The Best Family Cruises for 2015

The Best Family Cruises for 2015

Cruises are one of the best ways for families to travel and explore a number of destinations with a set budget; and provide exceptional vacation value. As opposed to traveling to an all-inclusive resort where families tend to stick to the same beach and the same restaurant, cruises offer the chance to see multiple countries and islands, spend time with each other doing specialty activities and keep the family happy with a never-ending line up of fun. Whether you are traveling with a family of four or ten these cruise lines cater to you; with their spacious cabins, amazing kids clubs, family friendly dining and on-board amenities that you won’t see on just any regular ship. From the world-class family friendly Disney ships to the less known cruise lines that offer FREE cruising for kids; here are our top choices for the best family cruises of 2015.

10. Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Cruise Line has stepped up their family game in the past few years, getting on-board with Nickelodeon and its famous TV and movie characters. A revamped kids program along with a number of new ships has boosted this cruise line into our top ten family cruises for 2015. The Breakaway ship that cruises to Bermuda, Bahamas and the Southern Caribbean tops the list for one of the most family friendly. Some of the ship’s best features include a kids only aqua park complete with water slides and a shallow pool, a rock climbing wall and the largest kid’s area to date on any of their ships.

Kids ranging from 6 months old to 17 years old will delight in the programs offered on the Breakaway. From a dedicated nursery area for the wee ones to Dora dance parties to moonlight pizza parties for the teens; this program has been designed to suit all needs and qualified counselors are there every step of the way. Dining options are endless on this ship whether you are looking for a kid’s café or 24-hour restaurants and buffets; it has never been easier finding the kids something to eat. Affordability is another selling point as Norwegian is known to offer great discounts such as their 50% off friends and family deal. Connecting family suites, breakfast with Nickelodeon characters, spa treatments for the adults and endless activities make this cruise a must in 2015 for any family.

9. Princess Cruise Lines

The Princess cruise ships have truly been designed with the family in mind. From the variety of ships to the expansive kids programs offered on-board, families will have no problem finding exactly what they want in a cruise. The two newest ships; The Regal Princess and Royal Princess offer expanded children’s areas and bigger pool decks along with numerous dining options. Parents can choose to dine with their children or participate in the “dine alone” program which allows for some alone time while the children are entertained. Three different types of programming are offered for children depending on age and offer activities such as scavenger hunts, movie nights, and talent shows.

A pool-side cinema, flexible dining times and a shore excursion program that is geared towards families’ only makes this cruise line even more appealing. Although Princess does not offer connecting rooms, their staterooms can sleep up to four people and they often offer 50% off the 3rd and 4th traveler. As far as affordability goes, Princess remains a great price and is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2015; which means big savings for the remainder of the year. With most of their fleet geared towards families having the best experience; Princess is a top pick for 2015.

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