Choose from our collection of family cruises and look forward to an experience suitable for guests of all ages.
Increasingly popular with those looking for an alternative to traditional hotel-based holidays, cruising as a family is a great way to guarantee everyone has an unforgettable vacation. Effortlessly catering for guests young and old, family cruises combine unrivalled opportunities to explore various destinations with enough onboard activities and entertainment options to keep everyone occupied.
Family Cruises – Advantages & Benefits
There are numerous advantages to choose a cruise for your family holiday:
Clubs & Activities
Cruises lines that cater to families nearly always offer clubs and activities suitable for younger guests. For example, P&O Cruises has four different clubs for guests aged 2 to 17. Celebrity Cruises offers family-friendly dining options and a ‘Camp at Sea’ programme, which features an array of activities for children and teens.
Even expedition cruise lines can be suitable for families. For example, Hurtigruten offers a ‘Young Explorers’ programme ideal for younger travellers interested in science and learning more about the natural world.
Cruise from the UK
Another benefit to choosing to cruise as a family holiday is the number of departures available from the UK, make them ideal if you’d like to avoid flying or luggage fees. Cruise lines like P&O Cruises and Celebrity Cruises all offer frequent round-trip sailings from Southampton and allow you to explore destinations including the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
Many new cruise ships have been designed to include a range of accommodations suitable for families. For smaller families – typically two adults and 1-2 children – you have the option to share a cabin or stateroom. However, if you feel you need more space (and more bathroom facilities), you could always book two interconnecting staterooms. Family Suites are another option and will include separate bedrooms, a living area and a private balcony.
Cruise deals for families
You might be thinking that a cruise might not be the most budget-friendly option when it comes to booking a holiday. However, it is possible to find special offers if you are looking to keep the price down, especially if you’re thinking of cruising in the school holidays. For example, cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean and MSC offer free kids places on selected sailings.
Another consideration is to choose a cruise line that includes onboard extras in the fare. Operators such as Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises have elements such as drinks and WiFi in the price, so there’s no need to be concerned about unseen costs at the end of your holiday. Finally, we recommend booking your family cruise early because each ship only has a limited number of family-ready accommodation options.
Recommended Cruise Lines
There are quite a few cruise lines that specialise in family-orientated cruises. Booking a voyage with one of the following operators will ensure everyone enjoys their time onboard to the fullest.
In addition to the cruise operators above, other lines such as Royal Caribbean International, NCL and Carnival are renowned for offering fun-packed experiences for cruisers of all ages.
Book family cruises with The Cruise Line
To find out more about family cruises or to speak to one of our Voyage Consultants about future sailings, please call 0800 008 6677. Alternatively, please make an online enquiry for one of the itineraries featured below.