Looking for a family holiday?

Say goodbye to those dreaded words, “I’m bored!” on your next family holiday and book a cruise that ticks all the boxes.

✓ First up, the cruise ship!

With so many family-friendly cruise lines available to choose from, you’re sure to find a ship that offers the perfect blend of fun and relaxation for your family. A family-focused cruise offers a variety of onboard amenities, activities and entertainment to cater to everyone in the family – from the youngest cruisers to nan and pop tagging along for a multi-generational getaway. Tick!

✓ Next, the destination

Almost as important as how you get there is where you’re going. And with a cruise, there are so many amazing options for families, from the sun-soaked islands of the South Pacific to an outdoor adventure in Alaska, the choices are endless. Plus, you’ll get to stop in multiple destinations and only unpack once. That’s parental heaven right there. Tick!

✓ And finally, the price

Family cruises are now more popular than ever, and with good reason. With fantastic inclusions like staterooms designed for families, onboard meals, family-friendly activities, and incredible facilities such as ice skating rinks, water slides, youth programs, ziplines, rock climbing walls, and more, there’s something for everyone. And all at an affordable all-inclusive price. It’s another tick!

Family-friendly “transport”, destinations kids will love, and value-packed affordability compared to land-based family holidays? “Where can I book?” is all that’s left to say. Cruiseabout’s family cruise experts can help find the perfect cruise holiday deals for you. With access to exclusive offers and packaged holiday deals, your family will be setting sail on the high seas in no time.

HOT FAMILY OFFERS

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South Pacific Splendour

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Italy, Spain & France family cruise

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The Future of Family Cruising

A Video From Royal Caribbean International

Family-Friendly Cruise Lines

Looking for the perfect holiday for your family? Don’t stress! Discover our top-rated family-focused cruise lines, packed with activities, entertainment, and amenities for everyone. With endless options to choose from, let us help you narrow down the choices and embark on an unforgettable, kid-friendly adventure on the high seas. There are so many fantastic cruise lines that focus on families these days, providing a wide array of options. It’s not just limited to the six mentioned below. You might also want to consider MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Lindblad Expeditions, and Paul Gauguin Cruises. Selecting the right cruise line for your family depends on various factors like the ages of your children, your family’s unique and shared interests, the desired destinations, and much more. Hopefully, this curated list has given you the inspiration you need to find the perfect cruise for your family.

Royal Caribbean

Packed with endless entertainment, dining options, and family-friendly experiences, Royal Caribbean International ships are built to cater to every age and preference. From thrilling rides to cultural cuisines, your cruise journey is bound to be a blast. Plus, with their exceptional children’s program and group babysitting onboard, parents can enjoy some much-needed date nights too.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival is the perfect choice for families seeking an extraordinary cruise experience. Whether you’re sailing from Australia or internationally, every ship in the Carnival fleet offers a journey tailored to families who crave limitless fun and excitement on the open seas. From magical performances to thrilling water attractions, prepare for an adventure that will captivate the whole family.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Embark on a cruise journey like no other with Norwegian Cruise Line, where family fun abounds. From exclusive teen dance clubs and Circus School, to cupcake decorating and water parks – Norwegian has it all! Plus, NCL’s ethos of ‘Freestyle Cruising’ suits families to a tee. Let your favourite cruisers dive into a world full of excitement, laughter, and unforgettable memories.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line offers epic theme park fun on land and on the high seas. From heart-stopping water slides to spellbinding live shows, engaging programs for all ages, and mouthwatering dining options, every moment is packed with non-stop family fun. Escape boredom and let imaginations run wild with interactive onboard activities, dance parties, high-tech entertainment, and more. 

Celebrity Cruises

Embark on a Celebrity Cruise, where fun knows no age limits! While Celebrity may not be top-of-mind for family-style cruising, their fleet of award-winning ships promise an exceptional family getaway, packed with movies, games, sports, and endless family fun. From creative crafts to thrilling gaming challenges, let your kids immerse themselves in a world of excitement while you relish in relaxation.

Why Go on a Family Cruise?

⚓ Cruising is Fun for All Ages

There’s so much to do on a cruise, there’s little chance you’ll hear your kids complain, “I’m bored,” once you’re on board the ship. In fact, there is something for everyone, regardless of age, making it the perfect holiday option for kids, parents, and grandparents alike. From the youngest grandchildren to the wisest grandparents, the entire family will experience endless fun, relaxation, and moments of togetherness.

⚓ You Can Try Something New

Whether it’s your first cruise, or your 10th, a cruise holiday offers everybody the chance to try something new and exciting. Whether it’s a lifelong dream of swimming with dolphins or simply trying a new cuisine, there is always going to be something on board you and your family haven’t done or tried yet.

⚓ Kids Clubs

Need we say more? Dedicated kids clubs and youth programs are the answer to many parents’ prayers when it comes to cruises for kids. Parents can enjoy some much-needed adult-only time while knowing their kids are well looked after, entertained, and engaged in age-appropriate activities.

⚓ See the World

Travel is something that no book or movie can replace, and there is something very special about sharing that experience with your children. Witness their excitement as they explore new places, see history come alive, and learn to appreciate different cultures around the world.

⚓ Value-Packed, All-Included

With so much included in your cruise fare, including your transport, visiting multiple destinations, onboard dining, basic drinks, and fabulous entertainment and activities, a cruise offers so much value for money. It’s a very economical option for families when compared to land-based holidays.

With so many amazing things to see, do and eat, it may be tempting to plan out every minute of your day, but try to remember to also take some time out to relax and unwind. Slowing down your cruising routine will prevent you and your family from feeling exhausted by the end of each day, and needing a holiday from your holiday when you return home.

Best Destinations for a Family Cruise Holiday

There are so many amazing cruise destinations that both kids and adults will enjoy discovering, but these are some of our favourites.

Alaska

Alaska. The Last Frontier. A family’s playground. When you cruise Alaska you’ll find scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and vast opportunities for outdoor exploration that attracts droves of family holidaymakers.

The Caribbean

The tropical islands of the Caribbean are a superb destination for families with kids of all ages, with world-class beaches, a wide variety of watersports, kid-friendly attractions, and lots of opportunities for cultural exploration on offer.

Hawaii

The spirit and culture of Hawaii welcomes families as soon as they arrive. With gorgeous beaches, exciting adventures, breathtaking scenery, and unique attractions, the islands are on many family’s cruise wish lists.

The Mediterranean

Mediterranean itineraries are a great option for cross-generational family groups travelling together, offering a combination of learning, adventure, and cultural experiences for all ages and interests.

The South Pacific

The laid-back lifestyle of the beautiful South Pacific islands, plus their close proximity to Australia’s shores, makes this cruise destination a top choice for Australian families seeking sun, sand and relaxation.

Insider Tip

Rather than cramming your itinerary full of non-stop fun both on board and onshore, try to leave some breathing room. Even with the convenience of a kids’ program, travelling with children can be tiring, and sometimes a peaceful break in your cabin is exactly what everyone needs. 

Ice cream time on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Sea

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