Best cruise for families with kids
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Royal Caribbean tops the list for youngster-approved fun. “Especially its larger ships, such as Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, can’t be beaten for entertainment and kid-friendly facilities,” says Rob Clabbers, president of Q Cruise + Travel, a Virtuoso Agency. Wouldn’t your little ones be thrilled to see a magical ice-skating show or take a spin on a classic carousel?” Pint-sized fans of the Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and Shrek movies will be delighted to run into their favorite DreamWorks characters aboard the ship. Parents can reserve a table for the whole family to have breakfast with these beloved on-screen pals IRL. The cruise line even offers a My Adventure Personality quiz that was developed in partnership with the CPP The Myers-Briggs Company, so you can be sure the cruise you pick best matches your vacation-style. Check out these cruise ships with crazy cool amenities.
Best cruise for families with teens
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Not surprisingly, Royal Caribbean also offers a wide array of activities that cater to the older underage crowd. Depending on the ship, you might find bumper cars, rock climbing walls, water slides, ziplines, or surfing and skydiving simulators. On top of that, Royal Caribbean divides teens into age groups—12 to 14 and 15 to 17—so parents can rest assured they’ll be with their peers. A day might start with bumper cards, include an afternoon DJ lesson, and end with a teens-only casino night. Check out these vacations that even jaded high schoolers will enjoy.