Upscale families love that the classy cabins are all suites, the cruise is all-inclusive, and there is special pricing for kids. Because the ships are smaller — just 700 guests — there may just be 50 youngsters on board.
What’s new: All amenities, soft drinks, wine, liquor, tips, and shore excursions are part of the package which includes two-for-one pricing on many ships, free airfare from gateway cities, and early booking savings. The cruise line is offering 16 Alaska voyages geared to families in 2015, aboard the Seven Seas Navigator.
For kids: Programming starts at age 5 in three groups (ages 5-9, 10-13 and 14-17), but the Club Mariner youth program is only available during summer and select holidays. Ages 1 and up are welcome to sail, but there are no separate facilities for teens and tweens, though separate activities are offered through the Club Mariner Youth program.
The Club Mariner counselors host a variety of activities, including games, craft projects, movies, and “food fun” to make sure each child has a memorable experience. Activities are customized for each group. In-room sitting is expensive and officially not available, but staff members sometimes will babysit upon request. And don't forget there's lots for the family to see on land on a Regent Seven Seas sailing, like that remarkable reindeer at top.