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  • You want an inclusive luxury cruise on a thoroughly modern ship
  • You like having expedition-style amenities on select itineraries
  • You want lavish accomodations and amenities without overdoing it
  • You need a suite with the full services of a dedicated butler
  • You prefer luxury ships with more active and varied nightlife

4 Night Cruise to the Bahamas

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  • You want a fun, value-packed cruise on a manageable scale
  • You don't need the flashy features of MSC's newer ships
  • You want a cruise experience that focuses on unique itineraries
  • You want splash parks, waterslides and bowling alleys onboard
  • You are looking for a cruise that caters to North Americans

3 Night Cruise to the Bahamas

7 night cruise to alaska.

  • You want a charming luxury ship with lots of nooks and crannies
  • You appreciate grand, modern-looking suites and public areas
  • You enjoy socializing with convivial, like-minded adults
  • You're looking for butler service; you won't find those here
  • You want the more varied amenities of a larger luxury vessel

14 Night Cruise to Alaska

7 night cruise to the bahamas.

  • You want a cutting-edge family cruise with European flair
  • You like nonstop activities with round-the-clock fun for all
  • You want dozens of different bars, lounges and restaurants
  • You don't want cruise catering to European tastes first
  • You dislike announcements made in up to six different languages

7 Night Cruise to the Western Mediterranean

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4 Night Cruise to the Mexican Riviera

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  • You want new features like virtual balconies in inside cabins
  • You want a big-ship experience with family-friendly fun
  • You want a splash of traditional grandeur with lots of choice
  • You want a ship with plenty of massive, windowed public rooms
  • You want a quiet cruise experience that focuses on relaxation

5 Night Cruise to the Western Caribbean

  • You want a freshly renovated older ship with lots of activities
  • You like plenty of open decks and cabins with balconies
  • You want a ship that provides fun with a touch of class
  • You want a quiet, classically understated cruise experience
  • You need diversions like massive waterparks and ziplines

7 Night Cruise to the Mediterranean

  • You want an all-inclusive luxury cruise that's welcoming
  • You appreciate good food and varied, diverse entertainment
  • You place value on the ship as much as where it sails to
  • You prefer the smaller-capacity of Seabourn's older ships
  • You need the last word in service, with onboard butlers

7 Night Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean

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  • You seek MSC Cruises' next-gen Seaside EVO-class ships that are slightly bigger and better laid out
  • You appreciate a wide variety of dining venues and activities, particularly geared towards families
  • You seek a very good cruise value with lots included for a reasonable price point
  • You prefer larger cabin bathrooms and showers over the very small entry-level ones onboard
  • You miss the zip-line as only present on the first two Seaside-class ships
  • You like smaller, quieter cruise ships with fewer fellow passengers

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4 Night Cruise to Canada & New England

  • You want mega-ship fun with innovative onboard features
  • You need a cruise that is suitable for families of all ages
  • You want your ships big and bold but with a touch of class
  • You hate crowds; things can get competitive at the buffet
  • You are looking for cruises longer than a week in duration
  • You don't enjoy being upsold for promotions and packages

14 Night Cruise to the Mediterranean

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  • You want a luxury cruise with expedition teams on some sailings
  • You appreciate bright, modern public areas with few crowds
  • You enjoy having plenty of inclusions and dislike extra charges
  • The ship's adventurous expedition sailings don't interest you
  • You want lots of nonstop entertainment and vibrant nightlife
  • You want solid entertainment and splashy, Broadway-style shows
  • You like to keep busy, and want active days and vibrant nights
  • You want a big ship cruise with plenty of bang for your buck
  • You want longer cruises that explore uncommon destinations
  • You prefer a more traditional, laid-back kind of cruise vacation

5 Night Cruise to Bermuda

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  • You want a big-ship experience with plenty of classy spaces
  • You appreciate good cuisine, wine and beverage offerings
  • You enjoy a more upscale cruise experience on a big ship
  • You always cruise on ships that are brand-new and innovative
  • You want the latest technological advances and features
  • You aren’t interested on longer, more unique itineraries

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Family Friendly Cruises for Kids

Voyages of discovery and reconnection that everyone from grandkids to grandparents can share., best family cruise destinations, alaska cruise destinations and cruisetours.

See the Great Land’s glaciers, wildlife, and national parks.

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Walk along sun-kissed beaches in laid-back style.

European Cruise Destinations

Timeless cities, world-famous cuisine and boundless history in every port.

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The Great Barrier Reef, stunning coastlines and relaxed charm are calling.

3rd and 4th Guests Sail Free

Cruise activities for the whole family.

Princess makes sure there are a variety of family friendly cruise activities so you have plenty of ways to spend quality time together

Adventures every member of the family will enjoy

Unique and immersive travel experiences, including more time in more ports, Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ shore excursions, and award-winning onboard programs, have earned Princess the distinction of "Best Cruise Line for Multi-Generational Family Travel" in the  Porthole Cruise Magazine 2018 Readers' Choice Awards.

Princess MedallionClass®

Get more from family time with the MedallionClass experience on all ships. Easy embarkation and customizing dining preferences, including pace, means fewer meltdowns. Interactive games and the fast, reliable MedallionNet® Wi-Fi keep the gang entertained. And you’ll always be able to find the kids (or the adults!) anywhere on board. Connect with what matters most – each other – on your Princess MedallionClass cruise.

Get in the family zone

New on the Caribbean Princess®, the Reef Family Splash Zone is the perfect place to relax, have fun and enjoy the water. An interactive splash pad with giant whale feature will entertain kids of all ages with showers, sprays and a water jet from the whale's spout! Oversized backyard games in the all-ages game zone set the stage for some good natured family competition. Celebrate after with playful mocktails for the kids and refreshing cocktails for the parents at our kid-friendly bar area. When you need a break from the sun, head to the comfy loungers and sheltered shade canopies.

Discovery™, Discovery Family™ & Animal Planet™ shore excursions

Welcome to enriching, immersive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences your whole family will never forget — especially on unique Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ Exclusive Tours that can't be booked independently, and are available only through Princess Cruises.

Voyage to the stars

Princess enables everyone in the family to find their place among the stars. With top-deck stargazing, an indoor planetarium with real-time views of planets, stars and galaxies, Camp Discovery activities, expert insights through Encounters with Discovery at SEA, engaging stateroom content and more, there are many unique experiences for every family to enjoy.

Meet Stanley

Make friends with the cuddliest bear at sea. Interact with Stanley throughout the voyage — at photo ops, story time, bear games, and crafts! You can even get your own Stanley exclusively on board and bring him home as a reminder of your special journey. And don’t forget to share your adventures on social media with #StanleyAtSea.

Immersive Princess entertainment

The thrill of being part of a live-theater audience is something family members will relive for years. And Princess-exclusive, Broadway-caliber stage shows from award-winning composer Steven Schwartz are a dazzling way to bring everyone together. You'll also find plenty of opportunities for audience participation with  The Voice of the Ocean  musical competition, the  High Seas Heist  mystery challenge and  Can You Survive?  game show.

So many fresh ways to dine together

Eat dinner every night as a family and try new regional foods together. Satisfy everyone's personal tastes with a delicious variety of casual dining options, special kids' menus in the Main Dining Room, and the ability to cater to individual dietary preferences upon request. Princess does the cooking and cleaning so you can spend more time focusing on what matters most.

Family cruise celebration vacations

The heart of a celebration is spending time with those you love. But what if one person you love is 17, and the other is 71? It’s hard to pick an activity that appeals to everyone. A Princess family cruise is a perfect chance to celebrate together while enjoying the hundreds of amazing activities taking place on Princess ships from morning to night.

Family-friendly cruise lodging

Princess makes it easy to sail together in comfort. ‭In addition to comfortable Mini-Suites and spacious Suites, ‭larger groups can ‭opt for a Family ‭Suite which includes ‭two interconnecting ‭staterooms and ‭sleeps up to eight on select ships.

Explorers Come in All Ages. And Princess Inspires Their Imaginations

Uniquely themed centers host engaging activities specially designed to help them play, huddle, create and discover.

