Wouldn’t you love to be on a cruise right now? Admiring the endless blue ocean, while listening to happy kids frolicking in the cool of the pool? Make your next family holiday a cruising adventure, and be transported by ship to exotic destinations across the Caribbean. Cruises are a wonderful and hassle free way for families to travel, allowing you to enjoy the journey almost as much as the destination.
For a little further inspiration, here’s our pick for Caribbean cruising with the family.
Disney Cruise Line
Voted by US News Travel as the number one cruise line in the Caribbean for families, Disney offers just about everything kids, and their parents, could want. For a start, the attention to detail is extraordinary and a big bonus is that kids are carefully catered for. The onboard kids club is packed full of Disney-themed entertainment and the legendary deck parties come complete with signature Disney fireworks. The Disney Fantasy cruise ship visits the top ports in the Eastern (think St Maarten and St Thomas) or Western (think Cayman Islands and Mexico) Caribbean plus Castaway Cay, Disney’s own private island.
Royal Caribbean International
One of the world’s largest cruise lines, Royal Caribbean International has the versatility to offer the perfect cruise for every family. Allure of the Seas is one of its largest ships, boasting room for 5000 travellers. Packed with loads of amenities, this ship is divided into seven distinct neighbourhoods, including a unique DreamWorks experience featuring characters from Shrek, Madagascar and more. But wait, that’s not all – how about an ice-skating rink, outdoor garden, mini-golf course, casino, themed parties, jazz club and the Broadway hit Chicago entertaining you each evening? You could be forgiven for never going ashore.
With a name like Celebrity Cruises, we know you will be treated like the celebrity you are. The youth programs on offer on the Celebrity Reflection (which cruises the Eastern Caribbean) are flexible and modern, with children split into five age-appropriate groups, from babies to 17 year olds. Activities range from art or jewellery-making classes in the onboard art studio to sports and scavenger hunts. There are also private babysitting services and the Fun Factory Youth Club hosts kids during dinner, lunch or while the ship is in port.
The Caribbean Princess is renowned for bringing families together, offering inventive activities such as Movies Under the Stars, kid-friendly yoga classes and book clubs. Onboard facilities include five swimming pools with waterslides and hot tubs large enough for the entire clan. The kids clubs are terrific – the Jr.CHEF@Sea program gives budding chefs hands-on cooking lessons while the Science on the Seas program teaches them all about the amazing underwater world.