Cruises with children – personal advice

Cruises for families with personal advice

The search for a suitable cruise for a family with children is often very time-consuming. We offer comprehensive advice on all aspects of cruises with children. We represent all shipping companies in Germany and have direct online access to the best cabins and family rates of the individual cruise providers with their different ships. We help you to find the right ship product and know from experience what makes cruises with the family a special experience. When planning, we keep in mind the wishes of young children, teenagers and parents, so that the whole family can enjoy their holidays on board. Of course, we are at your side when it comes to organising the journey to the ship. We will find the most convenient way for you to travel to the terminal. Whether by bus, train, car or a suitable scheduled/charter flight with suitable transfer to the port and thus to check-in. We will gladly take care of it. In addition, we will provide you with special insider tips and tricks for organising your trip and know a large selection of individual shore excursions. Please answer the few questions below and we will create a suitable cruise offer for you.

The first cruise with children

The market for ocean cruises in Europe and especially in Germany is growing rapidly. More and more new cruise ships are being launched by the established cruise lines and are competing for the favour of this special target group. Families with children are now welcome guests on many ships and the offers for trips with kids & teens are becoming more and more sophisticated. The classic holiday hotels on land have a hard time keeping up with this enormous development. But what is there to consider when the family with children wants to go on a long journey? We will help you find the right product on the water and provide you with detailed information on all aspects of family cruises: selection of the best route and destination, childcare for the various providers on the ship, accommodation in the right cabin, meals (special children’s offers in the buffet restaurants), exciting excursions, etc. We will be happy to help you find the right product for you.

Reduction for children on cruises

The discounts for children on cruises are regulated very differently. Each shipping company has different calculation bases. With some offers, children up to the age of 11 travel free of charge or there are fixed prices for children up to a certain age limit. The age restrictions on discounts vary widely. In some cases, discounts apply only up to the age of 11 and in others up to the age of 17. The choice of cabin and thus the accommodation of the children in their parents’ cabin or in their own cabin have a significant influence on the price. We will be pleased to provide you with the individual details and calculation examples on request. We make a comparison of the shipping companies in question, select the best offers with a good price-performance ratio for you and inform you about specials such as the early bird discount.

The best cabins on cruise ships for families

The variety of cabins on cruise ships is very large. From the inexpensive 4-berth inside cabin to spacious suites or maisonette apartments, everything is on offer. The classic family cabins can usually be occupied by 2 adults with up to 2 or 3 children between small cattle. Then there are cabins with connecting doors, junior suites or suites for up to 12 people. Because these cabin types are only available in limited numbers, it is advisable to reserve early for your trip. From the inside cabin to the Deluxe veranda cabins, we can present and compare the entire range of accommodation options. Holiday periods can be booked up to 1.5 years in advance. Extra beds for the baby will be provided, but should always be booked at the time of booking. The use of your own baby monitor on board usually does not work due to the construction of the ships. Here it is recommended to borrow a device on board, which works guaranteed on the ship. Some shipping companies also offer a babysitting service so that parents can enjoy a special dinner in the restaurant, an entertaining show in the theatre or a quiet afternoon in the wellness area during the cruise.

Childcare on board cruise ships

The care of the smallest ship passengers in different age groups is usually carried out by loving and trained employees from the age of 3. Some shipping companies also offer hourly care for infants aged 6 months and over. The children are looked after in the groups at certain times on board. These secured areas of the Kids Clubs can only be left again with the parents. No child can be lost.

Here is an example of a child-friendly shipping company: Seahorses 3-6 years – Dolphins 7-9 years – Sharks 10-11 years. All children 12 years and older are looked after by a teen crew. The programme times are divided into morning, afternoon and evening programmes, which can be chosen individually.

Care for teenagers takes place at the age of 12 to 17 years. What could be better for teenagers than to spend an exciting time on board with their peers? The teens’ coaches await their offspring with exciting experiences such as dance courses, music workshops and disco evenings. Whether in the video games lounge, the Formula 1 simulator, the disco, the 4D cinema or on special excursions for this age group, there is something for everyone. Exciting excursions behind the scenes, e.g. to the laundry, to the large kitchen or to the modern bridge, are on offer here. The children can also let off steam artistically, e.g. by designing their own T-shirts or their own creations in handcrafted do-it-yourself workshops. Thus the family vacation is rounded off with play and adventure in the Kids club. The supply with W-LAN (internationally Wifi mentioned) on the ships is meanwhile standard. Here there are different offers for time contingents or with high-quality shipping companies even a free entrance per cabin for the entire duration of the journey.

Popular destinations for cruises with children

The following sailing areas and departure ports are particularly suitable for families: Mediterranean Sea: western Mediterranean Sea e.g. from Genoa, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca or Marseille & eastern Mediterranean Sea e.g. from Venice, Corfu or Trieste Northern Europe (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Scotland, France, Netherlands/Belgium) e.g. from Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Kiel and Warnemünde Caribbean e.g. from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Jamaica

Popular shipping companies for family cruises

Ships of the AIDA fleet like AIDA blu, AIDA sol, AIDA mar, AIDA stella, AIDA vita, AIDA bella, AIDA prima, AIDA perla, AIDA nova Ships of the shipping company TUI Cruises like My ship 1, My ship 2, My ship 3, My ship 6 MSC Cruises with MSC Divina, MSC Magnifica, MSC Fantasia, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Splendida, MSC Grandiosa Costa Cruises with Costa Smeralda, Costa Diadema, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH like the A-ROSA Flora, A-ROSA Silva Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Spirit Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCI) Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas

Also in the premium segment we have family-friendly ships & routes in our program. Here we particularly recommend the high-quality cruises & routes of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises with the MS Europa 2.

5 reasons why a cruise is the perfect family holiday

  1. Fun and recreation for everyone. Children and teenagers can spend time with their peers and experience cool action. Parents can take advantage of culture, sports and wellness offers or simply relax on deck.
  2. Together with your children, you can immerse yourself in foreign cultures and explore cities on your own during a shore leave.
  3. Round trip without packing and transfer – because your floating (luxury) hotel takes you every day to a new beautiful place, where there is a lot to discover.
  4. Let us spoil you with culinary delights: from a delicious breakfast buffet to an evening cocktail in the piano bar. You can really let yourself go and enjoy the buffet to your heart’s content. The best for the family: no one has to do the dishes afterwards!
  5. Cruises are also available for a small holiday budget. Prices vary according to cabin, ship category and destination. We will be happy to advise you.

Personal advice on cruises with children

Please answer the few questions in the following form, then we will create your personal cruise offer in a short time. For general questions, please call us at 040-60014478. We look forward to every inquiry.

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