Exciting youth & teen clubs

In partnership with Discovery™, Princess has developed engaging new youth programming and wonder-filled centers designed for our youngest guests.

  • Places for young explorers to learn about the world and discover new interests.
  • Invitations to meet new friends and enjoy memorable experiences while sailing.

Kids Cruise Activities — Ages 6 Months - 2 Years

Making our youngest voyagers feel right at home.

Princess welcomes babies, toddlers and preschoolers to the world of cruising with services and amenities that make life easier for their families as well. These young guests are welcome in Camp Discovery when accompanied by a parent. Mini-Suites and Full Suites offer full-sized bath tubs, and wash bins for showers are available. Staterooms with balconies are perfect for naptime. You can request high chairs, booster seats and cribs. We also provide complimentary jarred baby food. And fresh, pureed foods (fruits, veggies and rice) are available in the main dining room, specialty restaurants, and Horizon Court or World Fresh Marketplace.

Kids Cruise Activities — Ages 3-12

The treehouse — ages 3-7.

This bright, whimsical, forest-themed center for children features hands-on activities and programs surrounded by captivating creatures.

The Lodge — Ages 8-12

Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy center is filled with sports activities and comfortable places for kids to explore, hang out and lounge.

Sports, games, physical activities

  • Scavenger hunts, group games, basketball tournaments, ping pong competitions, dodgeball, skeeball, dance parties and more!
  • Try your skills on PlayStation®, Nintendo Wii™, and XBOX Kinect consoles, board games, air hockey and ping-pong.
  • Join dance classes and engage in friendly competitions.
  • Enjoy sports including basketball, mini golf, yoga and miniature Olympics.

Places, Animals, Science

  • Mythbusters Jawsome Sharks program: Try hands-on challenges, featuring Tori Belleci from the show.
  • Animal Planet™ uncovers ferocious secrets in  Shark Attack , and learn squid anatomy in  Just Squiddin’ Around .
  • Learn the science of magic or become an engineer for a day with programs from the  California Science Center , home of the  Endeavour  space shuttle.
  • Inspire a love of nature from the regions we sail with Animal Planet Endangered Species and Glacier Bay Jr. Ranger programs.

Fun interactions with peers

  • NEW!  Rhythm of the Caribbean : Caribbean music, dance, trivia and crafts light up the night for the whole family.
  • Wild Alaska Festival : Celebrate Alaskan nature at this family theme night.
  • Discovery at Sea™ theme days with activities inspired by  Shark Week  and Animal Planet.
  • Talent Shows showcase singing, dancing, musical skill, and jokes.
  • Theme Nights include Pirate, Mexican Fiesta and competitive Challenge themes.

Arts, crafts, inventions

  • Compete: Join the Klutz® paper airplane challenge or Lego boat-building contest.
  • JrCHEF@Sea: Learn cake decorating and enjoy the results with your family.
  • Make Animal Planet puppets, masks and paintings inspired by regional wildlife.
  • Klutz® Art Projects: Craft bracelets, velvet art, jewelry and more.

Teens Cruise Activities — Ages 13-17

The beach house — ages 13-17.

This contemporary beach-themed lounge is "the" place for teens to hang out, socialize and connect.

You won't want to miss our  Rock the Boat Party . It’s the occasion to dress up, stroll down the red carpet and flash your VIP badge, then enjoy an evening of mocktails, awards and celebrating with your friends.


Give your skills a workout in our video game tournaments. Play to win in air hockey, foosball and ping-pong. Or compete in outdoor sporting activities like dodgeball and basketball tournaments.

Dance classes

Perfect your moves with guidance from one of our crew dancers, then show what you’ve got at dance competitions and parties.

Movies & more

Get your scream on at  Scary Movie Night , or catch some recent hits at  Late Night Movies . Or cast yourself in a whole new light with teen makeovers and glitter tattoos.

Youth & Teen Program Registration

Registration Form with Youth Guidelines & Safety Measures (PDF)  or  Register Online

Registration Form with Teen Guidelines & Safety Measures (PDF)  or  Register Online

Please note:  During voyages with a high number of families onboard, we will make all efforts to accommodate interested parties. However, participation in our program cannot be guaranteed. Hours of operation may change to better serve our guests.

Hours of Operation:  Sea days 9:00am to 12:00 pm | 1:00pm - 5:00pm | 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Port Days 8:00am - 5:00pm | 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Depending on the itinerary, port hours may be expanded. Check the schedule once onboard. The program is complimentary during port days and advanced bookings are not required.

Kids and Youth center facilities vary across Princess cruise ships.

Parents Night Out

Where kids can play while you're away.

Rest assured, whether you've planned a day of exploring or a romantic night out, the group kidsitting at our Youth Centers offers your children between the ages of 3 and 12 plenty to look forward to. It's the perfect place for them to relax or play games with their friends. And the charge is just $5.00 USD per hour per child.

Dinner events exclusively for kids

Children and adults alike get the chance to enjoy dinner on their own with a variety of opportunities for kids to eat with their friends and Princess Youth Staff. They'll find kids-only dinners on select evenings, a teens-only dinner on a formal night in an exclusively reserved section of the dining room, as well as ice cream and pizza parties held throughout the voyage. Please be sure the Youth Staff members know about any food allergies your child may have.

Cruise Activities for Young Adults — Ages 18-20

Imagine a secret society. Only those invited can join. Guests ages 18-20 will learn the secret handshake and be granted a special code word to unlock an exclusive list of Club1820 events made just for them. No parents, no little siblings, no official hosts.

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Bring Your Crew To Meet Our Crew

Share a world of fascinating cultures, natural wonders and engaging adventures with your entire family on an unforgettable Holland America Line cruise. On board, kids can join other young travelers for supervised, age-appropriate games and activities. Plus, the whole family can learn to make tasty brownies at a live cooking show. In port, experience fascinating destinations on family-friendly shore excursions.

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A Journey For All Ages

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Staterooms & suites to fit your family, featured shore excursions.

From Alaska’s mighty glaciers to Europe’s great cathedrals to the Caribbean’s white-sand beaches, explore the world—together or independently—on a wide array of family-friendly shore excursions for every age, activity level and interest.

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Featured Itineraries

Imagine spring break in the Bahamas, a sunny winter cruise along the Mexican Riviera or a summer trip exploring the Mediterranean together. Choose your next family vacation from a wide array of 7- to 10-day cruises or longer adventures.

7-Day Mexican Riviera

What could be more relaxing than a San Diego roundtrip cruise to the Mexican Riviera? You can go deep-sea fishing in Cabo San Lucas. Savor Mazatlán’s distinctive cuisine. Visit the boutiques and galleries of Puerto Vallarta.

7-Day Classic California Coast

From sportfishing off Ensenada to swirling and sipping in wine-country ports, such as San Francisco and Monterey, you'll enjoy a delightful vacation.

7-Day Alaskan Explorer

Embark on a convenient roundtrip Seattle adventure, offering spectacular Glacier Bay National Park, whale-watching and stops in rough-hewn Ketchikan and Alaska's capital, Juneau.

Family & Multigenerational Travel FAQs

Learn how your crew will have the experience of a lifetime cruising with Holland America Line.

Is there a minimum age for cruising on Holland America Line?

Infants must be at least six months of age at the time of embarkation. On longer cruises, such as transoceanic, South America, Asia, South Pacific or Hawaii voyages, infants must be a minimum of 12 months of age at the time of embarkation.

Guests under 21 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone who is at least 21 years old. One adult chaperone is required for every five people under the age of 21.

To confirm the minimum age for a cruise, please call 1-855-932-1711. 

Do you offer any discounts for kids?

For parties larger than two adults planning to travel in the same stateroom, our reduced fares for kids or extra guests beyond the first and second guest per room offer an exceptional value. Fares vary by departure date and stateroom category purchased, and during select promotions they may be free. (Whether cruise fares are reduced or free for these additional guests per stateroom, the cost of taxes, fees and port expenses per person still applies.)

On board, children 12 or under receive half off in our specialty dining restaurants or can select items from a special kids’ menu for free.

Many of our award-winning shore excursions also offer reduced pricing for kids. 

