Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line is probably the first company to come to mind when considering any cruise vacation, and that’s for good reason. It offers one of the best values on the market while truly providing something for everyone. Gone is its former booze-cruise stigma, and here now are family-friendly activities, great kids and teen facilities and plenty of dining and entertainment choices to satisfy even the pickiest.
Disney Cruise Line
Just the name Disney is enough to capture the imagination with all kinds of family fun. It may not be the cheapest line on the list, but as with everything, you do get what you pay for. And on the Disney Cruise Line that means premium entertainment, larger-than-average children’s clubs, signature character meet-and-greets with the likes of Mickey and Minnie and great dining in themed spaces. After all, Disney is always telling a story.
Chances are you may have not even heard of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, but if you’re in the market for enjoying a luxury cruise with the entire family, its EUROPA 2 may very well fit the bill. There are staterooms dedicated to multiple generations as well as kids and teens venues, all things not nearly as common on most luxury lines.
Holland America Line
Similarly, Holland America Line may not immediately come to mind when you think of younger children coming along, but grandparents love this brand, making it a perfect setting for parents and kids to come along. Besides, the line’s average age is declining each year, and as it continues to modernize, there’s more for all ages to enjoy including playful kids facilities.
Not only has MSC Cruises partnered up with great kid-friendly brands like Chicco and LEGO, but the line also features astounding Kids Cruise Free fares on select sailings. That way everything from the aqua park and water slides to F1 simulator and 4D cinema are that much closer to entertaining you and your little ones.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line may have recently ended its partnership with Nickelodeon, but it still offers some of the largest kids facilities at sea, especially on its newest ships. Plus, the latest vessels also have fantastic water slide complexes with tame to thrilling varieties to suit everyone’s tastes for adventure.
Princess Cruises already had great kids facilities for ages up to teens, and now the line is improving them in collaboration with Discovery Consumer Products. That means while families can collectively enjoy Discovery at Sea programming like trivia and stargazing, children also get their own spaces dedicated to shows and networks like MythBusters and Animal Planet.
Royal Caribbean International
Last but not least, Royal Caribbean International is making a name for itself in the family market by featuring cluster cabins suited to multiple generations on its newest ships as well as one of the greatest arrays of entertainment at sea. The DreamWorks Experience also brings characters and film screenings onboard while ice skating spectaculars and water diving performances up the ante on basic production shows.
Jason Leppert is the Editor-in-Chief of Popular Cruising, the leader in video cruise reviews.