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


Britannia is renowned for food (both free and fee options) along with its roster of famous chefs. A 14-night cruise 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

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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 takes in Sint Maarten, Puerto Rico and Haiti (from £3,736 for four sharing two rooms; excludes flights).

3. Disney Magic


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 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


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 takes in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, and costs from £4,640 for a family of four (all-inclusive).

5. Norwegian 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 costs from £4,576 for a family of four sharing (all-inclusive).

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