A European cruise is an adventure for families who want to experience a different part of the world, explore centuries worth of art and architecture, and check out the latest trends in European cuisine and fashion. Family-friendly options for European cruises have increased in recent years, with popular cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line positioning more ships there, especially in summer. The family-oriented Disney Cruise Line sails Europe, too.
A wonderful thing about cruising Europe with the kids is that both ship and shore hold so much interest. At every stop, there are wonderful things to see: Gothic castles, medieval city walls, museums and galleries, street markets, and so much more. If the kids get tired of sightseeing, you can go back to the ship, get a bite to eat, and let the kids play. On a European cruise you’re likely to meet families from around the world, giving your kids a new, international set of friends.
Some cruise lines run their kids’ programs all day even while the ship is in port, meaning that you can tour or shop to your heart’s content while the kids are safe, entertained and happy on board. Don’t worry that they’ll miss too much on shore; you’re still planting a seed of interest in exploring the world.
On top of all that, you’ll move from one port to another with no effort at all. Seeing Europe with the family could mean complex arrangements for travel by train, bus or car; hotel reservations in different countries with different currencies; and daily foraging for food that everyone will agree to eat. When you cruise, you can get on board, unpack and request room service 24 hours a day.
As you plan, involve your kids in picking a cruise line, ship and itinerary. But, be aware that three of Europe’s most spectacular cities – London, Paris and Rome – all lie a bit inland, an hour or two away from the port. The scenery and companionship can make these drives a lot of fun, but let the kids know they won’t be able to step off the ship right into the Tower of London, the Louvre or the Coliseum.
To reserve your family’s European cruise, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.