Mum’s the Word—The Best Cruises for Families

Mum’s the Word—The Best Cruises for Families

With an estimated 1.5 million kids joining their parents aboard cruises, the major cruise lines have raised the bar on family-friendly offerings.

The result? There’s never been a better time to take your own crew out to sea.  “As each new ship is launched, it seems more and more attractions are showing up – everything from heart-pounding water rides to amazing playrooms,” says Jane Hunt, Maritime Travel counsellor, Clayton Park, NS. “Today, some of the larger ships even have youth assistants on hand to entertain the kids after the family dinner or between different activities.”

Given the boatloads of family fun on offer, Jane advises clients that choosing the right ship for your family getaway is even more important than the itinerary. “It’s really a question of making sure the programming matches up with your kids’ ages and interests and that’s where we come in. I’ve been on so many cruises with my own family.  I love using my experience to help my clients.”


Take Your Family Aboard: Royal Caribbean International
Recommended for you by Laura MacDonald, Manager, Summerside, PE

 “Royal Caribbean is my all-time favorite for family-focused cruise vacations. The entertainment is incredible and the dining is flexible and innovative. These megaships have all the bells and whistles including multiple pools, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks and 3-D theatres. And that’s before you even look at the destination-rich shore excursions on offer.”​

Ask Laura



Take Your Family Aboard: Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
Recommended for you by Deborah Best, Cole Harbour

“Norwegian’s flexible “freestyle cruising” approach has lots of family appeal. The newer ships have abundant family friendly activities and spaces where they can spend more quality time together onboard. Popular activities include rock-climbing and rappelling walls, bowling lanes and expansive water park areas.”​ 

Newcomer to the NCL fleet, the Bliss is home to the largest racetrack at sea!

Ask Deborah



Take Your Family Aboard: Disney Cruise Line
Recommended for you by Jane Hunt, Clayton Park​

“For the definitive family getaway, nothing beats a Disney cruise. There’s simply so much fun and entertainment for both kids and the young-at-heart (by which I mean the rest of us!). The onboard service is outstanding and each of the many dining venues is an experience in itself.”

Pump up the Fun!
Best on-board attraction? The Aquaduck water slide! This wet and wonderful ride wends its way around the ship and provides just the right amount of excitement—not too fast and not too slow.​

Ask Jane