10 family cruises that actually feel like a vacation, even with the kids

If you haven’t climbed aboard yet, you might have just stumbled upon one of vacationers’ best kept secrets. Not only is family cruising more economical than a big resort getaway in many cases, but most family cruises are packed full of fun activities on a cool ship designed to keep your kids contained.

It’s brilliant, when you think of it that way. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget about the fact that food is included in all of these family-friendly cruises, and most cruises are known for their epic buffets. This means that, whether you have a picky toddler or a vegetarian teen in your family, there’s going to be something for everyone.

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For experienced cruisers and rookies alike, these are the best family-friendly ships to set sail on this summer:

1. Disney Dream

Disney dream
Image: Disney Cruises

Coming right off the 2015 cruising season, the Disney Dream was ranked as number one Cruisers’ Choice 2016 by Cruise Critic. The magical and highly entertaining cruise runs from Orlando to the Bahamas and comes highly recommended for families with young kids. (Probably because of the onboard Disney musicals, 3-D Disney movie screenings, Mickey and Donald pools, age-specific youth clubs and more.)

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2. Carnival Breeze

Carnival breeze
Image: Carnival Cruises

This budget boat that departs from Galveston and Miami may be the best place to start if you’ve never cruised before and are skeptical about blowing your entire family vacation fund on one trip. In translation, compared to other family cruises, this one’s fairly cheap. The ship also has plenty of family-friendly activities, including Hasbro: The Game Show and the Punchliner Comedy Club Presented by George Lopez.


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