A family cruise offers the perfect balance of rest, relaxation and a variety of child-friendly activities to give parents time to themselves. Good food, of course, is also a key part of the experience. Why not take to the seas and treat yourself to a whole host of international cuisines with a selection of the very best family trips, as picked by Cruise Critic.


1. P&O Britannia

Afternoon tea

Britannia is renowned for food (both free and fee options) along with its roster of famous chefs. A 14-night cruise (departs Southampton, August 2018) takes in Alicante Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Pisa, Florence, Civitavecchia, Cartagena and Gibraltar (from £1,599pp for an inside cabin, including kids’ clubs and full-board meals).

2. Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the sea

The world’s largest ship has water slides and climbing walls. Free dining includes Sorrento’s pizza while fee restaurants like 1950s diner Johnny Rockets are worth a look, too. A seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise (departs Florida, August 2018) takes in Sint Maarten, Puerto Rico and Haiti (from £3,736 for four sharing two rooms; excludes flights).

3. Disney Magic

Disney Magic cruise

This ship offers great entertainment and excellent dining, plus adult-only restaurants. The Animator’s Palate changes from black-and-white to full colour as meals progress. An 11-night cruise from Dover (departs 29 July 2018) to Copenhagen via Amsterdam, Stockholm, Helsinki and St Petersburg costs from £8,432 (all-inclusive, based on a family of four sharing).

4. TUI Discovery 2

4TUI Discovery sushi

Foodies will love this Thomson ship. The main dining room, 47°, serves excellent Italian and the Surf & Turf Steakhouse is first-rate. The seven-night Pride of Panama cruise from Montego Bay in Jamaica (departs 27 March 2018) takes in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, and costs from £4,640 for a family of four (all-inclusive).

5. Norwegian Jade

5Norwegian Jade

This ship’s family-friendly entertainment includes magicians and acrobats. There's a range of dining options on offer from French to Asian. A nine-night Norwegian fjord cruise (departs Southampton, 25 August 2018) costs from £4,576 for a family of four sharing (all-inclusive).

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