Cruises get a bad rap these days. We’ve all heard the horror stories of cruises gone terribly wrong. But those cases are incredibly rare. And cruises are still a wonderful vacation option. Especially for families! But be careful when looking for the right one for you and your family, because some of them aren’t right for everyone.
That’s why we made this list breaking down the best cruise options for all family types. Read through to find the one that’s best for your family!
THE BEST CRUISE FOR FAMILIES WITH A BABY
Most cruises have a minimum age limit of six months. And let’s be honest, that’s a good thing. But even babies in that 6-12+ month range can make travel pretty complicated as you’ll be spending so much time tending to them. Especially when considering that most cruises with a kids’ area have their own age minimum of two years or older.
That’s why Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is the absolute best option for any family looking to take a cruise with a young baby. That’s because their Royal Babies and Tots program includes beautiful nurseries that cater to babies from 6-36 months. And they have all the safety requirements and activities you (and your baby) could ask for.
You’ll be charged by the hour, with higher rates at night, and everyone that works in the nurseries have been properly certified. So you won’t be worried because you’re leaving your baby with someone inexperienced. They work in pairs, can bottle feed, and can change as many diapers as need changing.
THE BEST CRUISE FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG KIDS
As your children get older, the troubles of traveling with a baby disappear, and all new problems arise. Keeping your kids (and, let’s be honest, yourself) in a good mood is suddenly a very difficult task. And it can become nearly impossible to provide your kids with consistent activities to keep them occupied and happy.
So, with all that in mind, the Carnival Vista cruise is the best cruise out there for any family with kids ages 5-11. From the Dr. Seuss based entertainment to the slide-heavy waterpark to the IMAX theater to the bike and ropes courses, your kids will have plenty of things to keep them busy and having fun while you and your partner can find your own fun.
They also offer a babysitting service and plenty of nighttime entertainment geared towards adults. So you can certainly have some adult fun of your own on this great cruise.
THE BEST CRUISE FOR FAMILIES WITH TEENS
Teenagers. Sometimes it seems like there are few things more frustrating! And trying to have a fun family vacation with a few moody teens can be a downright nightmare when done wrong. But the Anthem of the Seas cruise from Royal Caribbean is a fantastic option that has clearly been catered to keep your angsty teens happy.
They have awesome activities that teens can enjoy by themselves, or you can do as a family. This list is amazing: daily scavenger hunts, karaoke nights, skydiving and surfing simulators, a rock-climbing wall, circus school (what?!), a DJ academy, multiple sports courses, and nightly outdoor movies. I mean… how much more could you possibly need?!
THE BEST CRUISE FOR FAMILIES WITH ADULT CHILDREN
It’s tough to still pull off family vacations once the kids are all grown up and have their own lives. And even if you do manage to get everyone together, it’s hard to keep anyone excited and having fun. But cruises can still be a great option in that department, and the Norwegian Escape is one of the best cruises in the world for families with adult children.
For one, your children can get their own rooms. Because – don’t kid yourself – your kid hasn’t wanted to stay in the same hotel room with you since they hit puberty. This progressive cruise even lets guests under 21 drink alcohol as long as they’re under the supervision of a parent and the parent signed a release form. That’s pretty dang cool if you ask me!
But that’s not all there is to it. This cruise also offers plenty of fun activities for anyone and everyone. They have a ropes course, a lot of awesome live shows, a casino, and even a Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Sea.
THE BEST CRUISE FOR FAMILY REUNIONS
Honestly, cruises are probably one of the best ideas for family reunions. They can so easily become awkward as you’re spending so much time with people that are family, sure, but technically you barely know them! So a cruise is a great way to keep things rowdy and fun and make sure the reunion isn’t a bore.
And the Carnival Triumph cruise is definitely the best cruise option for a fun family reunion. It’s cheap, which is always good, and they definitely bring a party atmosphere. There are two pool areas, plenty of good restaurants that can be included in your rate, fun options for kids, a pool with a waterslide, and some great, nightly live shows.