Not long ago finding a cruise that was family friendly wasn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. You can’t really blame cruise lines for offering kid-free trips, after all, every parent needs a break from the responsibility of raising children once in a while. But even though getting a break from the kids is nice, it isn’t often feasible to take off to sea for a few days without worrying about your kids. That’s why there are more family-friendly cruises than ever before. But just because a cruise line is family friendly doesn’t mean that it’s automatically a good fit. There are a lot of things you should be looking at when choosing a cruise to take the kids on. By learning about the best cruises for kids you can make sure that you book a trip that you and the entire family will enjoy.

1. Disney Cruise Line

When you are looking for anything that is kid friendly, Disney should definitely be on the top of your list. While Disney Cruise Lines offer some great amenities that adults will enjoy, they also have a ton of fun activities for kids. This is important because when your kids are entertained it leaves you free to enjoy yourself as well.

Showing how dedicated they are to providing the best experience possible for kids of all ages, Disney has a kid’s club that is designed to interest and entertain kids of all ages. They have activities for younger children, an area for tweens, and also an area for teens. Each different area is designed to accommodate a specific age group. So, smaller children won’t be intimidated by teens trying to run everything, and teens won’t be bored and feel like they are being treated like a baby.

2. Royal Caribbean International

While Royal Caribbean International is well known for its luxurious cruise ships, they should be just as well known for catering to kids as well. What is really appealing about Royal Caribbean International are their large ships that are perfect for multi-generational families. Imagine being able to go on a cruise with your kids, parents, or grandkids and know that everyone is going to have a great time.

Royal Caribbean International is known for their large suites, and they even have rooms capable of comfortably housing up to 8 people. That means you can bring the whole family without feeling like you are all on top of each other. They also feature a kid’s club with activities for young kids, tweens, and teens, that will keep your kids occupied so that you can relax yourself.

3. Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is well known for its casual, less formal atmosphere, which makes it a great choice for kids. You don’t have to worry about people complaining about your kids because passengers expect a fun, festive, and sometimes chaotic scene. Now, that’s not to say that you won’t have a great time and be able to relax.  While Norwegian Cruise Line has a fun and casual atmosphere, their ships also have plenty of great amenities that you are sure to enjoy.

If you want to keep kids happy for days then a surefire way to do it is to offer them a lot of fun things that they can do in the water. The kid’s club at Norwegian Cruise Line has a Splash Academy the caters to kids aged 3 to 5, 6 to 9, and 10 to 12. Perhaps the greatest feature that Norwegian Cruise Line offers is their childcare option. For an extra fee, you can drop off your kids where they will be supervised while you and the other adults in the group get the opportunity to relax and have a good time on your own.

4. Carnival Cruise Line

The name Carnival Cruise Line is one that you should get to know if you are looking for a kid-friendly cruise line that you will enjoy as well. The biggest draw on Carnival Cruise ships is their Waterworks activity areas. Everyone knows that kids love the water, and Carnival takes their aquatic experience to the next level. Featuring sprayers, splashers, soakers, and of course, pools, the Waterworks area on Carnival ships is among the most popular attractions for kids on any of the major cruise lines.

On top of water activities, several Carnival ships have IMAX theaters, but as fun, as these theaters are, they can’t compare to the amazing Seaside theater. Imagine watching a fun film with the wind blowing and water splashing, if that won’t keep your kids happy, then there’s probably nothing that will.