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NCL Escape, which sails the Caribbean and Med.NCL Escape, which sails the Caribbean and Med.

With companies tripping over themselves to cater to the ever-expanding family market, cruise holidays with kids are a much more tempting option than in the past, when they were often seen as the preserve of the elderly. 

Cruises will never be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are many reasons to at least try one out. First, they allow you to visit several destinations on one holiday but also spend time chilling by the pool. Secondly, they offer a vast array of activities and facilities that differ by cruise but might include cinema screenings under the stars, dolphin- and whale-spotting, crèches, children’s and teen clubs, decktop climbing walls, basketball courts, surfing pools and even ice-skating – in addition to pools, gyms, spas, cinemas, theatres, shops and several restaurants.

Check out family cruise holidays in Europe and the Caribbean and see our special deals and latest offers with partners:
• NCL Cruises: Norwegian Cruise Line, with family-friendly itineraries in Europe and the Caribbean.
• Celebrity Cruises: Family-friendly vessels serving France, Spain, Portugal, Norway and Iceland, the Med, the Azores and the Caribbean.
• Royal Caribbean: 25 ships and 272 destinations worldwide, many of them brilliant for families.
• P&O Cruises: five family-friendly ships plying the Med or the Caribbean. 
• TUI Marella Discovery and Discovery 2: child-friendly cruises throughout Europe and the Caribbean from the popular brand formerly known as Thomson Cruises. 
• DFDS Family Breaks: Mini-cruises between the UK and Netherlands, perfect for trying out the idea of a longer family cruise.


St Hilda Sea Adventures

Exclusive 5% off Scottish Islands family cruise

Active holidays with the kids. Use discount code.

Recommended Partners

Walt Disney World®

Cruise and Stay in the Caribbean with Mickey and Co.


Family-friendly Marella Cruises around Europe and the Med.


• Test out the waters on a ferry-based ‘mini-cruise’.

• Choose a family-friendly cruise company with entertainment suited to your kids' ages and interests, and where there are also likely to be kids the same age who speak the same language.

• Opt for a ship with a ‘relaxed dining’ policy, so you can eat when you want from a choice of restaurants offering food everyone enjoys.

• Choose a big cabin with plenty of storage space as well as a private balcony if possible.

• Check which currency you’ll be expected to pay in – exchange rates may negatively affect your bill. 

• Pick a cruise with staff who speak good English, especially if you're planning on using childcare.

See all our family cruise tips.

Cruise Favourite

Marella Dream: Family-friendly cruise holidays, Europe
The choice of three 8-day cruise itineraries suitable for families on-board Marella Dream, exploring the Canary Islands, Morocco, Portugal and Spain.

Cruise Feature

A Family Cruise in the Scottish Highlands and Norwegian Fjords
Lynette and her crew find out that cruises are not just for the rich.

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Sands Resort, Cornwall

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