If you like making cruises a family vacation then you're going to be looking for cruise lines that are kid friendly and can be booked at an affordable cost. Luckily, there's plenty of cruise lines and destinations to choose from for the perfect extended family outing.
Disney Cruise Line is one of the best options if you are traveling as a family. It's like Disney World on the seas. They have broadway musicals, characters giving autographs, games, movies, and much more. They even have activities that are educational for kids and teens such as science classes and animation lessons. With Disney Cruises, you can stick to the United States and travel to Alaska or the Canadian Coast, or you can visit the Bahamas or the Caribbean! Disney Cruise Line has two ports in Florida: Port Canaveral and Miami.
Since the rooms are more accommodating to family-traveling and it is a Disney branded cruise line, the price for a cruise is a little bit pricier, starting at about $2100 for 2 adults and 2 children for a 3-night cruise to the Bahamas.
If you're interested in a Disney cruise, click here to check the availability!
Norwegian Cruise Line also offers great family accommodations. If you're traveling with your family you can choose between a multi-room suite or interconnected state rooms. The suites are located near the kids areas so you won't have to worry about them wandering too far away from the room.
Kids can enjoy activities like sports, video games, movies, and more! And if you want a date night, for an additional fee, you can drop your kids aged 3-12 off at the "group sitting", available on days in port and on evenings. For family fun, depending on your ship, you can participate in activities like bowling and mini golf!
You can book a 3-day trip to the Bahamas round-trip from Miami starting at $199 a person! Click here to check availability!
With Norwegian Cruise Lines, you can get a beverage package for your kids so they can get unlimited soda while on the cruise. It's $6.95/day for ages 13 and up and $4.95/day for kids 12 and under. Just add it to your order once you login and plan your cruise.
Want to Save Money? If you're looking to save some money when booking a cruise, waiting until the cruise departure date gets closer to book your room can often save you a few bucks. As the date of the cruise gets closer, the cruise lines attempt to fill up the empty rooms by slowly decreasing the price of the room as the date approaches. So, if you're not super picky about where you sleep, your best bet is to hold off on booking until a month or less before the day you want to leave. If you are adamant about getting a family suite or connecting rooms though, it is best to book early as those room are limited on most cruise ships.
Trusting a travel agent to plan your itinerary will also help you save some money. A lot of agents are paid by commission via the cruise line, so you won't have to pay them yourselves.
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