Cruises can be amazing holidays for children, and you may be familiar with cruise lines such as Disney and Royal Caribbean who offer some amazing facilities for children. But is luxury cruising suitable for children too? Well, that depends on which cruise line you choose.
These cruises are great for children…
When it comes to luxury family cruises, Hapag-Lloyd are simply the best, paying just as much attention to the wants and needs of children as they do to adults. Their two luxury cruise ships MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2 are ideally equipped for families.
Child care is available for children aged between 2 and 15, allowing parents to relax and enjoy quality time together. Activities include arts and crafts, language courses, karaoke, cookery courses, science experiments, a ship safari and a visit with the captain.
Children can even enjoy special kids’ excursions without their parents, as well as dinner as a group with the childminders. The spa also offers special packages for children.
For babies and toddlers, Hapag-Lloyd offer a free baby welcome package. It includes everything your little one might need, from a changing mat to baby food and high-quality toiletries!
Another great reason to choose Hapag-Lloyd for your family cruise holiday is that children under 12 travel for free when staying in a suite with one or two fully paying adults. Children aged 12-15 pay a reduced price.
Crystal cruises tick all the boxes for families with children, offering good children’s clubs for kids aged 3 to 17. You’ll find a play room on-board both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, children’s films showing in the Hollywood Theatre and a video arcade which is very popular with teens.
On cruises that typically have a lot of children on-board, such as during school holidays, organised activities are provided including scavenger hunts, story time, galley tours, cooking, karaoke, dancing, sports and a teen disco.
Children’s menus are offered in the dining rooms, along with high chairs and booster seats where required. An in-stateroom babysitting service is also available for a small extra charge.
Children aged under 12 pay a 50% fare when staying in a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults.
These cruises could be okay for your family…
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Seven Seas welcome children on-board all their cruises, although, in reality, there’s not a lot to keep them entertained on-board.
However, during the school summer holidays, specially-trained staff are employed to run Club Mariner, a youth programme designed to look after children in three age groups: 5 to 8, 9 to 12 and 13 to 17. Activities include discos, movies, treasure hunts, sports and arts and crafts.
Whilst all Oceania cruises allow children on-board, there is usually nothing to entertain them. An exception to this is Alaska cruises between June and September, which include an Alaska Explorer Youth Program for children between 5 and 12. This includes games, activities and Alaska-themed events and is supervised by specially trained staff.
These cruises are not recommended for children…
Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara allow children on-board, but doesn’t offer any special facilities for them. The swimming pool, Wii, a few board games and TVs are pretty much all you’ll find to keep kids entertained.
Seabourn will take children, although they don’t do anything to attract families. In the summer holidays, they sometimes have two crew members on-board to manage a children’s programme, which entertains children in converted card-room, away from other guests who tend to be older and don’t necessarily enjoy the company of children.
Silversea cruises will allow children, although they are tailored for adults and do not provide any facilities for children. They limit the number of children under the age of three on-board, and children under the age of six are not permitted on certain cruises.
How to book a family cruise
When booking a cruise for your family, there’s a lot to consider, such as stateroom arrangements, activities, food, flights and transfers. In order to make sure that everything’s covered, and that you get the best price possible for your cruise, we recommend that you call our Cruise Concierge team. Our experts will be happy to answer any questions that you have, and assist with every step of your booking. Just give us a call on 0207 980 2847.