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Alaska Cruise Destinations and Cruisetours

See the Great Land’s glaciers, wildlife, and national parks.

Caribbean Cruise Destinations

Walk along sun-kissed beaches in a laid-back style.

European Cruise Destinations

Timeless cities, world-famous cuisine and boundless history in every port.

Australia & New Zealand Cruise Destinations

The Great Barrier Reef, stunning coastlines and relaxed charm are calling.

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Cruise activities for the whole family.

Princess makes sure there are a variety of family friendly cruise activities so you have plenty of ways to spend quality time together

Adventures every member of the family will enjoy

Unique and immersive travel experiences, including more time in more ports, Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ shore excursions, and award-winning onboard programs, have earned Princess the distinction of "Best Cruise Line for Multi-Generational Family Travel" in the  Porthole Cruise Magazine 2018 Readers' Choice Awards.  Get more out of your family cruise vacation when you sail with Princess.

Princess MedallionClass® For Family Cruises

Get more from family time with the MedallionClass experience on all ships. Easy embarkation and customizing dining preferences, including pace, means fewer meltdowns and smoother family cruising. Interactive games and the fast, reliable MedallionNet® Wi-Fi keep the gang entertained. And you’ll always be able to find the kids (or the adults!) anywhere on board. Connect with what matters most – each other – on your Princess MedallionClass cruise.

Get in the family zone

New on the Caribbean Princess® family cruise ship, the Reef Family Splash Zone is the perfect place to relax, have fun and enjoy the water. An interactive splash pad with giant whale feature will entertain kids of all ages with showers, sprays and a water jet from the whale's spout! Oversized backyard games in the all-ages game zone set the stage for some good natured family competition. Celebrate after with playful mocktails for the kids and refreshing cocktails for the parents at our kid-friendly bar area. When you need a break from the sun, head to the comfy loungers and sheltered shade canopies. All Princess family cruises create a lifetime of unrivaled experiences and unforgettable memories.

Discovery™, Discovery Family™ & Animal Planet™ shore excursions

Welcome to enriching, immersive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences your whole family will never forget — especially on unique Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ Exclusive Tours that can't be booked independently, and are available only through Princess Cruises.

Voyage to the stars

Princess enables everyone in the family to find their place among the stars. With top-deck stargazing, an indoor planetarium with real-time views of planets, stars and galaxies, Camp Discovery activities, expert insights through Encounters with Discovery at SEA, engaging stateroom content and more, there are many unique experiences for every family to enjoy.

Meet Stanley

Make friends with the cuddliest bear at sea. Interact with Stanley throughout the voyage — at photo ops, story time, bear games, and crafts! You can even get your own Stanley exclusively on board and bring him home as a reminder of your special journey. And don’t forget to share your adventures on social media with #StanleyAtSea.

Immersive Princess entertainment

The thrill of being part of a live-theater audience is something family members will relive for years. And Princess-exclusive, Broadway-caliber stage shows from award-winning composer Steven Schwartz are a dazzling way to bring everyone together. You'll also find plenty of opportunities for audience participation with  The Voice of the Ocean  musical competition, the  High Seas Heist  mystery challenge and  Can You Survive?  game show.

So many fresh ways to dine together

Eat dinner every night as a family and try new regional foods together. Satisfy everyone's personal tastes with a delicious variety of casual dining options, special kids' menus in the Main Dining Room, and the ability to cater to individual dietary preferences upon request. Princess does the cooking and cleaning so you can spend more time focusing on what matters most.

Family cruise celebration vacations

The heart of a celebration is spending time with those you love. But what if one person you love is 17, and the other is 71? It’s hard to pick an activity that appeals to everyone. A Princess family cruise is a perfect chance to celebrate together while enjoying the hundreds of amazing activities taking place on Princess ships from morning to night.

Family-friendly cruise lodging

Princess makes it easy to sail together in comfort. ‭In addition to comfortable Mini-Suites and spacious Suites, ‭larger groups can ‭opt for a Family ‭Suite which includes ‭two interconnecting ‭staterooms and ‭sleeps up to eight on select ships.

Explorers Come in All Ages. And Princess Inspires Their Imaginations

Uniquely themed centers host engaging activities specially designed to help them play, huddle, create and discover. Exciting classes, activities, and events designed for different ages make for an amazing cruise for kids.

Exciting youth & teen clubs

In partnership with Discovery™, Princess has developed engaging new youth programming and wonder-filled centers designed for our youngest guests.

  • Places for young explorers to learn about the world and discover new interests.
  • Invitations to meet new friends and enjoy memorable experiences while sailing.

Kids Cruise Activities — Ages 6 Months - 2 Years

Making our youngest voyagers feel right at home.

Princess welcomes babies, toddlers and preschoolers to the world of cruising with services and amenities that make life easier for their families as well. These young guests are welcome in Camp Discovery when accompanied by a parent. Mini-Suites and Full Suites offer full-sized bath tubs, and wash bins for showers are available. Staterooms with balconies are perfect for naptime. You can request high chairs, booster seats and cribs. We also provide complimentary jarred baby food. And fresh, pureed foods (fruits, veggies and rice) are available in the main dining room, specialty restaurants, and Horizon Court or World Fresh Marketplace.

Kids Cruise Activities — Ages 3-12

The treehouse — ages 3-7.

This bright, whimsical, forest-themed center for children features hands-on activities and programs surrounded by captivating creatures.

The Lodge — Ages 8-12

Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy center is filled with sports activities and comfortable places for kids to explore, hang out and lounge.

Sports, games, physical activities

  • Scavenger hunts, group games, basketball tournaments, ping pong competitions, dodgeball, skeeball, dance parties and more!
  • Try your skills on PlayStation®, Nintendo Wii™, and XBOX Kinect consoles, board games, air hockey and ping-pong.
  • Join dance classes and engage in friendly competitions.
  • Enjoy sports including basketball, mini golf, yoga and miniature Olympics.

Places, Animals, Science

  • Mythbusters Jawsome Sharks program: Try hands-on challenges, featuring Tori Belleci from the show.
  • Animal Planet™ uncovers ferocious secrets in  Shark Attack , and learn squid anatomy in  Just Squiddin’ Around .
  • Learn the science of magic or become an engineer for a day with programs from the  California Science Center , home of the  Endeavour  space shuttle.
  • Inspire a love of nature from the regions we sail with Animal Planet Endangered Species and Glacier Bay Jr. Ranger programs.

Fun interactions with peers

  • NEW!  Rhythm of the Caribbean : Caribbean music, dance, trivia and crafts light up the night for the whole family.
  • Wild Alaska Festival : Celebrate Alaskan nature at this family theme night.
  • Discovery at Sea™ theme days with activities inspired by  Shark Week  and Animal Planet.
  • Talent Shows showcase singing, dancing, musical skill, and jokes.
  • Theme Nights include Pirate, Mexican Fiesta and competitive Challenge themes.

Arts, crafts, inventions

  • Compete: Join the Klutz® paper airplane challenge or Lego boat-building contest.
  • JrCHEF@Sea: Learn cake decorating and enjoy the results with your family.
  • Make Animal Planet puppets, masks and paintings inspired by regional wildlife.
  • Klutz® Art Projects: Craft bracelets, velvet art, jewelry and more.

Teens Cruise Activities — Ages 13-17

The beach house — ages 13-17.

This contemporary beach-themed lounge is "the" place for teens to hang out, socialize and connect.

You won't want to miss our  Rock the Boat Party . It’s the occasion to dress up, stroll down the red carpet and flash your VIP badge, then enjoy an evening of mocktails, awards and celebrating with your friends.


Give your skills a workout in our video game tournaments. Play to win in air hockey, foosball and ping-pong. Or compete in outdoor sporting activities like dodgeball and basketball tournaments.

Dance classes

Perfect your moves with guidance from one of our crew dancers, then show what you’ve got at dance competitions and parties.

Movies & more

Get your scream on at  Scary Movie Night , or catch some recent hits at  Late Night Movies . Or cast yourself in a whole new light with teen makeovers and glitter tattoos.

Youth & Teen Program Registration

Registration Form with Youth Guidelines & Safety Measures (PDF)  or  Register Online

Registration Form with Teen Guidelines & Safety Measures (PDF)  or  Register Online

Please note:  During voyages with a high number of families onboard, we will make all efforts to accommodate interested parties. However, participation in our program cannot be guaranteed. Hours of operation may change to better serve our guests.

Hours of Operation:  Sea days 9:00am to 12:00 pm | 1:00pm - 5:00pm | 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Port Days 8:00am - 5:00pm | 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Depending on the itinerary, port hours may be expanded. Check the schedule once onboard. The program is complimentary during port days and advanced bookings are not required.

Kids and Youth center facilities vary across Princess cruise ships.

Parents Night Out

Where kids can play while you're away.

Family cruises are all about connection, but “you time” is still an important part of your vacation experience. Rest assured, whether you've planned a day of exploring or a romantic night out, the group kidsitting at our Youth Centers offers your children between the ages of 3 and 12 plenty to look forward to. It's the perfect place for them to relax or play games with their friends. And the charge is just $5.00 USD per hour per child.

Dinner events exclusively for kids

Children and adults alike get the chance to enjoy dinner on their own with a variety of opportunities for kids to eat with their friends and Princess Youth Staff. They'll find kids-only dinners on select evenings, a teens-only dinner on a formal night in an exclusively reserved section of the dining room, as well as ice cream and pizza parties held throughout the voyage. Please be sure the Youth Staff members know about any food allergies your child may have.

Cruise Activities for Young Adults — Ages 18-20

Imagine a secret society. Only those invited can join. Guests ages 18-20 will learn the secret handshake and be granted a special code word to unlock an exclusive list of Club1820 events made just for them. No parents, no little siblings, no official hosts.

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7 Best Cruise Lines for Families (and Their 12 Most Kid-Friendly Ships)

By: Author Elizabeth Ciobanu

Posted on Published: 07/18/2023  - Last updated: 07/20/2023

Traveling to new places is always a thrill, but it can come with some challenges. For example, which side of the road are you supposed to drive on ?

cruise ship for family of 6

Cruises simplify the bulk of your vacation planning and transportation, as everything you need is in one convenient package.

A family cruise line will keep your children entertained day and night. I’ve rounded up seven of my favorites, which I’ll share in the first part of this guide.

Then I’ll recommend the most kid-friendly cruise ships for booking your next vacation.

The 7 Best Family-Friendly Cruise Lines

1. disney cruise line.

Discover how enchanting life at sea can be on a Disney Cruise Line.

Entertainment of all kinds awaits you. If you want to splash and play on your family vacation, you can ride the AquaDunk or AquaDuck water coasters, romp in Donald’s Pool or Goofy’s Pool, or enjoy the sparkling pool at Mickey’s AquaLab.

Pools are also divided for guests of varying ages, such as the Quiet Cove Pool for guests 18 and older, splash pads for kids three and under, and Satellite Falls for adults.

Live performances and musicals give each night a magical feel, while karaoke, trivia, and Disney character meet and greets ensure every minute aboard is exciting.

There are even kids’ clubs to give parents a break to enjoy nightclubs, fitness facilities, or the adults-only pool.

Your cruise will stop at Castaway Cay if visiting a Caribbean or Bahamian island. This island is exclusively for cruise line guests. Your day at Castaway Cay will include food and refreshments, beach access, pools and water slides, trails, and yoga classes.

Oh, and there’s all-you-can-eat ice cream, which will delight children of all ages.

The family-centric staterooms offer television with in-room movies, a fridge, plenty of storage, and split bathrooms so the family can maintain its privacy.

Disney Cruise Lines can take you across the Transatlantic, South Pacific, Panama Canal, Pacific Coast, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, the Caribbean, Canada, Bermuda, Alaska, and the Bahamas.

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2. Norwegian Cruise Line

Take the family vacation of a lifetime on the Norwegian Cruise Line.

Its Freestyle Cruising allows you to plan your vacation just the way you like it. Enjoy long-running, Tony Award-nominated musicals or top-notch concerts.

Family fun awaits at every turn, such as arcades, pinball, water slides and pools, rock-climbing walls, mini golf, and plenty of other organized sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, and bowling.

The ThrillPlex offers activities that will make your kids smile from ear to ear. How does a rousing game of family laser tag sound? Or maybe you want to climb a ropes course or race on a track to see who’s the fastest? The ThrillPlex has all that and more.

Eat well no matter the cuisine you and the family crave, from simple burgers to Brazilian steakhouses, Japanese food, seafood, or global cuisine. Some establishments offer buffet-style dining, and others are open 24 hours so you can always fill your belly.

The sizable suites and staterooms are family-friendly and accommodate larger groups of up to eight. Your room includes concierge and butler service, large rooms for privacy, and a balcony you’ll love to look out from.

Norwegian Cruise Lines visit Asia, New England, Florida, Alaska, the Bahamas, Canada, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Europe, and Hawaii. You can also take special cruise tours or music-themed cruises.

3. Royal Caribbean International

Experience the world’s wonders on a Royal Caribbean International cruise line.

You won’t want for much, as the various ships under the Royal Caribbean umbrella promise fun and excitement from the moment you step onto the ship until you disembark.

You can take dance classes, check out a virtual concert, strategize to get out of an escape room, and eat to your heart’s (and stomach’s) content.

The youth programs feature an Imagination Studio for kids to explore and express their creative sides. Older kids can become junior scientists at the Adventure Science Lab, while the Teen Lounge keeps similarly-aged kids entertained.

