Traveler’s Guide to the 5 Best Family Cruises

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Now that lockdowns are lifted and mask mandates are becoming more relaxed, more travelers are starting to get back to what they love- traveling. And what better way to relax than with your family on a cruise ship. Cruise ships are incredibly versatile, with plenty of activities for people of all ages. Family cruises are truly the perfect getaway. But you may be wondering, “with all the cruise ships out there, which are the most family friendly?” We’ve compiled a list of the 5 best family cruises to remove the question and get you on your way to a relaxing family cruise.

Best Family Cruises

Family cruises offer many amenities, such as water attractions, movies, magical dining experiences, and so much more! Many people refer to them as “floating cities” (and for good reason!) Cruise ships are jam-packed with activities for people of all ages. Read on to discover the 5 best family cruises.

Disney Cruise Line

There’s no denying that the fleet of Disney Cruise Ships tops the list of best family cruises. Disney strives to create magical experiences for the whole family. The Disney Cruise Line consists of 5 ships- Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and the newest ship, Disney Wish. From plays, to dining experiences, to the first-ever Disney attraction at sea, these ships offer unforgettable memories for all members of your family. To discover more about the magical differences between ships, visit the Disney Cruise Line Fleet.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

With Royal Caribbean, you’re sure to experience attractions unlike any other cruise ship. Royal Caribbean pushes the envelope with cutting-edge design and first of its kind attractions. The 3 largest and most innovative ships, Harmoney, Allure, and Oasis, have taken home awards every year for their exclusive attractions. By choosing Royal Caribbean, you’ll have 26 ships to choose from (with 2 more arriving soon!) To discover more about the differences between ships, explore the Royal Caribbean Ships page.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival is another well known cruise ship dedicated to creating memories for the whole family. With Carnival, there are 23 ships to choose from (with 2 more opening soon!) Carnival has created spaces for children of all ages. From day camps to teen only clubs, there’s sure to be an activity for everyone. Check out this article from Cruise Critic to discover more on the most kid friendly ships within Carnival.


Celebrity Cruise Line

The Celebrity Cruise Line is known for its luxury and elegance. From a movie night under the stars to Camp at Sea, and even exciting shore excursions, there’s something for the whole family aboard the Celebrity cruise ships. They also provide many accommodations for individuals with autism. The Celebrity cruise ship fleet consists of 16 different ships. To discover more about the individual ships and amenities, visit the Celebrity Cruise site to explore the luxury ships.

Norwegian Cruise Line

You can expect many different family activities on the Norwegian cruise ships. They offer youth programs, family dining and entertainment, and many family accommodations. Teens can take part in exclusive themed parties and gaming. They also have different zones available to kids of all ages. To check out what these ships have to offer, visit the Norwegian cruise ship page.

Family Cruises are the Perfect Getaway

Now that you know the 5 most family friendly ships, it’s time to pick a cruise line with the perfect amenities for you and your family. Take the time to explore different cruise ships and their array of activities before committing. For this step, we highly recommend consulting a travel agent. The expertise and experience that travel agents hold can take your family cruise to the next level. They know the ins and outs of cruise ships, which ones provide the best deals, and which cruise ships are tailored to your family’s needs. If you’re questioning what essentials to bring with you, visit our blog for an ultimate cruise packing list.

Family cruises are truly the perfect home away from home. From water parks to magical themed dining, you’re sure to create unforgettable memories with your family this season.

Pearl Travel: The Planning Experts for Family Cruises

At Pearl Travel, we have a few specialities: cruises, family vacations, and traveling abroad. Because of this, we really know our stuff. We know the best hotels to stay, the safest places to visit, and of course, the best family cruises. Working with a travel agent can help make sure you pick the perfect cruise ship for your family, and it can save you a lot of money and time in the process.

Pearl Travel is pleased to offer unparalleled personal service via our dedicated team of travel advisors! We are able to share an amazing wealth of collective experience and expertise. The use of a personal travel advisor will be sure to enhance your travel experience – we specialize in all forms of travel from all inclusive resorts that are laid out for ease to custom travel that allows for the most unique of adventures. Contact Pearl Travel today or learn more.

