Best Cruises for Families

Cruises all have their memorable moments for families — fireworks, photo ops, time spent exploring sun-drenched islands — but the best will come from these ships, where even the most kid-approved amenities will reawaken your own inner child. Take a look!

Carnival Dream

If you think a water slide on a cruise ship is impressive, wait till the kids see the four-story Twister in the Dream's mini aqua park — not to mention Camp Carnival, the miniature golf course, the candy store … well, you get the picture. Book Now.Andy Newman

Allure of the Seas & Oasis of the Seas

With a carousel, a zip line, surf simulators, rock-climbing walls, an ice-skating rink, and characters from Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda — not to mention the cupcake shop (root beer! Key lime!) — these massive twin sister Royal Caribbean ships offer plenty for tots and teens. (Want more? Check out our exclusive Oasis of the Seas photo gallery.) Book Now.

Norwegian Epic

Two words: Wii wall. Not the right two words? How about "bowling alley," "water park" or "SpongeBob SquarePants"? Whichever floats your boat, they add up to family fun for all ages (including the grown-ups), and that's really the appeal of Norwegian's ship. Book Now.

Disney Magic

While the youngsters become superheroes at the new Marvel's Avengers Academy, parents can become, ah, relaxed at the After Hours night spots, and everyone can be a kid again on the AquaDunk, a three-story water slide that careens out over the ocean. _Book Now. ___
Carnival Vista One of the things you'll see when you first board the ship is the all-new SkyRide, a suspended roller coaster that circles the outdoor sports complex that boasts everything from putt putt to a ropes course. Feel like staying inside? A Dr. Suess-themed library, fully-stocked candy bar and the first onboard IMAX theatre will keep kids plenty entertained. Book Now. Courtesy Carnival Vista