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Best Cruises For Kids

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Thinking about taking a family cruise?  The best cruise lines for families allow parents and kids to have fun together and apart while taking the stress out of group travel. Our favourite family ships mix wow-factor activities with attractive kids clubs, plentiful and convenient dining, and thoughtful touches like bathtubs and babysitting.

If you want an at-sea family holiday you’ll always remember, book a sailing on one of our top five cruise lines for families.

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The kids will love racing around the top of the ship with the onboard go-karting
The kids will love racing around the top of the ship with the onboard go-karting

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Disney Cruise Line

Welcome to the magical world of Disney Cruise Line! If you’re looking for an unforgettable holiday, then look no further. Disney Cruise Line offers an array of exciting activities and enchanting amenities that are sure to create lasting memories for the whole family. From immersive theming to exceptional service, there’s something for everyone aboard a Disney cruise.

A touch of Disney Magic

One of the highlights of this enchanting experience is the opportunity to meet and greet your favourite Disney characters, including the iconic Mickey Mouse and Disney princesses.

Picture this: you’re strolling along the deck, enjoying the gentle sea breeze, when suddenly you spot Mickey Mouse himself, waving at you from a distance. Your heart skips a beat as you make your way towards him, eager to capture this unforgettable moment. And let’s not forget about the Disney princesses, who grace the ship with their elegance and charm. Whether it’s Cinderella, Ariel, or Belle, these princesses will make you feel like royalty with their enchanting presence.

So, don’t forget to bring your autograph book and camera to capture these meet-and-greet moments that will surely make you the envy of all your friends back home!

Meeting Disney Characters onboard the Disney Dream Cruise Ship
Meeting Disney Characters onboard the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

Some of the best kids clubs at sea

Attention, little ones! Prepare to be amazed by the incredible kids clubs and play areas onboard the Disney Cruise Line. This is where imagination knows no bounds and adventure awaits at every corner.

From the moment you step foot into the kids club, you’ll be transported to a world of fun and excitement. Let your creativity run wild in the arts and crafts section, where you can design your own Mickey ears or create a masterpiece with Disney-themed colouring books. For the little aspiring chefs, there’s even a cooking station where you can whip up your favourite treats with the help of skilled Disney chefs.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Get ready to explore the secret passageways and hidden slides in the play areas. Race down the thrilling water slides or challenge your friends to a game of mini-golf. And for all the little adventurers out there, the Disney Dream ship even has an exciting scavenger hunt that will test your skills and bravery.

The Disney Cruise Line knows how to keep the little ones entertained from sunrise to sunset, ensuring that this holiday will be nothing short of a unforgettable adventure.

Clever family cabins and friendly crew

Parents, rejoice! The Disney Cruise Line understands the challenges of traveling with young children, and they have gone above and beyond to make your cruise experience as convenient and enjoyable as possible.

One of the features that sets the Disney Cruise Line apart is the split bathrooms in their staterooms. Yes, you heard that right – no more fighting for bathroom time with your little ones. With separate areas for showering, getting ready, and using the toilet, getting everyone ready in the morning becomes a breeze.

But that’s not all. The attentive waiters on board are always ready to go the extra mile to ensure that both parents and children have a stress-free dining experience. They will happily cut up your child’s food into bite-sized pieces, making mealtime a hassle-free affair. So sit back, relax, and let the waiters work their magic while you indulge in culinary delights prepared by award-winning Disney chefs.

Gotta get that funnel photo
Gotta get that funnel photo

Aqua fun for all the family

At the Disney Cruise Line, no child is left behind. Whether you have a toddler itching to make a splash or a little one who needs some quiet time, this cruise line has got you covered.

For the little water lovers, there are onboard splash areas where they can cool off and have a splashing good time. With fountains, water jets, and even mini water slides, these areas are guaranteed to bring endless smiles to their faces.

But what about the tiny tots who need some peace and quiet? The Disney Cruise Line has thought of everything. They offer nurseries where trained professionals provide top-notch care for infants and toddlers. You can have peace of mind knowing that your little one is in safe hands while you take some time to relax and enjoy all the amenities the ship has to offer.

So, whether you’re looking for a family-friendly adventure or a relaxing retreat for adults, the Disney Cruise Line has it all. Get ready to set sail on a journey filled with laughter, magic, and memories that will last a lifetime. Bon voyage!

Disney Cruises from Southampton

In summer 2024, step onboard the Disney Dream as she sails from Southampton.  If you’ve always wanted to sail with Mickey, this could be the perfect chance for you and your family.  Take a 3, 4 or 5 night break and experience all the Disney magic.  Speak with your Disney Cruise Guru to find out more.

