When it comes to family vacations, nothing beats a cruise. With a variety of activities, amenities, and destinations, cruise lines offer something for everyone in the family. From Disney Magic to Carnival Panorama, there are plenty of kid-friendly cruise lines that will make your family vacation unforgettable. Disney Magic is one of the most popular cruise lines for families.
It offers a variety of itineraries, including trips to the Mediterranean, the British Isles, and the Norwegian Fjords. Onboard, kids can enjoy age-appropriate stage shows, dining experiences, and reduced rates for young children. Plus, Disney Dream cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Here, families can swim in the family-friendly beach, rent bikes and kayaks, and snorkel to see colorful tropical fish.
Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship, Carnival Panorama, is also one of the best cruises for families. It has supervised programs for children in three different age groups, a huge water park, an aerial attraction, a rope course, and a trampoline park. MSC Cruises is another great option for families. Kids 18 and under can surf for free on certain outings and toddlers two and younger always surf for free.
Plus, select family cruise ships dock overnight at Ocean Cay where guests can watch the spectacular Lighthouse light show. Celebrity Cruises also offers plenty of activities for kids. Onboard classes include hot glass blowing demonstrations and lawn games like croquet and petanque on the Lawn Club's real lawn. Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas is perfect for active kids who love to climb rock walls, zip-line across the boat, surf on the simulator, scream down water slides, or play laser tag.
And Norwegian Encore has a more adult feel but its attractions make it a big hit with teenagers. Its upper decks feature a go-kart track and an outdoor laser tag stadium. Princess Cruises improved Caribbean Princess to make it attractive to families with children. Kids can get wet in many ways at the Reef Water Play Area with its splash area, toddler pool, plunge pool, and low-temperature hot tub. And Carnival Panorama offers fast and tasty dining options like Guy's Burger Joint and Shake Spot as well as Mexican food and a sports bar with a games room. MSC Meraviglia is another great option for large family groups with its Super Family cabins that combine two cabins with a balcony and an interior room to accommodate up to 10 people.
And finally, Disney Dream is perfect for families with young children who will love its princesses and Beauty and the Beast show as well as its divided bathrooms in most cabins, nursery for children, slide for toddlers, splash area for toddlers, high chairs and mashed baby food.