Cruise holiday with children
The ultimate family holiday
From swimming pools with the most exciting water slides to ziplining, bumper cars and adventurous excursions. A cruise holiday is packed with fantastic experiences, and kids are no exception! Are you thinking about going on a family cruise? There are countless cruise ships with amazing facilities for all ages. On this page, you will find all information about cruising with children, the best child-friendly cruise ships and practical (saving) tips.
Cruise with children
If you associate cruising with a posh and formal atmosphere suitable for adults only, think again! Family cruises are becoming more and more popular, which is no surprise. You travel to the world's most beautiful destinations and enjoy a variety of culture, adventure and relaxation all under one roof. On board, all you need to do is enjoy all the amazing facilities, entertainment and delicious food throughout your holiday. More and more cruise lines focus on families with (young) children, which means their ships are becoming increasingly child-friendly as well. There are ships with fantastic water parks, sports tournaments and Kids Clubs offering young travellers fun with no end.
Familie cabins and suites
Almost all cruise ships offer family cabins. These sleeping quarters are designed specifically for family cruises and can vary in size and amenities. They range from small family cabins with a double bed and a sofa bed for two extra sleeping places, to double family cabins consisting of two adjoining cabins connected by a door. Some ships also offer luxury family suites; extra spacious with separate sleeping and living areas and a balcony.
Affordable cruise with children
A cruise holiday with the family does not have to be expensive. In fact, many cruise companies offer special discounts for children. Take Costa Cruises, for instance, where children under 18 are welcome free of charge as long as they stay in a cabin with two adults. MSC Cruises also has special rates for kids, where children under 12 often travel for free and children under 18 at a discount. Also P&O Cruises offers discounts for children on many of their voyages. When it comes to children's fares and discounts, do bear in mind that service fees, insurance and port taxes do apply to children.
Cruise lines with facilities and entertainment for the entire family
Food, drinks, activities and more
Water parks, climbing walls, entertainment programmes and much more - cruise ships boast some awe-inspiring facilities for children. Of course, the youngest travellers are not the only ones catered to. There are numerous onboard facilities for teenagers as well, such as arcades, go-kart tracks and places to meet their peers. Boredom is not an option aboard a cruise ship! And the restaurants know exactly how to please the little ones as well. While mum and dad experience culinary delights prepared by Michelin-star chefs, the kids sink their teeth into delicious pizzas, burgers and ice cream. A feast for the eyes! Going on a cruise holiday with a baby? Keep in mind that almost all cruise companies enforce a minimum age of six months for a cruise. Most ships have various facilities for babies on board. Whether you want a cot in the room, need a baby chair or want to rent a buggy, many cruise companies allow you to specify this during the booking process or will facilitate you on the spot. Cruise ships also feature separate children's and baby pools to splash around in. And if you want to spend some quality time without the little one, feel free to use the babysitting service on board.
Book your family cruise with Sunweb
Check out the current offering of family-friendly cruise holidays below. This list features cruise ships that were selected specifically for family holidays with kids.