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If it’s your first time cruising, it can all seem overwhelming and confusing. That’s why we offer a First Time Cruise Help Service at Rock the Boat Travel Agency.

The best place to start is by talking with one of our team members. It all starts with you – finding out what you like and just as important, what you don’t like. Coupled with our cruise know-how, we’ll suggest the perfect first time cruise for you. Request a call with one of our team.

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Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean is a renowned cruise line that offers a treasure trove of dining options and entertainment for its guests. Whether you are a food enthusiast or someone who enjoys live performances, Royal Caribbean has something to offer for everyone.

One of the highlights of a Royal Caribbean cruise is the wide range of ships and itineraries available. From small and intimate ships to larger vessels that can accommodate thousands of guests, there is a ship that suits every preference. Whether you want to explore the scenic beauty of Alaska or relax on the sunny beaches of the Caribbean, Royal Caribbean has you covered.

Some Royal Caribbean ships are huge!

When it comes to cruise ships, size matters. And Royal Caribbean knows how to do big. In fact, some of their ships are so massive, you might mistake them for floating cities. These colossal vessels are like luxury resorts on water, with everything you could ever need for a fantastic vacation.

Imagine strolling down the promenade, lined with shops, cafes, and bars, all while feeling the gentle sway of the ship beneath your feet. With Royal Caribbean, you can experience the grandeur of their mega-ships and indulge in the abundance of onboard amenities. From large swimming pools and spas to state-of-the-art fitness centres and theatres, there’s never a dull moment on these giants of the sea.

And don’t worry about feeling overwhelmed by the ship’s size. Royal Caribbean has designed their ships in a way that makes navigation a breeze, with clear signage and helpful staff always there to lend a hand. So get ready to embark on an adventure like no other and explore some of the biggest ships at sea.

A family-friendly private island in the Bahamas

Picture yourself lounging on a pristine, white sandy beach, sipping on a fruity cocktail while the warm sun kisses your skin. Sounds like paradise, right? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll find on Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas.

This exclusive oasis, known as Perfect Day at CocoCay, is like an amusement park in the middle of the ocean. It’s filled with thrilling water slides, massive wave pools, and even a helium balloon that takes you soaring high above the island for breathtaking views. There’s also a 1,600-foot-long zip line that allows you to experience the thrill of flying through the air.

But if you prefer a more relaxing experience, you can simply unwind on one of the island’s pristine beaches or take a dip in the crystal-clear turquoise waters. And when hunger strikes, you’ll find a variety of dining options, from beachside BBQs to upscale restaurants offering gourmet cuisine.

So whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for an adventure or someone who wants to chill out and soak up the sun, Royal Caribbean’s private island is the perfect destination.

Activities like surfing, skydiving, rock climbing, and more

Are you ready for some action-packed fun? Royal Caribbean has got you covered with an array of exciting activities that are sure to get your heart racing.

If you’ve ever wanted to try surfing, you’re in luck! Royal Caribbean offers FlowRider, a surf simulator that allows you to catch some waves right on the ship. No need to travel to the ocean; you can ride the waves right in the middle of the sea.

For adrenaline junkies seeking an even bigger thrill, there’s the RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator. Feel the rush of freefall without having to jump out of a plane. You’ll be safely suspended in a vertical wind tunnel, experiencing the sensation of skydiving in a controlled environment.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there. Royal Caribbean also boasts rock climbing walls that will test your strength and agility, as well as zip lines that will have you soaring above the ship’s deck. And if that’s not enough, you can try your hand at ice skating, mini-golf, or even bumper cars.

With Royal Caribbean, the possibilities for fun and excitement are endless. So get ready to push your limits and try something new.

A variety of restaurants and family cruise ship cabins

When it comes to dining options, Royal Caribbean knows that variety is the spice of life. With a plethora of restaurants to choose from, you’ll never be bored with the food on board.

From upscale eateries serving gourmet cuisine to casual buffets offering a wide range of international dishes, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Whether you’re in the mood for sushi, steak, or pizza, you’ll find it all and more on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

And if you’re traveling with your family, Royal Caribbean has family cabins that are spacious and comfortable, ensuring everyone has their own space to relax and unwind. With amenities like separate bedrooms, living areas, and even private balconies, these cabins offer the perfect home away from home.

So whether you’re a foodie looking to indulge in culinary delights or a family in need of spacious accommodations, Royal Caribbean has you covered.

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Entourage - the teen hangout on NCL Encore
Entourage – the teen hangout on NCL Encore

Norwegian Cruise Line

Welcome to the wonderful world of Norwegian Cruise Line! Strap yourself in for an unforgettable adventure on the high seas, filled with excitement, relaxation, and endless fun. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a foodie, or simply seeking some well-deserved rest and relaxation, Norwegian Cruise Line has got you covered.

