Family cruises

Family Cruise Deals

A family cruise is an adventure for all ages, from the young to the young-at-heart. There is truly something for everyone, from toddlers to teenagers, to nan and pop. Plus, with all food, accommodation and entertainment included, it's great value too!
But, this value isn't a secret, and as more and more families take to cruising, it is important to book early! The popularity of a family cruise means that the limited children's space onboard each ship can fill up quickly!
From the South Pacific to the Caribbean, Cruiseabout can source the best cruise deals for your family, so contact a Cruise Specialist today for more details. You can call us on 1300 769 228, or send us an email from the Contact Us page.

Family Cruise Lines

These days, more and more cruise lines offer family-friendly amenities, and families can pick from increasingly innovative perks, from cruising's first ropes course and water coasters to Flow Riders, zip-lines and playrooms that look like animated scenes come to life.
With this boatload of amenities on offered, geared to toddlers, 'tweens and teens, it can be confusing as to which cruise line is best suited to you and your family. So, to help you out, we have listed our top picks for family-friendly cruise lines and why they might be good for your family!
P&O Australia Cruise

P&O Australia

P&O's qualified staff run a safe and friendly program, with activities for young cruisers aged 3 to 17 years old, offering with a mix of fun, educational and active entertainment.
Royal Caribbean Cruising

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean offers something for everyone, from their Royal Babies program & DreamWorks character parades, to teen parties and rock-climbing walls.
Carnival Australia

Carnival Cruise Lines Australia

Carnival has the whole family covered with tons of activities for adults and supervised activities for kids aged 2 to 17, including kids club, mini-golf, waterparks and much more.
Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises

Princess runs kid's programs for children aged 3 to 17 years, and families will be comfortable with specially designed adjoining staterooms, youth clubs, and experienced counsellors.
Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line

Your children will be in cruising heaven with Disney character appearances, themed shows, Pirate of the Caribbean deck parties, character greetings, twisting slides and more!
MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises

MSC's family-friendly policy means that kids aged 11 and under sail free* with MSC Cruises! Plus there are age-appropriate kids programs and loads of family activities offered on board.
Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line

NCL is partnered exclusively with Nickelodeon, offering activities and events designed to encourage the whole family to explore, play, imagine and have all the fun in the world together.
P&O Cruises International

P&O Cruises

P&O International's family-friendly ships offer a fantastic children's program, The Reef, with a wide range of play and leisure activities suitable for children of all ages.

Family Cruise Ships

Family-friendly cruise ships offer a boatload of activities for kids, adults and the family unit alike, but which one is best suited to your family? From our top family cruise lines, we have picked our favourite cruise ships, sailing both from Australia and internationally. So, what are you waiting for? Take your pick!

Pacific Jewel

Pacific Jewel

Sailing year-round from Australia, Pacific Jewel's kids clubs, Turtle Cove, Shark Shack, HQ and HQ+, cater to kids aged 3 to 17 years. And, you will be sure to get plenty of family and alone time too!
Voyager of the Seas, Royal Caribbean

Voyager of the Seas

With a rock-climbing wall, basketball court, ice-skating rink, in-line skating and much, much more, there is plenty for your family to do together. Plus, your kids can meet Shrek, Madagascar or Kung Fu Panda!
Carnival Spirit

Carnival Spirit

With the largest waterpark at sea in Australia, mini-golf, family-friendly comedy shows, 3 different kids clubs and amenities and dining to suit all tastes, your family will definitely get into the Spirit of things!
Golden Princess

Golden Princess

Golden Princess is a fantastic ship for multi-generational family cruising, with an adundance of choices for doing activities as a family together - kids, parents and grandparents - or individually.
Disney Dream

Disney Dream

Disney Dream has the best facilities, dining schemes and programs for kids aged 4 to pre-teen, with Mickey and Donald pools, "Pirates of the Caribbean" deck parties, character greetings and much, much more!
MSC Fantasia

MSC Fantasia

With its own play centres, including a kids club, jungle adventure playground and youth counsellors, your kids will absolutely love their MSC Fantasia cruise. And you'll love that they cruise free* if they are aged 11 or under!
Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic

Norwegian's Freestyle cruising and casual atmosphere make it a great choice for families and mega- ship Norwegian Epic has all of the bells and whistles families love on their cruise holidays.
P&O Ventura


With a dedicated area for kids, and the first circus school at sea, Ventura has pulled away from P&O International's traditional British cruise and is a fantastic option for families cruising overseas.

Why Family Cruising?

A cruise offers great value
Cruise fares include nearly everything you need for a great family holiday - food, accommodation, daytime and evening entertainment and transportation between travel destinations. On some lines, kids even cruise for free or at discounted rates when sharing a cabin with two adults. It's value for your holiday dollars that you just can't beat!

Hassle-free holiday
On a family cruise, there is no cooking, no cleaning and no grocery shopping. Just unpack once, and let your floating hotel take you from city to city, or island to island, while the ship's crew do it all for you! From cleaning your cabin twice a day, to 24-hour room service, it's all included for you!

Cruise ships are family-friendly
From tots to teens, and nan to pop, family cruises are fun for all ages. Many ships have extensive, age-appropriate kids facilities and programs, as well as activities for families to enjoy together. You can also have peace of mind that your children are safe and looked after at all times - youth facilities are supervised, and many cruise ships offer identification bracelets for kids so you don't have to worry about them getting lost.

Close to home departures
With more and more family-friendly cruise ships coming to Australia, there is no need for a long international flight to take your family on holiday. This can save your family hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars, meaning more money to enjoy on your cruise!

Family dining
When was the last time you all sat down to dinner as a family? On a cruise, you can do that every night! And, the best part is there is no clean up afterwards! P.S. If you want a quiet dinner away from the kids, that can be arrange too with a babysitting service!

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