Activities like story time, theater, art, and science will enchant the young’uns, who you will definitely want to bring, as kids sail free.

Cruise the world on a Royal Caribbean ship, including the Bahamas, Alaska, New England, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, the Transpacific, Transatlantic, South Pacific, or Pacific Northwest.

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4. Carnival Cruise Line

It’s time to get away on a Carnival Cruise Line.

This vacation experience can be anything you want, from relaxing and rejuvenating (with adult-only retreats and spas) to exciting with breathtakingly tall water slides, Family Feud Live, and the SkyRide overlooking the ocean.

The kids can hop around and burn off energy at the bungee Sky Zone, make a new friend at the Build-A-Bear Workshop at Sea, play mini golf, spend the day at the arcade, or compete in a friendly game of basketball.

Camp Ocean keeps kids between 2 and 11 years old busy, and Circle “C” is for older kids between 12 and 14.

Of course, with a ropes course, IMAX theaters, and a space program for kids 2 to 11, there’s always something for families to do together.

A stateroom or suite can accommodate your entire brood, whether there are only a few of you or a larger group. The rooms have an extra bathroom, a TV, and climate control.

Some rooms even connect so your kids can feel independent while you keep a watchful eye over them.

A Carnival Cruise Line vacation can take you across Greenland, the Panama Canal, Asia, the South Pacific, the Transatlantic, New Guinea, the South Pacific, New Zealand, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, New England, the Bahamas, Canada, Alaska, Europe, the Transpacific, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.

5. Princess Cruises

Perhaps a vacation on a Princess Cruise Line is what your family needs.

Onboard activities for all tastes are available. Princess and Discovery have an immersive, unique Discovery at SEA Enrichment Program that lets you see this planet and its inhabitants in engaging ways.

The Festivals of the World Program will introduce your family (especially the kiddos) to new cultures as they celebrate Mexican fiestas, Carnaval de Panama, Celtic Festival, and more.

Take a dip in a pool, chill out in a hot tub, play every sport imaginable (from shuffleboard to mini golf), and catch a tan at the Reef Family Splash Zone, a mini water park with games, pools, and water features.

So where would you and the family like to go?

You can take a short excursion that lasts between three and six days or visit such parts of the world as the South Pacific, Panama Canal, Europe, Tahiti, Asia, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, New England, Antarctica, Japan, South America, Canada, New Zealand, the Pacific Coast, Australia, and California.

World cruises are also available. 

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6. MSC Cruises

Immerse yourself in coastal wonder on an MSC Cruise.

You and your family will find it exceptionally easy to plan your itinerary both day and night. How does a family disco sound after dark, or a family game show that includes selfie, music, and dance challenges?

That’s only scratching the surface! The 4D cinema experience makes you feel like you’re racing on a freeway or experiencing other immersive scenes without leaving your seat. The Robotron is a thrilling amusement ride, and the Flight Simulator lets you take to the skies while still safely on the ship.

The kids can also play at the arcade, practice driving in the F1 simulator, or play some sports. Live entertainment abounds, with options for just the adults or the entire family.

The family-friendly staterooms include buffet access and a discounted drink package so you can feed the family for less.

An MSC Cruise will take you across New England, Asia, South Africa, South America, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Canada, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.

7. Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises are catered to families, with excursions, programs, and activities for kids and adults. They even offer autism-friendly activities, which are highly inclusive.

Imagine the look on your children’s faces when swimming with dolphins, exploring inactive volcanoes on foot, or seeing an exotic country from thousands of feet up in a plane! Celebrity Cruises makes it possible.

The kids and teen programs include Camp at Sea for kids between 3 and 12. Participants have themed parties, play sports, do arts and crafts, and engage in treasure hunts.

The Teen Club offers culinary classes, parties, and video game competitions.

The Retreat is the most family-friendly lodging option, as it includes more than 2,500 square feet of lounge space, an ample veranda, and a private sundeck.

Celebrity Cruises stop at more than 300 cruise ports, including Africa, New Zealand, Alaska, New England, Galapagos, the Caribbean, Europe, Bermuda, Asia, the Mediterranean, the Panama Canal, the Transatlantic, Mexico, the Pacific Coastal, South America, and the Transpacific.

The 12 Most Kid-Friendly Ships

You have some great ideas for where to book your next family cruise, but now the question is which ship specifically is right for your group?

I’m here to help you make this all-important choice by reviewing 12 of the best cruise ships for kids.

1. Disney Dream

Disney magic comes to life on the Disney Dream, an enchanting cruise experience.

The warm, opulent common areas add extravagance to your vacation, while kid-friendly activities and amenities will keep the young ones entertained.

Treat them to Vanellope’s Sweets, a candy shop with walls of candy as far as the eye can see. Disney entertainment comes to the big stages as only this brand can, with costumed characters singing, dancing, and entertaining guests all day or evening.

The staterooms have portholes that allow the kids to glance out at the ocean whenever they wish, and with family-centric amenities at every turn, you might not want to disembark!

2. Wonder of the Seas

The Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas embarks from Cape Canaveral and island hops the entire cruise, including a stop at Perfect Day at Coco Cay, the Royal Caribbean’s own private island only for cruise guests.

Kids will fall in love with the Wonder Playscape, which offers puzzles, games, climbing walls, and slides. Pool decks throughout will let you take a much-needed load off.

Perhaps you and the family are brave enough to try the 10-story Ultimate Abyss water slide!

Some staterooms overlook the majesty of the sea, and others have a virtual balcony. All rooms include Wi-Fi, spa features, and room service.

3. Disney Magic

You have so many ways to experience the wonder of a Disney Cruise Line vacation, including the Disney Magic.

This inviting ship is the home of D Lounge, the family-friendly hangout zone with dance parties, games, and hours upon hours of fun.

The kids can manage the Avengers during the Avenger’s Academy ride, visit the Mickey Mouse Club, receive a makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (knights for boys and princesses for girls), or ride dizzying, spiraling water slides.

The nautical-themed staterooms are cozy and spacious for families, and split bathrooms, portholes, and private verandas also set the mood.

4. Symphony of the Seas

Calling itself “The Sound of Wonder,” the Symphony of the Seas through the Royal Caribbean is new and improved for families.

Hit up Sugar Beach and buy some candy, ride three water slides in one on The Perfect Storm, or learn to hang ten on the FlowRider. You’ll spend the days in the most fun ways possible.

Wonderland has whimsical food the kids will go gaga over. There are cocktails for the parents that are just as inspired.

Snuggle up to the Ultimate Family Suite, which boasts a private game room, a hot tub, table tennis facilities, and karaoke.

5. Mardi Gras

Carnival’s Mardi Gras is one of its latest and greatest creations, so you should expect the ultimate in entertainment.

Take a ride on the Bolt sea coaster for some exciting thrills. You can also spend a sunny day at the WaterWorks water park with a dumping bucket and countless water slides, then close out the day by seeing a show. It’s all waiting for you.

The Family Harbor Staterooms in the Family Harbor Lounge is where you need to be. Kids eat free at most restaurants in the lounge, and you can take advantage of entertainment like board games and movies. Babysitting is also available. 

6. MSC Meraviglia

Departing from Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda, set sail for a world of adventure aboard the MSG Meraviglia. This ship sails to New England and Canada and delights the entire voyage.  

Stroll through the 315-foot Galleria Meraviglia promenade, shopping, grabbing a bite to eat, or simply enjoying the beauty of it all.

Dive into the Horizon pool, which is open day and night (although there are dances and parties at night, so maybe visit sans kids).

Your kids will adore the F1 simulators, full-sized bowling alley, sportsplex, and Polar Aquapark with its sloping, looping enclosed slides.

Mini and Juniors Clubs give the kids a safe and fun place to play if you need to drop them off, as the rooms are bright, colorful, and full of toys.

7. Disney Wish

The Disney Cruise Line collection has recently expanded, adding Disney Wish to the ever-growing fleet. This ship has some claims to fame you’ll only find here, such as theatrical Frozen or Avengers -themed dining experiences.

Be one of the first to experience the Disney Unchartered Adventure, an immersive water experience with more than 700 feet of tubes and music, animations, special effects, and lighting. The experience ends by riding down a lazy river, so dress to get wet!

The Hero Zone is another standout the kids should love. They can compete with one another gameshow-style, play on the game floor or playground, and see who’s victorious on the sports court.

8. Carnival Panorama

Set sail to the Transpacific and Mexico on the Carnival Panorama through a Carnival Cruise Line. The 1,055-foot ship that weighs over 133,000 tons will put the whole family in a festive mood.

Laugh until you cry at The Punchliner Comedy Club, which also offers entertainment for adults.

The Carnival Panorama has plenty of Dr. Suess-themed entertainment the young ones will love, such as Dr. Suess Bookville, the Suess-a-palooza Parade, the Suess-a-palooza Story Time, and the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast.

Zumbini is a Zumba class for kids two to five that will have their little bodies moving and grooving. There’s also a Night Owls overnight stay for the children, which is like one big sleepover!

9. Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International invites families to sail away on the Allure of the Seas, an award-winning ship for family entertainment.

Included with your stay are kids and teen programs and access to the H2O Zone Water Park. The park boasts waterfalls, water cannons, pools, and sculptures the kids can climb. Geysers send water high into the sky, splashing down and refreshing your children all afternoon.

Dry off and play table tennis, ride a zipline, partake in an interactive game show, or watch an outdoor movie under the stars in the pool. The projector screen is 220 feet so there isn’t a bad seat in the house!

10. Norwegian Joy

The Norwegian Joy starts in the Mexican Riviera and wraps up its journey at the Panama Canal but alternately travels from Miami to the Caribbean. The ship is nearly 1,100 feet long and weighs more than 160,000 tons, so she’s quite heavy.

Fostering family togetherness on a ship like the Norwegian Joy is simple. You can take the twists and turns behind the wheel of the Joy Speedway, play a heart-thumping game of laser tag, or tee off at mini golf.

There’s so much more here. The Galaxy Pavilion offers a thrilling race-themed dark ride. Get your kicks at the Aqua Park, a water park for tweens and teens. The Norwegian Joy even has a Kids’ Aqua Park for the little ones.

11. Celebrity Equinox

Make your next family vacation something truly special on the Celebrity Equinox through the Celebrity Cruise Line. Deck 15 has all the amenities a family needs.

For instance, you and the kids can learn how to blow glass at the Hot Glass Studio, which is not something you see on every cruise ship.

How about some croquet or bocce on the Lawn Club? The kids’ club will watch your children between three and 12, offering lunch, dinner, and overnight stays if needed, and the ship even offers babysitting services in your cabin.

12. Norwegian Encore

Traverse the world on the Norwegian Encore, traveling from Alaska to Seattle or from the Caribbean to Miami. Adventure calls on the Encore, including many of the fun activities for families featured on other Norwegian cruise ships.

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Cruising has long been a popular way for people to travel, especially for those that are retired. There’s something about getting to enjoy an endless amount of food, drinks, and onboard activities while the ship takes you from one destination to another. It’s surely a tempting way to see the world.

As cruise lines including Carnival and Royal Caribbean continue to introduce show-stopping attractions that kids love, such as roller coasters and laser tag, families are getting more and more into cruising, too.

However, as with any vacation parents and families consider taking with kids, we have to ask: what are the best cruise lines for families?

The answer is, it depends.

Just like when you choose a hotel, families look for certain amenities for a cruise vacation.

Entertaining kids on any vacation is usually top of mind when planning a trip. A kid-friendly cruise line will have entertainment for its youngest sailors . Kids’ and teens’ clubs, pools, and water slides are just a few of the kid-specific amenities that you’ll find on a lot of the cruises on this list.

Higher-end cruise lines like expedition cruises offer robust educational programs for kids as well as adults. A family-friendly cruise might also have a place for the adults to relax such as a spa or adults-only area.

The cabin size matters, too, just as it would at a traditional hotel or resort .

Larger families may prefer a suite over an inside cabin. But either way, the square footage matters — even more so if you’ll spend quite a bit of your time onboard the ship.

And lastly, food might be a factor in deciding what cruise line would be best for your family. Luxury cruise lines such as Regent Seven Seas and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will no doubt have a superb menu, but they may not be expert kid-pleasers like Disney Cruise Line when it comes to food.

Ocean Cay is MSC Cruises' private island in the Bahamas.

There are 3 types of cruises to choose from — ocean, river, and expedition cruises.

Ocean cruises are what most people have in mind when they think of taking a cruise. Most cruise lines have at least a few ocean cruise ships in their portfolio and they most popularly frequent the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Alaska , and Hawaii.

River cruises have traditionally been more popular with older cruisers but are now appealing to the younger crowds as well. River cruises can be found throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Most cruise lines don’t have kid or family programs and some outright don’t allow kids under 18, though Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways have partnered to offer river cruising for families (more on that later).

And finally, expedition cruises take adventure-seekers to curious and far-flung destinations like the Arctic, Antarctica , the Galapagos , and the Amazon. Expedition boats are much smaller than ocean liners, and the offerings on board are usually more tailored to history and education on expedition cruises .

With all of that in mind, here are the best cruise lines for families and kids.

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1. Disney Cruise Line

Mickey and Minnie Onboard Disney Cruise

Destinations :

  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Pacific Coast
  • Panama Canal
  • South Pacific

Number of Ships : 5

Disney Cruise Line is at the top of this list because it does a really fantastic job of catering to every member of the family. It has managed to bring the magic of Disney theme parks to the middle of the ocean — even the fireworks shows.

