Cruise with children

Cruise with kids

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Cast off for a cruise with kids. For children and the whole family, big and small adventures await on the ship – there is a lot to discover. An absolute experience for young and old!

Children go free of charge on a cruise – at least with some shipping companies and tour operators. We clarify!

AIDA with children

For Children and families is well taken care of on AIDA cruises. The newer ships AIDAperla, AIDAprima and AIDAperla in particular offer spectacular family and children’s areas and first-class childcare for different age groups.

On the activity and family deck 16 is the on-board adventure playground Four elements Mini Club, Kids Club and Wave Club for teenagers to the child-friendly restaurant "Fuego" to find everything the young heart desires.

The family kabi toonen on the AIDAprima and AIDAperla resemble an adventure paradise with an internal slide, table football and various loving details. Family-friendly excursions and excursions for children are also offered.

Children from two to 15 years receive 35%, youths from 16 to 24 years 24% discount per trip on the price of the 1st and 2nd bed in the single or 2-bed cabin.

My ship with children

TUI Cruises is good on Families and children discontinued: There are not only enough professionally supervised offers for children and teenagers in three age groups, but also Shore excursions for children offered that can be used with or without parents.

Children play on the Mein Schiff deck

The "Sturmfrei Teenslounge" offers a relaxed meeting point and lots of entertainment for young sailors. Children’s birthdays can also be organized on request.

Children up to and including the age of 14 travel as a third to sixth person free of charge when accommodated in an additional bed; children up to the age of two generally do not have to pay.

Costa with children

Costa cruises is good on Families and children discontinued: in the Squok Club children from three years of age become true pirates, the Teens Club offers teenagers the opportunity to meet their peers and take part in offers such as dance and music, sports competitions, midnight pool parties or games.

Playfully designed children’s areas also help make children feel at home and comfortable on board.

There are different Cabin models for families, The spacious family cabin with five beds and two bathrooms on the Costa Diadema offers very special holiday comfort.

The "Happy Family Comfort" also lives up to its name: Children up to 17 years sleep in their own inner cabin with a connecting door or close to the parent cabin and only pay 50% of the catalog price.

Last but not least, there are even suitable tariffs for those who travel alone with a child. Under certain conditions, children and teenagers up to and including the age of 17 travel free when sharing a cabin with their parents.

MSC with children

MSC Cruises sees itself as family-run and therefore family-friendly company. Children are welcome!

For example, up to two children travel free on many dates if they travel in the same cabin with two adults and have not reached the age of 18. The arrival and departure must be paid for.

Children and adolescents are also well looked after around the clock and according to their age: families always stay in touch via the interactive wristbands, radio detectors and DECT phones can also be rented.

Young people and teenagers can have fun in the Young or Teens Club, where talent competitions, ball evenings or karaoke shows take place. For younger children, the mini or junior club with professional carers is ideal.

The four-legged friends among the little ones are also catered for: the MSC Babycare Service takes care of the offspring between one and three years, and there is also a laundry service especially for children’s clothing. Among the shore excursions, some are offered especially for families and the kitchen also adapts to the little guests with children’s menus.

NCL with children

The magazine "Travel Weekly" awarded the Norwegian cruise line Best Family Experience award in 2017: Children, teenagers and babies from the age of six months are well looked after around the clock and for the most part free of charge. The shipping company also offers programs for children on port days and in the evenings, so that parents can relax and take time for themselves – but then for a fee.

Aqua Park at Norwegian

There is an age-appropriate entertainment program, from handicrafts and painting games to treasure hunts and storytelling to theme nights, a circus school, various music and dance events and creative activities.

The shipping company’s “freestyle dining” concept also allows passengers to eat and drink whenever and wherever they want, which accommodates the individuality and spontaneity of families. Children under three years eat free, children between four and 12 years can order from the free children’s menu.

For children from 2 to 17 years old who travel with two full paying adults, there are discounts on the travel price, depending on the age of the child and the trip. For babies under two years of age, only port and security fees have to be paid.