Do you have staterooms that accommodate families?

Our staterooms and suites come in an array of sizes and configurations to fit your family. Family-friendly options include sofa beds, Murphy beds and connecting rooms.  Nieuw Statendam  and  Koningsdam  also feature dedicated family staterooms with beds for five guests, extra closet space and two bathrooms — one with a bathtub, shower, sink and toilet and one with a shower and sink.

To learn more about family cruises with Holland America Line  here .

For help finding your ideal stateroom, please call us at 1-855-932-171

Do you have portable cribs, high chairs and other infant / toddler items available on board?

A limited number of portable cribs, high chairs and booster chairs are available on board at no charge. For safety reasons, all infants sleeping in a portable crib must weigh 30 pounds or less, with a maximum height of 34 inches. Portable cribs will be supplied with sheets and a blanket and do not require bumpers, as they have mesh siding. In addition, we have select infant supplies available for purchase by advance order, including diapers, baby wipes, formula and baby food.

We recommend requesting a portable crib at booking or by contacting Ship Services at (800) 541-1576. For additional requests and advance orders, please fill out our Infant Request Form and email it to HAL_Ship_ [email protected].


We cannot guarantee fulfillment of any items ordered less than 90 days prior to sailing. 

Do you offer babysitting on board?

Babysitting service is not offered on board.

Does Holland America Line offer onboard programs for kids or teens?

Yes, we offer supervised, age-appropriate games, sports and activities on board for kids and ‘tweens while teens can enjoy an exclusive venue and special events.

Where are kids allowed on board the ship?

We have a variety of entertainment options, daily activities and dining venues for everyone in your family to craft their ideal day. However, there a few age restrictions on board.

Guests must be 18 or older to use our SeaView Pool and 16 or older to use the fitness center, hot tubs and steam rooms. Children wearing any type of diaper, including swimming diapers, or who are not toilet trained are not allowed into the swimming pool and whirlpool areas.

Children are welcome at our World Stage shows but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and must be 18 or older to sit in the first two rows. 

What dining options are available for kids?

Children are welcome in any of our dining venues. A special kids’ menu is available at each venue, and we can accommodate a variety of dining restrictions and preferences. Our kids’ menu includes favorites such as pizza, chicken strips and mac and cheese, as well as salads, soups and fresh fruit. Menu items from the daily menu are also available in half portions upon request. And if your child is celebrating a birthday on board, ask our dining crew for a special, personal-sized cake!

Children 12 or under receive half off in our specialty dining restaurants or can select items from the kids’ menu for free.

Learn more about family cruises with Holland America Line .

For your convenience, a variety of optional  beverage packages  are available for sale to accommodate the varied needs of your family. You may purchase these in advance of your cruise or after you embark.

What kind of holiday celebrations can be enjoyed on board?

We celebrate a variety of holidays on board and offer special holiday voyages on every ship in late December. Leave the cooking, cleaning and stress behind and join us on an unforgettable cruise over the holidays!

For Christmas, there are festive decorations; caroling and singalongs; Catholic Mass and interdenominational services; and a special visit from Santa Claus. During each night of Hanukkah, a celebration and candle lighting is held for Jewish guests, and latkes are served daily for lunch in the Lido Market. And on New Year’s Eve we ring in the New Year with festive dining, sparkling wine toasts, live music and dancing — it’s truly a Dressy Night to remember. 

To learn more about Holiday Cruises with Holland America Line click  here

Will my kids be able to go on shore excursions with Holland America Line?

Yes, you’ll find a range of experiences to suit the interests and activity levels of everyone in your family. Our family-friendly shore excursions give you new ways to discover destinations together.

Click to learn more about  family cruises with Holland America Line .

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Kids and teens of all ages love to spend time in Orlando, Florida, whether it's at a Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios, or one of the many other parks or attractions in Orlando. Some cruise lines offer special vacation packages that include a specialized Orlando vacation before or after a cruise!

Your children and teens will love the early admission options for parks such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as arranged tickets for places like Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom, or Animal Kingdom. Or, interact with the wildlife of Port Everglades during a kayaking trip, one of many fun, family-friendly options you can choose outside of the parks.

Contact us for more information and sailing dates for family Orlando and cruise vacation packages. For immediate assistance, get in touch with one of our cruise consultants and call 1-800-377-9383.

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Explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society have created a special program only offered onboard Paul Gauguin Cruises which educates and immerses young travelers on the wonders of French Polynesia. Offered to cruisers aged 9-17, this program includes interactive activities that include, but are not limited to: coral reef exploration, rainforest trail hikes, education on ancient Polynesian temples, and learning about the cultivation of black pearls. Parents are even allowed in on the fun sometimes! Click here to learn more about Paul Gauguin Cruises . To learn about applicable sailings, speak with one of our expert cruise consultants by calling 1-800-377-9383.

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9 of the Best All-Inclusive Cruise Lines for Families

posted by Charmaine Cortes on December 26, 2022 // last updated on June 12, 2023

All-Inclusive cruises are an excellent option for families looking to relax and enjoy their time together without worrying about extra costs or planning activities. With everything included in one price, all-inclusive cruises take the stress out of vacation planning and allow you to focus on making memories with your loved ones.

There are plenty of all-inclusive cruise lines, from beachfront resorts to luxury cruises. Many packages include meals (if specialty dining is your flavor, then specialty restaurants are also available on some liners), drinks, activities, and entertainment, so you can enjoy your holiday without worrying about additional expenses.

With a wide range of destinations to choose from, you’re sure to find an offer that fits your family’s needs and interests.

9 of the Best All-Inclusive Cruise Lines

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There are many options to choose from when planning your next family vacation, and it becomes time-consuming to filter out all the options.

To help speed up the process, we’ve compiled a list of the top 9 best all-inclusive cruise lines for the whole family to enjoy on your next holiday.

Price Range for a Single Ticket: $1,699 – $164,000

The atmosphere aboard the Seabourn’s all-inclusive cruises is comparable to a country club. Seabourn’s six all-suite ships, which accommodate a limited number of only a few hundred people each, emphasize luxury, intimacy, and, most importantly, fine dining. Perfect for all the foodies in any family.

The cruise ticket on Seabourn ships includes all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages such as soft drinks, specialty dining selections, onboard activities, use of water sports equipment, 24-hour room service, gratuities, and complimentary shore excursions.

In some of the more high-end packages, pre-cruise hotel stays, and round-trip flights from well-known gateways are also included.

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These are a few routes and destinations that you can travel to on the Seabourn cruise:

  • Mediterranean
  • Northern Europe
  • Northwest Passage
  • Panama Canal & Pacific Coast
  • Transatlantic

The cabins on board Seabourn cruise ships are all suites. Each suite offers an in-suite bar with free wine and spirits and a double vanity bathroom with a full-sized shower and tub.

Below is a list of extra services that are not included in the all-inclusive price and package:

  • Salon and Spa Treatments
  • Wi-Fi*Please note that most shore excursions are not included in the price.

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Price Range for a Single Ticket: $138 – $3,589

Carnival Cruise Line is a famous cruise company known for its fun-filled vacations and wide range of destinations. Carnival has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway for two or a family vacation with the kids.

One thing that sets Carnival apart from other cruise lines is its focus on entertainment. There’s always something fun to do on a Carnival cruise, from live music and performances to onboard activities like water parks and ropes courses.

In terms of dining, Carnival offers a variety of options to suit every taste. From casual bites at the onboard pizzeria to elegant dinners in the main dining room, there’s something for every palate.

Plus, with its all-inclusive package, you can enjoy unlimited meals and drinks at no extra cost.

These are a few routes and destinations that you can sail to on the Carnival cruise:

  • The Caribbean
  • Panama Canal

Carnival also offers a range of accommodations to suit every budget, from cozy interior staterooms to luxurious suites with private balconies. And with its “Fun Ship 2.0” initiative, Carnival has added even more amenities and features to its ships, including IMAX theaters and Skyride, a high-flying aerial attraction.

