A family cruise is the best time of holiday to choose when you want to cater for all ages. Cruising is so popular because there is so much to do onboard and entertainment for all the family. Cruise lines go above and beyond when they are creating family friendly cruises and introducing new ships.
We have selected 5 family orientated cruise ships for you to discover your next family cruise holiday.
This ship is an extraordinary class of adventure with some of the most daring thrills and relaxing chills. Pick from 7 swimming pools and 9 whirlpools all with spectacular ocean views plus an all-you-can-swim buffet. Visit Swim and Tonic, the largest swim up bar at sea, for a midday cocktail or for ultimate beach club vibes, go 8 storeys up to the Hideaway Pool. For more of a thrill, explore Category 6. With 6 record breaking slides, the first open freefall slide and the first mat-racing duo at sea, this is the largest waterpark at sea.
If you are an adrenaline seeker, take part in Crown’s Edge, a part skywalk part rope course on the outside of the ship. This vessel caters for adults too with the Cloud 17 Retreat. This includes a secluded pool with private access to the Lime and Coconut bar, it truly is an adults-only oasis. On an evening, visit the AquaDome for vistas of athletes pulling off superhuman stunts or explore the biggest ice arena in the fleet, Absolute Zero.
Step onboard the Disney Dream for a magical voyage from start to finish. A Disney cruise is perfect for children who want the chance to meet and greet their favourite characters from Mickey Mouse to Cinderella. During the day, venture on the AquaDuck, the first ever water coaster at sea! Explore the ship through a water-flowing acrylic tube as it takes you all over the ship. By night, experience Broadway-calibre performances in the Walt Disney Theatre or have a family karaoke night in the D Lounge. Alongside deck parties and Sail Away celebrations, there is so much to see and do on this Disney cruise ship.
With countless opportunities for adventure and excitement, Norwegian Prima has innovations to elevate everyone’s experience. Prima is a first in a new class of ship for Norwegian Cruise Line and is the newest and most innovative ship in the whole fleet. Alongside first-class service and more outdoor space than ever, there is an Infinity Beach pool, the Ocean Walk glass walkway and a Starbucks so you don’t miss your daily frappuccinos. Prima also debuts the biggest go-kart track in the fleet, Prima Speedway, which spans over 3 decks.
As one of two of the largest ships in MSC Cruises’ fleet, MSC Virtuosa has so much to offer for families of all ages. Slide on 3 twisting slides in the most intricate and exciting water parks at sea, the Polar Aquapark. Enjoy virtual reality races with the F1 Simulators or challenge your family to a game at the full-size Bowling Alley. For nighttime entertainment, discover the TV Studio Bar which houses a radio broadcasting suite, TV broadcasting live games, a comedy club and a live music venue.
Iona is the perfect vessel for families out of this fleet. Adults can relax while kids enjoy various activities at The Reef, a kids club for children aged 2-12. For 13-17 year olds there is the Scene which houses video games, a pool table and table football. Challenge your family with a game of golf, archery or football in the Sports Court before heading to Ocean Studios, a 4-screen cinema showing the latest blockbusters movies. The SkyDome is the place to go for poolside relaxation, live entertainment throughout the day and onboard shopping. For a complete adults-only evening, visit the Limelight Club for a night out with a 3 course meal.
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