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Top 5 Best Family Cruise Holidays

While a few years ago, Cruise vacations were seen as more of an adults or couples only pursuit. Changing perceptions, increasing disposable income and us Indians’ proclivity to travel with the family has transformed the picture in such a manner that every cruise company worth its sea-salt is busy in offering best family cruises on their premium ships around the world.

While choices are good, too much of almost similar features make arriving at a decision a real struggle. Hence we have carefully researched the top 5 best family cruises from innumerable available cruise lines. Our key criteria were the condition of the ship, and safe & exciting facilities for kids and families.

You’re sure to know more about cruise holidays from India here than any other source! Here we go…

1. Dream Cruise

Known popularly for its Genting Dreams cruise package, Dream Cruise is probably the most famous one among Indian travelers traveling to Singapore for a cruise holiday.

Dream Cruises are well-known for offering a number of kids’ friendly features on their cruise. Prominent among them are waterslide parks, rock climbing wall, rope courses with a zipline, and a mini golf course. You will also be able to use their jogging track, sportsplex, beauty salon and gym. Some of these facilities come free and others at a cost. Do confirm with your travel agent before booking.

Their show-stopper undeniably is the two underwater submersibles, which can carry up to four passengers deep under the ocean to discover the amazing undersea beauty.

Book our Singapore Cruise package that allows you to discover Singapore while delivering a knockout Cruise experience.

Genting Dream Cruise

Genting Dream Cruise

Waterslides on Dream Cruise

Waterslides on Dream Cruise

Arcade on Dream Cruise

Arcade on Dream Cruise

Suggested Itinerary
While every cruise line offers a variety of itineraries for their customers, we have chosen the best one based on our metrics of prices and duration.

Here is our suggested Dream Cruise itinerary:

Day Port ETA ETD
Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Singapore

Bintan Island

Singapore

0800

1000

2100

2200

2. Royal Caribbean

Ideal for families traveling with kids as well as joint families of multiple age groups, Royal Caribbean’s best family cruises come with an impressive set of family centric activities and facilities like swimming pools, rock-climbing walls, ice skating rink, Surf simulators, ziplines, 3D theater and even parades in the indoor walkway. For those inclined to learn while on a cruise vacation, proficient instructors are hired for various arts and crafts workshop, science labs, and the Scratch DJ Academy.

Excellent Broadway-style shows, a glut of dining options with an interesting mix of fine-dine and casual, street side kiosks for pizza and burgers and salons and spa won’t let you have a single bore moment on any of the Royal Caribbean cruise.

Here is our suggested Royal Caribbean Cruise itinerary:

Date

Port ETA ETD Activity
29-May-19

30-May-19

31-May-19

1-Jun-19

2-Jun-19

3-Jun-19

4-Jun-19

5-Jun-19

6-Jun-19

7-Jun-19

Rome (Civitavecchia) – Italy

Cruising

Chania (Souda) – Crete – Greece

Mykonos – Greece

Rhodes – Greece

Santorini – Greece

Athens (Piraeus) – Greece

Cruising

Naples – Italy

Rome (Civitavecchia) – Italy

1100

0700

0700

0700

0600

0700

0500

1700

2000

1900

1700

1800

1800

1800

Embark

Cruising

Docked

Tendered

Docked

Tendered

Docked

Cruising

Docked

Debark


3. Costa Cruise

Costa offers vibrant entertainment and kid friendly programs that are in line with their ‘Italy’s Finest’ initiative. You can truly enjoy the uniquely Italian atmosphere with cuisine by Michelin-Star Chef Fabio Cucchelli, Ferrari wines, Illy Caffe, Nutella and warm, rich decor – all essential part of the Italian tradition.If fine taste is your hallmark, Costa Cruise should not be a hard choice for you! An Italian company, Costa Cruise has built its reputation among cruise travelers for its distinct Italian flavor that manifests with its painstaking details to its ships’ furnishings and architecture- expect to marvel at original art work and hand-crafted embellishments.

Costa Cruise retains the charm of eternal Europe- so if you are craving for an authentic European experience with passengers from multiple cultures and at competitive prices, Costa is a natural choice.

Here is our suggested Costa Cruise itinerary:

Costa Cruise 7 Nights / 8 days from Abu Dhabi

Date Port ETA ETD
29-Nov

30-Nov

1-Dec

2-Dec

3-Dec

4-Dec

5-Dec

Abu Dhabi

Dubai

Dubai

Muscat

High Sea

Doha

Abu Dhabi

0800

0900

0900

1110

2359

1400

2200

2000

4. Disney Cruise

Disneyland on water is how you may describe our 4th choice of best family cruises. If you are as young at heart as your kid’s biological age, don’t look any further and book a trip on Disney cruise today!

Meet your favorite Avengers; warm up at the Frozen deck party; revel in the force at the Star Wars party; let your kids share tea with Snow White or Cinderella or witness the breath-taking Pirate of the Caribbean themed parade where Jack Sparrow entertains like nobody else can! In short, your kids will have a blast!!

Simply incomparable to any other cruise holiday, Disney Cruise is an experience like none you have ever experienced or imagined. Say welcome to your happiest memories.

Spiderman Character Experience

Spiderman Character Experience

Mickey & Minnie’s Party at Sea

Mickey & Minnie’s Party at Sea

Here is our suggested Disney Cruise itinerary:

Day Port ETA ETD
Day 1

Day 2

Day 2

Day 3

Day 3

Day 4

Day 4

Day 5

Miami, Florida

Key West, Florida

Key West, Florida

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Disney Castaway Cay

Disney Castaway Cay

Miami, Florida

1600

1530

1715

1645

0730

0730

0930

0830


5. Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is your best bet if you plan to visit Europe or USA along with a cruise vacation. Norwegian has made a name for itself for its casual ambience- a welcoming change from more formal cruise lines. Known as much for its friendly staff as for its kids’ activities; the Norwegian Cruise Line features separate play areas for various age groups such as arts and crafts, karaoke singing and video games arcades. Other facilities include a jungle gym, and a cool interactive light-up dance floor.

Other popular activities that your kids can undertake comprise of imposing water park areas, rock climbing and rappelling walls, climbing cages, and bowling lanes.

NCL offers best family cruises both in Europe and the USA.

Waterslides on NCL Cruise

Waterslides on NCL Cruise

Here is our suggested Norwegian Cruise itinerary:

Date Port of Call Country ETA Activity
5-Jun

6-Jun

6-Jun

7-Jun

7-Jun

8-Jun

8-Jun

9-Jun

9-Jun

10-Jun

11-Jun

11-Jun

12-Jun

Civitavecchia (Rome)

Livorno (Florence/Pisa)

Livorno (Florence/Pisa)

Cannes

Cannes

Palma Majorca

Palma Majorca

Barcelona

Barcelona

Naples/Pompeii

Naples/Pompeii

Civitavecchia (Rome)

Italy

Italy

Italy

France

France

Spain

Spain

Spain

Spain

Italy

Italy

Italy

1900

0700

1900

0800

1800

1300

2000

0500

1800

1200

0700

1900

0600

Depart

Arrive-Dock

Depart

Arrive-Tender

Depart

Arrive-Dock

Depart

Arrive-Dock

Depart

Cruise

Arrive-Dock

Depart

Arrive-Dock

Visiting several countries during one trip, amazing ships to cater to your every caprice and dedicated kids’ clubs- Family Cruise Holidays are simply irresistible. Not just child friendly aboard the ship, best family cruises usually also offer specially designed shore tours for families.

Are you a seasoned cruiser? Help us improve our Best Family Cruises article with your experiences. We’ll ensure we make you famous with your name alongside your tip.

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