Cruise Adviser

The Big Three: Short-haul cruises for families with teenagers

Have customers travelling with treacherous teens? Not a problem. One of the best things about a cruise is the flexibility, and independence, it offers those travelling on board. All within a safe, and non-constricting environment. There are plenty of teen clubs on board once a child reaches 13 years of age.

These will often include the latest games consoles, pool tables, Jacuzzis, teen nightclubs – pretty much everything they could hope for. And, because they’re a little bit older, they can often come and go as they please. Letting them keep their cool, while you know they’re going to be safe.

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 teenagers.

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

Northern Europe 

Cruise line: Princess
Destination: Northern Europe
Date: July 2, 2016
Duration: Seven days
Departure port: Southampton
Price: £3,440

The great thing about children getting older is that you know they will start appreciating destinations more. Northern Europe is a prime example. In July, the weather will be beautiful and destinations such as Copenhagen and Oslo will certainly keep the attention of teenagers. Princess Cruises’ teen lounges include formal dinners, teen makeovers, hip-hop dance classes, sport tournaments and DJ workshops.


Cruise line: Holland America
Destination: Mediterranean
Date: July 5, 2016
Duration: 12 nights
Departure port: Barcelona
Price: £1,548 per person


Another good thing about children getting older? Your clients can start going on holiday where they want to again. A cruise is the perfect option for these customers. This cruise, which starts in Barcelona, sails right around the coast of Italy, calling at numerous stops along the beautiful country before finishing up in Venice. On board there is late-night sport, guys Vs girls scavenger hunts and teen-only nightclub evenings.


Cruise line: SeaDream
Destination: Mediterranean
Date: July 2, 2016
Duration: Seven days
Departure port: Istanbul
Price: Price upon application


Not an obvious choice for a family holiday, but for older, more responsible children it is one to consider. SeaDream says the cruise may not be suitable for children under 13; however, more active teenagers can take advantage of the yacht’s watersports marina. The ship has glass bottom kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, water skis and banana boats to enjoy. Be warned: there is no youth programme on board at all.

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