There are few things better than cruising, except perhaps going on a cruise with your family. You’ll be able to spend quality time bonding, all while enjoying one of the most fun-filled vacation experiences ever. Voted as the Best Family Cruise Experience by Travel Weekly, Norwegian Cruise Line has all your family dining, activities, accommodations, and entertainment covered, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy. Sneak in some education by taking them on an Alaskan cruise, or simply soak up the sun, and the fun in The Caribbean or Mexico. You can’t go wrong with a cruise vacation for the whole lot; there’s something for everyone! Here are some of the best family cruises for 2019.
A Mexican Riviera Family Cruise
While many travelers visit Mexico each year, the majority of them visit just one destination. But on a 7- or 8-Day Mexican Riviera cruise from Los Angeles, you’ll maximize your Mexico vacation experience by visiting up to four different destinations including Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Depending on your cruising dates, you’ll have your choice of sailing on Norwegian Star, Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Joy, or Norwegian Gem. Why choose a Mexican Riviera cruise for your family? Mexico radiates traditional cultural experiences, history, delicious cuisine, and golden beaches - plus the opportunity to try learning a new language!
Family Cruises Departing from Orlando (Port Canaveral)
While this best family cruise suggestion may sound a little vague, departing on your family cruise from Orlando & Beaches offers a few specific advantages. You can easily incorporate a pre- or post-cruise stay to include visiting the areas major them parks including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and Universal Orlando Resort. You could also visit the Kennedy Space Center, tour the Daytona International Speedway NASCAR race track, ride the Orlando Eye, go on an airboat adventure, or even go kayaking with gentle manatees. Plus, Cocoa Beach offers sunbathing, and the opportunity to take some surfing lessons.
A Cuba Cruise with the Family
Make 2019 the year for you and your family to experience this unique Caribbean country! Cuba offers the total vacation package, and it’s not very far from U.S. mainland, meaning you’ll be able to maximize your time in this Pearl of the Antilles. Many of the 4- and 5-day cruises to Cuba on board Norwegian Sky - which also offers free unlimited drinks - and Norwegian Sun, also include an overnight in Havana! Your family is sure to love the colorful architecture, vintage cars, and those grooving salsa rhythms oozing from charming sidewalk cafes. And let’s not forget the genuine hospitality of the Cuban people!
A Hawaii Family Cruise Vacation
Hawaii is another perfect destination for your family cruise in 2019. The bonuses here? There’s no passport required, and it’s in US dollars, so there’s no currency exchange rates or quick calculations to deal with. A Hawaii cruise is jampacked with so many amazing things to do, including experiencing its unique Polynesian culture and gorgeous natural beauty, including beaches, waterfalls, canyons, and volcanoes. If you sail on Pride of America from Honolulu, you’ll visit four Hawaiian islands where you can view the spectacular flora and fauna, go whale watching, or exploring the underwater world through scuba diving, snorkeling or on a glass-bottom boat.
A Family Cruise to The Caribbean
There’s nothing quite like experiencing the diversity of cultures as you island hop through The Caribbean on your family cruise. A Caribbean cruise is a wonderful, educational vacation for your entire family to enjoy! Home to some of the worlds best beaches, The Caribbean also offers a plethora of family activities including water parks, exploring centuries-old forts, and snorkeling with colorful tropical fish in the warm, crystal-clear ocean waters. With convenient sailings from Boston, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, San Juan, and Tampa - and 13 ships to choose from including the incredible Norwegian Bliss - you’re sure to find the perfect family cruise.
An Alaska Cruise with the Family
An exciting cruise to the Last Frontier offers the ultimate nature adventure for your family members of all ages! There are passive activities like glacier watching and wildlife viewing, as well as more exhilarating excursions like seaplane explorations, or driving a dog sledding team. Everyone in your family is sure to love riding the world-renown Alaska Railroad through pristine wilderness, trying their luck at gold panning, or savoring a delicious all-you-can-eat salmon bake. Whale watching is one of the highlights of an Alaskan cruise, plus you might also see seals, porpoises, sea lions, and majestic bald eagles.
Australia & New Zealand Family Cruises
Take your family on a cruise of a lifetime to the land down under! The recently refurbished Norwegian Jewel offers departures from Auckland, Papeete, and Sydney, with 10- to 19-day sailings incorporating cruises for Australia and New Zealand, in addition to Indonesian and Singapore! You’ll have the chance to get up-close-and-personal with kangaroos and koalas, learn about Maori and Aboriginal cultures, or go snorkeling with the vibrant tropical fish along the famous Great Barrier Reef. You can also visit world-class zoos, national parks, museums, and an array of fantastic beaches perfect for sunning or even surfing.
To maximize your hard-earned vacation dollars, be sure to take advantage of the Free Extra Guests promotion on select cruises! And remember, Norwegian Cruise Line offers complimentary programs for kids ranging in age from six months to teens. If you’re not sure how to start planning your family cruise for 2019, check out our Family Cruise Vacation Planning Tips, along with more information on Family Cruising on Norwegian Cruise Line. Rest assured, no matter which family cruise you choose, you’ll be creating wonderful vacation memories that will no doubt last a lifetime!