There are only 5 ships in Disney Cruise Lines’ portfolio, but Disney has plenty of cruise itineraries to choose from. It sails to popular destinations as well as unique places that families might not have considered, such as the Norwegian Fjords .

Sailings feature character experiences just like at the Disney theme parks. You’ll also find live shows, a spa, nightclubs, and lounges. Each ship also has various kids’ clubs for passengers as young as 3 years old (a fee-based nursery is available for kids under 3), as well as pools with waterslides and aqua play areas. Older kids can enjoy a little independence in spaces designed just for them where they can play video games, watch TV, and meet other kids their age.

Dining options aboard Disney cruises include main and casual dining as well as adult-exclusive dining options. There are almost a dozen restaurants, cafes, and snack shops on each ship. Some nod to beloved Disney movie characters, like Lumiere’s on Disney Magic and Tiana’s Place on Disney Wonder.

Within each ship, there are 4 categories of staterooms: Inside, Oceanview, Oceanview with Verandah, and Concierge. Within most categories are family rooms with bunk beds as well as accessible rooms.

Shore excursions include private tours, culinary adventures, and accessible excursions in more than 25 countries. Guests especially love Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay , when cruising select Caribbean itineraries.

2. Royal Caribbean

Icon of the Seas Thrill Island


  • Arabian Gulf and North Africa
  • North America
  • South America

Number of Ships:  27

Royal Caribbean has a whopping 27 cruise ships in its portfolio with another, Utopia of The Seas, scheduled for delivery in 2024.

The cruise line features the world’s largest ships and the tallest water slide at sea . From arcades to roller coasters, there is never any shortage of thrill-seeking activities to find on board any Royal Caribbean cruise.

If you and your family want to make the most of a Royal Caribbean cruise, you’ll want to check out Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class and Amplified ships . These classes of ships feature even more exciting attractions including glow-in-the-dark laser tag and several on-deck pools.

Alternatively, there are places on every Royal Caribbean ship where you can get away from the excitement and relax. In the Solarium, where kids under 16 aren’t allowed, soothing music helps you to decompress while lounging on a daybed or hanging out in a hot tub.

Royal Caribbean also has a private island exclusively for its guests . Coco Cay is located in the Bahamas and features a 13-slide water park as well as the region’s largest wave pools and freshwater pools.

Kids always sail free on Royal Caribbean cruises.

3. Carnival Cruise Line

A woman rides the Skyride on a Carnival Cruise ship.

  • Australia and the Great Barrier Reef
  • Canada and New England
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea

Number of Ships : 24

Carnival Cruise Line has a reputation for being a party cruise line. However, the prices can rarely be beaten, which a lot of family travelers can appreciate.

Similar to Royal Caribbean, Carnival likes to wow its guests with nonstop fun. The onboard attraction Bolt Ultimate Sea Coaster — the first rollercoaster at sea — can be found on 2 of its ships: Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration .

There are 4 standard cabin types on Carnival cruise ships: Interior, Ocean View, Balcony, and Suite. There are also specialty rooms on select ships.

Family Harbor staterooms and suites are located near Family Harbor Lounges and come with a free evening of Night Owls babysitting, among other perks. Cloud 9 Spa staterooms and suites offer Elemis toiletries, spa-branded bathrobes and slippers, and priority spa reservations. And lastly, Havana staterooms and suites are located close to the Havana Bar and Pool. Some suites come with hammock chairs in the outdoor area.

New Orleans native and Food Network star Emeril Lagasse is the newest Chief Culinary Officer for all 24 ships with 3 original restaurants. There are plenty of dining options to choose from across the fleet with cuisines including Italian, Creole, burgers, and teppanyaki.

Onboard activities include Family Feud Live, waterslides, karaoke, and The Punchliner Comedy Club. Most but not all activities are included in the cruise fare. The IMAX theater and a few other attractions incur an additional cost.

Family-friendly excursions and tours include a wildlife safari and beach bonfire on an Alaskan cruise, panoramas and painting in Grand Turk, and a stingray adventure in the Bahamas.

Carnival has a private island that it shares exclusively with Holland America called Half Moon Cay.

4. Norwegian Cruise Line

NCL sports gallery ropes course mini golf


  • Mediterranean

Number of Ships : 19

Norwegian Cruise Line is best known for being the most innovative cruise line . Notably, it has done away with traditional cruise concepts such as inflexible dining schedules and even dress codes.

Among the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet there are 8 different classes of ships of varying capacities and offerings. The class of ship that tends to be most popular with families is the Breakaway Class . The 2 ships in this class, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway , each have a capacity of about 4,000 passengers. Between the 2 of them, they sail all over the world.

What makes this class of ships on Norweigan Cruise Lines so appealing to families is that it feels like a floating resort. These are the second-largest ships in Norwegian’s fleet. Activities on either ship include multiple pools, a waterpark, and even a full-size ropes course.

The stateroom categories aboard both the Norwegian Getaway and the Norwegian Breakaway include Studio, Inside, Oceanview, Balcony, Spa, Club Balcony Suite, and The Haven.  Within those categories are another 30 stateroom types to choose from, including a 2-bedroom family villa . The Haven is an exclusive set of staterooms at the top level of the ship that features a 24-hour butler, concierge service, and sundeck.

In addition to room service, guests aboard Breakaway Class Norwegian Cruise Line ships can enjoy almost 2 dozen restaurants and bars. Not every restaurant is included in your cruise fare. Specialty dining options include seafood restaurant Ocean Blue, Brazilian steakhouse Moderno Churrascaria, and French restaurant Le Bistro.

In addition to excursions that you can book for an additional fee, Norwegian Cruise Line has a private island, Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas.

5. MSC Cruises

Lego Experience on MSC Cruises

  • Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar
  • Northern Europe
  • South Africa

Number of   ships : 19

MSC Cruises is a European-based cruise company with a growing footprint in North America and the Caribbean. It’s known for offering an affordable cruise option without a lot of the fluff of other cruise lines.

Even without a rollercoaster that jets out over the sea, MSC Cruises is still a popular option for family travelers.

For family cruisers in particular, MSC offers family excursions with special pricing for kids, and tours designed to be interactive as well as educational . There are also kids’ clubs aboard their ships in addition to the LEGO Experience on Board, which is a day dedicated to LEGO activities for the whole family.

Select ships feature a fully-immersive virtual reality experience, a movie theater, and an arcade room.

Passengers can expect the typical array of dining options aboard MSC Cruises as well as a special kids’ corner available at the buffet. There’s also a dessert corner and a wellness corner.

There are simply 4 stateroom categories aboard most MSC ships: Interior, Oceanview, Balcony, and MSC Yacht Club. Within the highest category of staterooms, MSC Yacht Club, guests can expect 24-hour butler service, complimentary access to the Thermal Suite in the MSC Aurea Spa, relaxation amenities, and more.

For some families, a megaresort — or in the case here, a mega ship — just isn’t the way you’d like to spend your time on vacation.

There are more upscale and low-key cruise lines that cater to more discerning travel habits while also considering the needs of your youngest family members. In the luxury cruise category, you’ll find expedition and river cruises.

Luxury cruise lines come with a higher financial investment than the cruise lines listed above, but in return, you’ll find more inclusions, often better food, and far fewer onboard guests .

They also admittedly don’t offer as many action-packed attractions on board and some do not cater to especially young children. However, the cruise lines on this list each have unique kids and teens programs that you should be aware of.

Here are the best luxury cruise lines for families.

1. Celebrity Cruises

Camp at Sea on Celebrity Cruises

Number of Ships : 16

Celebrity Cruises features large ships but aims to provide a more high-end experience than you’ll find on cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises. It also does a great job of catering to multi-generational cruisers .

Camp at Sea is Celebrity Cruises’ kids’ club for kids 3 to 17 years old. Camp is open every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is broken into 4 age groups. Activities range from arts and crafts for the youngest age group to video game tournaments, scavenger hunts, and movie nights for older kids.

Family-friendly excursions include cultural tours, water sports, volcano and glacier hikes, and swimming with dolphins.

There are 4 classes of cruise ships offered by Celebrity Cruises: Edge Class (its newest and most innovative), Solstice Class, Millenium Class, and Galapagos Vessels.

Hot Tip: Cruisers say that Celebrity Equinox is the most family-friendly Celebrity ship thanks to 2 kids’ programs only available on this ship as well as over 100 adjoining cabins.

An array of staterooms exist to choose from on Celebrity Cruise ships, including family verandahs that sleep 5. Celebrity Cruise ships also feature staterooms that cater to solo travelers as well, so when traveling with a group, no one has to feel obligated to share a room.

There are a dozen dining options across each ship such as the French restaurant Normandie or the Mediterranean eatery Cyprus Restaurant. Specialty dining options include Le Voyage by Daniel Boulud, Raw on 5 Restaurant serving fresh seafood, and Fine Cut Steakhouse.

2. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection debuts

  • Northern Europe and the Baltic

Number of Ships : 1

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection struggled to set sail when its first yacht was delivered during the height of the pandemic. But Ritz-Carlton hotel loyalists, eager to experience the 5-star hospitality at sea, waited patiently for the first yacht to embark. That finally happened late last year.

Its solo yacht Evrima , which is the Greek word for “discovery,” will be joined by Ilma in 2024.

Guests aboard a Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection vessel can expect the same service they would on land, including the Ritz Kids program. At Ritz Kids, children ages 4 to 12 years old have the opportunity to participate in unique activities based on where they’re traveling . Programming mainly focuses on sustainability, marine life, sailing, and arts and culture.

There’s not an expectation for the yachts to frequently be teeming with children, but the cruise line expects to host more young passengers during summer and holiday school breaks.

The all-suite Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection features ocean views from every room, as well as 6 restaurants and in-suite dining. Guests can enjoy Southeast Asian cuisine from contemporary restaurant Talaat Nam or check out Mediterranean restaurant Mistral.

Ritz-Carlton is a Marriott Bonvoy brand and as such, you can earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points when sailing the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection . You’ll earn 5 points per $1 spent on the price of your cruise and hotel package and 1 Elite Night Credit per night of your sailing. Redemptions start at 180,000 Bonvoy points to save $1,000, followed by 90,000-point increments to save $500. Redeeming points this way is a tough sell, but the earning isn’t too bad, especially paired with a Marriott Bonvoy credit card ..

3. Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad family Alaska

  • Central America
  • French Polynesia
  • Vietnam and Cambodia

Lindblad Expeditions aims to be the premier expedition cruise line. Its National Geographic Global Explorers program offers exclusive and family-friendly programming for kids and teens.

Expedition cruises are all about exploring remote destinations like Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and the Amazon. Expedition passengers can expect expert-led educational tours and excursions, and smaller ships that cater to less than 100 people .

With the National Geographic Global Explorers program, kids and teens get hands-on experience collecting and analyzing samples, learn how to take field notes, and even learn how to take slow-motion and timelapse videos to document their findings. The National Geographic Global Explorers program can be found on cruises to Antarctica, Alaska, Baja California, and Galápagos.

Lindblad Expeditions ships carry as few as 28 guests and at most 148. As such, cabins and suites vary across the company’s fleet of ships. It’s a little difficult to find out on your own which suites would accommodate more than 2 people or if you can get connecting cabins, though they do exist, as well as standard double-occupancy suites. As a tip, the best way to book a Lindblad Expedition cruise with your family may be to work with a travel advisor to ensure that you’re making the right investment.

Expedition cruisers seem to be less concerned about the dining options, however, Lindblad does boast that the dining is delicious and sustainably sourced.

4. Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gaugin cruise Tahiti environment kids program

  • Cook Islands
  • Society Islands

Paul Gauguin Cruises specializes in luxury cruises in Tahiti, Fiji, and the South Pacific. With just 1 cruise ship in its fleet, Paul Gauguin takes cruisers to ports that larger cruise ships can’t access.

The Gauguin has a limited capacity of 330 guests . Featuring a spa, 3 dining venues, and an onboard watersports marina, the ship is mostly informal luxury.

The Moana Explorer Program , in partnership with marine education and conservation foundation “Te mana o te moana,” teaches kids ages 7 to 15 about the wonders of the South Pacific.

Only available on summer and holiday sailings, the free program includes activities such as naturalist-led island and beach excursions, crafts, and science. Other fun ways that kids can spend their time aboard The Gauguin are with treasure hunts, stargazing, and designing their own Polynesian tattoos.

All 3 of the dining venues aboard The Gauguin offer a well-thought-out menu with both formal and informal dining options. La Veranda offers alfresco dining inspired by the destinations the ship sails to, Le Grill serves a buffet breakfast, grilled lunch favorites, salads, and tropical fruits, and L’Etoile is the main dining option and serves a fine dining menu with complimentary wine pairings.

5. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Cap'n Knof welcomes families aboard every Hapa Lloyd Cruise.

  • Middle East
  • Pacific and South Seas

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has been called “the most luxurious cruise line you’ve never heard of” by Cruise Critic and is frequently featured on lists of the best cruises for families.

The cruise line claims to pay the same amount of attention to the children and teenagers onboard as the adults. Cap’n Knof, Hapag-Lloyd’s mascot, welcomes each family on board every sailing and participates in games with guests.

