Top 5 Cruise Lines For Families

Not all cruise lines are created equal, especially when it comes to being kid-friendly. Most cruise lines have ample activities for adults, but many fall short when it comes to keeping the kids and teens entertained. If you’re looking to take a cruise with the entire family and you have little ones, here’s a look at 5 of the best cruise lines for kids.

Disney Cruise Line

It’s probably no surprise that Disney Cruise Line made the top of the list. Disney cruise ships are virtually bursting at the seams with kid-friendly activities. On board, families can enjoy character dining and meet and greets, story time, games and out-of-this-world playgrounds. The ships boast a variety of themes from Toy Story to Star Wars. Parents get some perks, too, like an adult-only pool and a variety of lounges, nightclubs, and bars.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean offers a plethora of activities to keep passengers of any age happy. Specifically, the kids will enjoy amenities like rock climbing walls, miniature golf, a water park and a video arcade, just to name a few. Higher class ships offer even more activities like a sky-diving simulator and roller skating links. The ships also offer special times for family dining and onboard babysitting services.


On a Norwegian cruise ship, you’ll find kid-friendly activities like sporting amenities, movies, video games and even a circus school. Parents will appreciate the flexible dining plans, babysitting services and adults-only amenities like live jazz and comedy shows.


Carnival Cruise Line offers an entire Dr. Seuss-themed ship in its Seuss at Sea. Families will find activities like water slides, arcades, teen-only parties, and an IMAX theater. The ship boasts a water park, mini-golf and ropes course. Younger passengers will appreciate the Dr. Seuss story time and parade. Parents can take advantage of the babysitting services on board and enjoy the adults-only Serenity Retreat, where they can take advantage of hammocks, loungers and a bar.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is a great choice for families. Some select sailings offer free tickets for kids, which parents are sure to appreciate. The kids will enjoy things like sports, dancing, a water park, and LEGO-themed playrooms.