Ever thought of taking a cruise holiday? A cruise holiday can be the perfect family getaway, with more activities on board than you could ever imagine. There is so much to do, you never even need to leave the ship!

We’ve compared a cruise holiday with a leading UK family activity holiday to show just how much there is to keep all members of the family happy. Not forgetting- it’s excellent value too!

On first glance, booking a family activity holiday looks like great value as the accommodation shows a reasonably low price. However, it’s important to factor in what you need from your holiday, you need to eat, you need to include entertainment costs, you may want to enjoy a tipple, it all quickly adds up.

We looked at the costs for a family of 4 during this year’s summer school holidays, comparing a 7-night family cruise with a UK family activity break.

When you book a cruise, you’re getting so much more for your money than just a cabin on the ship. With MSC Cruises’ British Isles sailings your accommodation, a choice from a variety of restaurants, entertainment such as Cirque Du Soleil theatre production, Polar Aquapark and sporting activities are included in the price of the cruise.


So how do the dining options compare on a cruise compared to a family adventure holiday? Well, with a variety of restaurants to choose from you can have a unique dining experience for each meal every day on Virtuosa. On a family activity holiday, you’ll need to add your meals to the cost of the holiday. With breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and refreshments too, consider budgeting around £1,200 in total for feeding a family of four.

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What about keeping the kids entertained? When you book a cruise holiday there’s a huge choice of entertainment and activities for the kids (and grown-ups) to partake in on board, from full-sized bowling alleys to the Sportplex amusement park.

In addition to these entertainment options, cruising offers some truly incomparable experiences:

Something for the Kids
Polar Aquapark – One of the most unique and intricate water-parks at sea, this exciting attraction offers three twisting slides, a Himalayan Bridge and a variety of pools and features for all ages.

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Something for the Parents

Attic ClubA stylish nightclub where you can enjoy a drink with friends at the bar, or dance through the night with your favourite tipple.

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Something for the Family

Cirque Du Soleil At Sea– Two original shows are available on-board Virtuosa, playing twice a night, six nights a week, offering a full mesmerising show-and-dining experience.

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Something for Everyone

F1 SimulatorsThe F1 simulators are for those who seek the thrilling, heart-racing experience of being behind the wheel of an F1 race-car without the track!

How does it all add up? Well, your initial family activity holiday ticket price may have started off as the less costly option, but when you add it up this is how it compares.

Your 2021 summer holiday may be different, but different has never looked as good as a UK staycation at sea. Discover MSC Cruises itineraries and make this summer holiday your best one yet!

We compared a MSC 7-night British Isles Cruise aboard MSC Virtuosa in July 2021 with a 7-night family activity holiday, July 2021, to compare price and facilities included. Prices represented correct at time of publication. This data represents the costing of a family stay (2 adults and 2 children- children classed as aged 2-11 years old). Prices correct as of 05/05/2021.

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