Childcare offers vary across the 5 ships. However, sailors can expect a kids’ club for children as young as 4 years old on Europa and Europa 2, the cruise line’s 2 ocean liners. Activities include language classes, unique children’s excursions designed around the interests of the kids onboard, and even spa treatments for kids as young as 8 years old.

Unfortunately, there is no kids program on the cruise lines’ 3 expedition ships: Hanseatic Nature, Hanseatic Inspiration, and Hanseatic Spirit .

Children 11 years old and younger sail free on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and receive reduced pricing on arrival and departure packages.

6. Adventures by Disney River Cruises

Adventures by Disney Seine Paris

  • Danube River
  • Rhine River
  • Seine River

Number of Ships : 4

In partnership with AmaWaterways, Adventures by Disney River Cruises offer families an opportunity to experience river cruising that caters to them.

AmaWaterways is a leader in luxury river cruising, with destinations that include the Nile River in Egypt and the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia, in addition to its European river cruises.

Adventures by Disney River Cruises feature local experts that tell the story of each location. What makes river cruises most attractive to some travelers is that you can travel slowly through a destination and spend more time learning about where you are . Disney’s river cruises are no exception with cultural immersion part of every day of the itinerary.

Hints of Disney can be found throughout the ship just as on Disney Cruise Line ocean ships. Mouse-shaped treats and Disney-themed karaoke are just a few of the features you’ll find on board.

Stateroom configurations range from inside to suites and can accommodate between 2 and 4 guests. Dining on board varies depending on the ship that’s sailing. This information can be found on the highlights page of each sailing’s itinerary.

Hot Tip: Adults who love Disney but prefer to travel without kids can sail on Adventures by Disney adult-exclusive sailings.

If a family cruise vacation is on your list, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. Whether you prefer nonstop energy and lots of things to do or a more laid-back and low-key vibe with luxury amenities and excursions, there is a cruise line for you and your family.

Thrill seekers and budget-conscious travelers will find a great balance on cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and MSC Cruises. And luxury travelers interested in expeditions and educational cruising with their families will be delighted to cruise with Lindblad Expeditions, Celebrity Cruises, and the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Those interested in river cruising can also bring the kids along on Adventures by Disney River Cruises in Europe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is royal caribbean or carnival more kid-friendly.

Though Royal Caribbean and Carnival cater to families, they differ in several ways. Carnival is more affordable and offers more family-friendly amenities. Royal Caribbean offers a slightly higher-end experience and thrilling, adventure-filled activities and attractions onboard.

What is the highest quality cruise line?

The best cruise lines in the world are ranked each year and categorized by type of ship, not exactly the highest quality. This would depend on the type of cruise you’d like to take. In 2022, Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards ranked Royal Caribbean as the best mega ship and Norwegian Cruise Line as the best large ship. Viking Ocean Cruises and Viking River Cruises won for best medium ship and best ocean ship, respectively. And, lastly, Ponant won for best Expedition cruise.

Are cruises family-friendly?

Whether a cruise is family-friendly depends on the type of cruise you’re taking and with which cruise line. The cruise lines listed above all have special programming for kids and guests of all ages.

What age group cruises most?

According to Cruise Critic, the general age range of cruisers is 30 to 80 years old. You’re not likely to find a cruise line or ship that exclusively caters to 1 age group.

Is it worth taking kids on a cruise?

This depends on what you like to do as a family. The right cruise will offer activities for adults as well as kids to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable trip.

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The best cruise lines for families allow parents and kids to have fun together and apart while taking the stress out of group travel.

Our favorite family ships mix wow-factor activities with attractive kids clubs, plentiful and convenient dining and thoughtful touches like bathtubs and babysitting.

Your family might be happy anywhere there's a beach or pool, but if you want an at-sea family vacation you'll always remember, book a sailing on one of our top five cruise lines for families.

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Disney Cruise Line

cruise ship for family of 6

No one will be surprised that entertainment juggernaut Disney offers an amazing family cruise experience.

Disney Cruise Line ships are known for meet-and-greets with Mickey Mouse and Disney princesses, interactive movie-themed dining experiences and enormous kids clubs and play areas.

What might surprise the uninitiated is how good the line is at taking care of the whole family, not just the Mouse-obsessed little ones.

Disney thinks of all the little things that can help parents have a stress-free trip with kids in tow. From split bathrooms (allowing one family member to take a bath while another uses the toilet) to waiters who will cut up your child's food, Disney Cruise Line takes the pressure off parents.

While other cruise lines limit water play to kids who are toilet trained and drop-off child care to ages 3 and up, Disney caters to all kids with onboard splash areas and nurseries.

It also offers adults-only pool decks and restaurants, a nightlife scene and couples spa treatments to revive exhausted parents who haven't had a date in months.

Teens might roll their eyes at the ever-present Mickeys, but Disney Cruise Line does not ignore its older kid guests. Tweens and teens get their own cool hangouts, Edge and Vibe, with video games, foosball and hip seating areas.

Additionally, first-run movies and Broadway-caliber musicals, waterslides, teen spa treatments and grab-and-go food options (and free room service) keep older kids busy and happy.

Disney Wish and soon-to-debut Disney Treasure feature sports areas for free play and competitions attractive to this age group.

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Royal Caribbean

cruise ship for family of 6

With some of the biggest ships at sea and an amusement park-like private island in the Bahamas, Royal Caribbean is one of the best cruise lines for active families.

Want to try surfing, sky diving, rock climbing, laser tag, go-karts or zip lining? Families don't have to leave the ship to get their adrenaline highs.

Even the sedentary pursuits are high-octane on Royal Caribbean. Broadway musicals, festive parades, water acrobatic performances and ice skating shows wow the crowds on sea days.

Expansive play spaces for kids include separate clubs for teens and tweens, plus drop-off nurseries for babies.

Parents can sneak off to the adults-only solarium or thermal suite while the kids live it up at cruise camp.

After a hard day of play, worn-out families can refuel at a variety of restaurants, including burger and milkshake mecca Johnny Rockets, Italian and Mexican eateries and an all-day buffet.

Family cabins and connecting staterooms give larger families their needed space. The Ultimate Family Suite on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, Spectrum of the Seas and Wonder of the Seas can sleep eight, but parents and kids alike might be tempted to stay up late playing air hockey, scrambling up the climbing wall, soaking in the private outdoor hot tub or watching the giant TV.

When Icon of the Seas debuts in 2024, the new megaship will offer an entire section of the ship devoted to family-friendly accommodations and an outdoor dining-and-play space targeted at parents with young children.

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Carnival Cruise Line

cruise ship for family of 6

Practicalities first: Carnival Cruise Line is an affordable and convenient cruise line for families who don't live the jet-set lifestyle. With home ports all around the U.S., Carnival puts its ships within driving distance of many Americans.

A variety of short-cruise destinations, affordable-yet-spacious inside cabins (they can sleep four) and lots of onboard attractions and restaurants included in the fares combine to make it one of the best-value cruise lines afloat.

Carnival doesn't dub its fleet the Fun Ships for nothing. The whole family will have a blast on board, whether you like getting down to live music, busting a gut at family-friendly comedy shows, getting soaked at an onboard water park or eating green eggs and ham with Dr. Seuss characters.

The cruise line also embraces simple pleasures like free-flowing soft-serve ice cream and pizza and a day spent lounging by the pool.

Families don't need to pull out their wallets to feed ravenous teens or sugar-fueled children. Guy Fieri burgers and barbecue, burritos for breakfast and lunch and Shaquille O'Neal's fried chicken are all included in your cruise fares. No one's going to make you dress up for dinner, either.

Carnival ships have plenty of cabins that can sleep four or five passengers, but its newest ships truly treat families right. Book a Family Harbor cabin or suite and get access to a family lounge stocked with all the essentials — snacks and coffee, games, Wi-Fi, movies and a concierge to make bookings so mom and dad can spend more time playing with the kids.

MSC Cruises

cruise ship for family of 6

The underdog on our list, MSC Cruises might not be a household name yet, but any cruise line that has a partnership with Lego should be on every family's radar.

As the Mediterranean line grows its U.S.-based fleet, it is staying attuned to the needs of traveling families.

Case in point: Larger family groups don't have to cram into one cabin or be scattered across the ship. Instead, they can select from a variety of connecting cabins that can accommodate up to 10 people.

Families keen on rooming together can take advantage of frequent "kids sail free" fares and pay only the taxes and fees for children under 18 who are the third and fourth passengers in a cabin.

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Speaking of kids clubs, MSC's ships offer play spaces for babies, kids, tweens and teens. Its ships not only offer a drop-off Baby Club with educational toys by Chicco but also a special baby laundry service to take care of that pile of dirty onesies.

Kids club activities go beyond arts and crafts and video games to include cooking events, sports competitions and hi-tech interactive games. Teens can sing karaoke, dance at the onboard disco and attend themed parties with their new friends.

Outside of the kids club, families can race in a Formula One simulator, experience virtual reality, get soaked in a water park or brave their fear of heights on a suspension bridge.

One of the line's newest ships, MSC Seascape, features Robotron, a three-seat robotic amusement ride that's a hit with thrill-seeking families.

Norwegian Cruise Line

cruise ship for family of 6

Norwegian Cruise Line is all about giving cruisers options to create different versions of the perfect cruise vacation, all within the same ship.

The flexibility and choice make it one of the best cruise lines for families, especially those who need to satisfy diverse interests or get bored with the same activities day after day.

Kids clubs and adults-only sun decks allow for age-appropriate fun time apart, but Norwegian wants families to have fun together. Teaming up for laser tag, mastering a ropes course, singing along to a Broadway musical or live concert or screaming down a waterslide are guaranteed to create those unbreakable family bonds.

Norwegian's flexible dining system and a plethora of onboard eateries let families plan meals to suit their schedules and tastes.

Also, free kids meals at extra-charge restaurants mean parents can sample Brazilian, Japanese , French or seafood dishes while the littles gobble up pasta and chicken fingers. Casual all-day options suit fussy eaters who need unfussy dining areas.

The cruise line also gets a shoutout for its family-friendly Hawaii itineraries. The only big-ship cruise line that sails weeklong itineraries round trip from Honolulu, Norwegian provides an easy way for families to visit multiple islands.

Beach time, boat rides, water sports, luaus and volcano tours combine for an epic family trip, with the ship taking the stress out of meals and transportation.

Bottom line

Families can have a great time on any cruise line, hanging out by the pool, visiting exciting new destinations and simply spending time together. But if you're looking for a ship that really caters to kids and their adult companions, you'll want to book a vacation on one of these five best cruise lines for families.

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Booking a cruise for a family of 6 can be an exciting and memorable experience. Whether you’re planning a family reunion, celebrating a special occasion, or simply looking to spend quality time together, a cruise offers something for everyone. From endless onboard activities to exploring exotic destinations, a cruise provides a hassle-free vacation option that caters to the needs and preferences of all family members.

However, with so many cruise options available, it can be overwhelming to navigate through the choices and find the right fit for your family. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you book the perfect cruise for your family of 6. From selecting the right cruise line to planning excursions and activities, we’ll walk you through the entire process step by step.

Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or a first-timer, taking the time to plan and research will ensure a smooth and enjoyable vacation for your family. By considering factors such as the cruise line, ship amenities, itinerary, cabin options, and family-friendly activities, you can make informed decisions that will cater to the unique needs and interests of your family members, both young and old.

So, let’s embark on this journey together and discover how to book a cruise that will create lasting memories for your family of 6.

Step 1: Choosing the Right Cruise Line

Choosing the right cruise line is the first and most important step in booking a cruise for your family of 6. Each cruise line has its own unique atmosphere, amenities, and target audience, so it’s essential to find one that aligns with your family’s interests and preferences.

Start by researching different cruise lines and reading reviews to get a sense of their reputation and offerings. Consider factors such as the onboard activities, dining options, entertainment, and overall ambiance. Some cruise lines cater more towards families with young children, while others focus on providing a luxury experience or catering to specific interests like adventure or culture.

Additionally, consider the size and layout of the ships. Larger ships may have more amenities and entertainment options, while smaller ships may offer a more intimate and personalized experience. Depending on your family’s preferences, you can choose a ship that provides the right balance of activities and relaxation.

Another crucial consideration is the destinations and itineraries offered by the cruise line. Decide whether you want to explore tropical beaches, historical sites, or bustling cities. Some cruise lines specialize in certain regions, so make sure to choose one that offers itineraries that align with your family’s interests.

Lastly, take into account the cruise line’s policies and services for families. Are there dedicated kids’ clubs and activities for children of different age groups? Can the cruise line accommodate dietary restrictions or special needs? These are important factors to consider to ensure that all members of your family are comfortable and well-catered to during the cruise.

By doing thorough research and considering these factors, you’ll be able to narrow down your options and find the cruise line that offers the best experience for your family of 6. Once you have chosen the right cruise line, you can move on to the next step in the booking process: selecting the right ship.

Step 2: Selecting the Right Ship

After choosing the cruise line that suits your family’s preferences, the next step in booking a cruise for your family of 6 is selecting the right ship. Each ship within a cruise line offers its own unique features, amenities, and overall experience, so it’s important to consider these factors when making your decision.

Start by looking at the size of the ship. Larger ships generally offer a wider array of onboard activities, multiple dining options, and extensive entertainment. They may also have more spacious cabins, giving your family room to spread out and relax. On the other hand, smaller ships often provide a more intimate and personalized experience, with a smaller number of passengers and a greater sense of community.

