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The Most Kid Friendly Cruise Ships

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The Most Kid Friendly Cruise ShipsAh, the benefits of cruising – how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Someone else is in charge of driving leaving me swim, drink a few frosty beverages or read a book in the sun…

I never have to cook or hunt down a place that serves chicken nuggets for Johnny, burgers for Tonya and a vegetarian meal for Susan…

The most fun I have ever had cruising was on a family-friendly cruise. There are programs, fun and foods that suit everyone. We each get to indulge in doing something we want to do and the industry is improving their game. More and more ships are getting creative when it comes to on-board fun that keeps kids busy while you travel to your chosen destination.

After researching, polling and getting a few first hand experiences, we have come up with the most family friendly cruise ships. Please note that each line has different boats which offer different experiences and that is why we have narrowed it down for you!

Disney Cruise Lines – Obviously this is one of the top picks as the entire focus is on families. Cabin size plays such a HUGE factor in families cruising. Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are two of the ships offering the best accommodations. The boats provide plush pillows, portable cribs, Diaper Genies, bottle warmers and bumper rails for you any needs your family has. Disney also offers an online service allowing passengers to pre-order baby supplies to be delivered to their staterooms. This line was best for families with younger children, but several boats have programs just for teens too.

The Most Kid Friendly Cruise Ships

Carnival Cruise Lines – Did you know Carnival carries more children than any other line? This is also another case where taking into account what boat you are on really matters. Try to stay in Dream-class and Conquest-class ships to get the larger rooms to accommodate your family in more space. Carnival Dream, Carnival Magic and Carnival Breeze all have an extra large window, one full bathroom and a second with a junior tub with shower and sink. Camps and activities cover kids ages 2-17 with separate clubs designed to appeal to a specific ranges.

Royal Caribbean – This line has ships that offer something many other ships don’t…infant sitting services and clubs. The Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas all feature the Royal Babies and Tots Nurseries which lets you drop of babies as young as 6 months old for an hourly charge. If you want to focus on the size and quality of rooms, narrow your search to Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.

Norwegian Cruise Line – This line will offer a more modern and luxurious room on the On Norwegian Epic which features villas. The 506-square-foot, two-bedroom Family Villas sleep up to six passengers. Each includes a separate kids’ bedroom, two bathrooms, living and dining areas, private balcony. You also get access to the concierge lounge and private courtyard area. Amenities include cribs, Pack ‘n’ Plays and in-room refrigerators. Nickelodeon Bedtime Kits are available on Norwegian Epic, Gem and Jewel for an extra charge.

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23 Comments

  1. DD says

    IF I were to ever go on a cruise, it would be a Disney Cruise.

  2. Jocelyn says

    I think a cruise would be a great vacation to take with the kids!

  3. MHU says

    My kids would LOVE to go on a cruise! I should try and make that happen one of these days.

  4. MK says

    The last place I would take my kids is on a cruise, the thought of getting sick or what not just makes me want to stay away, not my idea of a fun vacation.

  5. BusyBee says

    My friend told me the BEST vacation he ever took was on a Disney cruise. I was surprised.

  6. Robyn says

    The Disney Cruise looks super fun.

  7. Annemarie says

    I would love to try a Disney cruise, sounds like tons of fun.

  8. Allie says

    It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a cruise, I think it’s time I plan one.

  9. Janelle says

    The Disney cruise looks like so much fun, I would love to take my kids on that.

  10. DD says

    The Disney Cruise does look like it would be fun.

  11. DD says

    I’m not so sure how my kids would do travelling, but if they had enough to do I’m sure they would be okay?

  12. danity says

    So what is the best cruise to take kids on?

  13. DD says

    These ships kind of scare me though especially with everything in the news.

  14. Annemarie says

    I would love to try a cruise. I have been looking at Carnival.

  15. Shiny says

    I think I’d try a cruise with my son now he’s 4 and actually listens to me.

  16. DD says

    Carnival does seem like a pretty reliable option.

  17. Erin says

    Wow those water slides look awesome, I would love them as much as my kids.

  18. Janelle says

    Nothing beats a cruise. A different port every morning, new adventures daily.

  19. Allie says

    I’ve done a 10 day Caribbean cruise. It was a great time.

  20. Donna says

    We went on a Disney cruise a million years ago (the days of three days at Disney, then a four day cruise) and it was great, but mainly we chose it because back then had searched EVERY cruise line out there and Disney was the ONLY one that offered accommodations for a family of five without forcing them to book a second room! Also, we have always been a family who eats late due to my husband’s hours, so the late seating was our preference and no problem for the kids! The only problem we had was a ton of activities for the little ones and quite bait for youngish teens, but very little at the time for the fifth grader….

  21. LoneStarRuby says

    I have been on six cruises and never with children but I would love to take the grandkids when their parents are comfortable with going also. I have found that most of the ships have plenty to keep the younger set busy and happy and the staff is very attentive, security is always at a premium and I hear the kids rushing to get to kid camp and other activities with excitement and anticipation. I am a former teacher so I am very happy to see so many families traveling with children and helping them to experience the world! My advice is to take a short 4 day cruise with the kids or maybe even a 3 day …..you will be surprised to see how the cruise lines cater to the children and make it a relaxing trip for the whole family! Where else can you go without driving or cooking Or cleaning and be able to just enjoy the kids? As Nike says “Just do It!”

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