Updated 21/06/2022

Ever thought of taking a cruise holiday? A cruise holiday can be the perfect family getaway, or seacation, 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 next year’s summer school holidays, comparing a 7-night family cruise seacation 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 Princess Cruises sailings your accommodation, a choice from a variety of restaurants, entertainment such as Princess Theatre, offering broadway calibre productions, movies under the stars and sports courts are included in the price of the cruise.

Seacation v Staycation Dining

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 Sky Princess. 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 £1,190 in total for feeding a family of four.

Seacation v Staycation Entertainment

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 movies under the stars to escape rooms!

In addition to these entertainment options, cruising offers many entertainment experiences:

Something for the Kids

Kids Clubs – Children from ages 3-17 have a kids zone area to interact with each other and keep themselves entertained for hours on end! The Treehouse offers kids ages 3-7 an animal themed sanctuary to play and be creative. Whilst The Beach house for children ages 13-17 offers a cool hangout area, providing many games and sofas to socialise.

Something for the Parents

Discovery at Sea Programs

Princess has joined forces with DiscoveryTM to bring enriching new experiences on board and ashore with Discovery at SEA.

On-board: There’s Stargazing on the top deck and activities inspired by hit shows, such as Shark Week, Finding Bigfoot, Deadliest Catch and more.

Something for the Family on a seacation

Princess Theatre– With dazzling stage sets, artists from around the globe, modern hits and timeless classics, the Princess Theater, our largest theater yet, showcases lavish, original productions with dynamic cast members in sumptuous surroundings. 

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 summer holiday has never looked as good as a seacation. Discover Princess Cruises itineraries and make this your best seacation yet!

We compared a Princess Cruises, 7-night cruise aboard Sky Princess in May 2023 with a 7-night family activity holiday, 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 19/05/2022.

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