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6 Tips on Traveling with Kids on a Plane

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Traveling with kids on a plane can be a stressful experience for the child, the family, and all those around them if you are not prepared enough to make things easier. Carry-on luggage is easy to plan for, pets can be worked around on a plane, but kids usually have an agenda of their own. Make sure you have a plan if you will be flying with children so you can make vacations a pleasant experience for the whole family—one you will want to remember and repeat.

6 Tips for Traveling with Kids on a Plane

These tips will help you make a good experience for yourself, your children, and all the others on the plane to avoid stress, embarrassment, and feeling trapped in a bad situation.

  1. Bring activities.
  2. Pack snacks.
  3. Sit by the bathroom.
  4. Sit by other parents.
  5. Avoid Red-Eye flights at all costs.
  6. Expect the worst (but hope for the best).

Those may seem self-explanatory, but preparing in more detail will help so flying with children is the last thing you’re thinking about when you’re boarding that plane. Traveling brings enough with it to have to remember and consider; don’t let your family be a point of stress.

Bring Activities

Be sure to pack many different activities for your children to do. Coloring books, a portable DVD player or tablet, Nintendo Switch (or DS, Gameboy, etc.) with their favorite games (bring options), an iPod, stuffed animals, cards, etc. Get creative while packing. For example, you can purchase crayon and markers with edges so they won’t roll away. The last thing you want to be doing is chasing crayons down the aisle while your child is throwing a tantrum. Make sure your devices are fully charged—and bring the chargers for the flight back—and get the kids plenty of options because we all know how they may change their mind a few times.

Pack Snacks

Packing snacks is a must when flying with children. It’s unlikely that the airline will have great snacks for your children available. It also helps to pack a bribery treat (queue the gummy bears or other delicious snacks they don’t get all the time) so that you can persuade your child into behaving (if needed, of course). We have even seen parents bring bribery snacks for other passengers to apologize for having their young ones near them on the plane in the first place.

Sit by the Bathroom

There is nothing worse than getting up a million times during a flight for your child to use the restroom when traveling with kids on a plane. Sitting close to the bathroom helps eliminate the disturbance to other passengers and yourself when you don’t have to get your child to focus long enough to walk down an entire aisle multiple times in one plane ride. This is especially true if it is a long flight. It’s also helpful to make sure you and your children have aisle seats so when you do have to get up, even if it’s a short trip to the restroom, you won’t have to climb over your seat neighbors every time you do it.

Sit by Other Parents

While this isn’t always possible if you are picking seats for your flight beforehand, if you wait until you get on the plane and pick your seats then, you will be able to surround yourselves with someone to commiserate with and who will understand. A new friend could also help keep your children occupied for quite some time during the flight.

Avoid Red-Eye Flights at All Costs

Many passengers choose Red-Eye flights to save money and relax. Bringing a crying child into this mix will not end well. You should strive to schedule the flights around your child’s schedule. For example, flying when your child should be napping is not the best idea. Flying in the evening when their behavior is best would give you an advantage. You might think your child will sleep on the plane and make things easier, but the excitement of all of it, the noise, and maybe even the nerves could keep them awake, and you’ll be left with a crabby and sleep-starved little one.

Expect the Worst

Prepare yourself now for the worst case scenario. It’s well-known that children do not like to sit still. Expect that your child will be no different. Other passengers will likely exchange snarky glances or comments about your child misbehaving. Take it with a grain of salt, as the flight will, in fact, eventually end, and realize that many of these people have had small children at one point. Any scenario that exceeds this expectation is gravy.

Pearl Travel Can Help You Find the Best Ways to Travel with Kids on a Plane

When you decide you are ready to give traveling with your children a shot, Pearl Travel can help. We specialize in family vacations, so flying with children is nothing new for us, and we can give you a whole new list of tips and tricks to help make the experience better for everyone involved.

Pearl Travel is pleased to offer unparalleled personal service via our dedicated team of travel advisors! We are able to share an amazing wealth of collective experience and expertise. The use of a personal travel advisor will be sure to enhance your travel experience – we specialize in all forms of travel from all inclusive resorts that are laid out for ease to custom travel that allows for the most unique of adventures. Contact Pearl Travel today or learn more.

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