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Beyond The Playground 

Back then all you had to do was take the kids to the park around the corner and they would entertain themselves on the swings, jungle gym or round-about. Perhaps, get a bit dirty in the sand box. No more.


What's a family to do? Why take the family on a cruise...naturally. Here you will find the Ultimate Kid - Friendly Family Cruise Guide, children's programs at sea, tips for cruising with kids, teenagers, grandchildren, toddlers and details on family cruise discounts.  We are so glad to have you exploring the world of Family Travel with us today. We want you to know we have live travel experts ready and waiting to share their experience and create your next family cruise vacation. Click around and explore, and we’ll do the rest!

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Look for this Family-Friendly symbol and find a Family Cruise Vacation at a price that will please mom and dad and a cruise  loaded with activities for kids of all ages.

Family Cruise Advisor

Top Ten Family Friendly Cruises

1. Disney Cruise Line:

    Magic All Around
2. Royal Caribbean’s Adventure

    Ocean Program
3. Carnival’s Caribbean
4. Brilliance of the Seas:

    Mediterranean Medley
5. Alaska Cruisetours
6. San Diego to Mexico
7. Holland America Line’s

8. Norwegian Dawn: Big Apple

    to Bermuda
9. Costa’s Caribbean
10. America’s Paradise:

      NCL’s Hawaii

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Most Popular Cruise Lines for Families

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Planning A Family Cruise

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While on a Royal Caribbean cruise In St. Maarten, have the whole family participate in an America's Cup Style Yacht Race!

Onboard Family - Friendly Family Cruise Programs

Family-friendly fun. From waterslides, zip lines, water parks, golf and tennis to bowling alleys and basketball courts, and more. Find it all below.


Disney Cruise Line

Few names coincide with "kids", "family" and "fun" the way "Disney" does. They offers activities for your toddlers, teens and ages in between

Holland America

Features the lovable mascot HAL the dolphin as caption of "Club HAL," a special club for kids, "tweens" and teens.

Carnival Cruise Line

At Carnival, fun is a family affair. They don't just allow kids. They love kids. Every "Fun Ship®" has a terrific supervised program just for children. They call it Camp Carnival where your kids will have the time of their lives

Norwegian Cruise Line

Features a complimentary Kids Crew Package that offers appropriate activities for each of four age groups.

Celebrity Cruises

There's so much for your children to do in the Celebrity X-Club that keeps them engaged and having a great time in an environment designed just for them.

Royal Caribbean

Combines learning and fun on cruises with "Edu-tainment" (educational entertainment) through its "Adventure Ocean Youth Program."

Princess Cruises

Comprehensive Love Boat Kids program makes child's play of family travel.

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Balcony overlooking the Aqua Theatre on the Oasis of the Seas Royal Caribbean Family Reunion Cruise

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Family Reunions - Great tips on planning a family reunion onboard a cruise ship.

Affordable Fun

Today, cruise lines have made it easy - and affordable - for families to vacation at sea. There are itineraries geared to any family's schedule, from short cruises of three to five days (perfect for weekend getaways) to week-long and longer voyages.

Year-round, you and your family are invited to embark on an unforgettable cruise adventure. Discover for yourself the vast array of comforts, outstanding service and timeless beauty of cruise ships that capture the hearts and imaginations of everyone who steps on board.

Cruises are your best travel value! Save $1,000 or more compared to a land vacation!

Your Family Reunion Cruise: A very private family web site to share with everyone on your cruise. Whether you have a small family of 10 or a large group of 100, a cruise ship may be the best place for reunion central. "Your Family Reunion Cruise" website is designed to bring your family together, make planning easier, and share useful information with family members....and best of all it's free.

Summer Cruises From Florida Offer Family Fun At Affordable Prices.

" With so many options, which is best for your family? To help you decide,Disney Cruises. An unforgettable fun experience on Disney Cruise Line with so much to offer at a  price that's so right! we've evaluated sailings from Florida this summer and come up with our own recommendations for each age group, based on facilities, itineraries and programs onboard and on shore".

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Where To Find The Best Deals?

Cruise deals are being offered on

 nearly all ships -- a trend likely to last at least throughout

2011 and perhaps into 2012. You can find cruise fares of 60 percent off, free airfare or onboard credits. Cruise deals for as little as $50 per person per day.

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The Disney Dream™ is the majestic third ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Boasting 14 towering decks, a ship length of 1,115 feet and a maximum width of 125 feet, the 128,000-ton vessel includes 1,250 staterooms and has the capacity to comfortably accommodate 4,000 passengers—along with the over 1,458 Crew Members who tend to the needs of every cruise Guest each and every day.

Disney Dream cruises are now available to book online.

AquaDuck is a thrilling water coaster: guests are propelled at high speeds through an acrylic tube on a breathtaking journey up, down, around and off the side of the ship, through the Forward Funnel and—following a mammoth drop—into a lazy river.

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Donations Support St. Jude

You may have heard the good news that Carnival has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and has committed to help raise $3 million within the next three years. With your support, Carnival will be helping one more dream come true through their "CARE TO PLAY" giving campaign: ending childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases once and for all.


Toddlers, Teens and All Ages In Between

Generally speaking, activities are designed with specific age groups in mind, and are fun and educational. Don't be surprised to see kids engrossed in a variety of cool pursuits, from learning to play the ukulele and dance the hula to getting the basics of computer programming.

It's all part of the fun, like the puppet workshops, talent shows, scavenger hunts, stargazing and pool games, and the poolside "coketail," pizza and ice cream parties. These reduced fares, plus the fact that all food, transportation and activities are included in the cost of a cruise, makes a cruise one of the best vacation values for budget-conscious families.

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Many cruise lines feature special children's clubs, tours and amenities, as well as free or reduced fares for children sharing a cabin with adults.                        

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The Best Cruise For Tots

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Tale Of Two Cruises -

  Disney -vs-Royal Caribbean



Cruise Tip: Before you book, find an experienced cruise travel agent who's actually been there....done that. Professional agents often can find discounts that aren't available online. Make sure it is someone who has your interests in mind, not theirs.


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Fun For Everyone: On the ship or in port, everybody finds something to do that they enjoy.

Hassle-Free: Unpack once and you're done, no flying from port to port.

Great Value: Compared to resort hotels and land-based tours, the price is right!

Family Time Together:  Quality time together throughout the day with activities that can be shared and suitable for the whole family.

A Safe Place: Kids have the freedom to roam and explore the ship. Mom and Dad can even keep tabs on the kids with personal communication devices.




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