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Best Cruises for Kids

Updated on October 2, 2014

Cruises for Kids

One of the best vacations I have ever been on is a cruise. Now that I have children, I am looking for kid friendly and family friendly cruise ships and cruise destinations.

For destinatons, I look for destinations that are FUN and may be educational. FUN destinations will include places we can scuba dive or snorkel or just hang out on a beach.

For the cruise ship, I am looking for a kid or teenage program that includes activities like dancing or sports for my son. I am also looking for cabins that may connect or larger cabins that can fit the family.

The first thing I would recommend is to not bring children under 5 onto a cruise ship. You want to be able to enjoy yourself as parents, and chasing a toddler 24 hours a day is not a fun thing to do. Plus, toddlers are not prone to sit very long in one place. It will be a battle of frustration.

Cruise Ship Ammenities for Kids and Teens

What do you look for on a cruise ship? You need to look for two different things, one would be a kid center and the second is a teen center. Both offer opportunities for the kids to meet other kids, but they are completely different in when entertaining these distinct groups.

Disney Cruise Lines is a natural extension of Disney World and Disneyland. Lots of characters running around and a lot to do for kids under 10. The cruise ships Disney Magic and Disney Wonder have great areas for kids and separate activites for kids 3-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has three ships that are sure to please kids, Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, and Independence of the Seas. These have programs for kids 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-17. Teens also have there own hang out area called the Living Room and their own nightlcub called Fuel. In addition, these three ships also offer rock-climbing, ice-skating, in-line skating, basketball and tennis courts, miniature golf, water parks, and a surfing park.

Great Cruise Destinations for Kids

Now that you have picked a cruise line, what are some great cruise destinations for kids. Kids love the beaches, swimming, and water toys. Every cruise line has a private island that most itineraries stop at. Here are my top 7 destinations for kids:

1. Turtle Bay on St Marten - Great spot for Snorkeling

2. Dunns River Falls in Jamaica - Lots of fun climbing up the Falls

3. Florida Keys - Lots of beaches

4. Grand Cayman

5. St Thomas

6. Bahamas

7. Panama Canal

Best Cruise Cabins for Kids

When traveling with a family, there are different types of cabins that will make a cruise more enjoyable. Adjoining cabins may help as they will typically have two bathrooms and showers. Suites and Junior Suites will offer a larger area and typically will include a sitting or eating area. Cabins with balconies offer a great place to escape if you are watching a napping child.

Best Cruise Lengths for Kids

Cruise lengths of 5-7 days is a great length as it won't seem like you just got on the ship when you leave. Shorter cruises will have a lot of twenty and thirty somethings who are there for a quick party. Longer cruises will find an older crowd who are either retired or typically spend a little more on vacations.

What was the best cruise you have been on?

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