Below is a list of extra services that are not included in the all-inclusive price and packages:

  • Shore Excursions
  • Drink Packages

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Price Range for a Single Ticket: $2,599 – $88,099

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is ranked as one of the most luxurious all-inclusive cruises on the market. Known for its lofty princes compared to its completion, it makes up for this by having more value packed into its fare, including business class and intercontinental flights, to name a few.

You’ll fall in love with Regent if you enjoy elegant luxury. All-suite apartments are generously sized and include spacious verandas. You will travel amidst several museum-quality works thanks to the multi-million dollar art collection onboard the newest cruise ships.

With a wide range of onboard activities, adults and children can find an activity they enjoy on their next vacation.

These are a few destinations that you can travel to on the Regent Seven Seas cruises:

  • The Caribbean and Panama Canal
  • Canada and New England
  • The Mediterdian

On every Regent Seven Seas all-inclusive cruise, the all-suite accommodations are exquisitely constructed to offer you plenty of room to spread out and appreciate the space. While the layouts of the various accommodation types differ, each was created with luxury in mind featuring a verandah in every room.

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Price Range for a Single Ticket: $162 – $23,999

Celebrity Cruises is a luxury cruise liner known for its modern and sophisticated ships, a diverse range of destinations, and high-end amenities. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Celebrity has something for everyone.

Celebrity’s focus on dining is one thing that sets it apart from other cruise lines. With a variety of specialty restaurants to choose from, Celebrity offers a dining experience that is second to none.

From casual bites at the poolside grill to elegant dinners in the main dining room, there’s something for every palate.

These are a few routes and destinations that you can expect to travel to on the Celebrity cruise line:

  • Australia and South Pacific

Regarding accommodations, Celebrity offers a range of staterooms and suites to match every budget. From cozy interior staterooms to luxurious suites with private balconies and butler service. Celebrity has something for everyone.

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Price Range for a Single Ticket: $879 – $7,799

Azamara Cruises, which has a capacity of around 700 guests each, offer a more intimate, boutique hotel-like experience than more giant cruise liners. With a smaller number of passengers compared to most other all-inclusive cruise lines, Azamara can provide a more personalized level of service to its guests.

Gratuities for the crew, a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, self-service laundry facilities, shuttle service to and from the port, and concierge service are all included in your all-inclusive cruise booking.

Fresh-cut flowers will be provided every day to your room as an extra indulgence.

These are a few destinations that you can travel to on the Azamara:

  • South America
  • North and Western Europe

On its ships, Azamara provides regular cabins and suites, many of which have balconies from which passengers may unwind and take in the scenery as they travel between ports.

However, the most opulent accommodations include extra privileges like butler service, afternoon tea, in-room alcohol, specialized dining seats, and a $300 per person onboard credit.

  • Airport Transfers

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Price Range for a Single Ticket: $1,999 – $59,999

Viking Voyages delivers top-notch cruises that most people would consider “trip of a lifetime” quality, even though the company does not consider itself a luxury cruise liner. Additionally, no one under 18 is permitted on Viking cruises, making this ideal for older families with children outside of high school.

The all-inclusive cruise fare offered by Viking includes access to the spa’s thermal suite, a range of exercise programs, 24-hour room service, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, and airport transfers, in addition to one complimentary shore excursion in each port.

Specific special deals also include round-trip flights.

These are a few destinations that you can travel to on the Viking Ocean cruises:

  • Antarctica & South Georgia Island
  • Grand Fjords & Iconic Viking Shores
  • Scandinavia & the British Isles

On Viking cruises, every cabin has a verandah since there are no internal suites. The amenities offered to depend on the kind of accommodation chosen. However, every room features a king-sized bed and a large bathroom.

  • Alcoholic Cocktails

Price Range for a Single Ticket: $420 – $3,833

Virgin Voyages, another all-inclusive cruise service, caters more to younger people than empty nesters and retirees and is known for its adults-only cruises (passengers must be at least 18 years old). This cruise is more focused on older families.

On their ship, the Scarlet Lady, Virgin Voyages provides an all-inclusive cruise experience focused on food. Guests can select from 20 specialty eateries on board in place of the buffet.

The cruise package includes Wi-Fi, gratuities, entertainment, and group exercise sessions. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at $5 per drink, although non-alcoholic drinks are complimentary.

These are a few destinations that you can travel to on the Virgin Voyages:

  • Greece and Croatia
  • South Pacific

Virgin offers a variety of cabin types, from simple interiors with porthole views to luxurious suites that enable you to live like a rock star with a wall of electric guitars as decoration.

  • Exclusive Spirits and Wines.
  • Tattoo Service at the Squid Ink

Price Range for a Single Ticket: $1,430 – $28,488

Scenic Luxury Cruises, known for extravagant luxury cruising combined with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, offers all-inclusive river and sea cruises that are focused on traveling to some of the most breathtaking locations on earth for the whole family to gawk at.

All-inclusive cruises with Scenic include everything from full butler service to dining with cocktails, free Wi-Fi, a minibar restocked daily in the room, spa treatments, 24-hour room service, airport-to-ship transfers, business class flights and unlimited shore excursions at every port.

These are a few routes and destinations that you can travel to on the Scenic Luxury cruise:

  • Baltics & Fjords
  • Polynesia & The Pacific Islands

Scenic luxury cruises offer a variety of room types to accommodate the needs and preferences of their guests. These room types may vary depending on the specific cruise line and ship. The suites of the Scenic Eclipse each include a verandah and a separate seating room.

  • One on One Fitness Classes
  • Ride One of the Two Helicopters on Board
  • Ride the Sea Neptune – A Six-Seater Submarine

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Price Range for a Single Ticket: $3,000 – $92,200

Silversea Cruises are the cruise line for you if you’re searching for all-inclusive cruises that will handle every aspect of your family’s trip from when you leave your house to when you get back, including personally driven door-to-door transfers.

All meals, the majority of alcoholic beverages, butler service, Wi-Fi, laundry services, one shore excursion per port, onboard entertainment, all shore excursions, and a pre-cruise hotel stay are also included in Silversea cruises, in addition to private airport transfers.

These are a few destinations that you can travel to on the Silversea cruises:

  • American West Coast
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Transoceanic

After sightseeing in a new city, visitors may retreat to one of Silversea’s light-filled suites. They feature a large verandah and separate living and sleeping quarters.

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Do You Need a Passport When Going on a Cruise?

Yes, It’s a good practice to bring your passport when traveling by cruise ship. However, they are itineraries that let you take part in the cruise without it.

What makes a cruise all-inclusive?

The all-inclusive fare covers non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, specialty dining, onboard activities, use of water sports equipment, select shore excursions, and gratuities.

Some packages also include round-trip airfare from major cities and pre-cruise hotel accommodations.

What is a guaranteed cabin?

If you choose a guaranteed cabin when booking a cruise, you will be assigned a room in your selected category. However, you will have little say in which specific room you get within that category.

While there is a chance that you may be upgraded to a higher-quality cabin if there are any available, there is also a risk that you may end up with a less desirable room. Some people have reported being “upgraded” to a cabin worse than the one they originally booked.

Will I get seasick?

You won’t notice much rocking when the weather is excellent and the waves are calm, especially on big, modern ships.

If you frequently get motion sickness, research seasickness prevention before going on your next holiday at sea.

Will I feel claustrophobic?

Only the tiniest oceangoing vessels cause us to feel cramped. Ships, fortunately, come in a variety of sizes. You could forget you’re out on the sea because some are as big as shopping malls and can easily hold thousands of people.

Booking a stateroom with a porthole or balcony is advised if you anticipate feeling anxious.

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The Best Cruise Lines To Book For Your Next Family Vacation, According To Travelers

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A cruise can make a great family vacation. You get to visit multiple places and do interesting things; plenty of food options means even picky eaters will have something to eat; and on board, there are seemingly endless family-friendly activities. When booking a cruise, however, families will want to consider more than just the cruise's itinerary and amenities, although these are also important considerations. 

For example, cabarets and casinos won't be especially fascinating to the younger set. You'll also need to look at the accessibility and availability of cabins in terms of the layout your family needs. Two bunks and a double bed? Does a pullout couch work? Also, what sort of childcare does the cruise line have? Will you have any evenings to yourself?

