The Best Summer Cruises For The Whole Family
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
If you are looking for a family-friendly adventure this summer, chances are, you’ve considered booking a cruise. With multiple voyages catering to all types of travelers, the list can be overwhelming. Here are the best cruises for the whole family this summer that will provide ample entertainment for the kids and maybe even a bit of relaxation for you.
If you have a Disney-obsessed child on your hands, Disney Wonder is a no brainer. These premium ships carry all of your kid’s favorite Disney characters on board as well as fireworks, heated pools, and of course, Disney-themed events and attractions. And you can escape to one of the adult-only spaces for a moment of serenity.
Carnival Vista is a fairly new vessel that includes the first-ever IMAX at sea and SkyRide, which zips around the upper deck. This massive ship also includes WaterWorks aqua park, with a Kaleid-O-Slide raft ride; Dive-In Movies at the pool; whimsical Seuss at Sea activities; and Dr. Seuss Bookville.
Ocean Camp is also available for kids ages 24 months and up helmed by enthusiastic counselors who will keep your kids happy while you enjoy one of the many pools and spa options.
From waterslides to Broadway musicals, Norwegian Getaway offers something for everyone in the family. You can enjoy seven nights on the sea while floating through the Caribbean with stops in Belize, Honduras, Mexico, and more. With 14 passenger decks featuring 26 dining spots and activities such as rock climbing, minigolf, comedy shows, video games, bowling, an AquaPark, and a sports complex, there will never be a dull moment at sea.
Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas now has one of the largest cruise ships in the world among its fleet. The kids will love seeing and chatting with their favorite characters at the DreamWorks Experience as well as playing at the SeaPlex with a skating rink, bumper cars, circus school, ball courts, DJ booth, and Xbox lounge.
And for you? Tiered pools in the adults-only Solarium with live music and a pub serving decadent food and cocktails should keep you very satisfied.