Today’s cruise ships offer a dizzying array of entertainment and activities, and there has never been a better time to book your first family cruise. Keep even the hardest-to-entertain kids happy with water slides, dodgems and climbing walls, enjoy some me-time in the spa and then gather the whole family together for dinner and a show. Dad needn’t even miss his sports, thanks to the good old British pubs you’ll find on board most ships, with sporting events streamed live all day.
Why spend two weeks in one place when you can see more of the world in the same space of time? Make the most of the school holidays; unpack once and explore somewhere new almost every day. A family cruise is the perfect way to inspire a little wanderlust in even the youngest traveller. Let them wake with anticipation as they open the curtains to a new view each morning, visiting places only previously read about in school books and experiencing things their friends on a resort holiday can only dream about. Things like swimming with turtles in the Caribbean, riding a dog sled in Alaska and visiting some of the largest water parks in the world; their time ashore promises to be just as exciting as their sea days! Family cruise lines offer a whole host of family-friendly excursions, from exploring private islands to whale watching and snorkelling.
You’ll find more ways than ever to keep kids of all ages entertained on board too. All family cruise lines offer free kids clubs, run by qualified and experienced staff and offering age-specific activities for children usually between the age of 3 and 17. Let little ones run wild in soft play areas and supervised splash pools, whilst teens make new mates in hangouts equipped with DJ decks, video games and even their own designated pool area. Kids of all ages can enjoy pizza and pyjama parties, disco nights and getting creative in cookery classes, with free lessons available to children in the state-of-the-art Cookery Club aboard P&O Cruises’ newest ship Britannia.
You’ll need to muster some more energy after the non-stop daytime activities because the evening entertainment on family cruise ships is unmissable. Gather the kids and head to one of the ship’s many entertainment venues to enjoy everything from musicals to new-release movies and magic shows. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line are amongst those who offer Broadway and West End musicals as part of your fare, so the whole family can watch the likes of Mamma Mia! and Cats for hundreds of pounds less than it would cost you at home. That said, it isn’t all about the kids. Grown-ups can take advantage of the night nursery offered aboard many cruise ships and enjoy some precious alone time whilst the kids are under the watchful eye of trained staff. Indulge in a meal at one of the ship’s speciality restaurants, before treating yourselves to a cocktail or two in a choice of nightspots. After all, it’s your holiday too!