Consider the family-friendly amenities available on the ship. Look for features such as swimming pools, water parks, sports courts, and kids’ clubs that cater to different age groups. Having dedicated spaces and activities for children will ensure that they stay entertained and engaged throughout the cruise.

Research the dining options on the ship. Are there multiple restaurants and cuisines to choose from? Are there options for special dietary needs or picky eaters? Having a variety of dining choices will give your family the flexibility to enjoy meals that suit everyone’s tastes.

Take note of the onboard entertainment and shows. Are there Broadway-style productions, live music, or comedy shows? Having a diverse range of entertainment options will keep the whole family entertained during the evenings or on sea days.

Consider the cabin options available on the ship. Some ships offer family-sized cabins or suites that can accommodate larger groups, ensuring that everyone has a comfortable place to sleep and relax. Check for amenities like connecting rooms or cots for infants if needed.

Finally, take into account the overall ambiance and theme of the ship. Some ships focus on providing a laid-back and casual atmosphere, while others offer a more formal or themed experience. Choose a ship that aligns with your family’s style and preferences to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

By considering these factors and researching different ships within your chosen cruise line, you can select a ship that offers the right balance of amenities, entertainment, and comfort for your family of 6. With the ship chosen, you can now move on to the next step: determining the ideal itinerary for your cruise vacation.

Step 3: Determining the Ideal Itinerary

Once you have chosen the cruise line and ship, the next step in booking a cruise for your family of 6 is determining the ideal itinerary. A cruise itinerary dictates the destinations and ports of call that the ship will visit during the voyage. It’s essential to consider the interests and preferences of your family members when selecting the itinerary.

Start by thinking about the type of destinations you want to explore. Do your family members prefer relaxing on tropical beaches, exploring historical landmarks, or immersing themselves in vibrant cities? Consider the variety of destinations offered by the cruise line and choose an itinerary that aligns with your family’s interests.

Take into account the duration of the cruise and the number of port days versus sea days. Some families prefer a more laid-back vacation with more sea days to enjoy the onboard amenities, while others prefer a port-intensive itinerary to explore multiple destinations. Consider the balance that suits your family’s preferences and energy levels.

Research the excursions and activities available at each port of call. Look for family-friendly options such as snorkeling trips, guided city tours, or wildlife encounters. Excursions can enhance the overall experience and provide unique opportunities for your family to create lasting memories.

Consider the time of year and weather conditions in the destinations you will be visiting. Make sure to choose an itinerary that offers favorable weather for the activities and experiences you have in mind. Taking into account school schedules and work commitments can also help ensure that the chosen itinerary works well for your family.

Think about the pace of the itinerary. Some cruises offer longer stays at each port, allowing for more in-depth exploration, while others have shorter port visits with a focus on maximizing the number of destinations visited. Choose an itinerary that strikes the right balance for your family’s preferred pace of travel.

By carefully considering these factors and doing thorough research on the itinerary options available, you can select the ideal itinerary for your family of 6. A well-planned and thought-out itinerary will provide a balance of relaxation, adventure, and cultural exploration for everyone to enjoy during the cruise.

Once you have determined the ideal itinerary, the next step is to move on to Step 4: Understanding Cabin Options, where we will explore the different types of cabins available for your family to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay onboard.

Step 4: Understanding Cabin Options

When booking a cruise for your family of 6, understanding the cabin options available is crucial to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay onboard. Cruise ships offer a variety of cabin types to suit different needs, budgets, and preferences. Here are some factors to consider when selecting the right cabin for your family.

Firstly, consider the size and layout of the cabins. Depending on your cruise line and ship, you may have the option of choosing from interior cabins, oceanview cabins, balcony cabins, or even suites. Larger cabins or suites can provide more space for your family to relax and move around comfortably.

Next, think about the sleeping arrangements. Some cabins offer bunk beds or pull-out sofas to accommodate a larger number of guests. This can be a great option for families with children, allowing everyone to have their own bed without needing additional cabins.

Another important consideration is the cabin’s location. Cabins located in the middle or lower decks of the ship tend to experience less motion, which can be advantageous for those prone to seasickness. Additionally, choosing a cabin closer to the elevators or common areas can make it easier to access amenities and activities onboard.

Take into account the views and natural lighting offered by different cabin types. Oceanview cabins and balcony cabins allow you to enjoy scenic views and natural light, creating a more open and airy atmosphere. However, if budget is a concern, interior cabins can be a cost-effective option while still providing a comfortable place to rest.

Consider the amenities and features included in the cabin. Some cabins may offer mini-fridges, televisions, and even private balconies. These additional features can enhance your family’s comfort and enjoyment during the cruise.

Finally, be sure to check the maximum occupancy limit of each cabin type. Ensure that the cabin you choose can comfortably accommodate your family of 6 without overcrowding, and that it complies with the ship’s safety regulations.

By understanding the different cabin options available and considering factors such as size, layout, sleeping arrangements, location, views, amenities, and occupancy limits, you can select a cabin that meets the needs and preferences of your family. With the cabin chosen, you can move on to Step 5: Checking for Family-friendly Amenities, where we will explore the onboard facilities and activities designed for families to enjoy together.

Step 5: Checking for Family-friendly Amenities

When booking a cruise for your family of 6, it’s important to check for family-friendly amenities offered by the cruise line. Family-friendly amenities can enhance the overall experience and ensure that everyone in your family, from the youngest to the oldest, has a fantastic time onboard.

Start by looking for dedicated kids’ clubs and activities. Many cruise lines offer supervised programs for different age groups, ranging from toddlers to teenagers, providing a safe and engaging environment for kids to socialize and have fun. Check for age-appropriate activities, games, and entertainment options that cater to the interests of your children.

Consider the availability of family-friendly dining options. Some cruise lines offer special menus, buffet stations, or designated dining areas for families with young children. Having a variety of food choices that suit different tastes and dietary needs within close proximity can make mealtime more enjoyable for the whole family.

Check if the cruise ship offers babysitting services or in-cabin childcare options. This can be especially helpful for parents who want some alone time or wish to explore adult-only areas of the ship. Knowing that your children are in safe hands allows you to relax and enjoy your vacation.

Look for onboard amenities that cater to different age groups. Are there water parks or swimming pools specifically designed for kids? Are there sports courts or mini-golf for older children and teenagers? Having diverse recreational activities onboard ensures that there’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy.

Consider the presence of family-friendly entertainment options. Look for live shows, movies, or themed parties that the whole family can attend together. Interactive game shows or trivia competitions can also provide a fun bonding experience for everyone.

Take note of any special events or themed cruises that may be happening during your travel dates. These events can offer unique experiences and additional entertainment tailored to families, such as character meet and greets or themed parties.

Lastly, check if the cruise line offers amenities and services for infants and toddlers, such as cribs, high chairs, or baby-sitting services. Having these conveniences available can make traveling with young children much easier and more comfortable.

By checking for family-friendly amenities and considering factors such as kids’ clubs, dining options, childcare services, recreational activities, entertainment, special events, and amenities for infants and toddlers, you can ensure that your family will have a memorable and enjoyable experience onboard. With the amenities checked, it’s time to move on to Step 6: Comparing Prices and Deals, where we will explore ways to find the best prices and discounts for your cruise booking.

Step 6: Comparing Prices and Deals

When booking a cruise for your family of 6, it’s essential to compare prices and deals to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money. Here are some tips to help you find the most competitive prices and take advantage of any available deals.

Start by researching different travel agencies and booking websites that offer cruise deals. Make a list of reputable sources and compare the prices they offer for the same cruise itinerary and cabin category. Sometimes, different agencies may have exclusive promotions or discounts that can result in significant savings.

Look for last-minute deals or promotions. Cruises often offer discounted rates for cabins that have not been booked close to the departure date. Keep an eye out for these deals if you have a flexible schedule and don’t mind booking closer to the sailing date.

Consider booking during shoulder seasons or off-peak times. Prices tend to be lower during these periods as demand is typically lower. Additionally, if you have more flexibility with your travel dates, you may be able to find better deals.

Check for package deals that include airfare, transfers, and pre or post-cruise hotel stays. Bundling these elements can often result in additional savings compared to booking them separately.

Join loyalty programs or frequent cruiser clubs. Cruise lines often offer perks and discounts to their loyal customers. By joining these programs, you may be eligible for exclusive discounts or onboard credits that can further reduce the overall cost of the cruise.

Consider booking a group cruise. Many cruise lines offer special group rates and incentives for booking a certain number of cabins. If you’re traveling with a group of friends or multiple families, this can be a great way to save on the cost of the cruise.

Keep an eye out for special promotions and discounts specifically for families. Some cruise lines offer kids sail free promotions or reduced rates for children sharing a cabin with their parents. Take advantage of these family-specific deals to maximize savings.

Compare the included amenities and perks offered by different cruise lines. Some cruise lines may include additional benefits like complimentary drink packages, onboard credits, or specialty dining vouchers, which can add value to your overall cruise experience.

Remember to factor in any additional expenses such as gratuities, onboard activities, excursions, and specialty dining when comparing prices. While a lower upfront price may seem appealing, it’s important to consider the overall value and potential extra costs associated with your cruise.

By taking the time to compare prices, research deals, and consider the overall value, you can find the best prices and discounts for your family cruise. With the prices and deals compared, it’s time to move on to Step 7: Making the Reservation, where we will guide you through the process of securing your booking.

Step 7: Making the Reservation

Once you have chosen the cruise, compared prices, and found the best deal, it’s time to make the reservation for your family cruise. Making a reservation can be a straightforward process if you follow these steps:

1. Contact the cruise line or travel agency: Reach out to the cruise line directly or the chosen travel agency to initiate the booking process. Provide them with all the necessary information, including the sailing date, cabin category, number of guests, and any special requirements or preferences.

2. Review the terms and conditions: Take the time to carefully read and understand the terms and conditions of the booking. It’s vital to be aware of any cancellation policies, payment schedules, and other important details before proceeding with the reservation.

3. Provide personal information: Be prepared to provide personal information for each member of your family, including full names, dates of birth, contact information, and passport details if applicable. Accuracy is essential to ensure smooth processing and compliance with immigration requirements.

4. Make the deposit: Most cruise lines require a deposit to secure your reservation. The amount will vary depending on the cruise line and length of the cruise. Ensure that you are clear on the deposit amount and payment deadlines to avoid any cancellation penalties.

5. Choose additional services: At this point, you may have the opportunity to add any additional services to your reservation, such as dining packages, beverage packages, or spa treatments. Consider the needs and preferences of your family to determine if any of these extras would enhance your cruise experience.

6. Review the booking confirmation: Once you have provided all the necessary information and made the deposit, you should receive a booking confirmation. Review it carefully to ensure that all the details, including the sailing date, cabin category, and guest information, are correct.

7. Make final payments: Typically, the remaining balance of your cruise fare is due a few months before the sailing date. Set a reminder to make the final payment on time to avoid any cancellation penalties or loss of your reservation.

8. Sign any required documents: Depending on the cruise line, you may need to sign additional documents, such as a passenger contract or liability waiver. Read through these documents carefully and sign as required to complete the reservation process.

9. Obtain travel insurance: While not mandatory, it’s highly recommended to purchase travel insurance to protect your investment in case of unexpected events or emergencies. Look for a policy that provides adequate coverage for medical expenses, trip cancellation, and trip interruption.

10. Keep copies of all documents: Once your reservation is confirmed, make copies of all the booking-related documents, including the confirmation, payment receipts, and any additional services or insurance policies. Keep them in a safe place and bring them with you when you embark on your cruise.

By following these steps, you can successfully make a reservation for your family cruise. Making the reservation is an important milestone in your planning process, and it brings you one step closer to enjoying a memorable vacation with your loved ones.

With the reservation made, it’s time to move on to Step 8: Planning for Excursions and Activities, where we will guide you on how to make the most of your time in port and onboard.

Step 8: Planning for Excursions and Activities

Planning for excursions and activities is an important step in maximizing your family’s cruise experience. By carefully selecting and organizing your activities both onshore and onboard, you can create memorable moments for everyone in your family. Here are some tips to help you plan for excursions and activities:

1. Research the ports of call: Start by researching the destinations that your cruise will visit. Look for popular attractions, landmarks, and activities that are suitable for your family’s interests and preferences. Consider whether you want to explore the destination independently or book organized shore excursions through the cruise line or third-party companies.

2. Book shore excursions in advance: If you decide to book organized shore excursions, it’s advisable to make your reservations in advance. Some popular excursions may have limited availability and can sell out quickly. Booking early also allows you to secure the activities and attractions that are most appealing to your family.

3. Consider the interests and ages of your family members: Select activities that cater to the varied interests and ages of your family members. For example, if you have young children, look for excursions that offer kid-friendly experiences like interactive museums or wildlife encounters.

4. Allow for flexibility: While planning excursions, leave some room for flexibility in your schedule. This allows for spontaneous exploration or relaxation if desired. It also helps avoid a rushed and overly packed itinerary, allowing you to enjoy the destination at a more leisurely pace.

5. Take advantage of onboard activities: Cruise ships offer a wide range of onboard activities and entertainment options. Research and take note of the daily activity schedule to identify events and shows that are of interest to your family. From live performances to children’s clubs and sports tournaments, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

6. Coordinate with other families or friends: If you are traveling with other families or friends, coordinate your excursion and activity choices. This allows for shared experiences, group discounts, and makes the planning process more streamlined. Collaborate and decide on activities that everyone can enjoy together.

