Family Holidays which don’t Require Flying

If you’re looking for an amazing family holiday which doesn’t involve lugging suitcases around an airport, why not consider a family cruise?

There are plenty of options when it comes to cruising with your nearest and dearest, from nearby getaways to something exotic further afield – plus when it comes to keeping the kids entertained, cruise ships are a hive of activity!

We’ve put together a list of the best cruise lines for families to help inspire your next holiday with the kids!


Royal Caribbean

Not only does Royal Caribbean boast all the usual facilities you’d expect to find onboard a cruise ship, such as swimming pools galore and evening entertainment, but there are also some welcome surprises too.

How does a surfing simulator sound for starters? Royal Caribbean’s FlowRider pumps 60,000 gallons of water out every minute, allowing you to practice and hone your surfing skills. Don’t worry if you wipe out though, as the adjacent Wipe Out! Bar is the perfect place to recover.

If that’s not your thing, or you fancy being even more of a daredevil, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum and Anthem of the Seas cruise liners boast their own flight simulators! Experience what it’s like in free-fall without having to actually jump out of the plane, all whilst enjoying the ocean views.

Royal Caribbean



P&O has been a popular choice with families for years, thanks to its family friendly cabins and schedule of activities perfect for kids and grown-ups alike.

From live music to hilarious comedy shows, P&O never fails to keep its cruisers entertained. Each of its ships boasts unique activities, whether that’s having a flutter in the casino, enjoying a cabaret show or experiencing a little movie magic in the onboard cinema. However, if you fancy a quiet night in with the family then why not nestle down in your cabin and order in room service?

Plus with supervised discos, kids karaoke and movie nights on offer, your little ones will never suffer a dull moment, allowing you some well-earned rest and relaxation!


Norwegian Cruise Line

Whether your idea of the perfect family holiday involves relaxing by the pool while your kids whizz down towering water slides or enjoying family activities together, including speciality dining in one of Norwegian Cruise’s restaurants, you’ll find it all here.

In the evenings, families will be able to take part in a wonderful variety of activities, including seeing a show at the Illusionarium, which features world-class magicians and illusionists, or taking part in the Cirque Dreams & Dinner Jungle Fantasy – perfect if your kids love the circus!

Norwegian Cruises