It’s not uncommon to book a family cruise one year or more in advance and given the incredible experiences children can have, like learning to juggle, exploring medieval history and creating ocean murals, you’d be wise to book well in advance in order to snap up the best staterooms.
Royal Caribbean’s Adventure Ocean program for kids has long been a favorite, enabling children ages three to 11 to participate in scavenger hunts, dig for fossils and conduct science experiments on-board the ship.
Carnival’s new Carnival Freedom provides children with various opportunities for on-board learning, including Camp Ocean, a sea-themed camp for kids ages two to 11.
Not only does Norwegian Cruise Line offer Splash Academy (for kids) and Entourage (for teens), but the at-sea Cirque du Jour circus school couldn’t be more popular.
Disney Cruise Line is offering cruises along the coast of Norway on the Disney Magic ... giving families the opportunity to explore fjords, cobblestone streets, local flavors and medieval history.
Princess Cruises' on-board Junior Ranger program educates children about the local environment and wildlife as the ship makes its way through Alaska’s Inner Passage. On cruises to most
Paul Gaugin Cruises offers an Ambassadors of the Environment youth program for kids ages nine to 17, which offers children first-hand opportunities to explore coral reefs, volcanic islands and marine life.
Detailed in this article are the children and teen programs from the major cruise lines. I feel that cruising is the ideal vacation for families with children not only because of these programs which are excellent, but also they can learn so much about other places and people. It is also a great place to get your children to try different foods.
My children have been on many cruises with us. Decisions about tours were made by all of us. We have been to a few zoos on caribbean islands (the zoo in Aruba was great) and both of my kids learned to snorkel with me. Alaska was most memorable. Fishing for halibut in Icy Straits with my son and seeing whales while at dinner on the ship.