Our Favorite Family-Friendly Cruises to the Caribbean


The tropical islands of the Caribbean are one of the most popular cruise destinations for family vacations. Experience all the Caribbean has to offer onboard one these three family-friendly cruises.

Royal Caribbean – Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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The Allure Of The Seas explores St Maarten, San Juan-Puerto Rico, and Labadee-Haiti. Onboard the Allure the whole family can enjoy activities such as the FlowRider surf simulator, zip lining, rock climbing, H2O Zone waterpark, mini golf, and ice skating. The ship features daily aerial acrobatic shows, parades, underwater stunt shows, ice games, dance classes, and a talent competition. Kids can be entertained at the Teen Disco and Kids Clubs by participating in games, competitions, and educational activities. The ship offers thirteen bars and lounges for adults including the solarium which features whirlpools and a sundeck. There is a full-service spa and fitness center on board as well. Off-ship, passengers can snorkel and swim with the dolphins in St Maarten, San Juan offers jungle hikes and monstrous waterfalls, and Labadee has the worlds longest zip line over water.

Norwegian – Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans

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The Norwegian Breakaway features Broadway shows and musicals, an aquapark, and a sports complex. Passengers can slide down five multistory waterslides, climb the rock wall, tackle the largest ropes course at sea, play nine holes of minigolf, and walk the eight-foot plank over the side of the ship. The Breakaways’ kid’s clubs offer arts, crafts, treasure hunts, theme nights, and circus skills lessons. Onboard the adults can relax and enjoy a drink at the piano bar, wine bar, coffee, bar or one of several cocktail bars. There are casual and fine dining options onboard featuring steak, seafood, French cuisine, Italian foods, and sushi among others. Off-ship passengers can interact with monkeys and macaws in Honduras at Tabyana Beach, zip line or snorkel at 7-Acre Beach in southern Belize, and enjoy visits to Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico.

Carnival – Grand Cayman Cruise

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The Carnival Magic features the Waterworks waterpark, a Build-A-Bear Workshop, Candy store, and arts and crafts classes. Passengers compete in Lip-Sync battles and game shows as well as Dr. Suess parades and skits. The ship has onboard basketball courts, volleyball courts, ping-pong, pool, and foosball tables along with three age-specific kid’s clubs. The pool deck features a giant movie screen and offers nightly dive-in movies. Adults can relax at the ten themed bars, a full onboard casino, or enjoy treatments at the day spa. Onshore Grand Cayman features a seven-mile beach, shops, cafe’s, and museums for all ages. In Stingray City cruise-goers can swim with the dolphins and turtles as well as pet the stingrays.

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