Family cruising

Step on board a family cruise and experience a whole world of adventure. Family-friendly facilities on a modern cruise ship surpass anything you would find at a land-based resort — with 24-hour dining, exciting all-day entertainment, and large swimming pools and water parks.

Supervised children's clubs offer fun for all ages. Expect soft play areas and paddling pools for the little ones; craft workshops, sports coaching and talent shows for the older kids; and rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks and game arcades for teenagers. Not forgetting the famous character shows and 'meet-and-greets' that are often available! Staterooms are easily adaptable to suit family living, with the inclusion of sofa beds, connecting rooms and foldaway upper berths. Dining is stress-free thanks to relaxed seating times with early and late options — as well as healthy meals, indulgent treats and special children's dishes on the menu!

Family cruises are available worldwide, although Mediterranean cruises are an ideal choice due to short flight times from the UK. Then again, you can avoid the hassle of flying with young children all together and sail directly from a UK port.

More information about family cruising
Family accommodation Show answer >
Flexible family accommodation is available on most family cruise ships with a wide range of cabins to suit both small and large family groups. You can usually choose from cabins for up to 4 people with upper and lower berths, suites with one or two bedrooms or interconnecting cabins for larger families.
Dining and drink Show answer >
Cruising today means you'll never go hungry with the option of dining 24 hours a day. There is a wide selection of dining options to suit everyone, from the gourmet diner to the fussiest eater in your family!

Your children can dine with you for breakfast, lunch and dinner on all family-friendly cruises, whether you choose to eat in the formal restaurants or in the more informal diners, food outlets and buffet-style restaurants. Most cruise lines serve an early tea in the evenings for children, when they can eat their favourite foods at their own pace in child-friendly surroundings. The kids can then head to the Kids Club whilst you go to enjoy a meal on your own in a more traditional or speciality restaurant onboard. They can also, of course, join you for a meal in the main restaurant, where choosing the early sitting when you book may be the easiest option.

Babies from 6 months old are usually accepted onboard and they are well looked after with a limited selection of baby foods available on most ships.

Some cruise lines offer you the option of purchasing a soft drinks package for your children at the start of your cruise to make things a little easier if they get thirsty during the day.
Kids club Show answer >
You will find dedicated children's clubs on most cruise ships, which cater for all age groups from tots to teens, so don't forget to register them when you get on board. The activities can range from face painting and craft activities to sports events, water-based games, computer games, themed parties and competitions. The clubs are organised and run by fully qualified and trained staff with extensive experience of keeping your children entertained all day long, leaving you free to enjoy the onboard facilities in peace.

In fact, the most common complaint we hear from parents is that they don't see their children from when they have their breakfast in the morning to the time they fall asleep exhausted in the evening!

Nursery and babysitting facilities for your little ones are also available on most cruise lines.
Destination Show answer >
The Mediterranean is a popular family cruise destination due to its short flight time from the UK. Or you may choose to sail directly from a port in the UK such as Southampton to avoid the hassle of flying with young children. The Canaries and the Caribbean are also popular choices for winter sunshine family cruises.
Family friendly cruise lines Show answer >
There are many family friendly cruise lines from great value Thomson Cruises and Island Cruises with their smaller and mid-sized ships, to Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney Cruises, P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises, who have larger 'floating resort' ships.

The facilities onboard vary from ship to ship but they all have good accommodation, swimming pools, Kids Clubs and entertainment. The range of family facilities increases with the size of the ship - some even feature ice rinks, rock climbing walls, mini golf courses and surfing pools. The new P&O Cruises Azura and Ventura superliners also boast new innovations such as rock schools and a circus schools.

We have a great selection of Family Cruises for you to choose from

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