On the right ships, cruising is a great family vacation. Family friendly ships cater to young and old and everyone in between. You’ll find adult only areas and spots where only kids are welcome! You can relax poolside or in the spa while your kids hunt for treasure or create a crafts project, or learn to make pizza. Family friendly cruise lines offer kids and teens clubs, babysitting and kid friendly food. And when you’re rested and relaxed, you can come back together to explore all the ports as a family. It’s just about perfect. So, which ships do the best job for families?
Crystal Cruises offers packages designed just for families, including the Crystal Family Memories Program, where cruisers can earn on-board credits, gifts and free cruises when traveling with larger parties. Plus, on select cruises, kids 18 and under sail for free. That’s just one of the many reasons why Crystal Cruises is one of the best cruise lines for families. For instance, in 2015 Crystal is offering the Family Memories Program on their Captivating Caribbean sailing and the Grand Panama Canal Transit, among many others.
Disney, an obvious choice, offers all kinds of entertainment and engagement for kids of all ages and does not forget about mom and dad. You can hang out on their private island in the Caribbean, have breakfast with Mickey or tea with Cinderella. While the kids are being entertained in the club, the adults can while away the evening in the lounge or nightclub. Every body wins, every body goes home happy. Cruise itineraries for 2015 include Alaska, the Caribbean and even Europe.
Tauck Bridges River Cruises, River cruising for kids? Yes! Although traditionally river cruises have catered to a mature clientele, the demographic has become younger and younger. Of course, baby boomers are still the largest segment of the river cruising industry, but more and more lines are offering options for families with kids as young as 5. This is a great introduction to Europe for kids, where they can learn about different cultures. In 2015 Tauck will offer family river cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Rhone and Seine with their Castles on the Rhine, Blue Danube and Bon Voyage sailings.
Other Cruise Lines that are great for families:
Royal Caribbean Celebrity Regent Seven Seas
Lindblad Expeditions AMA Waterways Uniworld Boutique River Cruises