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Cruise ships are an ideal setting for a family vacation. Large ships are designed with kids-only facilities, counselors, planned activities and babysitting. Most cruise lines welcome children to travel on their ships, though infants and pregnant women are subject to some restrictions (click here to read more).

On cruise lines with full youth programs, parents can plan their vacation knowing they will be able to relax and enjoy themselves while their children are being well taken care of, making new friends, and having fun. On cruise lines with no youth programs or dedicated youth facilities, kids should not expect to find playmates onboard and parents should plan to entertain their kids for the duration of the cruise.

For more tips about cruising with kids, read any of our archived newsletters below:

Below are all cruise lines that offer extensive kids programs, click any line for more information:

Holland America
Royal Caribbean

The table below summarizes at a glance the services and amenities offered by each of these lines.

Cruise Line Baby
Youth Center
or Playroom
Youth Staff

Carnival Yes Most Ships Yes Yes
Celebrity Suite Guests Only Most Ships Yes Yes
Costa Yes Some Ships Yes Yes
Cunard Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disney Yes Yes Yes Yes
Holland America Yes Most Ships Most Ships Yes
MSC Yes Some Ships Yes Yes
Norwegian Yes Yes Yes Yes
P&O Some Ships Some Ships Some Ships Some Ships
Princess Yes Most Ships Most Ships Most Ships
Royal Caribbean Yes Yes Yes Yes