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Family-friendly cruises (NCL Escape, sailing the Caribbean and Med).Family-friendly cruises (NCL Escape, sailing the Caribbean and Med).

Overview

With the number of special offers growing daily, and companies tripping over themselves to cater to the ever-expanding family market, cruise holidays with kids are a much more tempting option than in the past, when they were often regarded as the preserve of the elderly traveller. 

Cruises will never be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are many reasons to at least try one out. First of all, they allow you to visit several destinations on one holiday but also to spend plenty of time chilling by the pool. Secondly, they offer a vast array of activities and facilities that differ by cruise but might include watching movies under the stars, dolphin- and whale-spotting, crèches, children’s and teen clubs, decktop climbing walls, basketball courts, surfing pools and even ice-skating – in addition to pools, gyms, spas, cinemas, theatres, shops and a choice of restaurants.

We’ve handpicked a small selection of the most tempting family cruises currently available along with any deal or discounts currently in place.

Offers

Royal Caribbean family cruise holidays
Royal Caribbean

Buy one all-inclusive cruise fare and get one half price with Royal Caribbean

Plus 50% off kids on selected 2017 UK + Europe sailings

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Take the Family and Designer Travel
Take the Family

An exclusive free gift when booking with Take the Family

Luxury holidays. Free Boden vouchers.

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Walt Disney World® Resort
Walt Disney World Resort

Cruise and Stay at Walt Disney World® from £1193pp

Inc. flights, 7-nights in resort and 3-night cruise

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Recommended Partners

Thomson

Family-friendly cruise holidays More

Walt Disney Cruises

Cruise Europe and the Caribbean with Mickey and Co. More

DFDS Seaways

Family-friendly cruise mini breaks More

Tips

Test out the waters on a ferry-based ‘mini-cruise’. 
 
Choose a family-friendly cruise company with entertainment suited to your kids and where there also likely to be kids the same age who speak the same language. 
 
Opt for a ship with a ‘relaxed dining’ policy, so you can eat when you want from a choice of restaurants offering food everyone enjoys.  
 
Choose a big cabin with adequate storage space and, if possible, a private balcony.
 
Check which currency you’ll be expected to pay in – exchange rates may negatively affect your bill. 
 
Pick a cruise with staff who speak good English, especially when it comes to childcare.

See all our family cruise tips.

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Cruise Favourite

Royal Caribbean: Independence of the Seas®
Holidays on the sea with a climbing wall, theatre shows, childcare for young through to teens and a spa for adults.

Cruise Feature

A Family Cruise in the Scottish Highlands and Norwegian Fjords
Lynette and her crew find out that cruises are not just for the rich.

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Offer of the Week

Elounda Bay Palace, Crete
10-nights in Crete during the school summer holidays for just £5744. Includes flights and half board accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children.

Poll

What do you remember most clearly about your childhood holidays?

Long days on the beach
38%
Long journeys by car or plane
22%
Making new friends
17%
Spending more time with parents
23%

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