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.
Best cruise for singles
AmaWaterways European river cruises are great for singles and solo travelers. It’s easy to meet and mingle with people on the ship, particularly since meals are open seating and ships are a manageable size (only about 160 to 170 passengers). And, because daily excursions are included in the cruise fare, you’ll quickly have common experiences to share and discuss with fellow travelers. “AmaWaterways also often reduces or waives the dreaded ‘single supplement,’ so having a private room becomes much more affordable,” notes Clabbers. “The key is to book early, though, as these accommodations sell out quickly.” Use these cruise expert travel tips to book the right cruise for you.