Family holidays stay with you forever, so you want them to be full of quality family time and lots of fun. A cruise holiday ticks all of the boxes, as there’s plenty of entertainment for the kids day and night, fun activities for the whole family to enjoy together and great childminding and crèche facilities giving you piece of mind when you need some time to relax.

Many cruise lines are family-friendly and have their own childcare facilities onboard. Plus, there are some fantastic offers that make cruising great value for families, such as free child places and reduced 3rd and 4th passenger fares.

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 and adults happy. You’ll find kids’ clubs and teen-only discos on most family cruise ships. Not only are they 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 and you get to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Food-wise, all family cruise ships have a wide variety of dishes on offer. Many of the main restaurants have kids’ menus or early kids’ dinner sittings, and there are treats available throughout the ships. On many ships, kids’ clubs host dinners throughout the week, where youngsters can eat and socialise in the buffet restaurant.

Family-friendly cruise lines and ships

Booking the perfect family cruise is a breeze! All the main cruise lines have family staterooms available, in addition to spacious family suites that come complete with living areas and private balconies. Marella Cruises boast some of the most advanced childcare facilities at sea, with all six ships in the fleet boasting an onboard kids’ club. The Kidzone caters for children aged between 3 and 12 years-old and features activities including storytelling, discos and games.

P&O Cruises has four family-friendly ships in its fleet, the big and beautiful Britannia, Azura, Oceana and Ventura. All have The Reef kids club programme, available for those aged between 2 and 17 years-old.

Most of the other big name cruise lines offer family friendly cruises too, including Royal Caribbean – which even boasts ‘The Ultimate Family Suite’ onboard Symphony of the Seas. In this one-of-a-kind suite you’ll find your own 3-D cinema room with popcorn machine and an in-room slide! Norwegian Cruise Line are great for serving up all kinds of fun for families, too. The options for a family-friendly cruise are limitless, so book yours with today!