Cruising is an amazing way to travel with children. Many of our cruise line suppliers are family focused with plenty of entertainment for the children, including kids clubs for all ages, splash parks, live shows, and specific dining times to suit children. And multi-generational holidays are becoming increasingly popular. Cruise holidays lend themselves very well to multi-generational getaways! Entertainment for all generations, perfect dining options for all ages and tastes. Family-friendly shore excursions. Everything is taken care of!
When should I book my family cruise?
Family cruises are incredibly popular. We highly recommend that you book as far in advance as possible to ensure availability. Cruise holidays are released 12-18 months in advance of travel, making it easy to spread the cost.
Cruise lines such as P&O have a limited number of spaces in each of their Kid's Clubs. Once they have reached capacity for a certain age range, they will no longer accept any bookings for children of that age group on a particular sailing.
When choosing a cruise line for your family, you will need to consider factors such as the destinations, ship size, onboard activities, dining options, entertainment, and age-appropriate kids' programmes.
Some of the top cruise lines for families include:
- Disney Cruise Line: Known for its immersive Disney-themed experiences, character meet-and-greets, kids' clubs, and family entertainment. Their ships are designed with families in mind.
- Royal Caribbean International: Offers a wide range of family-friendly activities such as water parks, rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, and dedicated kids' clubs for various age groups.
- Carnival Cruise Line: Known for its fun and lively atmosphere with a variety of family-friendly entertainment options, water slides, and kids' programs.
- Norwegian Cruise Line: Offers flexible dining options, water parks, kids' clubs, and entertainment suitable for all ages, including Broadway-style shows.
- MSC Cruises: Provides family-oriented amenities like water parks, family cabins, kids' clubs, and family-friendly entertainment.
- Princess Cruises: Offers family-friendly accommodations, youth programs, and family-oriented activities like movies under the stars and family game nights.
- P&O Cruises: With fantastic Kids Clubs for all ages, a babysitting service, splash pools, family-friendly live shows, excursions, and children-friendly dining times, P&O is a perfect choice for a family getaway.
- Celebrity Cruises: Offers family-friendly amenities like family-focused staterooms, youth programs, and family-oriented activities.
Take a look at our fantastic blog Best Family Cruises Summer 2024 to start planning your family cruise!