Hapag Lloyd with children

The MS Europa 2 is the declared family ship of Hapag Lloyd Cruises, but the MS Europa is also well geared towards families. The shipping company’s expedition ships also welcome their “young explorers”.

Young cruise passengers in three different age groups are looked after here – sometimes for a fee – the late riser service for parents offers the morning pick-up of the child in the cabin. The free “Baby Welcome Package” includes a variety of necessities for children up to the age of 3. In addition to the on-board program, special children’s excursions without parents are organized, and in the evening there is a joint dinner with a children’s menu and free soft drinks.

Children up to the age of 11 travel free of charge in a cabin with one or two paying adults, children between 12 and 15 years pay 70 euros per night in the same case. Children up to and including the age of 11 also receive a discount on the arrival and departure packages.

Hurtigruten with children

Especially on the MS Finnmarken, the MS Roald Amundsen, the MS Fridtjof Nansen and partly the MS Midnatsol Hurtigruten the "Program for young explorers", which is aimed at children from seven to 13 years old. Various activities on board are intended to give them a deeper understanding of nature and culture.

In addition, if the weather permits, on every classic round trip Beach cleaning with the kids carried out to raise awareness of environmental problems.

Children up to three years travel free of charge in their parents’ bed, children between four and 15 years receive a discount of up to 25% on the travel price.

Cunard with children

For toddlers and teenage children, the Cunard Line varied program free of charge, professional supervisors take care of the little passengers in the children’s areas. Children from two years of age are also looked after in the evenings between 6 p.m. and midnight, and even care for babies and toddlers up to 23 months in the "Night Nursery" until 11 p.m. The free places are limited, reservations are not possible.

Children up to two years of age travel free of charge, for children up to 17 years of age who are the third or fourth person in the cabin, there are discounts of up to 70% of the travel price, on some cruises there are fixed children’s prices.

Royal Caribbean with children

For children is the Royal Caribbean-Ships are extremely popular, which makes the shipping company extremely popular with US families. The cabin types adapt to all needs and children often travel cheaper as third or fourth person in the cabin.

Climbing world from Royal Caribbean International

The "Adventure Ocean" program ensures that younger passengers of all ages do not get bored. You can choose between numerous activities divided into seven age groups: In addition to themed evenings, sports competitions or pajama parties, Royal Caribbean offers the first bumper car system on board a cruise ship, an ice skating rink and a circus school. On some ships, old acquaintances like Shrek, Fiona or Kung Fu Panda travel with the Dreamworks spectacle.

Children can be looked after professionally from one year, the shipping company even offers programs for teenagers until late in the evening, but from 10 p.m. there is an hourly care fee.

There are numerous child-friendly options among the gastronomic offers, and there is also the option of having the children picked up after the meal, which gives the parents some time for themselves.

River cruise with children

Children up to 15 years travel on the A-ROSA family cruises in the Premium tariff, all inclusive when accompanied by a supervised adult free of charge. Some ships have special ones family cabins or cabins with a connecting door – but not on all river boats in the A-ROSA fleet.

A-ROSA family travel

The new Rhine building for 2021 is intended to further optimize the experience for families on board. Here it becomes a separate family area with a stationary one Kids club give, spacious family cabins for up to five people, a separate children’s pool on the sun deck and a separate restaurant area for the little ones.

More organizers

Phoenix travel does not offer child care, but a 30% discount on the travel price for children from two to eleven years old if the accommodation is in the same cabin with at least one adult. Children under the age of two are not taken.

Children’s entertainment is on the cruises of TransOcean given to different degrees. On selected trips, children travel as third or fourth person in the same cabin free of charge up to the age of 11 and young people up to the age of 17 at a fixed price.

at Color Line and the mini cruise Oslo, children travel free of charge with their parents or grandparents during the holidays.

questions and answers

A cruise with children naturally costs a little more than if you are traveling as a couple. The organizers offer generous discounts for children and young people.

There are many shipping companies and operators that specialize in cruises with children. We have an overview.

The latest AIDA ships are highly recommended for four families with children, but other shipping companies also offer ships for large and small crusaders.

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