With six weeks to spare, you can fit in all kinds of family cruises throughout the school holidays – and there are so many reasons why cruises are the perfect kind of vacay for family breaks!

Marella Cruises’ ships are jam-packed with fabulous facilities, meaning there’s things to do for people of all ages and interests.

Here’s why cruising during the school holidays could mean you and your loved ones have the adventure of a lifetime. You might even pick up some handy tips, too!

Peak-season prices – a thing of the past

The great thing about cruising is simply the value they offer. With holiday prices at their peak, taking the kids away whilst they’re off school often means paying over-the-odds for your well-earned holiday.

Choose a cruise over a traditional beach holiday and you’ll soon realise they really do offer fantastic value for money. With a cruise line like Marella Cruises, everything is already included in one reasonable price!

Being an All Inclusive cruise line means all your food and drinks are already covered in a range of bars and restaurants. If your cruise departs from another country you’ll have flights included too of course, plus, costly added extras are already covered too, like coach transfers and tips!

And let’s not forget – you’ll be sailing to way more destinations than you would with just your usual beach holiday. Talking about getting more bang for your buck!

Perfect for adults – and the kids

The great thing about cruising is that you don’t have to restrict yourself to a hotel that’s totally aimed around the kids. Although that’s great for them, it’s your holiday too!

When thinking of a cruise ship, it’s best not to just think of it as your ‘hotel’ – it’s more like a floating resort all in itself! A Marella Cruises ship can have up to 10 restaurants and 10 bars onboard – meaning you can drink and dine in a new place each and every day on a seven-night sailing. Talk about choice!

If you’re travelling as a family, you and your partner can still have plenty of one-on-one time together thanks to the flexibility of the Kids’ Clubs onboard.

With the kids safely dropped off at their soon-to-be favourite venue where they’ll get stuck into all kinds of activities, you and your loved one can head off to the onboard spa for a couples treatment, book yourself in for a three-course feast or simply head up out on deck for a romantic stroll surrounded by stunning sea views.


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If the thought of hopping on a plane with the kids sends shivers down your spine – and not the good kind – then not to worry! The great thing about cruising is that with many sailings, you can leave straight from the the convenience of a UK port, without ever having to set food on an aeroplane.

Marella Cruises sail out of both Newcastle and Southampton, so whether you live up north or down south, there’s a port you can reach that can take you on the holiday of a lifetime. And with an unlimited baggage allowance, you don’t have to worry about cramming all those holiday clothes (and toys and teddies) into an overflowing suitcase. Bring as much as you like!

Multiple destinations – all in one trip

An image of the stunning Amalfi Coast, near Naples in Italy

How many other kids in their class will go back in the new term and be able to say that they’ve visited between six and 12 new destinations over the summer holidays?

Depending whether you opt for a seven-night cruise or set sail for a full fortnight will change how many dreamy destinations you visit over the course of your cruise.

On a typical seven-night sailing with Marella Cruises, you’ll head to six different destinations. On a typical Western Mediterranean itinerary, you could sail from the likes of Palma in Majorca and visit picturesque places like Cadiz, Gibraltar, Barcelona, Malaga and Cartagena.

More than just a typical beach holiday, the kids will soak up so much culture – from sights like the Colosseum to the leaning tower of Pisa!

And of course – Kids’ Clubs!

From a dedicated Baby Centre offering specialised ‘babytainment’ for tiny tots to a Kids’ Club perfect for three to 11-year olds, Marella Cruises have everything covered when it comes to looking after any kids onboard.

They’ll be able to take part in arts and crafts, movie nights and even trips to see the Captain. They’ll have a blast!

Tips for cruising with the family

Choose the right ship

With so much choice when it comes to which ship you sail on, it’s important you pick one that’s going to keep all the family happy.

Marella Cruises’ Discovery ships are well-known for being some of the most family-friendly on the market. We’re talking more than just a pool to make a splash in – think rock climbing walls, mini-golf courses and even gamer zones stocking the latest consoles and top games.

There’s even a real-life Breakout Challenge where the whole family work as a team to find clues and solve puzzles to escape before the time runs out. You don’t get this kind of stuff in your average hotel!

Cabin is key

If you already know you’ll be off having fun around the ship and won’t be spending much time in your cabin, you might have a key opportunity to save yourself some money by opting for an Inside Cabin. After all, there’s so much to do on the ship that your room can often just be a place to crash after a busy day!

However if plenty of space and amenities are on your wish-list then it might be best to go for a cabin designed specifically for families, like Marella Cruises‘ Family Suite that sleeps up to seven in two separate rooms. Perfect! The choice is all yours.


Teenager hideout area onboard Marella Explorer

Even if you’re not going for a dedicated family room, it might be a good idea to pre-book your cabin close to the kids’ clubs by checking it’s whereabouts on the ship plans. It’ll save your legs trudging back to the room after playtime!

Many of Marella Cruises ships – like Marella Discovery and Marella Explorer – even have designated areas just for teens, also known as The Hideout. This cool spot features the likes of games consoles and air-hockey tables – they’ll make new mates here in no time.

Time to book?

Take a look at our top family cruises here or simply give us a quick call on 0800 107 2323. 

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