Cruise ships are an ideal setting for a family vacation. Large ships are designed with kids-only facilities, counselors, planned activities and babysitting. Most cruise lines welcome children to travel on their ships, though infants and pregnant women are subject to some restrictions (click here to read more).
On cruise lines with full youth programs, parents can plan their vacation knowing they will be able to relax and enjoy themselves while their children are being well taken care of, making new friends, and having fun. On cruise lines with no youth programs or dedicated youth facilities, kids should not expect to find playmates onboard and parents should plan to entertain their kids for the duration of the cruise.
Below are the cruise lines that sail in Europe and offer extensive kids programs; click any line for more information:
The table below summarizes at a glance the services and amenities offered by each of these lines.
|Costa Cruises||Some Ships|
|Holland America||Most Ships||Most Ships|
|MSC Cruises||Some Ships|
|P&O Cruises||Some Ships||Some Ships||Some Ships||Some Ships|
|Princess||Most Ships||Most Ships||Most Ships|
Note: Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ youth counselors are only available on select summer cruises. If you require youth counselors, ask your Vacations To Go cruise counselor to verify their availability on your sailing before booking.