Cruise Tips8 Best Cruise Lines for Families

8 Best Cruise Lines for Families

Are you looking to book the perfect family vacation at sea? Here are the top cruise lines to consider for taking multiple generations onboard.

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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.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

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.

MSC Cruises

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

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.

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Jason Leppert
Jason Leppert
Contributor – Jason Leppert In his thirties, Jason is a millennial cruise expert with over 100 sailings under his belt and a fresh, youthful perspective on the industry. He has been cruising since before he was even two years old thanks to his parents’ shared passion for traveling and their desire to experience all journeys together as a family. You can visit his website at
Cruise Tips8 Best Cruise Lines for Families


  1. If food is really important you can rule out Royal Caribbean. Completely mediocre to inedible, particularly the chocolate desserts. On the other hand, Carnival has upped their game across the board. To me the REAL culinary eye-opener was Chef’s Table. My 12 year-old kid loved putting on a toque and helping the Executive Chef whip up dessert.

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