The cruise industry offers a wide variety of ships and specialties. Some lines cater to upscale (and generally older) travelers, with opulent luxury and fine dining. Others have gone all in for families with kids, creating what can be seen as floating amusement parks. Other cruise lines are trying to strike a balance, with a little something for every age group. By scouring online reviews from other travel experts and drawing from our own cruise experiences, we've chosen the top cruise lines for family vacations. 

Disney Cruise Lines

Disney is the top choice for many families, with good reason. From character dining to excursions on Castaway Cay — its own private, family-friendly island — Disney cruises are designed from top to bottom with kids and their parents in mind. U.S. News & World Report ranked Disney Cruise Lines as number one for families, citing the spacious cabins and food and beverage offerings as particularly worthy of praise.

Fans of Mickey and the gang will love the chance to meet Disney characters, including "Star Wars" and Marvel characters, and some of the stage shows are based on popular movies like "Frozen" and "Beauty and the Beast." On the downside, all that  Disney cruise magic comes at a cost , and it's higher than many of the other family-oriented cruises. Additionally, while most of the food and drinks are covered by the per-person price of the cruise, as is the case on most cruise lines, alcohol is not. Unlike other cruise lines that sell an alcoholic drinks package, Disney does not, which means this additional cost could add up.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Billed as "the Fun Ship," Carnival Cruise Lines prides itself on providing a festival atmosphere on each of its cruises. For families, that means things like waterslides, SkyRide (i.e., what you get if you cross a zipline with a bicycle), and Camp Ocean Kids Club. On top of that, there is plenty of Dr. Seuss-themed fun, including a character parade, stage shows, and even a Green Eggs and Ham breakfast. Kids aged 2 to 11 can go to Camp Ocean, which offers entertainment and supervision, while teens have their own dedicated hangout spaces. Infant care is also available. 

One of the biggest draws, though, for Carnival Cruises is the price point. With the frequent  family cruise vacation deals you can find, your cruise can be a relatively inexpensive holiday. This, along with its all-ages inclusivity, makes Carnival an attractive option to first-time cruisers and a more youthful demographic. While Carnival's party-forward environment is undoubtedly fun, the downside is that it can create a noisy, sometimes overwhelming atmosphere. Also, the high-capacity ships can feel crowded, especially at the buffet, by the pool on a hot day, and during embarkation and disembarkation.

Princess Cruise Lines

Princess Cruise Lines is carving out a niche for itself as a luxury line at an affordable price. A little more upscale than others that put kids front and center, Princess is perfect for those traveling with multiple generations, especially if your kids are no longer tiny. For a family celebrating a milestone, a glamorous night at one of the specialty restaurants or exclusive dining options, like the immersive 360 Dining Experience or Lumiere Chef's Table, would be an unforgettable way to mark the occasion.

Balcony staterooms are also available in multiple configurations (bunk beds, pullout beds, etc) to accommodate families, and you can add additional space by choosing a mini-suite or suite. Onboard, there are adults-only areas to retreat from the kids, and for the young ones to retreat from the adults, there are kids and teens clubs. Landside, there are excursions to appeal to a range of interests and abilities. Of note, many families may be interested in the science-focused excursions that Princess designed in partnership with the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. 

One thing that may give families pause is the fact that, while Princess cruises are open to all ages, the demographic tends to skew slightly older, with the average age being 57, according to The Points Guy . That means children make up a smaller percentage of passengers than they do on other cruise lines. If you are looking for tons of kids for potential playmates, you may want to look elsewhere.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean ships have nearly endless activities onboard to keep kids and their parents entertained, which is why we think it's great for families. If the dining options and stage shows aren't enough to keep everyone occupied, you can try bumper cars, rock-climbing walls, ziplines, and the surf simulators. Royal Caribbean ships are among the largest on the seas, and all that room means several cabin configurations are available, including family suites and even "townhouse"-style accommodation, allowing your family to spread out.

When the Icon of the Seas launches in January of 2024, it will be the biggest cruise ship in the world. The amenities are also mega-sized, including what is being hailed as the largest waterpark ever built on a cruise ship. Of course, not everyone is thrilled by the gargantuan Icon of the Seas. When the artist's rendering of the ship was released on social media, it caused a furor. On X , formally known as Twitter, one person wrote, "Icon of the Seas looks more like a Hieronymus Bosch painting than a cruise ship."

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Cruise vacations were originally built on the naval traditions of traveling by boat, and sometimes retain that formality that many see as old-fashioned. While it may be charming to some, for others, especially those with kids, this atmosphere may feel, well, a bit stifling. However,  Norwegian's family-friendly cruises , with their "freestyle cruising" approach, are anything but stifling. The freestyle mentality refers to the fact that Norwegian ships don't have a dress code or set dining times.

In addition to this carefree vibe, families will find lots of activities to love. Of note is the Guppies Program and its open play areas, which give parents a spot to play with their babies and toddlers. For families with older kids, the VR games in the Galaxy Pavillion, ropes courses, waterslides, and race courses will likely be hits.

There's lots to do on a Norwegian ship, but we should mention that the cruise line is making a shift in its itineraries toward more time in ports of call. If you are someone who treasures your days at sea, this excursion-forward change may feel like a drawback. 

P&O Cruises

American cruisers may be less familiar with P&O Cruises than they are with cruise lines that sail regularly from U.S. ports, but P&O, which bills itself as Britain's favorite cruise line, knows a thing about catering to all kinds of passengers -– families included. English Claymation animation stars Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep make special guest appearances on family-friendly cruises. The characters are featured in arts and crafts in The Reef kids club and play an augmented reality version of hide and seek with younger passengers. Aboard P&O's newest ship, Arvia, Wallace and Gromit star in a special live show for their young fans. 

Something that makes P&O stand apart is the nursery services for babies and toddlers. Not every line includes baby care in the cost of the cruise, much less nighttime nursery service. However, families with infants will be happy to know that evening child-minding is included for passengers aged 6 months to 4 years. 

Since P&O is a British company, passengers are largely English and prices are generally given in pounds sterling, so you may need to calculate conversions for various costs related to the cruise. Another consideration is that only five of the P&O ships are family-friendly. The remaining two are adults-only, so make sure you plan your family vacation with the correct ship in mind. 

MSC Cruises

Cruise Critic concedes MSC Cruises "may not be on your radar" for family cruises, but goes on to report "it's actually a great option for people traveling with children." And with some very cool, all-ages activities aboard its ships, it's hard to disagree. By purchasing the MSC Fun Pass, you'll have access to bowling, an XD interactive cinema, and a flight simulator. Another plus is how MSC has worked to make things more accessible for passengers with limited mobility, most notably on its private Caribbean island, Ocean Cay Marine Reserve. The island is fully ADA-compliant and has beach wheelchairs that, upon request, will be set aside for passengers to use as soon as they reach the island.

MSC attracts an international clientele and officially operates in six languages: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Which language takes precedence on any given cruise is determined by the language spoken by most passengers. That doesn't mean you won't be able to communicate in a different language, but if you are considering booking a cruise with MSC, know that English is not the default language.

Celebrity Cruises

Traveling with teenagers is notoriously tough, as stuff that appeals to kids may be too baby-ish, but an adult-only cruise isn't feasible either. Celebrity Cruises seems to have struck a magic balance, and according to Forbes , is the best cruise line for teenagers. The publication singles out Teen Camp programming, describing it as "particularly interesting for more mature children and teens." Activities include silent discos, video game competitions, sports competitions, and culinary lessons.

On the new Celebrity Ascent, the spa has services specially designed for kids and teens, as opposed to many adult-only spas with strict "no kids allowed" policies. On the Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Edge, S.T.E.M. activities developed with the Frost Science Museum teach kids about sailing and navigation, nature and conservation efforts, as well as marine life. In addition, Celebrity offers autism-friendly cruising, which includes specialized dietary options and toys and films that accommodate passengers with sensory sensitivity. The cruise line also offers priority boarding and check-in to help these families avoid crowd bottlenecks. 

