10 reasons to take the kids on a Cruise Holiday

Dubai from a Cruise Ship

Cruises are just for old people, not families – right?


Ask the kids their favourite holiday and they will all say our cruise, without any hesitation and we cannot wait to book another one, although to somewhere a little cooler next time – Norway and Iceland!

So why take the family on a cruise holiday?

10 reasons to take a Family Cruise Holiday

The Destinations

You can cruise almost anywhere in the world and it is a great way of seeing several destinations without having to do battle with numerous airports, never mind packing and unpacking again and again.


We did a Mediterranean Cruise and were lucky enough to visit Barcelona, Sicily, Naples (Pompeii), Rome, Pisa, Marseilles and Majorca. It gave us a real taste of Italy and is the number 1 reason we want to go back.


Onboard Entertainment

With splash parks, swimming pools, water slides, indoor and outdoor cinema’s, shows, music and more, you will never be bored. Different ships offer different forms of entertainment, so do your research before you go.


Kids Club

Cruise ships have dedicated Kids Clubs and areas just for them and although they do lots of fun and games, some having learning opportunities too. Celebrity Cruises Anturus Explorer Academy for 3 to 12 year olds focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), but in a fun way.

Celebrity Cruise

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Teens aren’t treated like kids

They can sample their first taste of independence on a cruise, making new friends and planning their own itineraries. Alongside daytime activities, there is their own place to hang out and evenings dedicated to teen entertainment with DJ parties, talent shows and prom nights.

Carnival Vista

All inclusive

Cruise ships offer all-inclusive dining, which includes free drinks and ice cream for the kids, so you don’t have to worry about forking out extra for them to eat well.

Carnival Vista

Family Friendly Cabins

Newer ships offer plenty of options to make the time at sea with your kids more comfortable. Many cabins will allow families of five or six to stay in the same cabin, or interconnecting rooms for more a more affordable option.

On our cruise ship, there was even a family lounge in our area, complete with video game consoles, a buffet area and games for the kids to play.

Family Time

Cruise ships offer plenty of opportunities for family togetherness, or time away from the kids. Depending on the kids ages, cruises can offer tweens and teens a bit of independence because they can’t go far and you can head off to the spa knowing they are ok.

MSC Cruise Ship Spa

It’s safe

My initial thoughts on taking a child on a cruise ship was “what if they try and climb over the side”. The rails are designed to make it pretty much impossible and there are security camera around every 6m on a ship, so any incidents or lost children are dealt with swiftly.

MSC Cruise Line

Flights aren’t necessary

I am not a fan of airports with kids in tow and with many departures sailing from UK ports including Southampton and Dublin, families can avoid having to fork out for long and often uncomfortable plane journeys.

Celebrity Silouhette

Easy to plan

As soon as you book your cruise, you are given access to the ships itinerary and can book your port excursions in advance.


Although you don’t have to take the ships own excursions, they are often the best way to see the local area as will take in as many sites as possible before the ship leaves for the next destination.

Would you like to take your family on a cruise?

12 thoughts on “10 reasons to take the kids on a Cruise Holiday

  1. Shofey says:

    That’s a great way to have fun with the family. Would love to go on a tour with my family, great blog.

  2. Melanie williams says:

    Cruises are for all people. It just depends of which type of cruise schedule you choose x

  3. Jenni says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise before, with or without kids. My husband really wants to go on a cruise around the Antarctic though with us all! Better start saving…

  4. Jon says:

    What an interesting read! I didn’t know there was so much to do for kids on Cruises as I always sort of thought they were geared more towards ‘the old folk’ lol

  5. Clare Minall says:

    Looks like you found a great way to enjoy with your family! I haven’t been on a cruise but interesting destinations like this are definitely on our list!

  6. I’ve never been on a cruise but I would love to take Erin on one. I think she’d love it.

  7. I have been trying for almost 20 years to get my husband on a cruise but he will not budge. I think they look fab!

  8. Sarah Bailey says:

    I have to admit I really quite fancy going on a cruise holiday – they seem like such a nice way to get to travel and see some of the world!
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  9. Rhian westbury says:

    I don’t have kids but I’d love to go on a cruise to experience a lot of places in one trip x

  10. Valerie says:

    I would love to take my family on a cruise and have wanted to do so for years. A Mediterranean cruise sounds fantastic!

  11. We’ve actually been considering taking the kids on a cruise – it is something I have always wanted to and seems like it would be an amazing family experience.

  12. I’d love to do a cruise, I’ve seen special Disney themed ones which sound amazing.

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