Posted February 2nd, 2015
Five Fun-Filled Family Cruise Lines
The average age of a cruise ship passenger may well be in the 50-65 age bracket, but there is still a large number of families that love nothing better than taking to the seas for an exciting holiday. The proliferation of ships and progression of facilities in recent years means that cruise lines can now aim specific vessels at families and then keep them entertained with a wide range of thrilling activities.
But if you are a family looking for a fun-filled cruise, which operators are the best to travel with? Here are five great cruise lines which feature a family friendly feeling on board.
When discussing the above point regarding an injection of ships and improved facilities, Royal Caribbean is definitely leading the way. The last few years have seen them bring the two largest cruise ships in the world to the market, create more than a few ‘first at sea’ experiences and, most recently, offer the fastest internet speeds the seven seas have ever seen.
Royal Caribbean’s large fleet means that you are certain to find a ship that suits you perfectly and there is always plenty for younger cruisers to enjoy. If you’re not zip-lining between decks or learning to sky-dive then you could always test drive the bumper cars or simply splash around in the H2O Zone.
This year is an exciting one for P&O Cruises, as they prepare to launch the largest ship ever aimed at the UK market, Britannia. This will bring the size of their fleet to eight ships in total; including five that are family-friendly and three that are exclusively for adults. Having vessels that are pre-determined as family-friendly means that parents with young children don’t have to worry about disturbing other guests and older children will have people of the same age to get to know.
Kids will love the open-air cinema on board Azura and will also delight in the kids clubs found on all five of the family-focussed ships. There are different areas depending on how old your child is so that they will be playing with people their own age and taking part in activities especially suited to them. Britannia’s brand new ‘grab and go’ ice cream parlour is sure to be a big hit too when she makes her long-awaited arrival in March.
Disney Cruise Line
The Disney brand has been specialising in the creation of family holiday magic for many years now, and Disney Cruise Line are no different. Their fleet of four ships inspire fun and frivolity wherever they travel and everything from their names to the atmosphere on board is designed to offer that spellbinding Disney experience that we have all come to love.
As you may expect, one of the main attractions will be the chance to meet some of your favourite Disney characters at various points around the ship. Young ladies can also be transformed into the princess they’ve always wanted to be, whilst boys can be turned into pirates quicker than you can say ‘aaaarrrgh’. Familiar faces will greet you from the virtual balconies that can be found in some inside cabins and lively deck parties will ensure that you have a permanent smile on your face throughout your trip.
Norwegian Cruise Lines
The vibrant livery that features on the side of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships will give you a fairly good idea of what you can expect on board. Again, there is a large number of ships in the fleet so you will have no problem finding one that suits the tastes of you and your family.
With plenty of dining options (nine and ten on Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway) children will love trying a different option each night. You can also rest assured that you’ll be able to find something that they will like as the choice is plentiful. There is a variety of excellent sporting activities for those who love to keep active; from rope walks to climbing walls and mini-golf. And young cruisers can cool off by splashing around with SpongeBob and friends in the dedicated kids aqua park.
Pullmantur is a Spanish cruise line and is a relatively new option for the UK market. Their fully all-inclusive cruises mean that families can eat, drink and do as much as they like once on board without having to worry about picking up a large bill when the holiday sadly comes to an end. The pick ‘n’ mix shop is also likely to be a favourite area of the ship when you sail with Pullmantur.
A comprehensive kid’s club set-up means that all children between the ages of 3 and 17 will have plenty of activities to look forward to. They will be supervised by qualified crew members and be able to play games, take parting in sporting activities and make arts and crafts. Teenagers will even have their own disco area and a nursery service will be in operation for adults who want an evening to themselves.
If you would like to book a family cruise with any of the operators mentioned above, Fred Cruises can find the perfect deal for you. Call us today or enquire online.