Take to the high seas for a carefree family adventure in 2014. School holidays are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of term with a family cruise. With unlimited destinations to explore and a great variety of onboard entertainment, a cruise will have the kids loving every second of the journey. A cost effective holiday option, our cruise packages include accommodation, meals and onboard entertainment. From water slides and ice skating rinks to live theatre shows and dance classes, there is no time for boredom on a cruise with activities for all ages, all day!
To help you get started, here are our top five cruise lines for families.
The ever popular Disney Cruise Line could have your family travelling around the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii or Alaska. Take the kids on a magical adventure with fantastic Disney themed entertainment onboard each of their four cruise ships. Dance the night away with open air music extravaganzas, catch a night time movie at Goofy’s Pool, sing your heart out with karaoke at Studio Sea or shake hands with your favourite Disney characters. Dine at one of the three themed restaurants with child friendly menus and enjoy a restful stay in one of the ship’s purposely designed family rooms.
Ideal for a long weekend getaway or a holiday during the Easter break, P&O have a fantastic range of close to home cruises. Discover the highlights of the Pacific Islands, New Zealand or simply sail around Australia, while enjoying your ship’s many family friendly facilities. Your P&O cruise will offer age specific kids clubs, kid’s menus, baby sitting services and special inter-connecting rooms. Little ones aged 3 to 6, can head to Turtle Cove while Shark Shack is for 7 to 10 year olds. Teens will also be entertained from dawn to dusk with sports competitions, hip hop dance classes, themed parties and band practise for budding musicians.
Royal Caribbean International
Cruising to a huge catalogue of destinations all over the globe, Royal Caribbean International opens the door for your family to travel the world. Their fleet features many innovative activities including the FlowRider surf simulator, rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, zip lines and even carousels. Kids can run wild at Adventure Ocean, while teens can chill at the teen only spa, lounge or arcade. For a special treat, consider enjoying a unique Royal Caribbean experience on your cruise, such as the magical DreamWorks Experience where you can meet the gang from Madagascar, Shrek or Ku Fu Panda, or the Barbie Premium Experience, perfect for Barbie wannabes.
Jump onboard the Carnival Spirit or the Carnival Legend and cruise around Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific. Kids can head to Camp Carnival for exciting games and activities all day including story time, talent shows, finger painting and puppet shows. For young teens, there are video games, late night movies and swim parties under the stars at Circle C, while Club 02 for 15 to 17 year olds features sports, dance parties and even exclusive shore excursions. Feast on sumptuous food with family friendly dining and exciting kid’s menus or relax in adjoining family staterooms.
Whether you would prefer a cruise through Asia, Alaska, Europe or Australia, Princess Cruises offer endless opportunities for adventure. Teens can enjoy an all access pass to teen only lounges packed with the latest music, movies and games. Their days will be filled with dance parties, talent shows, makeovers and formal dinners, while kids can head to the Youth Center for pyjama parties, fun fairs, scavenger hunts and movie nights. A Princess cruise is sure to be one holiday you will never hear the kids say, ‘Are we there yet?’