My Top 3 Favorite Cruise Ships For Families

Every cruise line has a number of ships  in their fleet to choose from when booking your families cruise vacation. To help you narrow down your list I’ve chosen the best cruise ships for families from some of the popular cruise lines. 

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

In November of 2019 the Oasis of the Seas debated in Miami and is not bigger and better than before. With the two tallest water slides called the Ultimate Abyss, make sure you stop by the Perfect Storm, next up a drenching time at Splashaway Bay Aquapark. I’m super competitive so the glow-in-the-dark laser tag face-off made the top of my list of things to do after kicking butt and successfully completing the Royal Escape Room. There’s tons to do for all ages. 

Mexican food is one of my favorites so grab bites to go at El Loco Fresh or BBQ at Portside. During the playoffs if you’re on-board don’t miss the game Playmaker’s Sports Bar & Arcade has it all lined up for you. I love late night visits to the club so make sure you get your groove you’re kidless till 1 am.

There’s a ton of details on the kids programs so feel free to visit the link here. Here are a few quick details: Royal Caribbean’s complimentary, year-round Adventure Ocean program is recognized as one of the industry’s leading youth programs.

Program Overview

  • For all kids and teens, ages 3 to 17 (all children must be toilet trained – no diapers or pull-ups unless it is based on a disability)

  • Programs are offered by age group:

  • Royal Babies & Tots 6 mos – 36 mos. (drop off nursery offered on select ships)

  • Adventure Ocean Drop Off Programming

  • Aquanauts         3-5 years

  • Explorers           6-8 years

  • Voyagers           9-11 years

  • Teen Program

  • Teens              12-14 years

  • Teens              15-17 years

For additional details click here.

Oasis of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship with sailings out currently out Miami. 

Carnival Panorama

Carnival’s Newest Ship “Panorama” She’s A Beauty.When Carnival Panorama debuted in December 2019, it will introduce the first-ever indoor trampoline park and challenge zone at sea, in partnership with industry leader, Sky Zone. Located on Decks 7 and 8, the expansive two-deck-high facility encompasses more than 3,000 square feet, providing high-flying fun for guests of all ages across a 12-lane trampoline court. Adjacent to the trampoline court will be a challenge zone equipped with a climbing wall, balance/jousting beam, Sky Ladder climbing apparatus and Tug of War. 

I love dine in poolside movies under the stars or a early morning splash at waterworks. Lunch at Guy’s Burger Joint or chowdown on seafood favorites from the Seafood Shack. Drop the kids off at one of Carnival’s youth experience. Activities and entertainment is provided for children of all ages 17 and younger. 

Camp Ocean

  • Penguins: Ages 2-5

  • Stingrays: Ages 6-8

  • Sharks: Ages 9-11

  • Circle “C”: Ages 12-14

  • Club O2: Ages 15-17

In addition, there is supervised ‘free play’ and Night Owls services for those children 11 years and under. So drop the kids off and go have a drink at Heroes Tribute Bar.

Carnival Panorama is a Vista-class cruise  that ship superseded her sisters, Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon, as the largest ship in the Carnival fleet. Currently sailing out of Long Beach, California.

Norwegian Encore 

The Norwegian Encore serves up entertainment in a big way. Your family can kick off their sailing with zipping around the race track or a fun game of laser tag. Don’t pass up the chance to explore and working your was through the VR Maze. The VR maze is located within the Galaxy Pavilion a 10,000-square-foot AR complex. Prefer to relax, get wet, and soak up some sun visit one of two water parks. Like other cruise ships, Norwegian Encore kids camps are on-board so that parents equally have an enjoyable experience without their kids. The Guppies program is for the smallest travelers, Splash Academy is for kids of all ages, and provides creative activities, adventures and parties, Entourage is for the teens to enjoy the movies, music and parties without there parents. 

While the kids are away enjoy a sip of premium spirits at Malting’s Whiskey Bar or a rum creation at Sugarcane Mojito Bar. There’s tons of dinner options available on-board, but Q Texas Smokehouse or Ocean Blue we love fresh seafood. 

Norwegian Encore is a Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship operating for Norwegian Cruise Line, and commenced service in November 2019 with sailings now out of New York. As a part of the Breakaway Plus-class, she is the sister ship to Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Escape, and Norwegian Joy. 

These ships have a ton of  family-friendly activities, amenities and entertainment options that will surely keep your kids happy throughout the sailing. To book a cruise email me at


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