The Best Cruises For Children
There are lots of cruise lines out there but not all of them are good for children. Just because a cruise line has a kid’s area or a kids program it doesn’t mean that they are overall kid friendly. The best cruise lines for those that have younger kids are definitely Disney Cruises and Carnival Cruises. Not only do they cater to kids but they have more kids cruising on their ships then adults.
Disney Cruises tend to be very expensive. They do cater to kids and your kids will have a great time but again, because of that they are pricey. One advantage however is that they no matter what the age of your child there will be something fun for them to do at any time of the day. Disney also has a private island that their ship takes you to which is a fun time for kids.
It’s called Castaway Cay and it is loads of fun. You can snorkel, swim and boat right there at the Castaway Family Beach.
You also have the option to bike, walk or jog while on the Private Island. If you prefer to take a glass bottom tour or go parasailing that is also an option. You can spend the entire day at Castaway Cay and still not do everything.
The Carnival cruises have specific areas for their kids. For example the 9-11 year olds will be in a particular group that caters to things that they like. The preteens and teens have their own area with computers, video games, etc. The younger kids ages 4 -7 will also be doing arts and crafts, playing games etc. This frees up the grown-ups to allow them to drop in the casino for a while or have dinner in one of the nicer cover charge restaurants on board.
The Carnival cruises are about $600 per person less expensive than the Disney Cruises. Your children will have a great time on either cruise so the choice is ultimately yours and what you can afford.