7. Allocate free time for relaxation and exploration: While it’s important to plan and book activities, also allocate some free time for relaxation and exploration. Use this time to soak in the onboard amenities, explore the ship, or simply relax by the pool. Balancing scheduled activities with downtime ensures a well-rounded and enjoyable cruise vacation.

8. Check for onboard activity reservations: Some cruise lines require reservations for certain onboard activities, such as specialty dining, spa treatments, or shows. Check if any of these require advance reservations to secure your preferred time slots and avoid disappointment.

9. Consider cultural experiences: When planning excursions, consider incorporating cultural experiences that provide insights into the local traditions and customs of the destinations you will be visiting. This can include activities such as visiting local markets, participating in cooking classes, or attending cultural performances.

10. Keep safety in mind: While planning for excursions and activities, prioritize safety for your family. Research the reputation and safety record of the tour operators and excursions you are considering. Follow any guidelines or recommendations provided by the cruise line to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

By following these tips, you can effectively plan for excursions and activities that cater to your family’s interests and preferences. Taking the time to plan ahead ensures that you make the most of your time both onshore and onboard. With your excursions and activities planned, it’s time to move on to Step 9: Preparing for the Cruise, where we will guide you on what to do before embarking on your family cruise.

Step 9: Preparing for the Cruise

As your family cruise approaches, it’s important to take the necessary steps to prepare for your upcoming adventure. By planning and organizing beforehand, you can ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience for your family. Here are some essential tips to help you prepare for the cruise:

1. Check travel documentation: Ensure that all members of your family have the necessary travel documents, including passports, visas, and any additional identification required for the cruise. Check the validity of these documents to avoid any last-minute complications.

2. Pack smartly: Create a packing list for each family member to ensure you have everything you need for the cruise. Pack appropriate clothing for both onboard activities and excursions, including swimwear, comfortable shoes, and formal attire if required. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, medications, and any necessary toiletries.

3. Familiarize yourself with the cruise line’s policies: Take the time to review the cruise line’s policies and guidelines. Understand the onboard rules, dress codes, and dining protocols to ensure you and your family adhere to them. Pay attention to any specific policies related to children or enhanced health and safety measures.

4. Plan transportation and transfers: Make arrangements for transportation to and from the cruise port. If you’re flying, consider booking airport transfers or arranging for a rental car in advance. Research parking options if you plan to drive to the port and ensure you have clear directions.

5. Arrange pre or post-cruise accommodations: If you’re arriving a day or two before the cruise or staying after it ends, book accommodations accordingly. Look for hotels near the cruise port or in desirable areas of the destination to make the most of your pre or post-cruise stay.

6. Keep important contact information accessible: Save and store the emergency contact information provided by the cruise line. Additionally, carry a printed copy of your cruise reservation details, including embarkation details, cabin number, and any important phone numbers, in case of any technology or communication issues.

7. Purchase travel insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your family against unforeseen events, such as cancellations, medical emergencies, or lost luggage. Compare different insurance plans and choose one that provides adequate coverage for your needs.

8. Plan for budget and expenses: Determine the budget for your cruise vacation and plan accordingly. Consider additional expenses, such as gratuities, specialty dining, onboard activities, and souvenirs. Make sure you have enough cash or credit cards for any personal expenses or emergencies.

9. Review health and safety measures: Familiarize yourself with the health and safety measures implemented by the cruise line. Stay updated on any vaccination or testing requirements and ensure you and your family comply with them. Prepare any necessary health-related documents or forms as required.

10. Share important details with family members: Communicate information about the cruise itinerary, embarkation details, and any other important information with all family members. Make sure everyone is aware of the scheduled activities, meeting points, and emergency procedures.

By following these preparation tips, you can ensure that your family cruise is organized and stress-free. Taking care of the necessary arrangements beforehand allows you to relax and focus on enjoying quality time with your loved ones during the cruise. With the preparations complete, it’s time to embark on your family cruise and create lasting memories together!

Booking a cruise for your family of 6 can be a thrilling and rewarding experience. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can navigate through the process with ease and confidence. From choosing the right cruise line and ship to planning excursions and activities, each step plays a significant role in creating a memorable vacation for your family.

Starting with selecting the right cruise line that aligns with your family’s interests and preferences, you can ensure a cruise experience tailored to your needs. Choosing the right ship, understanding cabin options, and checking for family-friendly amenities contribute to the comfort and enjoyment of your family’s time onboard. Comparing prices and looking for deals ensures that you find the best value for your money.

Planning for excursions and activities allows you to make the most of the destinations you visit, while preparing for the cruise helps ensure a smooth experience from start to finish. By following these steps, you can minimize stress and maximize enjoyment for your entire family.

Remember to research, compare, and communicate with your family members throughout the process to ensure that everyone’s needs and preferences are taken into account. Flexibility and open-mindedness are key to adapting and making the most of your cruise vacation.

As you embark on this voyage with your family, create lasting memories and embrace the journey together. Cherish the shared experiences, explore new destinations, and enjoy the multitude of onboard activities and entertainment. A family cruise offers something for everyone, from young children to grandparents, providing quality time, relaxation, and adventure all in one unforgettable vacation.

So, set sail on your family cruise and create memories that will be treasured for years to come. Bon voyage!


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There’s no easier way to travel with your family than on a cruise with Norwegian. Unpack once and visit multiple destinations whilst enjoying the comfort and convenience of the same stateroom throughout your entire holiday. Whether you’re exploring with fully planned Free Shore Excursions or discovering what’s on board — including a wide range of activities, award-winning entertainment and complimentary family programming, there’s something for everyone. Best part is the incredible value you get with Free Kids’ Clubs, Free Dining, Free 3 rd & 4 th Guests, Free Airfare for Second Guest^, Unlimited Open Bar and much more! Sail with Norwegian and give your family the time — and experiences — to create treasured memories.

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Three generations of my family recently headed down to Miami to embark on a 4 day Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Ecstasy . I can’t recall a time when planning a family vacation was this easy. I am so excited to partner with Carnival Cruise Line for this blog post and share some of the things that made planning my family’s cruise a piece of cake.

Cruising is such a great way to get your family together with minimal planning. Once you get there, the itinerary, dining and entertainment are all taken care of, so you can just enjoy time with family. Spending that little extra time pre-cruise will help make your family’s cruise go more smoothly.

After cruising aboard Carnival Ecstasy with my family last month, I’m excited to share a few tips to help with planning your family’s next cruise.

Tips for Planning a Cruise for a Large Family

Staterooms. While looking at cruises on the Carnival website, I found a lot of different options. When booking your cruise for a large family take time to explore the various stateroom options. Carnival offers a variety of staterooms that will work for large families. I recommend booking early to have the most options. Don’t be intimidated by booking two staterooms. Carnival does offer some adjoining staterooms, and if you are traveling with teenagers consider booking one outside stateroom and the inside stateroom across the hall. That’s exactly what we did for our recent cruise.

Activities. A cruise is the ideal family vacation if you are traveling with children of different ages. There are a variety of activities for all ages. Days can be spent relaxing by the pool, or racing down water slides. You can catch a show before or after dinner. Enjoy a massage while the kids are spending time with their grandparents. The possibilities for fun are endless.

I was excited to learn about Camp Carnival where the younger kids can get involved in kids club activities. On a Carnival cruise, kids can enjoy all the best parts of summer camp and family vacation at Camp Carnival. Kids are split up into three different age groups: 2 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 11 years. The best thing about Camp Carnival is that it’s free.

Dining options. Our cruise ship, Ecstasy, has so many different dining options that are included with your cruise. There are some buffet options which is great! With kids I think the buffet is always a safe bet. There is surely something that everyone in your party can eat and enjoy. All drinks, on the other hand, are not included with the cost of your cruise. I recommend checking with your cruise line to see what drink packages are available. We opted for the Bottomless Bubbles drink package which includes unlimited soda and juice. You can sign up for a beverage package ahead of time or once onboard.

Shore Excursions. Shore excursions come at an additional cost. If your cruise visits more than one port, consider booking an excursion for just one of them to cut down on the expense. If money isn’t an issue, shore excursions can be a lot of fun and are a great way to have new experiences like snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins. Planning a shore excursion that will be fun for grandparents and kids of different ages is a lot easier than you might think. My family did a beach excursion in Cozumel that was loads of fun for us all. Getting to sunbathe and swim in the ocean during the month of December was such a treat. The water was still plenty warm and the private beach was breathtaking. It was an amazing day for us!

Packing.  I always worry about over-packing, especially since I am usually traveling with teenage girls. It happens so often. You want to put some thought into what you pack for a cruise. It’s a lot less stressful to go on vacation when you have less to haul around. Warm destinations require less bulky clothing, and with the exception of one or two dinners you don’t need to pack anything fancy. Pack mix and match items that can be worn more than once. The girls and I ended up spending most of the cruise in our swimsuits and cover-ups.

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Bring proper documentation. Of course, passports are the recommended documentation for everyone in the family. However, for most cruise ships , kids can board with a birth certificate only, and adults with a birth certificate and a government issued picture ID. Some cruise lines allow a picture of the birth certificate, if you don’t want to bring the original. Make sure you bring multiple copies. Check with your cruise line to make sure what you need.

Make sure you have all of your documents well in advance of your cruise, in case you are missing something. The night before our cruise my sister was going nuts trying to locate her travel documents. Whew! It was a stressful evening for her and me too. Remember, make sure you have these documents together well in advance.

I was amazed by how simple it was to plan a cruise for my large family. Our cruise was such a great bonding experience, and a chance to have fun and let loose. Visit Carnival online to learn more about planning your own cruise. Will you be planning a cruise anytime soon?

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10 Best Cruise Ship Family Cabins

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Feb 26, 2020

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Taking a cruise with kids ensures a memorable family vacation, whether you book an interior cabin to save money or decide to throw down roots in a standard balcony stateroom. But some cruise ship family cabins elevate the vacation at sea to something far more grandiose, photogenic, and jaw-dropping.

In these cruise ship family cabins, you’ll enjoy extra space in which to spread out, amazing amenities, stellar views, and in some cases, exclusive access to luxuriously private areas of the ship. 

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas – Ultimate Family Suite; Courtesy Royal Caribbean

1. Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas – Ultimate Family Suite

This vibrantly colorful family cabin is an epic two-level suite that overdelivers on Royal Caribbean ’s trademarked thrills and chills at sea promise. Inside this cruise ship cabin for families is an in-suite slide; massive LEGO construction wall; a private cinema room with the latest gaming consoles , life-sized Connect Four and other old-school gaming tables (who’s up for air hockey and Ping-Pong ?); a full-size whirlpool on the balcony, and the best combo views of the ship and sea found anywhere on the Symphony of the Seas.

As if the room itself isn’t enough, guests staying in the Ultimate Family Suite also receive a red carpet arrival and a complimentary personal Royal Genie. That’s a crew member who will coordinate surprises for everyone in your own crew, from front-row seats to theatrical performances to out-of-this-world excursions .

Carnival Vista-Class Ships - Family Harbor Staterooms; Courtesy Carnival

2. Carnival Vista-Class Ships – Family Harbor Staterooms

Nearly one million kids cruise Carnival every year, enjoying Hasbro The Game Show, rated-PG comedians in the Punchliner Comedy Club, epic waterslides and so much more. When those lucky kids get to stay in nautical-themed Family Harbor Staterooms on Vista-class ships (Vista, Horizon, Panorama and coming soon, Mardi Gras), their vacation at sea is even more fun. The Family Harbor cabins sleep up to five guests, have two bathrooms, and crucially, offer exclusive access to the Family Habor Lounge, a private area stocked with big HD TVs , video games , breakfast, and snacks throughout the day.

Norwegian Encore - Family Oceanview with Large Picture Window; Courtesy Norwegian

3. Norwegian Encore – Family Oceanview with Large Picture Window

Bigger than most New York City apartments, this expansive, forward-facing cabin on the glimmering new Norwegian Encore fits families comfortably for a cruise of any length. After a day of go-kart racing, laser tag and water sliding over the ocean blue, kids can stretch their growing legs while chilling out on the large picture window seat, kick back and watch a movie on the massive flat-screen TV, relax on the sofa, or play hide and seek in the enormous closets and storage (possibly the biggest at sea!) while mom soaks in the tub (that’s right, a bathtub!) in the oversized bathroom. Best of all, this cabin is not considered a suite, so budget-conscious families can afford to get the space they crave at sea!

Princess Cruises - Family Suites; Courtesy Princess

4. Princess Cruises – Family Suites

By cruise ship standards, and even when compared to most hotels on dry land , the two-bedroom family suites found on Princess cruise ships are downright massive. Accommodating up to a whopping eight family members, the cabins have a queen and a pair of twin beds, two bathrooms (one with a walk-in shower, the other with a tub/shower combination), and an oversized living room. Three TVs in total are in the family suite, along with a large closet, a desk, plenty of drawers, a couple of sofas (each doubling as additional beds), and an expansive private balcony with seating for six. While staying in a family suite, you and your kids will be living, and sailing, like royalty on Princess.

