Best Cruise Lines For Families with Kids

Share

Facebook Twitter

The best cruise lines for families with kids 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.

Categories

Disney Cruise Line

Category: Mainstream    Ship Size: M, L, XL
4.6
98 reviews Ratings
Disney Cruise Line

This is easily the most expensive of the family-friendly lines, but you get what you pay for: There is no better choice for those traveling with children. As you would expect, both daytime activities (game shows, character appearances, and contests) and nighttime entertainment (first-run movies and live productions) are outstanding and focus on Disney characters. Most stat...

Cruises from $648

Celebrity Cruises

Category: Mainstream    Ship Size: S, M, L, XL
4.4
47 reviews Ratings
Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity, the first to grow real grass and build a serious art collection, has long been one of the most innovative lines. These cruises draw couples, families, and groups who want style and comfort without luxury-line fares. The wide scope of daytime activities ranges from the educational (think technology classes) to the playful, such as water volleyball matches with sh...

Cruises from $149

Royal Caribbean

Category: Mainstream    Ship Size: L, XL
4.3
570 reviews Ratings
Royal Caribbean

This is a great choice for families — second only to Disney Cruise Line and significantly less expensive. It’s also ideal for sporty travelers: The line’s adrenaline rush-driven activities — the best at sea — include rock-climbing, surf simulations, ice skating, ziplining, inline skating, and boxing (in a real ring). Entertainment choices feature high-dive shows on Oasis o...

Cruises from $147

Princess Cruises

Category: Mainstream    Ship Size: S, M, L, XL
4.3
53 reviews Ratings
Princess Cruises

Shorter sailings are filled with families and couples looking for a quality, midpriced experience; longer cruises draw an older — largely 50s and up — crowd of empty nesters and retirees. On sea days, you’ll find many complimentary classes — which range from computers to glass blowing and pottery painting — and supervised kids’ activities include educational options, such ...

Cruises from $89

Carnival Cruise Lines

Category: Mainstream    Ship Size: L, XL
4.3
943 reviews Ratings
Carnival Cruise Lines

These boisterous ships woo party animals, as well as fun-loving families and singles, with constant entertainment (think poolside hairy chest contests, after-hours comedians, buckets of beer, plenty of activities for kids) and increasingly impressive food, including burgers by Food Network star Guy Fieri. Carnival has begun to host onboard concerts by big-name performers —...

Cruises from $124

MSC Cruises

Category: Mainstream    Ship Size: M, L, XL
4.0
69 reviews Ratings
MSC Cruises

Budget-minded families and passengers looking for a more European experience at an affordable price gather on this Italy-based line. On European sailings, 85 percent of the passengers are European, giving the ships a local feel. (The numbers are almost exactly opposite on North American sailings.) Bringing the whole family won't break the bank: Kids ages 3-11 sail for free...

Cruises from $69

Norwegian Cruise Line

Category: Mainstream    Ship Size: M, L, XL
4.0
227 reviews Ratings
Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line pioneered the flexible dining trend more than a decade ago, and the line continues to offer numerous, creative dining choices. (Think lobster roll stands and Cuban grills.) The line’s studio cabins on newer ships are a boon for supplement-weary singles, and Haven suites — which share a private sundeck and restaurant — feel like the concierge floor of ...

Cruises from $99