The Big Three: Long haul cruises for families with kids aged 6-9

The Big Three: Long haul cruises for families with kids aged 6-9

As more families take to the seas, the better the options are for those wanting to take a break. Travel agents can make some very happy customers when they put together a package to destinations such as Alaska, the Caribbean or Australia. For those with children between six and nine years old there is a world of options available. Our three cruises below highlight just some of what’s out there for families who want to see something a little further afield. 

Following on from the publication of Cruise Adviser’s Family 2015-16 guide, each week we will be running our Big Three feature, which gives you a trio of cruise options to choose from. This week it’s long haul cruises for families with kids aged six to nine years.

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All prices based on a family of four sharing an inside cabin, unless otherwise stated


Cruise line: Holland America
Destination: Alaska
Date: September 6, 2015
Duration: Seven days 
Departure port: Seattle, US
Price: £2,656

Holland America Line offers its Club HAL youth facility for children aged three to seven, tweens aged eight to 12 and teens aged 13 to 17, so there is something for pretty much everyone. Younger guests can take part in activities such as pirate treasure hunts, storytelling and ice cream sundae parties. Tweens have Xbox tournaments, scavenger hunts and the National Park Service Jr Ranger Alaska Programme for cruises to the region.


Cruise line: Pullmantur
Destination: Caribbean
Date: August 1, 2015
Duration: Seven nights 
Departure port: Cozumel, Mexico
Price: £1,199


Spanish line Pullmantur is starting to eye up the British market in a big way, with Fred Olsen Travel now heading up its UK operation. The company has an emphasis on its family-friendly credentials, with kids’ clubs running all day. Its youth programme covers three to six (The Mini Guppy Club), seven to 11 (The Guppis) and 12 to 17-year-olds in the teen club. Each group will have its own programme of activities.


Cruise line: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Destination: Australia
Date: December 18, 2016
Duration: 19 days
Departure port: Singapore
Price: £14,250


Germany luxury cruise line Hapag-Lloyd lets children sail for free when parents book into suite level accommodation. This cruise, which fits snugly into the Christmas holidays, is perfect for those with deep pockets who want to get a bit of winter sun. Hapag-Lloyd splits its kids clubs into the Knopf Club (two–three years old), the Kids Club (four to 10 years old)
and the Teens Club (11 to 15 years old).

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