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- #1#1 in Best Cruise Lines for Families
Does it get more kid-friendly than Disney? From its signature Sail-Away Celebration to its pirate-themed dinners and nighttime fireworks, Disney earns a nod of approval from passengers for its roster full of entertainment. Disney characters can be found on board engaging with children, and the line's ships also offer adults-only dining areas.
- 4.49 Overall Rating
- 4 Ships in Fleet
- #2#2 in Best Cruise Lines for Families
As one of the largest cruise lines on this list, Royal Caribbean offers onboard amenities and a variety of sailings that cater to cruisers of all ages. Some of the line's ships feature rock climbing walls and ice rinks, while others boast zip lines, bumper cars and waterslides. Entertainment isn't lost on older travelers, either; they can catch a variety of evening shows.
- 4.05 Overall Rating
- 24 Ships in Fleet
- #3#3 in Best Cruise Lines for Families
Carnival's frequent sales and budget-friendly fares mean you and your cruising crew can save some money on a voyage filled with family-friendly perks. Ships are outfitted with water parks, basketball courts and ropes courses to entertain kids of all ages. Meanwhile, grown-ups can head to the casino or the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat.
- 3.77 Overall Rating
- 25 Ships in Fleet
- #4#4 in Best Cruise Lines for Families
Norwegian greets families with colorful ships, ample onboard amenities and children's clubs. While adults are relaxing at the spa or gambling at the casino, kids can attend supervised youth programs where they can learn to juggle, play dodgeball or attend themed parties. Plus, children's menus are available in all of the line's restaurants, including the specialty eateries.
- 3.92 Overall Rating
- 15 Ships in Fleet
- #5#5 in Best Cruise Lines for Families
MSC's "Kids Cruise Free" promotion welcomes passengers ages 11 and younger to sail for free year-round. As of winter 2018-19, sailors ages 12 to 17 can also cruise for free on select voyages during low season and midseason. What's more, the cruise line's ships come equipped with amenities for all ages, including LEGO-themed playrooms, water parks and bowling alleys.
- 3.56 Overall Rating
- 15 Ships in Fleet
- #6#6 in Best Cruise Lines for Families
Offering treasure hunts, arts and crafts, character meet-and-greets and pool parties, Costa's fleetwide programming for cruisers ages 3 to 17 is sure to keep younger travelers occupied. Little ones can also enjoy the line's "Princess for a Day" or "Captain in Training" programs, while parents enjoy time together at the pool or spa.
- 3.34 Overall Rating
- 11 Ships in Fleet
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