The Ultimate Guide to Family Cruising

The Ultimate Guide to Family Cruising

Cruises make amazing family holidays. With so much to do on-board each ship and so many different destinations to visit as well, one thing’s for sure, you’ll never be bored. And neither will the kids! With all your travel, accommodation, food and entertainment included, cruise holidays offer excellent value for money too.

Today’s modern cruise ships have a huge array of facilities on-board, such as water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice rinks, adventure playgrounds and virtual-reality trampoline parks to name but a few! What’s more, cruise ship kids’ clubs are free of charge, and can keep kids busy with fun activities from breakfast until bedtime, leaving parents to enjoy plenty of quality time together. Bliss!

With a choice of restaurants, flexible dining times and non-stop snack options, cruise ship cuisine will please even the fussiest of eaters. A choice of cabin types is available to cater to families of all sizes and budgets. There’s a massive choice of itineraries too, with cruises ranging from two-night mini breaks to holidays of two weeks or more.

Here at Cruise118, we’re the cruise experts, so read on to find the answers to all your family cruise questions…

Royal Caribbean Babies

Which cruise line is best for babies and toddlers?

We’ve picked out the best cruise lines for families with babies and toddlers, based on the facilities they offer.

Children playing golf on a cruise ship

The top cruise lines for two-year-old children

Did you know that some cruise lines permit two-year-olds in the kids’ club but others only allow kids aged three and over? We’ve picked out the cruise lines which are best-suited for your two-year-old child.

Royal Caribbean Flowrider

The best cruises for teenagers

Read about the facilities your teens will love and what they can expect from the teen areas on-board each ship. Plus, our top tips for cruising with teenagers.

Family Dining On Deck

The best cruise lines for families

Each cruise line offers something different for families. Whether you want to set sail with an all-singing, all-dancing American cruise line packed full of fun facilities, or a cruise line with a traditional British feel, there’s something to suit every family.

Children Eating Melon

The best cruise ships for kids

Take a look at the most popular cruise ships which families book again and again and what kind of activities are available for children in the kids’ clubs.

Kids Room

The best cruise ship cabins for families

Should you go for the cheapest inside cabin, or is a balcony worth the extra? What’s the difference between family cabins and interconnecting cabins? We help you choose the right cabin type for your family.

Couple on the balcony in the stateroom

Cruising during the school holidays

Thinking of cruising during the school holidays? Look no further! Here is our handy guide on where you can explore and which cruise lines to consider when choosing your family cruise.

P&O Interior Reef

The best cruise ship kids' clubs

Kids’ clubs facilities vary by cruise line, with some offering much more than others. Find out which ones are the best, along with answers to your frequently asked questions.

Carnival Waterworks

The best cruise ship facilities for families

From rock-climbing walls and water slides to kids clubs offering dance competitions and sleepovers, read what facilities you can expect for children with each family-friendly cruise line.

7 tips for the health-concious cruiser

Sports you can play on a cruise ship

Today’s modern cruise ships have so many different sports for sporty kids (and adults) to enjoy.

Guests flying down a waterslide in rubber rings on-board Disney Dream

The best cruise ship water parks and slides

If your children would like nothing better than spending your sea days whizzing down water slides and shooting water jets at each other, check out our list of ships with the best water parks and slides on-board.

Babysitting service - MSC Cruises

Cruise ship babysitting options

Although kids’ clubs are often open until at least 10pm, on-board babysitting is also available should you wish to party until the small hours.

Family dining - Norwegian Cruise Line

Dining with children

Cruise ship cuisine is some of the best in the world, with plenty for children to enjoy in a variety of on-board restaurants, and options for even the pickiest of eaters.

Cruise Kids

How much do cruise lines charge for children?

Child prices for cruise holidays range from free to the full adult fare. Find out how to get reduced or even free child places to get the best deal for your family.

Kids Zone

Five family cruise myths

Never cruised before? We crack the common myths about family cruise holidays so you can focus on having a great time.


What to pack for a cruise with a baby or toddler

Packing for babies can be a mammoth job even for a short trip. So to save you some time, we’ve produced this handy list of things you need might need during your cruise getaway.

MSC Preziosa

Cruising with a baby and a toddler on-board MSC Preziosa

One of our writers went on a family cruise holiday with a 6-month old baby and a toddler in tow. Read why you should never take a side-by-side double buggy on a cruise ship and other key tips.

A grandmother affectionately kissing her granddaughter on-board a Princess Cruises ship

Multi-generational cruises

Cruise holidays are a great way for children, parents and grandparents to spend time together. Award-winning travel writer, Sue Bryant, tells us more.

family of 5

Cruising with a family of five

Whilst most cruise ship staterooms sleep up to four people, several options are available for families of five. Find out which is the best for your clan, as well as how to get the best deals.

Booking your family cruise holiday

The prices you’ll see online for cruise holidays are usually based on two adults sharing a cabin. As family cruise holiday pricing is more complex than that of a land holiday, with different cabin types and the ages of children to consider, it’s not currently possible for travel agents to display family prices for every cruise. However, here at Cruise118 we have a team of dedicated Cruise Concierge who are perfectly placed to find the best cruise for your family, at the very best price.

Our award-winning team of Cruise Concierge can offer advice about which ships and destinations are best for your family as well as any cruise line promotions offering reduced prices for children. If you’d like to chat to one of our team, just give us a call on 0808 1234 118.

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