Eight top destinations for family cruises in 2022

Eight top destinations for family cruises in 2022

From Alaska to Iceland, discover eight family-friendly cruise destinations

1. Juneau, Alaska 

For an adventurous summer destination bursting with bucket-list family experiences, look to Juneau. 

On Holland America Line’s seven-night Alaskan Explorer sailing, families will visit Alaska’s state capital and can pan for gold on an underground gold mine tour and spot wildlife. Local residents include bald eagles, bears and deer. 

Other itinerary highlights include Glacier Bay’s dramatic scenery and the world’s longest zip-line in Icy Strait Point. Propose sea kayaking in Sitka, visiting the vast collection of totems in Ketchikan and the Butterfly Garden in Victoria. Expect plenty of opportunities to spot humpback and orca whales. 

Cruise-only prices start at £3,676 based on a family of four sharing. Departing round-trip from Seattle on 30 July on Eurodam. All guests must be fully vaccinated.  


Eurodam hydrotherapy pool
Eurodam hydrotherapy pool. Image courtesy of Holland America Line.

2. Akureyri, Iceland

Families can enjoy a summer holiday with a Nordic twist in Akureyri. Suggest a trip to explore the ancient Dimmuborgir lava fields and the bubbling mud and hissing fumaroles of Namafjall Mountain. 

The city features in Celebrity Cruises’ 12-night Iceland and Ireland cruise. Departing round-trip from Amsterdam, families will have two days to explore Akureyri, during the Akureyri Summer Arts festival. 

With two days in Reykjavik clients can sample local seafood and visit the theatres, museums and observatories. The cruise also calls at Belfast, Waterford and Cork. 

Departing on August 1 on Celebrity Apex, cruise-only prices start at £8,982 for two adults and two children under 12.

Guests aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated. 


Doha, Qatar 

All eyes will be on Qatar in November, as the destination hosts the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022. With the final scheduled for December 18, footie-mad families can soak up the post-tournament atmosphere in Doha before hopping on board MSC Cruises’ nine-night round-trip Emirates cruise on December 20. The Christmas sailing calls at Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

They will be among the first to sail on MSC World Europa, which launches in December and will be the line’s first LNG-powered vessel. 

Cruise-only prices start at £1,169 per adult and £199 for children under 11, based on four sharing.

Guests aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated. 


MSC World Europa. Image courtesy of MSC Cruises.

4. Barcelona, Spain 

Tempt multi-generational families with a summer cruise from Barcelona. 

Customers can explore the city’s highlights before setting sail on Oceania Cruises’ Barcelona to Lisbon itinerary. Recommend admiring masterpieces by Gaudi at Parc Güell and seeing La Sagrada Familia. The cruise also includes two nights in Seville, giving clients time to explore the architectural delights of the cathedral, the Plaza de España and the royal palace. 

The seven-night sailing on Nautica departs on July 27 and calls at Cartagena, Gibraltar, Casablanca, Seville, Portimao and Lisbon. Prices start at £2,119pp based on two sharing. All guests must be fully vaccinated. 


5. Carlisle Bay, Barbados 

In 2022, Barbados will spend its first full year as an independent Republic, and its sandy beaches are the perfect spot for families to spend a sun-soaked Christmas Day. 

On Princess Cruises’ 10-night Southern Caribbean with Barbados sailing, families can spend December 25 visiting the marine park in Carlisle Bay and snorkelling with turtles. 

Enchanted Princess will depart round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale on December 19 and prices start at £784pp, based on four sharing, excluding flights. Calling at Princess Cays, the Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Antigua; St. Lucia; Barbados; and St. Kitts. 

All guests must be fully vaccinated. 


Colourful houses on the tropical island of Barbados in the Caribbean.

6. Amsterdam, the Netherlands  

Famed for its iconic tulips, Amsterdam will be the perfect destination for avid gardeners in 2022, as the nearby city of Almere hosts the once-a-decade Floriade horticultural expo. 

For multi-generational adult families, suggest Scenic’s Windmills, Tulips and Belgian Delights with Floriade itinerary. The seven-night sailing from Amsterdam calls at Dordrecht, Veere, Antwerp, Arnhem and Hoorn. Customers then return to Amsterdam to explore Floriade. The expo will focus on sustainability and inspiration for customers’ own gardens will blossom thanks to the displays of flowers, plants, vegetables and fruit. 

Departing June 15, prices start at £1,795pp, based on two sharing. 

All guests must be fully vaccinated. 



7. St Petersburg, Russia

Families can kick-start the summer holidays with a dose of history and culture in St Petersburg, before enjoying onboard circus workshops.  

The normally adults-only Ambassador Cruise Lines is offering several multi-generational sailings, including its 14-night Baltic Treasures and St Petersburg itinerary. It includes Cirque at Sea, with a range of performances and circus lessons. 

Families will have two days to marvel at St Petersburg’s sites, including the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum.  

Departing round-trip from London Tilbury on July 23, prices start at £929pp based on four sharing, on Ambience. Calling at Copenhagen; Ronne, Bornholm; St Petersburg; Helsinki; Stockholm; Visby, Gotland; and Skagen. 

All guests must be fully vaccinated. 


Ambience exterior. Image courtesy of Ambassador Cruise Line.

8. The Norwegian Fjords, Norway 

Multi-generational families of all ages can enjoy scenic waterways and stunning landscapes during the Easter holidays on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Classic Norwegian Fjords sailing

They can take family photos with the backdrop of waterfalls in Lysefjord and mountains in Hardangerfjord. Everyone can join a hike from the picturesque village of Eidfjord and admire the beauty of Maurangerfjord. The låmsbana Railway in Flam is popular with all ages and the Nærøyfjord is rumoured to be the inspiration for the snowy scenes in Disney’s Frozen. Bergen and Kirkwall follow. 

Departing April 6 round-trip from Liverpool on Borealis, prices for the eight-night sailing start at £999 per adult and £300 per child, based on four sharing. 

Guests over 18 must be fully vaccinated. 


Scenic view from Flam Railway. Image courtesy of Fred. Olsen.


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