While there are lots of great things for families on a Celebrity ship, their main demographic remains adults, as it has been from the beginning —marketing themselves as an edgier alternative to staid competitors. If you have young kids or are looking for a cruise fully focused on the younger set, Celebrity may not be the line for you.

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Ritz-Carlton is one of the top brands in luxury accommodations, and they've brought the same white-glove service they are known for on land to their cruise superyacht, the Evrima. The ship will be joined by two more in 2024 and 2025. For now, the small vessel (with only a 298-passenger capacity) stands alone for the brand. Ritz-Carlton has made a name for itself with gorgeously designed spaces, and the suites on the Evrima carry on this tradition, with beautiful furnishings and high-end touches. Families can make use of the convertible sofa beds found in many of the suites, while the two-story lofts offer a bit more privacy. In these spacious suites, the sofa bed is located upstairs in the sitting room, while the master suite is located on the lower floor. 

In this luxury yacht and small ship category, kids clubs are not a given, but Ritz Kids, a popular program offered at Ritz hotels, has been bought aboard. The club offers creative programming for kids with trained counselors to enrich the time young people spend on board. During school holidays and summer sailings, expect more young passengers than at other times of the year.

In keeping with the theme of a luxury hotel on water, the pricing structure of the Ritz-Carleton Yacht Collection is closer to a hotel than an all-inclusive resort (like other cruise lines). This means things that you might expect to be included in your fare may not be. This includes the kids club, which incurs a charge per child, per session.

Hurtigruten Expeditions

Hurtigruten Expeditions is where it's at for adventurous families. With small ships and itineraries visiting places like the Galapagos Islands and Arctic regions, a trip with Hurtigruten appeals to those with an explorer's heart. For people who aren't enchanted with the floating theme park feel of some mega-ships, but want to share a marine experience with their kids, this could be just the thing. You won't find Broadway-style stage shows or waterslides, but they do have hot tubs (some ships also feature infinity pools). However, you'll have ample opportunity to learn from onboard experts while spending time with the ones you love most.

Although the cruise line used to offer a Young Explorers' Programme, which provided specialized programming for passengers aged 6 to 12, the educational youth program has been indefinitely suspended. However, the ship still offers educational lectures and interactive workshops, allowing passengers of all ages to learn more about the culture and natural wonders of various destinations. Children are welcomed onboard Hurtigruten Expeditions, but it's important to note that they must be at least 5 years old to visit Antarctica and South Georgia. For safety reasons, participation in excursions for those under 12 is based on the captain's discretion.

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7 Best Cruise Lines for Families

Here are seven of the best cruise lines for families, with itineraries that kids and adults will love.

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With planned itineraries and excursions, a range of activities for all ages, and the ease of unpacking just once while visiting multiple destinations, cruises are a great option for family vacations and multi-generational travel .

“Cruises are ideal for family vacations . For starters, they offer exceptional value, as they’re inclusive of dining, lodging, and transportation to amazing ports around the world. On top of that, many cruise lines offer both family activities and things for kids and parents to do separately — so they can have a fun vacation that suits everyone’s tastes and needs,” Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief at Cruise Critic , recently told Travel + Leisure . 

Cruise vacation options range from small-ship expeditions to larger ships with pools , water slides, game rooms, and an array of restaurants, so the choice depends on your family’s interests and capabilities. Here are seven of the best cruise lines for families.


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This Norway-based cruise company features voyages along the Norwegian coast, ocean cruises, and expeditions to the Caribbean, Antarctica, South America, and more. Exploring the Galápagos with Hurtigruten aboard the newly refitted expedition ship MS Santa Cruz is an ideal family cruise . A variety of cabins are available for singles, couples, and families, with amenities that include a Science Center, library, Sky Deck, fitness room, and hot tub. Trained naturalists lead excursions, hands-on projects, and tours, making the adventures engaging and educational for all ages. An onboard photographer shares tips so that everyone comes home with memorable photos.

Adventures by Disney River Cruises

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River cruises offer many advantages, from visiting a variety of destinations to the intimate size of the ships. Recognizing their appeal largely to travelers in the 50+ age range, river cruise companies are taking steps to attract younger travelers. Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways have teamed up to create river cruises especially designed for families, adding trained Adventure Guides and activities aimed at diverse interests. Disney’s Adventure Guides supervise young kids (minimum age five, suggested age eight and up) and teens with events like welcome parties, movies, and Disney-themed games. Adults-only dinners and events are also on the itinerary.

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Cruise Line , with destinations around the world, features a wide range of family-friendly programs and activities. For children ages 5-12, there’s Splash Academy, with complimentary activities like sports, creative play, parties, and theme nights. Entourage, for 13-17 year olds, features complimentary supervised activities such as video games, movies, music, art, and a special lounge just for them. While the kids are having fun, adults have a spa, adults-only pool, theater, casino, and private beach club. Opportunities for family togetherness include mini golf, scavenger hunts, family nights, casual dinners, and shore excursions. The Norwegian Prima , the newest ship in their fleet, actually features a three-level race track that all ages will enjoy. 

Disney Cruise Line

Cruising the world with destinations in the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, Mexico, and more, Disney ships were designed for kids of all ages, with entertainment, dining, and excursions perfect for all members of the family. Live theater, fireworks, character visits, deck parties, pools, waterslides, and nightclubs offer plenty to do. Staterooms are also arranged for families, with privacy curtains, abundant storage, and divided bathrooms. Dining options include restaurants from casual eateries to upscale steakhouses, ice cream and sweets shops, and 24-hour room service. In the Caribbean, Disney’s private island, “Castaway Cay,” features a family beach, snorkeling lagoon, walking trails, boat rentals, shopping, and adults-only Serenity Bay with cabanas and frozen cocktails. On board the ships, adults-only spots offer relaxation and quiet. The new Disney Wish includes an adults-only section on the upper deck, as well as lounges and special restaurants. 

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Since 2004, Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have collaborated on exploration, research, conservation, and technology, joining forces to provide superb expedition travel experiences. The company offers adventures in world-class expedition vessels that offer both space and togetherness along with daily activities for a range of interests and fitness levels. Onboard naturalists inspire young travelers’ interests in science and nature. Whether paddling a kayak in Alaska, snorkeling in the Galápagos, or cruising in a Zodiac in the Arctic, travelers learn while they enjoy the adventure. Family-friendly dining choices and activity options are ideal for multi-generational groups. Every expedition includes a certified photo instructor and often a National Geographic photographer, so guests take home new skills (along with great photos). 

Royal Caribbean

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The cruise line ’s Adventure Ocean youth programs offer both fun and education in age-based groups. For Aquanauts (ages 3-5 years), experiments lead to becoming Certified Jr. Adventure Scientists. The Explorers program for 6-8 year olds includes exciting activities and themed parties, and Voyagers (9-11 years) participate in a range of enjoyable learning events. Teens have their own spaces, movies, arcade games, and parties. Family movie time, a library, poolside games, parties, and family dining provide lots of opportunities to enjoy the cruise together. And child care is available for ages 3-11 between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. for a stress-free, adults-only night out. The new Wonder of the Seas is the world’s largest ship with plenty of ways to play — for everyone in the family.

Celebrity Cruises

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Families with children of all ages are welcomed and entertained with movie nights under the stars, silent disco parties, archery tournaments, cupcake decorating, laser mazes, and many other activities to share. Celebrity Cruises has created a Camp at Sea program for junior cruisers by partnering with world-renowned companies like Anturus, Xbox, Fat Brain Toys, and others to offer fun-filled, interesting activities. For example, Power of Plankton investigates the world of tiny marine organisms and their importance. Art projects, cooking groups, competitions, and programs managed by counselors keep everyone engaged while they learn and have fun at sea. Teens can even enjoy spa services designed especially for them.

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Sit back and relax on an all-inclusive cruise vacation.