Inclusive Youth Programs and Adult-Only Areas

As a family-friendly cruise line, Norwegian Cruise Line caters to the needs of both children and adults. The inclusive youth programs provide a safe and engaging environment for children to make new friends and explore their interests.

From arts and crafts to organized games and educational activities, children of all ages will find plenty to keep them entertained. Meanwhile, parents can relax and enjoy their own vacation knowing that their little ones are in capable hands.

For adults seeking a more adult-oriented experience, Norwegian Cruise Line offers exclusive adult-only areas. These secluded spaces provide a serene environment where guests can relax, unwind, and enjoy a child-free atmosphere.

A go-karting track at sea! Onboard NCL Encore
A go-karting track at sea! Onboard NCL Encore

Flexible Dining with Freestyle Cruising

One of the standout features of Norwegian Cruise Line is its flexible dining options through Freestyle Cruising. This innovative concept allows passengers to dine whenever and wherever they please, providing a more relaxed and personalized dining experience. Whether you prefer a casual meal or a gourmet feast, Norwegian Cruise Line offers a variety of restaurants and cuisines to cater to all tastes.

From Asian fusion to Italian delicacies and hearty American classics, there is something to satisfy every palate. Additionally, Norwegian Cruise Line accommodates various dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, ensuring that all guests can enjoy their meals to the fullest.

Endless Activities and Entertainment

Get ready to be entertained like never before! Norwegian Cruise Line offers a wide range of activities and entertainment options to keep you engaged throughout your voyage. How about some pulse-pounding action at the laser tag arena or an adrenaline-pumping experience on the ropes course? If you prefer to sit back, relax, and take in a show, you’ll be delighted by world-class Broadway performances. And let’s not forget the waterslides – perfect for some exhilarating fun in the sun!

Adults can also enjoy their own private retreats with exclusive adult-only areas. Whether you want to relax in a tranquil spa sanctuary or enjoy a cocktail at a sophisticated lounge, Norwegian Cruise Line ensures that adults can have their own space to unwind and enjoy the cruise at their own pace.

Celebrity Cruises

Get ready for a fantastic line-up of activities, from fun on the ship to thrilling adventures on land! Celebrity’s top-rated cruises deliver unforgettable experiences for the entire family. Whether you’re a kid, parent, or grandparent, there are plenty of opportunities to bond and create lasting memories that will stay with you long after your holiday is over.
Gather the whole crew for an outdoor movie night, or catch an incredible theatre show or live music performance. Make a splash on the beach with your little ones, or embark on exciting shore excursions with your adventurous teens. 

So much fun at sea

Welcome to Camp At Sea! It’s the ultimate entertainment hub for kids aged 3 to 12, packed with exciting activities and adventures. From 9:00am to 10:00pm every day, your little ones can join in the fun with treasure hunts, arts and crafts, sports, and awesome theme parties, all led by super experienced youth staff. 

And for teen cruisers, the Teen Club is the place to be! They can hang out, make new friends, and take part in video game competitions, cool parties, and even cooking classes.

The team of teen counselors is always on hand to make sure everyone has a blast, with activities running all day long so they can come and go as they please. 

Some of the best cruise destinations

Celebrity Cruises offer an extensive range of family-friendly shore excursions at over 300 port destinations.  From cultural tours to heart-pounding water sports, there’s something for everyone. Families can enjoy adventurous excursions like swimming with dolphins, trekking up volcanoes or glaciers, and exploring ancient Mayan ruins. There’s no shortage of thrilling activities to make unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

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P&O Cruises

Britain’s favourite cruise line has some great ships and brilliant family activities. From 6 months all the way up to 17 years old, there’s always something to do.

Fabulous Family Cabins

Experience the perfect balance of space and flexibility in our family-friendly cabins, designed to cater to the needs of families. Iona and Arvia provide a variety of accommodation options for families, including two exclusive family suites located at the front of the ship.

Kids Clubs for all ages

Join Splashers, our club designed for little ones aged 2 to 4. Get ready for a world of fun with soft play, toys, books, and exciting activities!

For the 5 to 8 year olds, we have Surfers! Your child will have a blast playing computer games, watching movies, running and jumping in our soft play area, creating their own puppet show, and so much more.

Kids aged 9 to 12 can dive into the excitement of Scubas! With activities like air hockey, computer games, pool, and a variety of other options, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Teenagers aged 13 to 17 can have a blast at H2O/Scene, where they can hang out, make new friends, and relax in a cool, chill atmosphere with a pool table, computer consoles, and even a retro arcade! There are plenty of beanbags and sofas for them to kick back and chat.

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