Disney Fantasy and Dream Suite; Courtesy Disney

5. Disney Fantasy and Dream Suite

Catering to the family cruise market is what Disney does best, and its cabin options reflect this commitment—see the bath and a half inside most all staterooms. Additionally, more than 70 percent of staterooms on both the Dream and Fantasy feature outdoor verandahs and of those that don’t, nearly all offer ocean views, some using the Magical Porthole. This piece of Disney innovation gives little kids and their favorite mouse-eared grown-ups a glimpse at the outside world with the appearance of a porthole in which you’ll see animated characters popping up to say hello!

With 500 connecting doors and connected verandah cabins, families can choose multiple rooms and still be together, or opt for one of the 21 suites on decks 11 and 12. These well-appointed upscale family cabins each have two bathrooms, one of which has a whirlpool bathtub and a TV built into the mirror for mom and dad to properly unwind after a blissfully exhausting day of doing everything or absolutely nothing. Kids may not appreciate the marble finishing, thread counts, or the finer touches of a Disney suite, but we guarantee they’ll find the walk-in closets a fun play area and enjoy the 42-inch HD flat screen TV and Blu-ray player , as well as the Wave Phones to communicate with each other inside and out of the cabin. These suites are truly the most magical cabins at sea.

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Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas - Ultimate Panoramic Suite; Courtesy Royal Caribbean

6. Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas – Ultimate Panoramic Suite

The $16-million amplification of Oasis yielded many family-friendly results—the AquaTheater and Ultimate Abyss dry slide chiefly among them, as well as the Ultimate Panoramic Suite . This dreamy cabin features the same 200-degree views that the Captain enjoys from the bridge, with windows that are wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. Those epic pano sight lines are even available from the bubble bath oasis of your bathroom tub! This suite gives families over 900 square feet of space to spread out during their Royal Caribbean cruise vacation. The Ultimate deck 14 suites accommodate up to four, have a bathroom that itself is bigger than most cruise cabins, are stocked with upgraded amenities like L’Occitane toiletries, and have premium bedding, complimentary VOOM Wi-Fi, complimentary specialty dining, and exclusive private access to specific areas of the ship and private islands. Speaking of the AquaTheater, there are suites bearing that name with a pair of bedrooms, a massive living room, and two bathrooms.

Norwegian - The Haven Family Villa; Courtesy NCL

7. Norwegian – The Haven Family Villa

Available on nine Norwegian ships, these two-bedroom family villas with a balcony are located in The Haven , the ship within a ship area that’s reserved exclusively for Haven guests. The villas offer roughly 600 square feet of space spread out over an oceanview master bedroom featuring a king-size bed and private bathroom that has both a tub and separate shower, and a second bedroom with a sofa bed for two and its own bathroom. There’s also a living room and dining area with an additional single sofa bed. For families of four, five, or six that are cruising Norwegian, the Haven Family Villa, with its refined decor and ample space, plus the 24-hour butlers, private dining, and courtyard with pool, is impossible to beat. 

Celebrity Solstice-Class Ships - Family Veranda Stateroom; Courtesy Celebrity Cruises

8. Celebrity Solstice-Class Ships – Family Veranda Stateroom

Families cruising with Celebrity are going into the experience expecting a certain level of sophistication and class. The Solstice-class ships deliver that plus an incredible amount of space in the Family Veranda Staterooms . Measuring 575 square feet, this family cabin can easily be the happy home at sea for up to six thanks to two bedrooms, a living room with at least one pullout sofa, and that private veranda advertised in its name. The only knock on these fine digs is the lone bathroom with just a shower. That seems lacking, but on the plus side, the ability to connect to adjacent ocean view cabins is a neat twist that can add to the max capacity for larger families cruising together.

MSC Meraviglia, Duplex; Courtesy MSC

9. MSC Meraviglia – Super Family Plus Balcony and Deluxe Suite

As a family-owned company, MSC takes special care to tailor the onboard experience for families, making accommodations that suit the individual needs of families regardless of size and age of children. On Meraviglia, a combination of connected staterooms are used—under titles like Super Family Plus Balcony and Family Ocean View —to provide groups with the beds, bathrooms, sight lines and space required to ensure every member of every family enjoys their cruise vacation. Fitting up to nine guests, the Super Family Plus Balcony uses a pair of balcony cabins plus an interior stateroom, all connected with adjoining doors to be as close or apart as you wish! Meanwhile, the ship’s Duplex Suite gives families of five or fewer total members a memorable two-deck-high cabin experience. On the main level there’s an open living and dining room with a sofa that converts to a double bed, while upstairs is the master bedroom’s king-size bed. 

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10. MSC Seaside – Grand Suite

The Grand Suite on the MSC Seaside is as advertised: grand, indeed! This two-bedroom family cabin has a king bed in the master bedroom and pair of twin beds that can convert to a queen, plus a single pullman bed, in the second bedroom. There are two bathrooms allowing your kids to have their own shower, while you enjoy the choice of a relaxing hot shower or a long warm soak in the tub. There’s plenty of space for your stuff as well as for your family in this oversized cruise ship cabin. The walk-in closet is impressive as is the family room with sofa and seating for five. But the real star is the balcony with stellar ocean views and enough seating for everyone to truly relax and get away from the crowds on the public decks. 

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I am looking to plan a cruise for our family of 6 and have a few questions for you experienced cruisewrs with kids. We have four kids 11, 8, 4, and 2. I have read enough to learn that we need to book two connecting rooms but have some other general questions that I am hoping to find answers to before narrowing down our search.

Which cruise line is better for kids?

What ports are more kid friendly? Older 3 can swim butt not the 2yo. Don't want to have to travel by taxi obviously.

Have you found it is better to have an oceanview with kids or should we save money and go for inside? Do any balcony rooms have coonecting rooms or balconies?

How do they price for kids? When I pretend book a room for three (and multiply by 2) Is that an accurate price? Is there a kids price or is it the standard third person rate?

Any other tips/info that is important to know that I have probably not thought of yet?

Our work schedules allow is travel during nonpeak times, so that should help keep the costs down. Dh and I have cruised alone before and could get a past guest discount from Carnival. Thanks for any info. It is much appreciated!

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Almost any of the "mainstream" lines will do nicely for a family. Disney, of course, is the king, but can be pricey. RCI and Carnival both have great kid's programs.

As far as ports...all are just as "kid-friendly" as another. It really depends on what you like to do onshore! Get a guidebook and read up on each port that you're thinking of visiting--it'll give you a better idea of what points of interest there are, how to get there, safety, food.....

If you book an excursion through the cruiseline, you won't have to worry about transportation--they'll take care of all that. But, if you just want to go to the beach or shop, that's almost always best done on your own. (That's where the guidebook comes in handy!!)

Some folks love interior room--no me! I want at least a balcony! There are "connecting" rooms with balconies--on some ships, you can get a balcony that connects to an interior (a good way to say a few bucks!) Not all ships allow the balcony divider to be removed, so while your room may have a connecting door, you'll still have 2 seperate balconies.

Some line charge full rates for kids, some discount them. Depends on the cruiseline!

Your best bet is to contact a travel agent (go to a real one in your town--not online) and talk to them. They can help you get the most for your money! And, you'll get borchures, deck plans....lots of stuff that you should have!

Agreed. Your best bet is to find and go to a good TA.

We had great luck with RCCL and our then 3 year old- Adventure Ocean was fantastic for him.

I'm not sure that all ports are kid friendly, but I'll leave it to others to discuss those that aren't. I can say that the ports on our Canada/New England cruise were extremely kid friendly. Portland had a great kids museum (Boston too- but we went whale watching which was really cool!), there was a steam train ride in Connecticut that was a big hit, and Tuffey the Tugboat and Amphibious boat rides in Halifax were made for kids, to name a few. I know that most think of the Caribbean or other warm destinations for cruises, but Canada/New England was a great family cruise. I would highly recommend it.

Personally I would pick one of the Freedom class ships on RCCL. They will have a small tot pool for kids in swim diapers. It is very small but at least the 2 year old will be able to swim!

I am looking to plan a cruise for our family of 6 and have a few questions for you experienced cruisewrs with kids. We have four kids 11, 8, 4, and 2. I have read enough to learn that we need to book two connecting rooms but have some other general questions that I am hoping to find answers to before narrowing down our search.   Which cruise line is better for kids?   What ports are more kid friendly? Older 3 can swim butt not the 2yo. Don't want to have to travel by taxi obviously.   Have you found it is better to have an oceanview with kids or should we save money and go for inside? Do any balcony rooms have coonecting rooms or balconies?   How do they price for kids? When I pretend book a room for three (and multiply by 2) Is that an accurate price? Is there a kids price or is it the standard third person rate?   Any other tips/info that is important to know that I have probably not thought of yet?   Our work schedules allow is travel during nonpeak times, so that should help keep the costs down. Dh and I have cruised alone before and could get a past guest discount from Carnival. Thanks for any info. It is much appreciated!   Julia

We travelled RCL before with the kids (4 and 6 at the time). Adventure Ocean was amazing. They didn't even want to miss out of "camp" when we were at ports. We spent the extra money to get a balcony and a slightly bigger suite room as with the kids we thought (correctly for us) that we would be in the room more then if we were by ourselves. It was really nice to be able to sit on the balcony and relax while the kids had some down time in the room. Overall I saw the kids way less then I had expected. They loved the kids program and had lots of fun. We are booked on the Eurodam Feb 28, 2009 so we will see how it compares.

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Our upcoming cruise is our second with 6, as my mom joins us!

We always cruise Carnival - price is usually the deciding factor.. but now it is the kids. They LOVE cruising and love the Camp Carnival activities.

We cruised on the Liberty last February, and had two Ocean View connecting rooms. This was a PERFECT set up for us! It really felt as if it was one big room. This year, we have side by side balcony rooms, and we are hoping that the balcony dividers will open so we can have some common area.

As far as ports go, my kids have enjoyed the Western side the best. Paradise Beach in Cozumel is a blast. The Taxi's in Cozumel are BY TAXI, not by person, so it is the same for a family of 6, as a couple. There are also VAN taxis.

In GrandCayman, Seven Mile beach is nice, as is Stingray City, which you may wish to split up and have the older kids go there.

No matter what you choose, cruising is sure the Best Family Vacation for our family!

On Carnival, the 2 year old will be able to go to the kids club, not so on RCCL. RCCL does have cabins that will sleep 4 though. You won't be able to book them on the internet though. It's best to go through a TA or RCCL directly.


By way of background, we have cruised with our three children (now 6, 7, and 8) since they were infants and have taken them on RCL, NCL, Carnival, Celebrity, and HAL.

If you want to be able to leave the two year old in the camp, your only choices are Carnival and NCL. On RCL and Celebrity, you can bring the two year old in and they have some activities every day, but you must remain present.

Our children are such fans of the kids programs, that the (literally) refuse to leave the ship! On our last Celebrity cruise, they went to camp at 9:00 a.m. and remained there until 10:00 p.m. and were begging us to pay for group babysitting so they could remain until midnight.

On port days on RCL, Celebrity, and Carnival you can leave them aboard while you take the baby with you. HAL does not offer that option. It has been too long since I went on NCL for me to speak with authority.

HAL and Celebrity have a markedly older crowd. Some grandmotherly types are sweet, some alte kakers do nothing but complain loudly about why you have brought young children (even well-behaved ones) on "their" cruise line. You can usually put the latter in their place by pointing out that you paid just as much for your children as they paid for themselves.

I prefer Mexico and the Caribbean in the winter. If you are worried about taxis for safety reasons, please note that I have yet to be on a cruise line tour bus that had seatbelts. In my experience you are more likely to get seatbelts in a taxi/van.

Have you found it is better to have an oceanview with kids or should we save money and go for inside? Do any balcony rooms have connecting rooms or balconies?

I consider oceanview cabins a complete waste. No one sits in one and looks out the window. Balcony cabins are nice, but very pricey. We had a GORGEOUS "Family Ocean View" one on our thirteen-day fall foliage cruise on Celebrity last October which actually had a huge verandah, almost as big as the room. We took it because the price for that cabin was only $200 more than the cost of two inside staterooms. Cruisecritic has an article on family friendly cabins. Check it out. Note that neither you nor your travel agent can access that inventory online. You (or your travel agent) must call the cruiseline to check availability.

There are cabins with connecting doors in all classes. If you and your spouse do not mind splitting up to sleep, you might consider getting a balcony cabin opposite an inside cabin. You combine the benefits of a balcony (nice for Alaska and the Caribbean) with the costs savings of an inside cabin which serves primarily as a bunk room.

There is no "kids rate". On NCL, children under two pay only the port taxes and fees. On MSC children under seventeen have the same deal as long as two people are paying the "adult rate". Almost invariably, you pay the standard third person rate. By chance, our next trip is to Alaska. Because she has more vacation time, my wife is traveling northbound on HAL from Vancouver in an inside cabin where the rate for passengers 3 and 4 was only $1.00 plus taxes and fees! I have never seen this before. [We are returning on RCL in two inside cabins with a connecting door. The FOVs on RCCL have only a window, and the cost of a balcony room was exorbitant. We would rather cruise twice as often than pay twice as much.]

If you can travel at off-peak times, you can get a great rate. Historically, we cruise during the dead time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We usually get the lowest rates of the year. The school is good about giving the kids an "independent study" package of homework. The kids get the benefit of a cruise and the school still gets its money from the state. It gets tough supervising homework from 5-7, but we all cooperate to get it done.

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I f you're angling for an affordable family cruise , you'll be happy to know that several major cruise lines let children sail for free (either regularly or during special promotions). Read on to discover which lines cater to families with kids sail free offers.

