The Best Cruise Itineraries For Families

The Best Cruise Itineraries For Families

Catering to a range of budgets, durations and interests, cruises are the perfect way to check-out of the daily stresses and strains of family life and reconnect with your loved ones, creating memories in unforgettable places.


Whether you’re looking to discover the cultural wonders of Europe or venture further afield to tropical lands, there are few things better than sailing the seven seas in style on a fantastic cruise liner. With an ever-growing number of vessels featuring activities tailored to families, there’s never been a better time to book a family cruise.


Your European adventure awaits…

If time is at a premium but you’re keen to see as many sights as possible, Marella Cruises’ Continental Coasts trip is a great idea. Taking you to six of the most vibrant, sun-drenched cities in France and Spain over eight days, kids and grown-ups alike are sure to fall in love with the beautiful sandy beaches of the Côte d’Azur and the bright lights and bold architecture of Barcelona.


The cruise starts and ends in Malaga, stopping at the striking cities of Mahon, Toulon (for the Côte d’Azur), Barcelona, Valencia and Cartagena. Aboard the Marella Spirit, you’ll find a cinema to keep the kids entertained and a spa and beauty salon for some all-important pampering sessions. Bliss!


If you only have a few nights to spare, don’t panic. Experience the picturesque city of Bruges, Belgium on a four-day cruise aboard the Ventura with P&O Cruises. Featuring a kids’ club for two- to 17-year olds, child-friendly meals and on-shore excursions tailored to families, the Ventura is a great option for families looking to let their hair down.


Fall in love with the Northern Lights

If you have a little extra time to play with, Marella Cruises’ Baltic Lights itinerary is arguably the best way to spend it. Setting sail from Southampton aboard the Marella Discovery, you’ll spend 14 nights immersed in sensational Scandinavian locations, including Norway, Sweden and Finland. With a Broadway Show Lounge and an open-air cinema to keep the kids entertained, you won’t want to leave the ship once you’ve stepped aboard!


Alternatively, Norwegian Cruise Lines’ 14-night trip to Iceland, Ireland and Norway on the family-friendly Norwegian Spirit promises to be a truly memorable adventure. Soak up the stunning Scandinavian scenery and grab some rest and relaxation in the Mandara Spa, before taking the little ones to enjoy the fun-filled Buccaneer’s Wet and Wild pool. Setting sail from Southampton and stopping at enchanting locations such as Reykjavik and Akureyri in Iceland followed by Geiranger and Flam in Norway, this trip is sure to leave you speechless.


Tropical fun for all the family

Set sail to paradise on the Marella Explorer! A seven-night cruise setting sail from Bridgetown, Barbados and stopping in The Grenadines, Antigua, St Martin, British Virgin Isles and St Kitts, Marella Cruises’ Paradise Islands itinerary promises you breathtaking tropical beaches, mind-blowing sunsets and endless hours of enjoyment.


Perfect for children, the Marella Explorer features a kids’ pool for hours of sun-soaked fun, a kids’ club and even a hangout spot for older kids and teens, Hideout, featuring comfy seating and games consoles. While the kids let off steam, indulge in treatments such as a full-body wrap or Indian head massage at the Oceans Beauty Salon and Spa.


For families looking to discover Jamaica and Central America, Marella Cruise’s Exotic Explorer itinerary will not disappoint. Setting off from Jamaica on the Discovery 2, the Marella Discovery’s slightly bigger sister ship, she’ll drop anchor in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico creating a sensational bucket-list trip.


The Marella Discovery 2 is packed with activities and entertainment, from minigolf to a casino. Onboard you’ll even find a high-energy, interactive show for the kids, Splash Live. If your little one isn’t yet walking, pop along to Babytainment, featuring a range of interactive classes especially for parents with babies. One thing’s for sure:  a trip aboard the Discovery 2 guarantees you quality bonding time with your brood.



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