Cruises are a great way to find one-stop shop fun for the family. There are tons of activities, a variety of restaurants, and great entertainment. Attractions are just a short walk away from your cabin. But how does one choose one cruise from another? They all seem great, right?! Here’s a cool way to narrow things down. Look for unique, onboard activities that you and your kids can enjoy for hours. Here are a few cruise lines offering activities that might suite your family’s interests.


Royal Caribbean offers activities and amenities that cater to children of all ages.  There’s rock climbing, ice rinks, and zip lines to name a few. Every ship also has fun, educational programs for kids and teens. They also have dedicated facilities for children where trained crew members supervise the children and guide them in different activities. Get this–most Royal Caribbean ships offer a nursery where parents can drop children off throughout the day and evening. Select ships offer dedicated pools and splash areas for kids as well. If you have older kids, you may want to book a ship with an awesome water slide. Royal Caribbean offers The Perfect Storm Slides. They are twin racer water slides that intertwine and are a fast-paced plunge all the way down. Royal Caribbean even offers onboard activities like scavenger hunts, tournaments on the sports deck, and mini golf.


The words “Disney” and “Entertainment” always go hand in hand. Disney cruise ships offer great deck parties—open air music and dance extravaganzas. It’s easy to find a themed party that will get your kids rocking. For instance, there’s Star Wars Day at Sea, an all-day celebration that ends in an out-of-this world dance party with Star Wars characters roaming around. There’s also Pirate Night, which includes a scallywag-themed dinner and a music bash starring Disney characters. It even includes a fireworks display! Imagine enjoying that with the family at sea. Disney cruises also offer live shows featuring all your kids’ favorite characters performing original musicals and variety acts every night!


Carnival has all the usual cruise fixings, but here’s a clever twist that might help you choose one of their ships. You ever think of taking family game night to the next level? How about trying it at sea? Some Carnival cruise ships offer Hasbro, The Game Show.  You can team up with your family to play giant versions of Hasbro games on stage! There are games like Connect 4 Basketball, Yahtzee Bowling, Operation Sam Dunk, and Simon Flash to name a few. Another fun family activity Carnival offers is Clue: The Murder Mystery. Imagine this—the ship is your gameboard! You get a free Clue Case File to get started and the story unfolds as you cruise. There are scheduled events around the ship where you can collect clues. If you figure out whodunnit, you’ll get a big prize in the end.


Fun in the sun is a given on a cruise, but your kids will thank you for choosing cool activities and entertainment. Think of what your kids like to do already and take it to the next level on a cruise.

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