Planning on taking a cruise with the entire family, which means kids and pets too. Well there is no dearth of options anymore for full on entertainment on the cruise. There are a lot of family special cruises available these days that offer you the best of both worlds.
Here Are The Top 7 Family Cruising Options:
Disney Cruise Line
If you are traveling with kids between the ages of 4-11 years then the Disney ships are ideal as they provide you with the best facilities for entertaining and playing, dining schemes and programs. They also have some of the newest ships in the industry like the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. They have included special activities to suit the tweens and teens and really appeals to the younger set.
Norwegian Cruise Line
The ships on offer here include the Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Epic that provide a casual and yet relaxing ambience for the entire family. They have special cruises that caters to kids of all ages, without being constrained by dining timings or venues. They too have some new ships like the Norwegian Epic, which is one of the mega ships around. They have special Norwegian’s Splash Academy to keep kids engaged with different kinds of activities, crafts, games, etc.
Royal Caribbean International
Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas are the two ships operated by Royal Caribbean’s that is ideal for families with kids. These ships provide you with a variety of multigenerational activities. They are a family friendly establishment with 4 swimming pools along with 10 hot tubs, 3D theatre, facilities for rock-climbing wall, river ride, ice-skating and a zip line. Almost the entire area is dedicated to kids, keeping in mind some space for the entertainment of the adults too. There is provision for the entire family to stay together along with a nursery, baby sitting options, etc.
Carnival Cruise Lines
The available ships with this line includes the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Sunshine. This is a dream come true ship that has been refurbished recently. It has plenty of activities to keep the kids engaged along with providing a lot of fun things for the parents too. They cater mostly to tweens and kids. So there’s something here for everyone. There are top-notch activities and clubs that is ideal to keep the kids busy all through the day. With 2 outdoor pools, large at-sea water parks and other related facilities, this one is surely a favourite with kids thanks to colouring and drawing contests.
There are plenty of options available with the Princess cruises you can pick from the classic Royal Princess or try something like the Ruby Princess, Crown Princess and Emerald Princess. But be assured that none of these will disappoint you. There is an array of programs and facilities available on the latest and most recent ship, which would be the Royal Princess, which set sail in 2103. There are extra spaces on board for the kids along with laser tag, big pools, batting cage and also cabanas on the pool side. There is something for different age groups here so unique activities are conducted to keep each group busy. Parents can just chill while the kids are busy trying out new things.
Holland America Line’s Caribbean
If you are looking for something that is a bit more upscale and offers a little more relaxation along with luxury, then the premium Holland America Line is your choice. They offer kids facilities on board along with complete class. They are a concert of the Signature of Excellence initiative, which is a multi million company. They have on offer itineraries to suit different needs. You can choose from the 4 Vista-class vessels along with Club HAL children’s facilities.
This is one of the other cruises that is ideal for the entire family. Basically on this you get the best of Hawaii and America. It is not a very long trip, which makes it fun and yet relaxing without making the kids or you seasick. There is less of hassle of packing or trying to worry about spending long days on ships. Sailing time on the ship is less with more of port time during the 7 day cruise. So the kids get to enjoy both the ship and the port to the max. And all of these activities are actually Kids Only! There are interesting games conducted for different age groups here along with special tours for the kids on the islands. Parents can chose to sit back and relax or head for the adult tour.