A huge cruiser sailing through a vibrant ocean
A huge cruiser sailing through a vibrant ocean

Family Cruise Holidays

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.

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Explore the World with Take the Family

Editor's choice

Celebrity Eclipse

Accommodation
A cruise well-suited to families with older kids, combining luxury with fantastic activities - some educational!

P&O Cruises

Travel provider
A P&O Cruises family holiday offers a huge choice of activities and entertainment but also lots of time to do absolutely nothing if that's what you want, plus exceptional restaurants and bars.
Lynette and her crew find out that cruises are not just for the rich.

Tips

• 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.

Offer of the week

Exclusive Offer - 10% off with Forest Holidays. Book and stay before 31 Dec 2020.

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