Best cruise lines for Families with Teens
The best cruise lines for families with teens as ranked by verified reviews submitted over the past 12 months. This list is continuously updated as we receive new reviews from our members, so be sure to check back often! Note, a minimum of 40 reviews are required to be part of this list.
From surf simulators to waterslides and zip-lines, Royal Caribbean has no shortage of activities for families with teenagers. Royal’s ships include several teen-only spaces - The Living Room and the Fuel Teen Club. The teen program by Royal allows older kids the freedom to come and go as they please - perfect for both parents and teens alike.
Disney isn’t just for the younger kids! Teens have their own hangout space called Vibe, and even tweens have their own area called Edge. On Disney Dream and Fantasy, Vibe has an outdoor sundeck, too. Teens will also find an exclusive area of the spa just for them, called Chill Spa. And on Castaway Cay, teens can make new friends during the island’s teens-only activities.
There’s no shortage of amenities for teens on Carnival. Every ship has a designated teen club where teens can play video games, participate in sports tournaments, and more. Ships also include other perfectly-suited amenities such as a ropes course, water slides, and game shows. There’s also an abundance of complimentary restaurants to grab a bite between all the fun.
Celebrity is a great choice for families looking for a more upscale onboard experience without stepping up to luxury-line prices. Teens have their own club where they can socialize and take part in teen-focused activities with others in their age group. There is also a Teen Spa onboard offering special services for those aged 13 to 17.
Teen cruisers (ages 13-16) on Holland America enjoy mocktail parties, karaoke and trivia contests, games, and themed events at Club HAL’s youth activities program. Offered during both sea and port days, Club HAL is the perfect opportunity for teens to hang out in a supervised environment with others their own age.
Teenagers will find plenty of fun aboard a Princess ship. Teens 13-17 years old have their own hangout space called The Beach House, where they can watch movies, play games, and make new friends. Some activities around the ship for teens include sports tournaments, dance classes, and parties complete with mocktails. Of course, teens also enjoy many family amenities.
Norwegian is known as being one of the best cruise lines for teens, and it’s not difficult to see why. Ships include thrilling amenities such as ropes courses, rock walls, water slides, and energetic deck parties. The line also offers dedicated clubs for both tweens and teens where they can hang out with new friends and participate in a variety of activities.
On MSC, teens and tweens have their own youth clubs which are filled with games, group activities, and spaces to hang out with new friends. Many ships also feature large water parks, F1 simulators, zip lines, bowling alleys, and sports tournaments which are sure to be a hit not only for teens, but for the whole family too.