth & Teen Clubs” onboard Princess Cruises. They have partnered with Discovery Communications™ for a mind-expanding youth program that will have even your most timid child bustling with wonderment. Teens can chill in the teen-only hang-outs spots, like “The Beach House” or socialize with their new friends at the “Rock the Boat Party.” Dance classes and friendly competitions give young adolescents a chance to work off that good energy and make new connections. There are also plenty of opportunities for family bonding, with outdoor movies under the stars, entertaining production shows, opportunities to star gaze with Discovery at Sea™, and boisterous themed carnivals in the Piazza featuring face painting, balloon animals, magicians, and more! The Mini-Suites and Family Suites feature interconnecting staterooms that are perfect for lodging together and enjoying the view. But perhaps the most valued amenity onboard is the “Late-Night Group Kidsitting” that takes place from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am, giving mom and dad a worry-free night.
Holland America Line
Over 25,000 children and their families cruise on Holland America Line’s fleet of ships each year. As a cruise line that’s known for elegant sophistication, you may be wondering if your children will be entertained. They will, with special group pricing, kids and teen facilities and activities, kid-friendly dining, and babysitting services. Their all-star staff makes it a point to remember kids’ food preferences, while parents get to enjoy the Michelin-star quality menu. The onboard activities include swimming pools, shuffle boards, and basketball courts, while the nightly Las Vegas-style shows add a little glitz and glam to family time. But what really make Holland America cruises stand out are the staterooms that features a partition between sleeping spaces, perfect for different bedtimes.
When choosing a cruise that everyone will enjoy, consider these exciting, and family friendly cruise lines. They will have you sailing into a state of relaxation with your kids right by your side, or on the other side of the cruise if you’d like!