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Set Sail in 2023 on These Epic Family Cruises

Set Sail in 2023 on These Epic Family Cruises

Sail with Mickey to Mexico or sail through the Panama Canal on these cruises that are perfect for families

After several years of setbacks, cruises are making a comeback. A convenient way for families to get together for a vacation, cruises allow multiple generations to relax in one place without always having to do the same activities. Now’s the time to start planning to set sail next year, so here are some 2023 cruises for families that caught our attention.

Royal Caribbean | Wonder of the Seas 7-day Eastern Caribbean

Multiple yellow and pink waterslides and water coming from top on Splashaway Bay, Wonder of the Seas cruise ship
Royal Caribbean

Currently, the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Sea holds over 5,700 passengers. Sailing out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, Wonder of the Seas offers 21 dining venues, an AquaTheater, ice skating shows, a comedy club, and an onboard carousel. It has so much to do it’s impossible to get bored. 

Kids Will Love: All of the water activities on board! From the whirlpool waterslide Supercell to the clear twisting waterslides where you can race another rider and the 40-foot-long surf simulator, it’ll be a chore getting kids out of the water every day.

Parents Will Love: Get some alone time in the indoor-outdoor solarium exclusive for guests 16 and over. With swimming pools and a lounge area that overlooks the front of the ship, it’s the perfect place to relax without the kids. 

Book here: royalcaribbean.com

Princess Cruises | Sky Princess 7-day Western Caribbean with Mexico

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One of the newest ships in the Princess fleet, the Sky Princess heads to the western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Multiple pools, live shows and a sports court are on board to help families relax before hitting ports of call. Also, look for shore excursions and onboard presentations recommended by Discovery Channel and Animal Planet to learn a little more about the ship’s destinations. 

Kids Will Love: There are three separate areas for children ages 3-7, 8-12, and 13-17 with age-appropriate activities, including movie nights, art projects, stargazing, and video game tournaments.

Parents Will Love: Four specialty dining opportunities allow foodies to enjoy unique dining experiences of flavors from around the world. Adults hoping for some alone time can experience the Chef’s Table Lumiere, a multi-course dinner with champagne hosted by the ship’s executive chef. 

Book here: princess.com

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises | HANSEATIC Inspiration 13-day Panama Canal South America 

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A cruise on the Hapag-Lloyd HANSEATIC Inspiration is an alternative for the family that loves to explore and learn while on vacation. Leaving Costa Rica and arriving in Panama, there are port calls in Columbia and Ecuador and a daytime passage through the Panama Canal. With no more than 230 guests per trip, it never feels crowded. Tours on small Zodiac boats allow guests to get up close and personal with nature. Onboard, traditional cruise options such as swimming pools, a spa, and sports club are also available, along with several restaurants and bars. 

Kids Will Love: Inquisitive children will love the Ocean Academy. Offering microscope stations and an interactive media wall, the center has experienced experts to answer questions about the area where the cruise is. 

Parents Will Love: Children under 11 travel for free when staying in the cabin with fully paying adults, while children ages 12 to 15 travel at a discount. Adults can also enjoy a champagne welcome in their cabins.

Book here: hl-cruises.com

 

 

Royal Caribbean | Serenade of the Seas 5-day Canada Cruise

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Royal Caribbean

One of the line’s smaller ships carrying 2,100 passengers, the Serenade of the Seas Canada cruise departs from Boston, Massachusetts, and heads to Canada and Maine at the height of fall foliage. But smaller doesn’t mean less. With lots of glass exteriors, the ship allows for views from many vantage points. A pool with a retractable glass roof enables guests to swim even if the weather isn’t perfect. And onboard activities such as dance lessons, scrapbooking, and outdoor movies keep everyone occupied day or night. 

Kids Will Love: Little sports lovers will enjoy the rock climbing wall, sports court, and miniature golf course available. Not into sports? Head to the arcade to play video and skills games to get bragging rights over the siblings or parents. 

Parents Will Love: Take time to enjoy the ship’s spa. With a Tahitian theme, all traditional treatments are available. Two whirlpools are open 24 hours a day to help unwind after a long excursion. The spa also offers thermal suites and scented steam rooms and saunas.

Book here: royalcaribbean.com

MSC | Divina 6-day Mediterranean

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Sailing out of Portofino and arriving in Rome, this summer cruise gives families a relaxing way to explore Italy along with Marseille, France. Inspired by movie legend Sophia Loren, the Divina greets guests with a two-story Swarovski staircase in the central atrium. Families can enjoy trivia games, dance lessons, and a variety of other family-appropriate challenges. There are also twice daily theater shows at night, along with plenty of evening programming and live bands.

Kids Will Love: Take the Formula One racing simulator for a spin and enjoy a rollercoaster ride in the 4D Cinema. There are also two arcades on board, along with a teen disco.

Parents Will Love: Children under 18 travel free when sharing a room with their parents. There’s also the Hippy Dinners program for children between 3 and 11. Kids eat their meals in the dining room while their parents eat appetizers. When done, staff take the children to the kids’ clubs while the parents enjoy the rest of the meal.

Book here: msccruisesusa.com

Carnival | Mardi Gras 8-day Eastern Caribbean 

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Named after Carnival’s first ship, the Mardi Gras sails out of Port Canaveral, Florida, and has six themed areas for food, drinking, and all-around fun times. The French Quarter area features a restaurant by famed chef Emeril Lagasse while the top deck features a playground for all ages, including the first rollercoaster at sea. Be sure to catch the live version of Family Feud, where guests challenge each other in front of a live studio audience.

Kids Will Love: The WaterWorks section of the ship features three spiral slides, a water dump bucket, racing slides, and other water activities. There’s also a miniature golf course for those feeling a little water-logged. 

Parents Will Love: The different bar areas to relax. Feel like you’re in The Big Easy at The Brass Magnolia bar, which serves traditional New Orleans drinks and features live music. The Patio at Summer Landing is outdoors and has a BBQ theme and a game area, while the Fortune Teller Bar creates drinks as mysterious as its name implies.

Book here: carnival.com

Disney Cruise Line | Disney Wonder 3-day Baja Cruise

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Sailing out of San Diego, California, the Disney Wonder isn’t just for those who love Mickey Mouse. While there are plenty of character interactions on board, there is also a Dixieland restaurant, an onboard spa, and adult-only areas to enjoy. 

Kids Will Love: Teenagers can get away from their families in the Vibe club. Open until 2 a.m., the club lets them enjoy karaoke and dance parties without interruption from little brothers and sisters. No one is left out, though. Those under 3 have their own pool area, and kids ages 3 to 12 can interact with Disney and Marvel characters in the Oceaneer Club.

Parents Will Love: Staterooms from Oceanview and above have split bathrooms with the shower in one area and the toilet and sink in another. Allowing families to get ready for the day without having to wait or be on top of each other.

Book here: disneycruise.disney.go.com

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