You don’t have to be a kid to delight in a Disney cruise—it has ocean-view spas, Broadway-caliber shows, and restaurants named after animated characters but staffed by top chefs.
Balancing non-stop entertainment for children with adults-only spaces and sophisticated dining options has helped these cruise lines, including Disney, excel at appealing to families. Grown-ups really can have fun on a Disney cruise without feeling like they're trapped the world's largest kid's party.
And keeping kids from getting bored is no small feat, either. Royal Caribbean's new Harmony of the Seas (now the world's largest cruise ship), boasts a 10-story, LED-lit slide and countless DreamWorks characters like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. While adolescents are tackling the twin rock climbing walls, parents can escape to the Vitality Spa for a rejuvenating wrap or facial.
Cruise ships can feel like summer camp for children, be they tots or teens. They can meet easily meet friends in line for the ropes course or at the supervised club, and parents don't have to worry about them wandering too far. Cruising with the whole family may sound daunting, but these cruise lines have mastered the formula to keep every member of your group amused, relaxed, and satisfied.
Sail the Mediterranean, or island hop in the Caribbean. No matter where in the world you sail, these are our readers' favorite cruise lines for families.