When it comes to all-inclusive cruises, there are a few different options:

  • Luxury cruise lines: All-inclusive cruise rates are available on luxury lines like Regent Seven Seas and Silversea. While more expensive than traditional cruise rates , the fares cover nearly everything, including door-to-door transfers, luxurious suite accommodations, specialty dining , premium alcoholic beverages and excursions. Plus, you don't need to show your cruise card every time you order a latte or a pre-dinner cocktail. You'll disembark the ship with very few, if any, additional charges on your final bill.
  • Cruise lines with inclusive pricing: Alternatively, you can consider an upscale cruise line like Viking, which offers fares with more-inclusive pricing and some of the amenities found on board the fully inclusive lines. However, you'll still have to budget for a few expenses, such as immersive excursions and alcoholic beverages beyond wine or beer at lunch and dinner.
  • Packages and add-ons: Other cruise lines like Oceania, Windstar and Norwegian offer add-on drink packages and other promos so you can create a more all-inclusive experience.

After comparing the costs between a truly all-inclusive cruise and a sailing with package pricing for the extras, the total price may be closer than you think.

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All-Inclusive Cruises

Regent seven seas cruises.

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Regent Seven Seas touts its six ships – with the newest vessel, Seven Seas Grandeur , which debuted in late 2023 – as "the world's most luxurious fleet." The line's intimate ships accommodate up to 750 guests. They feature all ocean-view suites, prestigious museum-quality art collections (including a prized Fabergé egg on the new Grandeur), and itineraries that call on more than 500 destinations around the world.

With Regent's "every luxury included" philosophy and 2-for-1 all-inclusive fares, passengers receive round-trip airfare and transfers between the airport and ship, as well as unlimited shore excursions, two- or three-night land programs (based on the itinerary), and a complimentary pre-cruise hotel package for concierge suites and higher. On the ship, enjoy a fully stocked in-suite minibar; specialty dining; unlimited fine wines, spirits and other beverages; prepaid gratuities; unlimited Wi-Fi; and free valet laundry service.

On top of personalized service, guests sailing on Regent Seven Seas cruises will enjoy immersive exploration ashore – with overnights in some ports of call – and enrichment programs. Top-notch dining includes French cuisine at Chartreuse (on select ships), Pan-Asian fare at Pacific Rim (also on select ships) and Italian fare at Sette Mari at La Veranda.

Cooking classes in the Culinary Arts Kitchen (available on Grandeur, Splendor and Explorer ), some tours and bespoke excursions, spa treatments, unique offerings, and certain wines and top-shelf liquors come with an additional cost.

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Silversea Cruises

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Sailing on board one of Silversea's 13 ultra-luxury cruise or expedition ships commences with the line's new chauffeur experience. This door-to-door service transports guests from home to the airport and back home on the return trip. The line's all-inclusive pricing also encompasses international or domestic flights (with business class upgrades in certain destinations), pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations, butler service in every suite, all gratuities, gourmet dining, and complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, including Champagne.

Guests will also enjoy a staff-to-guest ratio of nearly 1-to-1 – and with no more than 728 guests. Other all-inclusive perks include at least one shore excursion in each port plus onboard lectures and programming. On expedition sailings in destinations like Antarctica , all guided Zodiac tours and landings are included in the fare.

When it comes to dining on Silversea ships, gourmet options feature French, Asian and Italian cuisine along with other international fare. For a special evening, S.A.L.T. Kitchen is a new destination-focused concept on Silver Ray, Nova , Moon and Dawn . This immersive dining experience, Sea And Land Taste, was developed in partnership with the former editor-in-chief of "Saveur Magazine," Adam Sachs. The culinary offerings with S.A.L.T. also include shore excursions, where guests can tour a 500-year-old family winery and vineyard in Croatia, visit an organic farm in Denmark, or learn to make gelato in Sicily.

Expenses not covered in Silversea's fare include salon and spa services, personal training sessions, select excursions, upgraded internet packages, and special bottles of wine or liquors.

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Seabourn Cruise Line

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Seabourn's seven purpose-built expedition vessels and intimate luxury cruise ships accommodate between 264 and 600 guests. The club-like atmosphere on board its ships comes with highly intuitive and personalized service with about a 1-to-1 staff-to-guest ratio. Each suite also has a dedicated personal suite host and a suite attendant that will cater to your every whim.

All-inclusive fares include oceanfront suites with walk-in closets, living areas and luxurious bathrooms. All Seabourn Encore and Ovation accommodations feature private verandas, while 90% of the suites on Seabourn Odyssey , Sojourn and Quest have balconies. Premium and penthouse suites offer additional amenities and perks.

While aboard Seabourn Cruise Line , guests will enjoy complimentary fine wines and premium spirits, welcome Champagne, and a fully stocked in-suite bar with your personalized selections. Dining is a real treat, with several venues in partnership with renowned chef Thomas Keller, such as the line's signature restaurant, The Grill by Thomas Keller. Seabourn is also a member of the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international association of gastronomy.

Other complimentary amenities on Seabourn's cruise ships include special evenings with dinner and live entertainment; a marina and complimentary water sports; "Caviar in the Surf" on select voyages; movie nights; a chance to shop with the chef at local markets; personal valet luggage shipping service; enrichment lectures; and more.

Additional expenses include a wide selection of epicurean, mindfulness and wellness excursions as well as cultural and historical bespoke tours. You can also book the ultimate underwater adventure on one of the line's high-tech submarines on the two expedition vessels, Seabourn Venture and Pursuit. Programs and treatments at Seabourn's Spa & Wellness are also at an additional cost.

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Atlas Ocean Voyages

Atlas Ocean Voyages features "always included" cruise fares on its two purpose-built yachts, World Navigator and World Traveller. The line recently welcomed a third ship to its fleet for the 2023-24 Antarctica season, World Voyager. Atlas' high-end boutique ships cater to just 198 passengers and feature spacious staterooms and suites with panoramic windows or private balconies and beautiful public spaces and lounges. These small ships also have several options for dining, depending on the sailing and destination.

The all-inclusive fares cover complimentary dining; unlimited wines, craft beers and spirits; 24-hour bar service with canapes; a free in-room minibar; afternoon high tea; fresh-pressed juices and specialty teas and coffees; butler service; 24-hour room service; prepaid gratuities; cultural immersion in every port; and other perks.

Polar expedition fares cover private charter jet service, group transfers from the airport to the yacht, an Atlas Ocean Voyages parka and vest to take home, Zodiac sightseeing safaris, expert guided shore landings, and destination lectures and briefings.

If you're on one of the line's Epicurean Expeditions, the cultural immersion program offers complimentary special tastings, market visits and cooking demonstrations. In addition to use of the marina's water toys (on select sailings, weather permitting), guests can enjoy an authentic Portuguese dinner and an alfresco Josper Grill dining experience at 7-AFT Grill. On select voyages, culinary presentations, wine tastings and other special events are hosted by an expert.

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More-Inclusive Cruises

Cruise fares with these lines include many of the amenities and perks that you'll find with the all-inclusive cruises. However, you'll still need to budget for some expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, excursions and specialty dining, depending on the line.

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Viking's ocean fleet of nine 930-passenger all-veranda ships offers a nearly all-inclusive experience for guests. The upscale Scandinavian-inspired ships feature king-bed staterooms and suites with many amenities, including luxurious linens and plush robes, 24-hour room service, and free Wi-Fi – plus an in-room minibar with soft drinks, water and snacks. Higher-category staterooms on Viking Ocean Cruises come with additional perks like priority dinner and spa reservations, early stateroom access, and a welcome bottle of Champagne.

Cruise fares also include complimentary dining at all the venues; one free shore excursion in every port; beer, wine and soft drinks at lunch and dinner; specialty teas, coffee and bottled water; access to the spa; lectures and performances; port taxes and fees; and more.

Viking also has two 378-passenger Polar Class 6 expedition vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris. These ships also offer a mostly all-inclusive experience with the same amenities as their oceangoing vessels. Pricing on the expedition sailings includes Zodiac safaris, the use of kayaks, a keepsake Viking jacket, and essential gear for excursions and landings.

Select excursions, pre- or post-dinner cocktails, spa treatments, special bottles of wine, and other optional purchases come at an additional expense.

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Private balcony with table and two chairs on an Azamara ship

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Azamara's four upscale boutique ships carry a maximum of 702 guests and offer immersive experiences around the world, calling on many smaller, lesser-known ports. The line also boasts more than 380 overnights and 850 late nights in port, so guests can have dinner in town and experience more of the destination's local culture and cuisine.

