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

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

When all things are considered, it is strange that more families don’t think about a cruise. The holidays – which can be a difficult time for restless children and tired parents – could be made a whole lot easier if people elected to take their holidays on the water. With more entertainment options than a family could possible know what to do with, as well as restaurants for even the fussiest of eaters, the three voyages we’ve picked below are perfect for families with children aged six to nine. They’re short haul, so get to the sun that little bit quicker!

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 short haul cruises for families with kids aged six to nine years.

To request a copy of Cruise Adviser’s Family guide email: or read it online now.

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


Cruise line: Carnival
Destination: Mediterranean
Date: July 19, 2016
Duration: 10 days
Departure port: Athens, Greece
Price: £3,730

Both parents and children are guaranteed a good time on board Carnival Vista in 2016, when the company makes its triumphant return back to Europe. From Dr Seuss children’s areas to SkyRide – a bike that travels high above the deck. The ship will also come with an imax cinema, waterpark and Camp Ocean – a place for the smallest cruisers in the pond. All while sailing around the beautiful Mediterranean.

Greece and Turkey 

Cruise line: Royal Caribbean
Destination: Greece and Turkey
Date: August 23, 2015
Duration: Seven days
Departure port: Civitavecchia (Rome)
Price: £1,484

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This great deal with Royal Caribbean is perfect for families that need to get away during the summer holidays. This cruise, on board Rhapsody of the Seas, features the line’s renowned Adventure Ocean club, which, for six to nine-year-olds means either the Explorers (six to eight years) or Voyagers (nine to 11 years). Both clubs offer activities such as science experiments, sports and dancing.


Cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line
Destination: Baltic
Date: August 28, 2015
Duration: Nine nights
Departure port: Copenhagen
Price: £2,896

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Norwegian Star boasts basketball courts, golf driving nets and casino.For young children, there is Planet Kids as well as a dedicated kids’ pool. The company’s fleet-wide Splash Academy breaks kids under 13 into four groups: Guppies (six months to two years), Turtles (three to five years), Seals (six to nine years) and Dolphins (10 to 12 years). Children can learn to juggle play on the Nintendo Wii or work on their art and crafts.


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