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Memories from family holidays will stay with you forever. You work hard all year for them, so you want to know that you’ll get that quality family time and of course, have lots of fun! And guess what – a cruise can tick all of those boxes.

A big question asked when booking a family holiday is will there be enough to keep the kids entertained? Well with cruise holidays, we can safely tell you not to worry about that! Cruise entertainment teams are some of the best in the business, and there’s certain to be plenty of activities happening day and night!

Also, there are some fantastic family cruise deals on offer that make cruising great value for families. With Marella Cruises, children don’t pay adult prices or cabin supplements, and there’s special prices for infants under 2. Cots are also available free of charge!

It’s those helpful savings that make your trip of a lifetime that bit more palatable. So kick back and take in the view, safe in the knowledge that there’s plenty to keep the whole family occupied, you’ll get to experience some of the most stunning places on the planet, and you’ll have more of your hard-earned money left to spend making the most of your family-friendly cruise holiday.


So much to see, so little time. Do you sample the best of the Med, exploring dramatic landscapes and taking in all the family fun you can handle. Do you venture to some of mainland Europe’s most picturesque spots, head north to search out the Northern Lights or take a longer trip to the glorious Caribbean?

Wherever you choose to go, you’ll be treated to a delightful experience aboard some of the best family cruise ships in the business. You’ll discover distant lands filled with culture and possibilities, eclectic architecture and stellar views, and a whole new world of family adventures you’ll share and relive for a lifetime.

All the Marella family-friendly cruise experiences are carefully tailored to include a variety of sites and activities that the entire tribe will love. You'll find beautiful locations boasting excellent beaches and water parks, and sun-drenched islands with world-class water sports, as well as cities filled with history to explore and family hotels catering for your every need.

You’ll meet wonderful people and enjoy the warmest of welcomes, and you’ll be treated to some of the most wondrous scenery the planet has to offer. And that’s just when you get off the ship! On-board you’ll be pampered, get to make the whole place your very own floating home from home, and the activities for adults and kids are plentiful, so you’ll never be bored.

Why choose a family cruise?

Family cruises are designed with every generation in mind, and cruise lines have thought of everything to keep babies, kids, teenagers and adults happy. Marella Cruises actually scooped a silver award for Best Family Cruise Line at the 2015 British Travel Awards!

You'll find kids' clubs and teen-only areas, perfect for filling your child’s day with treasure hunts, captain meets and movie nights whilst you and your partner can have some time together – how blissful does that sound?

Not only are kids’ clubs full of fun activities, it's a great chance for them to make new friends and learn new skills, meaning boredom is never an issue.

Plus for that quality family time, expect frequent table tennis and football tournaments and lots of fun quizzes that are sure to get every generation involved.

Food-wise, all family cruise ships have a wide variety of dishes on offer. Dining doesn’t always have to be formal, buffet restaurants have a huge choice of dishes at each meal time. There’s no stress, no time keeping just lots of family favourite grub like pasta and fries, as well as ice creams for dessert – fussy eaters rejoice!

If you need some me-time while on-board, fear not – many of the Marella ships have spas to relax in, along with fully-equipped gyms, hot tubs with epic views, and the pools are stunning. There’s also loads of activities on offer throughout the day, so the kids will have plenty of water-based action to get involved in.

Family-friendly holidays with Marella Cruises

Marella Cruises have family cruises pretty much nailed! From accommodation; book a family suite or even interconnecting cabins, to family friendly shore excursions. You can choose from a vast range including water parks, aquariums and visits to those sun soaked beaches.

When staying onboard, five of the six ships in the Marella Cruises fleet boast an onboard kids' club catering for children aged between three and 12 years-old. Accredited staff do an amazing job at delivering bundles of fun activities, like pyjama parties, messy arts and crafts, and behind the scenes ship tours.

Even meal times with Marella Cruises are no issue! Most onboard restaurants operate an open seating dining system and serve up lots of staple British food favourites. From yummy cakes and freshly baked scones at afternoon tea to delicious ice creams from Scoops, fresh pizza slices at the Pizzeria and hot dogs, burgers and fries from Snack Shack - located on most pool decks.

Marella Explorer 2 may be adult only, but you can freely choose from any of the remaining five and feel confident that your family will have an amazing time! However for something entirely family friendly, Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2 really take it up a notch. Not only housing Kids’ club but a teens-only space called The Hideout, plus specific babytainment sessions for the youngest cruisers, decks are well equipped with minigolf courses, sports courts, gamer zones and even a rock climbing wall!

The nice thing about sailing with Marella Cruises is that their ships are mid size, are well adapted and still have that home from home feeling. You’ll never be too far away from the kids even if your lazing on the adult only Veranda!

Choose to cruise and see more of the world with the ones you love most. The options for a family-friendly cruise are limitless, so why not book yours with today!

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