Azamara's cruise fares include all meals (other than the specialty dining restaurants) with water, tea and coffee. A selection of complimentary wine, sparkling wine, beer and spirits is available throughout the voyage. Cultural evenings ashore or on board the ship and gratuities are also included in the basic cruise fare.

If you'd like to enhance your onboard experience, Azamara offers inclusive "Experience More" packages that are discounted and based on the length of the voyage.

For example, on a seven-day or shorter sailing, solo travelers can add a package for $799 that's valued at $1,114 (a savings of 28%). This value-add bundle includes $350 of onboard credit to use for shore excursions; unlimited Wi-Fi for one device; a drinks package featuring premium wines, spirits and bottled water; a $150 spa credit; and a dinner at the Chef's Table or a total of three nights of specialty dining at Prime C or Aqualina. Three bags of laundry are also included.

Guests can book similar packages for double occupancy staterooms and longer voyages. You can also choose individual beverage, dining or internet packages if you don't need the extra amenities or features of the bundled options.

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Virgin Voyages

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Virgin Voyages' four superyacht-inspired ships are designed with adults in mind and feature 1,330 cabins (most with balconies) and 78 RockStar Quarters suites, where guests have access to Richard's Rooftop, an exclusive outdoor deck space. Pricing with the adults-only cruise line includes stateroom or suite accommodations and meals at more than 20 eateries serving up international cuisine and dishes created by Michelin-starred chefs. Guests also have access to complimentary Wi-Fi; unlimited group exercise classes; nonalcoholic drinks such as water, tea and coffee; and plenty of lively entertainment.

Virgin does not offer beverage packages, but the line at times advertises special promotions that include voyage credits to cover expenses like airfare and drinks. Shore excursions and spa treatments – including skin care offerings on board Scarlet Lady in partnership with Jennifer Lopez, Virgin's chief entertainment and lifestyle officer – are some of the additional expenses not covered in the base fare.

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Add-on Packages and All-Inclusive Fares

These five cruise lines offer basic cruise fares that cover accommodations and some amenities – and you can typically find special pricing and promotional deals throughout the year.

With the optional packages, guests can create a mostly all-inclusive voyage with bundles of add-on extras, such as shore excursions, beverage packages, specialty dining, Wi-Fi, gratuities or shipboard credit to cover miscellaneous personal expenses such as spa treatments or a bottle of wine for a special celebration.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania's eight small luxury ships carry between 648 and 1,238 guests. The line's newest ship – Vista , the first Allura Class vessel – debuted in Rome in May 2023. The beautifully appointed vessel features four new dining concepts, spacious standard staterooms at 290-plus square feet in size, new Concierge Level veranda accommodations for solo cruisers, an elevated mixology program and more.

Oceania's culinary program is touted by the line as "The Finest Cuisine at Sea" under the tutelage of Jacques Pépin, executive culinary director and master chef. Complimentary specialty dining is included in cruise fares on Oceania sailings. Pricing also covers airfare, still and sparkling water, specialty teas and coffees, soft drinks, and Wi-Fi on the ship.

Oceania's "OLife Choice" package provides additional value to your cruise with 2-for-1 cruise fares, free round-trip airfare and airport transfers – plus one free amenity you'll choose out of eight complimentary shore excursions, a beverage package or up to $800 in shipboard credit.

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Celebrity Cruises

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Celebrity offers special rates and packages throughout the year that save money over a la carte pricing – and elevate your onboard experience to be more inclusive. You'll be able to access the best deal on the added perks if you book the upgraded package before you sail, saving up to 40 to 50 percent of the actual cost.

The line's "All-Included" package bundles the most popular add-ons for cruisers: a standard beverage package for alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, unlimited basic Wi-Fi, and gratuities for the staff and crew. Pricing depends on the stateroom or suite category and sailing.

There are other options when booking a cruise with Celebrity to create a more upscale and all-inclusive experience. Guests staying in all-suite The Retreat have exclusive access to a sundeck (on select ships), a lounge and Luminae – a private restaurant that features Global Culinary Ambassador Daniel Boulud at the helm. Guests of The Retreat booking the "All-Included" package receive a premium beverage package, premium unlimited Wi-Fi, gratuities and an onboard credit.

If you book AquaClass accommodations, you'll also have access to complimentary amenities and perks, such as unlimited access to the SEA Thermal Suite, discounts on spa treatment packages and complimentary fitness classes. In addition, you'll also find a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival (by request) and two bottles of water refreshed daily in your room. AquaClass guests also have exclusive access to the restaurant Blu. You can add the "All-Included" package to your booking, which will include the Classic Drinks Package, basic Wi-Fi and gratuities.

Passengers who want to book this "All-Included" package and are sharing a stateroom or suite will need to book the same package.

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Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian also offers promotional fares and special deals throughout the year that feature similar amenities and perks to what you'll find on an all-inclusive cruise. The "Free at Sea" deal bundles discounts on the cruise, free specialty dining, unlimited open bar privileges, shore excursion credits, savings on Wi-Fi access, discounts on the third and fourth guests in the stateroom, and a 2-for-1 deal on airfare.

"Free at Sea Plus" takes the package up a notch with a more comprehensive beverage selection, including top-shelf cocktails, Champagne by the glass, bottles of select premium wines at dinner and signature Starbucks coffee drinks. This option also includes unlimited Wi-Fi, additional nights of specialty dining and shore excursions.

Prices for both packages on Norwegian Cruise Line will depend on the dates, length and destination of the cruise.

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Holland America Line

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Holland America Line's "Have It All Premium Cruise Package" is available to book for cruises six days or longer, excluding the line's Grand Voyages. The benefits vary depending on the length of the trip but include credits for shore excursions; the Signature Beverage Package; specialty dining at Tamarind, Pinnacle Grill or Canaletto; and a Wi-Fi Surf Package. The cost starts at $50 a day per person. 

An early booking bonus for this package includes an Elite Beverage Package upgrade, covered crew appreciation charges and a premium Wi-Fi upgrade. Holland America has other special promotions throughout the year. One of these is an early booking bonus of up to $400 in onboard credit per stateroom for Mariner Society members.

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Princess Cruises

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"Princess Plus" and "Princess Premier" packages offer guests two options to upgrade their onboard amenities from the standard Princess Cruises plan, which covers accommodations, dining, entertainment and the line's signature MedallionClass experience.

"Princess Plus" perks include a beverage package with drinks up to $15 each, Wi-Fi on one device per guest, gratuities for the crew, two premium desserts a day (think hazelnut gelato at the onboard gelateria), two fitness classes per cruise (such as Pure Barre or YogaSix) and unlimited trips to the juice bar. The cost is $60 per day per person for this middle-tier package.

Additional benefits of the highest-tier option, at $80 per person per day, include the Premier Beverage Package, which covers drinks up to $20 each, and Wi-Fi for up to four devices per guest. Other features of the "Princess Premier" upgrade are two specialty meals, a photo package, Princess Prizes, reserved theater seating and a Medallion accessory.

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When you sail onboard Wonder to the Seas, the fun doesn’t end when the sun sets. Rally the whole crew and hit the stage at Spotlight SM Karaoke, one of the best places to end an adventure-filled day . The songbank at this guest-favorite hangout features thousands of jams to choose from. Steal the show on the mainstage with a dedicated emcee or reserve a private room for just the family. You can also head to the AquaTheater and settle in for inTENse, a dazzling performance that showcases world-class divers and aerialists as they tip-toe across tightropes and plunge into the deepest pool at sea. Or allow a talented team of singers and dancers to wow you with top-notch live and virtual performances inside the largest theatrical venue at sea during Voices: An Intimate Performance on a Grand Scale. 

Now that you’re acquainted with some of the many wow-worthy experiences onboard Wonder of the Seas , it’s time to start planning the perfect family cruise. Keep in mind, these are only a handful of the many attractions, shows, dining options, and activities that await — check your Cruise Compass or the Royal Caribbean app for daily pop-ups, deckside events, and more surprises at sea. 

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