With 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 seen as the preserve of the elderly. Cruises will never be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are many reasons to at least try one out. First, they allow you to visit several destinations on one holiday but also spend time chilling by the pool. Secondly, they offer a vast array of activities and facilities that differ by cruise but might include cinema screenings 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 several restaurants.
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• MSC: The largest cruise line in Europe, with 200 exciting destinations around the world including its own private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, in the Bahamas.
• NCL Cruises: Norwegian Cruise Line, with family-friendly itineraries in Europe and the Caribbean.
• Celebrity Cruises: Family-friendly vessels serving France, Spain, Portugal, Norway and Iceland, the Med, the Azores and the Caribbean.
• Royal Caribbean: 25+ ships and 270+ destinations worldwide, many of them brilliant for families.