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Holland America Line

Deal: Holland America Line is offering a "Kids Cruise Free" promotion on select itineraries in 2024. The offer applies to several itineraries including Hawaii , the Caribbean and the Panama Canal; to qualify, children must be 18 or younger and cruising as third and/or fourth guests in the same cabin as adults. As with similar promotions, taxes and port fees are still required for each child's sailing.

Family-friendly perks: Amenities onboard Holland America ships include kids clubs and youth programs, as well as shore excursions oriented to families with little ones in tow. Plenty of stateroom options can also accommodate larger bookings. The Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam ships, in particular, feature oversized staterooms with beds for four, a large sitting area and a spacious veranda.

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Norwegian Cruise Line

Deal: Norwegian Cruise Line lets third and fourth guests cruise free on select itineraries throughout the year. Cruises to which this promotion applies are offered all over the world, including bucket-list destinations like Alaska and the Mediterranean .

Some of the itineraries that qualify for free third and fourth guests also come with complimentary amenities like an unlimited open bar, specialty dining, shore excursions and/or complimentary Wi-Fi. Additionally, some of the itineraries include generous discounts on the total cruise cost , as well as free airfare for a second guest (when booked through the cruise line).

Family-friendly perks: With Norwegian's all-ages kids clubs, family dining, entertainment and activities included in one bundled rate, planning a kid-approved vacation with the cruise line is a breeze. Many Norwegian ships also feature an array of family-friendly staterooms with plenty of extra space. For example, the luxurious Norwegian Prima offers a two-bedroom family villa with a large balcony in "The Haven" – its exclusive area for VIP guests.

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Royal Caribbean International

Deal: Royal Caribbean offers a "Kids Sail Free" deal several times each year, allowing children 12 or younger to cruise free provided they are the third guests (or beyond) staying in the same cabin as at least two paying adults. The only catch is that blackout dates apply – typically during holiday and school breaks.

Family-friendly perks: There's a reason so many families choose Royal Caribbean ; kid-friendly amenities range from age-specific programming to zip lining at sea. The line's  exclusive island for cruisers , Perfect Day at CocoCay in  the Bahamas , is also a big hit with young passengers thanks to its waterslides and splash areas.

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Costa Cruises

Deal: Costa Cruises may not be as popular as some other cruise lines on our list, but it's a worthwhile option for cruisers looking to sail through Europe, the Middle East or South America. The cruise line allows kids traveling as third or fourth guests to sail for free with two adults in the same cabin, and this promotion applies to passengers ages 2 to 17. This offer is valid on all sailings offered by the line, many of which feature destinations in desirable ports along the Mediterranean such as Barcelona , Marseille and Rome .

Family-friendly perks: Costa Cruises vessels offer abundant family-friendly amenities, from water parks to arcades to mini golf. Kids clubs are available for children ages 3 to 11, and they provide entertainment like arts and crafts, themed parties, and games galore. A teen zone also hosts cruisers ages 12 to 17 who want to mingle, sing karaoke and play group sports when ships aren't in port.

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MSC Cruises

Deal: MSC Cruises lets children younger than 18 cruise for free on select itineraries, depending on the ship's capacity. (Other exclusions or eligibility requirements may apply.) Kids must be the third or fourth guests traveling in the same cabin as their parents (at least two adults) for the deal to be valid; note that any port fees and taxes still apply to children's fares.

Family-friendly perks: MSC Cruises offers a variety of leisure activities and amenities designed specifically for kids. On board, youngsters can take advantage of perks from water parks with slides and swimming pools to Broadway-style shows and interactive dinners. The line also hosts fun family excursions and a "Lego Experience On Board" event on every cruise. In addition, there are a myriad of amenities for parents to enjoy while the youngest passengers are occupied by one of five dedicated kids clubs.

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If you have a place on your bucket list, chances are, a cruise will get you there – provided the destination is along a coastline or inland waterway. Cruises cover the world, taking millions of passengers each year to regions such as the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Alaska, Europe, the Mediterranean and even Antarctica. Cruising offers a tremendous value, with trips that include your lodging, meals and entertainment – all rolled into one. Some luxury cruise lines even offer fully inclusive vacations, which cover drinks and tours ashore. And best of all, cruising means seeing the world conveniently after unpacking only once.

Cruises also provide a wonderful option for families, with many ships offering things like waterslides, mini-golf courses and fun clubs for kids, tweens and teens. While most are free, nursery programs can cost extra. Planning is easy: Pick your destination and the right ship (and line) for your travel style. The cruise line makes it simple, offering packages to help you save on extras like alcohol, shore tours or even airfare.

Travelers say they choose to cruise because cruising often costs less per night when compared with land vacations at a hotel, where they'll have to book -- and pay for -- every extra.

What are Tips for Finding Cheap Cruises?

If you're a flexible traveler, you'll have a better chance of finding cheap cruises. Take a cruise that doesn't sail over the summer or holidays, when prices are highest. Book an inside cabin, or take your chances with a "guarantee cabin," ideal for passengers who aren't picky about their stateroom location but really want the lowest price available. Book cabins on lower decks, which often come with lower prices than those rooms on higher floors – that is staterooms over suites.

Cruise brands such as Carnival Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International offer rates that might drop as low as $75 per person per night -- and sometimes even lower.

If you want a real bargain, consider a transatlantic or repositioning cruise. These cruises are one-way or open-jaw trips, that start in one port and finish at another. You can score a deal sailing from Florida to Europe, for example, or even from New York to Florida. Just be aware, you'll probably have to pay a bit more for airfare to return.

What are Tips to Finding Last-Minute Cruise Deals?

While being flexible date wise will always get you the best last-minute cruise deals, it's particularly helpful if you live near a cruise port and can quickly drive there. That way you'll probably be able to jump on those deals that might pop up just a week or two before the ship is scheduled to sail.

Or if you don't have flexibility with either departure dates or embarkation locations, be willing to compromise on exact destinations. This will allow you to find a wider range of last-minute deals traveling to locations in their off-season or so-called shoulder season.

Do plenty of research and know what your ideal cruise is and costs on average, so both are already on your radar. When you see it drop, pounce! (Many cruise lines update pricing several times per day, so preparation is crucial.)

Best cruises in 2024

There's truly a cruise style and ship for everyone, and that has never been more the case than in 2024, as vessels continue to come in an array of sizes – from riverboats and expedition vessels to the largest-ever mega ships. And it's not an exaggeration to say some are loaded with so many activities that you couldn't possibly enjoy them all in a single sailing.

Families will find plenty of options and activities onboard big ships, which have transformed cruising, making the vessels as exciting as the destinations themselves. The Caribbean is always a great option for families, offering lots of sunshine, great beaches and culture. Alaska, famous for its incredible vistas and abundant wildlife, is also a solid family cruise option. Consider cruise brands such as Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises and even Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Line for a great multi-generational voyage.

Or on the smaller side, by comparison, river cruising remains a hot ticket item this year, with exciting routes that send eager guests down the Danube or Rhine rivers in Europe or to lesser-frequented locations, like the Mekong River in Cambodia or Vietnam, or soon the Magdalena River in Colombia. Popular river cruises embark in timeless cities like Amsterdam, Budapest and Lisbon. River cruise lines to consider encompass Viking, AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Cruises, Tauck, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and Riverside Luxury Cruises, as well as American Cruise Lines for a domestic alternative.

If you're an adventurer at heart, an expedition cruise might be best for you. These voyages, often onboard small ships (only a few hundred passengers tops), offer an intimate experience that brings passengers right up next to glaciers, whales, penguins and iguanas. Ships visit tiny spots all over the world – from pole to pole – including the Arctic, Alaska, Australia, Greenland, the Galapagos and, of course, Antarctica. Passengers will spend their time zodiacing, kayaking, hiking, biking and exploring with expert guides and knowledgeable naturalists. Expedition travelers love cruise lines such as Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, UnCruise Adventures, Silversea, HX (formerly Hurtigruten Expeditions), Ponant and Quark Expeditions, as well as an ever-expanding list that now even extends to Seabourn and Viking.

But for the most decadent form of travel, luxury cruises offer all-inclusive experiences onboard small to median-sized ships (usually under a thousand passengers) with perks like butlers, high-end amenities and personalized, intuitive service, not to mention the finest dining at sea. Ships often feature luxury touches like marble and crystal decor, intimate spaces and beautiful spas. Because luxury ships tend to be on the smaller size, they can often reach off-the-beaten-path destinations bigger ships simply cannot access -- ports like St. Tropez or Guadeloupe. If you're looking for a luxury cruise, consider Crystal, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea, Explora Journeys, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection and upcoming Four Seasons Yachts.

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There’s no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ vacation — especially on Perfect Day® at CocoCay®. Whether your ideal beach getaway involves larger-than-life thrills or unwinding at a peaceful waterfront chill spot, you’ll find there’s no right or wrong way to make the most out of your adventure when you hop onboard the best CocoCay cruises. 

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Max out your relaxation with endless ways to chill. Jam to DJ spun beats with a signature Coco Loco from the bustling swim-up bar at Oasis Lagoon. Wind down shoreside in a private cabana at Chill Island®. Level up your lounge game along the infinity pool at Coco Beach Club®. Or let loose at the ultimate beach party just for adults on the new Hideaway Beach℠.

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Turn up the thrills like never before. Here, Thrill Waterpark® puts adventure in the fast lane with shriek-inducing slides and rushing tides. You can soar up to 450 feet high in a helium balloon for island views in every direction. And get your adrenaline fix ziplining across the sunny, blue sky.

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Perfect Day at CocoCay offers loads of options to fuel up in between adventures. From mouthwatering Caribbean-style bites at Chill Grill to irresistible chicken sandwiches at Snack Shack, there’s plenty of complimentary delicious options everywhere you turn. Plus, discover even more ways to indulge at Coco Beach Club with elevated dishes like Bahamian lobster rolls, and grilled Caribbean grouper.

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This harborside dive will put you in an island state of mind in no time. Grab a drink, settle into a rope swing seat and snack on the house specialty — chicken wings and fries dipped into signature sauces like mango-habanero and Caribbean jerk.​

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At Skipper’s Grill, treat your tastebuds to all-you-can-eat favorites and your eyes to incredible harborside views. Burgers, dogs, sweets and more always hit the right spot in between island adventures. ​

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Take a break from catching rays and dig into lunchtime favorites served buffet style just steps away from the beach — from tacos with guac to barbecue chicken hot off the grill. It’s a cookout the Caribbean way.​

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Don’t let the name fool you. It may be small — but the Snack Shack goes big on crave-worthy eats. Enjoy quick-served bites like burgers dressed in our secret shack sauce, fried mozzarella sticks, fresh salads, funnel cake — and of course our famous chicken sandwich. ​

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Level up your lounge game — and your cravings — at Coco Beach Club® Restaurant, an exclusive retreat with an indulgent menu. Try beachside classics like the herb-marinated filet mignon or grilled Bahamian lobster perfectly paired with refreshing craft cocktails. And save room for Coco Beach Club’s decadent dessert, rum-soaked cake.

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Slice of Paradise℠ is the ultimate pizza haven just steps from the beach, featuring menu options with an island twist like the Bahamian-style Guava Barbecued Chicken or Veggie Feast. Pair your fresh-from-the-oven pizza with delicious drinks and the unmatched tropical views of Hideaway Beach — an adults-only beachfront paradise.


Choose your own ultimate beach day on a cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay. Zen out at your choice of unforgettable places to unwind. Catch some rays along five stretches of powdery beach. Luxe the day away with an Overwater Cabana at Coco Beach Club®. Refuel at the swim-up bar in the largest freshwater pool in The Bahamas. This isn’t vacation days spent. This is bragging rights earned — at the island voted Best Private Destination by Travel Weekly readers for three years running.

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Max out every minute without maxing out your vacay days. Tropic trek to sun-kissed shores. Take your tastebuds on a delicious globetrotting tour. And set sail to the award-winning Perfect Day at CocoCay while making memories onboard Utopia of the Seas® , Allure of the Seas® , Liberty of the Seas® or Freedom of the Seas® .


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Most of the experiences at Perfect Day at CocoCay are complimentary, including plenty of free loungers and activities at five stretches of beach — not to mention five complimentary dining venues located throughout the island. Other attractions, like Thrill Waterpark®, Overwater Cabanas, the Zip Line, and Up, Up and Away helium balloon, are available for a charge.

Ready to max out the memories? There’s something for everyone at Perfect Day at CocoCay. You can learn more by visiting our FAQs section.

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Planning your time at the new CocoCay? If you want to unwind, head to Chill Island on the east side of CocoCay. Or visit the Oasis Lagoon or the Thrill Waterpark to get on the side of adventure.

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Coco Beach Club day passes and cabanas include an exclusive lunch at the island’s only gourmet restaurant — enjoy favorites like lobster and filet mignon.​

Purchased a beverage or Wi-Fi package onboard or on Cruise Planner ? You can use them on the island too.

Some cabanas come with extra perks, like the cabanas at Thrill Waterpark® , which include complimentary entry to all of the slides and activities inside for up to six guests.


Laze in a beachside hammock or get your thrills at Thrill Waterpark℠ on Perfect Day at CocoCay. Stroll along the waterfront of capital city Nassau and see its distinctive pastel-colored buildings. Or explore waterfalls and botanic gardens on Grand Bahama Island and fall in love with all CocoCay cruise ports.

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