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A cruise is the perfect way to enjoy a family holiday with guaranteed activities for the kids and more than enough to keep parents entertained at all times. No matter if you want to spend a holiday with the pace turned up to fun and adventure or set a more relaxed, quiet pace, a family cruise holiday will provide more than enough for all tastes. With more cruise ships offering facilities akin to land based holidays at comparable prices, more families are choosing a cruise than ever before.
Lots of activities and specialised staff are available on the large resort ship, providing a safe and educational environment, experiencing new cultures and interacting with children from all over the globe.

Cabins & Meal Times

Cabins are adapted to accommodate families. Some will feature ‘Pullman Berths’ or to give them their colloquial name, bunk beds, which are ideal for younger families. Some family cabins & suites come with separate sleeping areas, though the additional space is reflected in the cost.

On many cruise ships, the dining options are virtually limitless. The traditional ‘early’ and ‘late’ dining sittings may not be the most appropriate for some families, especially with younger children, so some cruise lines now feature ‘anytime’ dining options, buffet restaurants and specialty dining venues, where booking a table is advised.

Selected cruise lines also provide separate children’s meal times as part of their Kids Club activities, meaning parents can enjoy a quiet evening meal to themselves, if they should wish. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line perhaps offer a happy medium with “My Time Dining” - enjoy your first course with the children eating their meal with you in the main dining room before they are collected and taken to the kids club, allowing you to relax and continue your evening meal in a leisurely ambience.

Kids Clubs

If your children wish to take part in organised Kids Club activities, many cruise lines cater for this with age-specific clubs – children from 6 months to 17 years are welcome to join the clubs, however children between 2 - 3 years old require a parent to stay with them. 

Throughout the day there are a wide range of activities for the children, including ball pools, soft play zones, game consoles and much, much more – they’ll never be bored! Or if you fancy a night out without the kids – then the children can stay in the supervised night nursery (additional cost apply).

Several cruise lines offer child activity based shore excursions or allow children to stay on board under kids club supervision, whilst the adults venture ashore to explore.

On occasions some cruise lines may offer FREE child places, or reduced child fares. These promotions are usually subject to availability and limited to selected ships and dates only. The kids clubs on board are included in the price with most cruise companies with the opportunity to pay additional amounts should your child wish to stay beyond the normal opening times. Some cruise lines offer soft drinks packages for children so you can budget in advance for these purchases.

Who is best for families?

Whilst most cruise lines welcome children on-board, some cruise companies do position their product towards an older clientele, and these would not be best suited for children. Some ships are also designated as exclusively ‘adults only’, and children are not allowed onboard. If you are thinking of a family cruise holiday, we would recommend you consider the following cruise lines:



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