Not every cruise ship is geared toward kids. Most will have a few programs for kids like a water slide or perhaps a babysitting service, but some will have tons of other activities for kids as well. Here is a look at some best cruise ships kids will love to sail on.
Royal Caribbean has several cruise ships in their fleet that are kid-friendly.
These include Anthem of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas.
These are ideal choices for parents, kids, and grandparents as there is so much to keep the kids busy. All the Oasis-class ships have gone overboard to provide family-friendly activities.
These include multiple pools, 3D theater, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rink, Flowrider surf simulators, and a zip line.
Of this family of ships, Anthem of the Seas is a bit more sophisticated. They also feature bumper cars, rollerskating, video games, and more.
For something really different, they have a ride that takes passengers in a glass capsule 300 feet above the ocean.
There is plenty of time for parents and grandparents to enjoy some adult time taking in some five-star dining or amazing entertainment.
Nursery care is available and plenty of after-hours fun for the older kids.
These ships also have kid’s clubs. They are separated into toddlers, kids, and teens areas. Royal Tots and Royal Babies are activities and interactive programs that are for tots accompanied by parents. This is for children 6 months to 36 months old. They also have a drop-off babysitting service.
There is something for kids from three to five(Aquanauts), six to eight(Explorers), and nine to eleven(Voyagers). Tweens and teens between twelve and seventeen have a Living Room coffeehouse-style hangout and also a fuel discotheque. All the counselors are excellent and some best in the cruise ship industry.
Some extra-large staterooms and loft suites are ideal for the entire family.
The dining options are amazing. Kids will be crazy for Johnny Rockets, the 1950-style luncheonette. No doubt they will also spend lots of time at New York Pizza and the hot dog joint.
DISNEY CRUISE SHIP LINE
It’s no surprise that the Disney Cruise Ships will cater to families with kids. The ships include the Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, Disney Dream, and the Disney Fantasy. You can’t go wrong with any of them. Just find the one with the itinerary you would most likely enjoy.
The ships are ideal for families with kids from four to eleven years old. This is the age-group they tend to cater to most but have also incorporated more programs to accommodate tweens and teens.
Kids from three to twelve can access The Oceaner Club, and the Oceaneer Lab, however, the Club is geared toward younger kids and the Lab to the older kids.
These ships also have a kids club called Edge that is dedicated entirely to tweens between 11 and 14. The teen club for cruisers between 14 and 17 is called Vibe.
If you should have kids with you between six months and three years there is a nursery available for a fee.
There are also kid’s pools available. The Aquaduck waterslide is featured on the Dream and Fantasy and is a big hit with kids and adults alike.
The cabins on Disney ships were constructed to be ideal for families. There are dividing curtains and bunk-beds. Also, most staterooms offer a bath-and-a-half, so the toilet and shower are separate.
There are so many other features that include a Pirates of the Caribbean Deck Party that includes fireworks and Jack Sparrow roping his way down the ship’s funnel. Some select sailings will include Star Wars Day at Sea or Marvel Day at Sea. You can check for available programs when you book your cruise.
CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP LINE
The newer models of Carnival ships are your best bets when it comes to sailing with the whole family. These ships include the Vista, Horizon, Breeze. Dream, and Magic.
Camp Ocean is fleet-wide and is geared towards kids from two to 11.
Circle C preteens(12 to 14) and Circle 02 Teens have their own spaces and kids have access to dance and pool parties, special teen shore excursions, PlayStation and X-box consoles.
Much like Royal Caribbean, Carnival has separate programs for toddlers, kids, and tweens and teens. Carnival is the only cruise ship line to offer a free drop-off program for two-year-old children and counselors will even change diapers.
Kids of all ages will enjoy WaterWorks. It’s an aqua park that features waterslides, sprayers, soakers, and a splash area for smaller(potty-trained)kids.
The SportSquare features mini-golf, basketball courts, and Foosball tables. You can even watch movies at the SeaSide Theater(Dream Class Ships) on22-foot jumbo screen. Vista and Horizon feature Multiplex screens pictures in both an IMAX and Thrill Theater.
PRINCESS CRUISE LINE
Princess is featuring a new Reef Family Splash Zone on the Caribbean Princess.
It actually debuted in June 2019 and has proven to be very popular among cruising families. There is an interactive splash pad with a giant whale that features showers, sprays, and a water jet right from the whale’s spout. It will entertain kids of all ages.
There are also oversize backyard games in the game zone for all ages.
The entire family will enjoy top-deck stargazing, an indoor planetarium with real-time viewing stars, planets, and galaxies.
Get to meet some animals from the ports you visit. Animal Planet invites local animals on board. This promises to be perhaps the wildest meet-and-greet you have ever experienced. Some of these animals include puppies in the Piazza on Alaska cruises and Parrots in the Piazza on Caribbean cruises.
Eat every night as a family and try some regional food together. There are many casual dining options. There are also kid’s menus in the main dining room. All you have to do is inform Princess of individual dietary options and it will be taken care of.
There are Family suites available that include two interconnecting staterooms that will sleep up to eight people on select ships. Be sure to ask when booking your trip if you prefer a Family Suite.
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