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Why A Cruise Should Be On Your Family Vacation Bucket List

For families looking to plan the ideal vacation—one that the kids will be talking about for years to come and where adults can even get some coveted free time—one of the best options to consider is a cruise. From rock-climbing walls and elaborate onboard waterparks to Broadway-style shows and age-specific kids clubs, a cruise comes with all of the ingredients to make an incredible family vacation from start to finish.

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Which cruise lines should you consider for your family getaway?

Disney Cruise Line
Why They’re Great for Families: The incredible experiences and level of service that Disney is known for come to sea on these ships. Ships feature family-friendly cabins, complete with room-dividers, bunkbeds and bath-and-a-half layouts. The popular Walt Disney Theatre is home to live shows, like “Tangled, the Musical” and “Frozen, the Musical,” that the whole family will love.

Royal Caribbean International
Why They’re Great for Families: These ships boast more than two dozen onboard restaurants—everything from casual fare (including an onboard Johnny Rockets) to more upscale options for adult date nights. Evening entertainment brings the wow factor, with popular Broadway shows like “CATS,” “Hairspray” and “Mamma Mia!”

Norwegian Cruise Line
Why They’re Great for Families: For families looking for a more relaxed experience, these ships offer flexible dining times, plus casual venues and dress codes. Cabin options for families are plentiful, with family villas and family suites that sleep up to six passengers.

Carnival Cruise Line
Why They’re Great for Families: These ships offer a wide variety of family-friendly staterooms. Vista Class ships are home to the line’s “Family Harbor,” with cabins built to hold up to five cruisers, offering extra-special perks like a VIP Family Lounge, complimentary kids meals at select for-fee restaurants and free group babysitting.

Princess Cruises
Why They’re Great for Families: Princess has partnered with Discovery Communications to offer some truly unique family programming—everything from Shark Week-inspired programming on select summer cruises to a “Finding Bigfoot” inspired experience or “Deadliest Catch” themed activity in Alaska.

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