Families and cruising walk hand in hand these days and the magnificent range of choice continues to get better and better. Cruise from the comfort of the UK or opt for a fly cruise straight to the sunshine, the decision is yours and the opportunities are endless. P&O Cruises continue to offer exciting holiday opportunities aboard family ships such as the excellent Azura and Ventura. Sail aboard a 7 day cruise break or opt for a longer voyage to the far reaches of the Eastern Mediterranean. Royal Caribbean also offer exciting cruises from the UK aboard the uniquely amazing Independence of the Seas or even delve into the luxurious world of Celebrity Cruises aboard The Celebrity Eclipse.
When it comes to fly cruising the choice continues in style. Princess Cruises will this year unveil their brand new Royal Princess with her unbelievable features for adults and children alike. There’s also the outstanding Norwegian Epic with its awe inspiring water park on board, ice bar and not forgetting the Royal Caribbean fleet complete with rock climbing walls, ice rinks and surfing simulators. Cruising is entering a new era where families are catered for like never before and the options highlighted here continue to show just good cruising can be for family fun. A new inclusion to the European cruising scene is the arrival of Carnival and the unbelievably fun Carnival Breeze. This exciting arrival to the scene is sure to raise the bar of entertainment once again.
Of course having fun is just part of a holiday, parents need a little relaxation bliss and well, cruising is certainly the place for this. Parents will discover a superb range of bars, lounges, theaters and enchanting places on board to simply unwind. Head for the spa and indulge in a fantastic range of treatment choices before diving into the pool for a relaxing swim, all topped off with a thrill ride down a slide on board with the children or a character dinner with mr bump and noddy. Whatever you desire, cruising has it covered.
Here’s a few examples of the family features to expect on the ships highlighted above:
Families will love the Royal Princess and all she has to offer. Children will be blown away by the state of art facilities for them not to mention the sheer amount of space purely dedicated to them alone. Monitored by Princess crew at all times, parents can relax safe in the knowledge that children are safe and having the time of their lives.
The youth programmes onboard are quite simply put, amazing! A whole host of entertainment awaits to keep children of all ages enthralled. The state of the art video gaming centre is a high tech haven where children can even experience virtual reality. Not only this but the older ones even have their own private nightspot known as Club O2 this is considered one of the hottest highlights onboard for a great dance party. Camp Carnival is the place to be for the younger children onboard and they will love everything that lies in wait. Featuring games, finger painting, story time, movies and much much more children will love this brilliant location, all in a completely supervised environment of course. The expertly trained youth staff ensure adults can relax and unwind safe in the knowledge their children are being extremely well looked after and kept safe.
A whole host of exciting activities await children that sail aboard this magical cruise liner. Younger passengers will love the Adventure Ocean program that awaits. Outstanding innovations such as the irresistible video gaming centre combined with their very own night spot. Forever monitored by the expertly trained Adventure Ocean staff, parents can relax and enjoy themselves safe in the knowledge their children are being looked after and having the time of their lives. Children will also find a rock climbing wall on board, character dinners, an ice skating rink or even the chance to try surfing at the Flow Rider simulator.
As for travelling as a family, your children could not be in better hands. Azura portrays a fantastic array of facilities for the children with The Reef available to them at all time to entertain them all day long. Reef Ranger will divide children into age appropriate groups allowing them to make friends their own age and enjoy innovative activities onboard. As if that wasn’t enough, Mr Bump and Noddy will always be at hand to give the little ones that extra spark. There’s even a wii room now onboard, hosting a whole range of video game heaven for children of all ages.
The most exciting innovation onboard is located on deck 19. There are now three bungee trampolines for anyone over the age of 8. Even adults will be desperate for a go by the end of the cruise, why should the kids have all the fun?