best cruise ships for families

These 10 cruise ships cater to families in many ways, including family friendly at-sea experiences, family cabins and kid-approved dining options.

This colossal cruise ship features one of the most robust and diverse kids program. A highlight for young passengers is the Dream Work Experience.

10. Allure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

On the Disney Fantasy, kids programs are Disney-crafted and predictably high-quality; the older set loves bulleting down 4-deck-drop AquaDuck water coaster.

9. Disney Fantasy - Disney Cruise Line

Battle for the tallest waterfall in the ocean, and new additions such as Planet Z glow-in-the-dark laser tag and Sugar Beach ice cream.

8. Symphony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Turned Disney Magic into a modern member of Sailing Mickey. AquaLab Splash Play Park plus two water slides up the fun quotient of magic.

7. Disney Magic - Disney Cruise Line

Aboard the Disney Dream, Donald gets his dues with AquaDuck, a 4-deck-drop water coaster (the first at sea) that zips ride through a transparent tube.

6. Disney Dream - Disney Cruise Line

Guests enjoy stunning views of the Houston city skyline at St. Arnold's expansive outdoor beer garden as they sip on their favorite pint.

5. Carnival Panorama - Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival elevated its already very family-friendly offerings with the debut of Carnival Vista. Kids can ride a bike through the sky.

4. Carnival Vista - Carnival Cruise Line

A favorite feature among kids aboard the Regal Princess is the SeaWalk, a glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet over ship’s edge.

3. Regal Princess - Princess Cruises

Families aboard MSC Meraviglia enjoy a range of kid-approved amenities, from a full-sized bowling alley at sea to F1 simulators to a decked out Sportplex.

2. MSC Meraviglia - MSC Cruises

Carnival has child-approved amenities including two movie theaters, a water park, nightly babysitting, and reduced prices for children in some restaurants.

1. Carnival Horizon - Carnival Cruise Line

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