Get the Most from a Family Cruise

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If you’re in search of the perfect all-ages holiday, you need look no further – we’ve got some of the best family-friendly cruise packages around. A voyage on the open ocean will enthrall everyone from the youngest tot to the oldest grandparent and, with our selection of lines that offer more amenities than you can image, there’s no need to worry that little Jim or Sally (or Mum or Dad, for that matter!) will get bored. Whether you want flexibility or action, we’re sure we’ve got a voyage for you.

Norwegian NCL

Norwegian is a dream come true for casual families. This line is known for its relaxed atmosphere and flexible dining times – ideal if you don’t want your schedule to be set in stone. However, despite the laidback vibe, you won’t have to worry about running out of things to do and the kids certainly won’t get restless. This line features cruise packages for all ages, whether your child is seven months or 17 years.

There are parent-child play areas and facilities for the littlest ones, and many ships offer late-night group babysitting and other childcare choices for when Mum and Dad want to spend some quality time together. Older kids can enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, video games, karaoke, jungle gyms and a circus school. Teenagers will love the teens-only nightclub and the whole family can get stuck into the various cinemas, bowling lanes, swimming pools, race tracks, water parks and live shows.

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Recommended Experience: Grand Caribbean Premium All Inclusive Voyages

All aboard for all-inclusive fun as you meander through the Caribbean – rainforest exploration and beach days await.


Carnival is just that – a funfair for families. Their cruise packages offer nonstop excitement for all ages, a favourite being the marine-themed Camp Ocean. Penguins (for ages two to five) can try their hands at arts and crafts and their voices at sing-alongs, Stingrays (six to eight) play pirate games and design aquariums and Sharks (nine to eleven) get to play sports. The older youths are separated into two groups (12 to 14 years and 15 to 17 years) and are treated to pool and dance parties, video games and teens-only shore excursions.

However, the biggest draw for families is generally the on-board aqua park WaterWorks and outdoor activity area SportSquare. Get wet and wild with everything from slides to soakers or stay on dry land (as much dry land as a cruise offers, anyway) and try your hand at basketball, foosball and mini golf. Many vessels also feature various cinemas (including IMAX), a ropes course and an onstage competition that offers prizes to the winners.

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Recommended Experience: Orlando Fun & Bahamian Sun

Looking for a thrill? All of Orlando’s theme parks will be right at your fingertips. Or maybe you’re ready for a day or two of relaxation? Paddle in the pool as you cruise through the warm and sunny Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean International

If you’ve got a large, multigenerational family, Royal Caribbean’s cruise packages will suit you well. The ships have something for everyone from babies to grandparents, with a high selection of facilities such as nurseries, babysitting services, adults-only activities, all-ages entertainment, kids clubs and nightclubs just for teens.

Children are divided up by age to participate in specifically tailored programmes that feature interactive classes, competitions, karaoke, parties and more; there are groups suitable for kids as young as six months and as old as 17. When the whole family wants to spend time together as a group, they can grab a bite at one of the dining options, watch one of the Broadway-style shows or enjoy the SeaPlex indoor activity venue.

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Recommended Experience: Australia & South Pacific Explorer

Explore Oceania! The whole family will dig playing on sandy white beaches and marveling at fire-walking rituals.

The perfect family-friendly cruise is in your future – and we hope that, after this blog post, you and the kids are all on board. There’s nothing but smooth sailing ahead!

About Jetline

Here at Jetline, we pride ourselves on providing some of the best cruise packages in all of the UK. Whether you’re looking for something that’s family-friendly, more suited to adults or anything in between, we’re here to help you find the nautical adventure of your dreams. Get in touch with our dedicated and expert team today for more information.