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Cruise lines

The choice of cruise lines is almost as vast as the choice of cruise destinations!

The following is a list, in alphabetical order, of some of the cruise lines available. Cruise line descriptions include a star rating, features, number of ships in the line, and the destinations they cruise.

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Azamara Cruises

5 star rating

Ships: 2 at present (American)

Cruising areas: Asia, Caribbean, South America & Antarctica, Panama Canal, Europe, Bermuda.

Features: Deluxe cruise experience for discerning travellers reach out-of-the-ordinary destinations amenities and service unparalleled on the high seas.

Cruising with kids: Azamara Cruises do not offer any formal children's programme.

Carnival Cruise Line

4.5 star rating
Carnival Cruise Line

Ships: 23 at present (American).

Cruising areas: South America, Alaska, Bahamas, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal, Bermuda, Transatlantic.

Features: Las Vegas style review shows nightly, large cabins, minimum three pools on each ship (some with waterslide), 24 hour complimentary room service.

Cruising with kids: Camp Carnival is a year-round, fleet wide program that provides daily fun-filled and age appropriate activities for children and teenagers between the ages of 2 and 14 years old. In addition, there is supervised "free play" and babysitting service. Scheduled activities are planned for the following age groups: Toddlers 2 - 5 years old; Juniors 6 - 8 years old; Intermediates 9 - 11 years old; Teens 12 - 14 years old.

Celebrity Cruises

5 star rating
Celebrity Cruises

Ships: 11 at present including a 5 star expedition ship (American).

Cruising areas: Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Galapagos, Hawaii, Pacific Northwest, Panama Canal, South America, Transatlantic.

Features: Aqua spa (some have entire deck dedicated to health/fitness) Poolside massages, champagne and Martini Bars and Dine in Wine Cellars on select Ships, concierge class cabins "Executive/Club type benefits", 24 hour complimentary room service.

Cruising with kids: Celebrity X-Club is designed to make sure your children enjoy their Celebrity experience as much as you do. Programs are available year round from 9 a.m. each morning, or half an hour before arriving in each port. The five-tiered program includes: Toddler Time (under 3 years old); Ship Mates (ages 3-6); Celebrity Cadets (ages 7-9); Ensigns (ages 10-12); Admiral Ts (ages 13-17).

Costa Cruises

4 star rating
Costa Cruises

Ships: 12 at present (Italian).

Cruising areas: Norwegian Fjords, Northern Capitals, Mediterranean, Caribbean, South America, Indian Ocean/Mauritius, Far East, Middle East, Atlantic Ocean/Canary Islands.

Features: Restaurants specialising in authentic Italian cuisine, traditional European style cruising.

Cruising with kids: For all children between the ages of 3 to 17, Costa Cruises entertainment staff are available every day from 9.00 pm to midday, from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and from 9.00 pm to 11.30 pm. This is a free group service. There are four Clubs: 2 for children: Mini from 3 to 6 years, Maxi from 7 to 11, 2 for teenagers: Teen Junior from 12 to 14, Teen from 15 to 17. Teen Junior is only active during certain periods. Children under the age of 3 are allowed to enter and stay in the room only during certain times (not during busy times in high season) and must be accompanied by an adult.

Cruise West

5 star rating
Cruise West

Ships: 10 at present (American).

Cruising areas: Alaska, Japan, California Wine Country, South Pacific, Mexico, Southeast, Costa Rica, Northeast, British Columbia, Grand Asia, Columbia River.

Features: Small ship cruising, up close, casual and personal, easy access to remote waterways.

Cruising with kids: Families are more than welcome, and you may encounter grandparents traveling with their grandkids, and other multi-generational gatherings. While there is no formal kids' program, the crew will improvise the showing of a kids' movie and a burger night in the lounge on an ad hoc basis.

Crystal Cruises

5 star rating
Crystal Cruises

Ships: 2 at present (American).

Cruising areas: Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Caribbean, Grand Americas, Mediterranean, Mexican Riviera, New England/Canada, Northern Europe, Panama Canal, South America, South Pacific, Trans Ocean Crossings, World Cruise.

Features: "Caesars Palace at sea" casino, computer university@sea, onboard gentlemen hosts, restaurants featuring cuisine from Matsuhisa Nobu, Wolfgang Puck and Piero Selvaggio, 98% outside cabins, ratio of 1 staff member to every 2 pax.

Cruising with kids: During holiday cruises and most summer sailings, junior activities feature games, arts and crafts, and other programs under the supervision of experienced Junior Activities Directors. Plus, they offer a children's playroom and babysitting services on all cruises.

Cunard

4.5 star rating
Cunard

Ships: 3 at present (British).

Cruising areas: Trans Atlantic, The Americas & Caribbean, Northern Europe, UK & Scandinavia, Mediterranean & North Africa, World Cruise.

Features: QM2 - second largest ship in the world at 150,000 tonnes, Harrods store in the Royal Promenade of QE2, one staff member per couple, gentlemen hosts onboard.

Cruising with kids: Queen Mary 2 employs nine nannies and there's a dedicated children and teens' area on Deck 6, including an outdoor pool area. A children's supper is served nightly in the Chef's Galley from 5 until 6 p.m. Group babysitting is available until midnight. Queen Victoria has dedicated children's areas with nannies and babysitting services available. Chances are this ship will not appeal much to families traveling with children, as the voyages tend to be 12 days or longer and there is not much in the way of pool or sports activities.

Holland America

4 star rating
Holland America

Ships: 14 at present (Dutch/American).

Cruising areas: Alaska, Africa, Asia/Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America, World Cruise.

Features: QM2 - second largest ship in the world at 150,000 tonnes, Harrods store in the Royal Promenade of QE2, one staff member per couple, gentlemen hosts onboard.

Cruising with kids: Traditional style cruising / 24 hour room service Cruising with kids Holland America Ships provide a wide variety of exciting youth- and teen- friendly activities and facilities for guests ages 3 to 17. Programs Available - Club HAL Kids ages 3-7; Club HAL Tweens ages 8-12; The Loft and The Oasis: ages 13-17.

MSC Cruises

4 star rating
MSC Cruises

Ships: 8 at present (Italian).

Cruising areas: Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Caribbean, South America, Ocean Voyages.

Features: Family owned and operated, children up to 18 yrs travel free in parents cabin on most sailings, traditional family recipes included in extensive menu.

Cruising with kids: On MSC under 18s cruise for free, paying only port charges, when sharing a cabin with two adults. Children of all ages are catered for with the Mini Club for those aged 3 to 9, Junior Club for 9 to 13 year olds and the Teenagers Club for those over 13. Admission is free. Furthermore, MSC Cruises' have dedicated children's menus and children's only swimming pools on selected Ships to ensure their youngest guests are well taken care of.

Norwegian Cruise Line

3.5 star rating
Norwegian Cruise Line

Ships: 14 at present.

Cruising areas: Alaska, Bahamas & Florida, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coastal, Panama Canal, South America.

Features: Resort style modern cruising, freestyle cruising concept... dining/attire etc, multitude of restaurants on each ship offering varied menus.

Cruising with kids: NCL have designed kid-friendly amenities into all of their Ships. Besides complimentary Kid's Crew and Teen's Crew programmes, they feature video arcades, movie theatres, a kids-only pool, kid-size buffets, PlayStation® games, Nintendo Wii and a lot more. The kids will be taken care of by trained counsellors from 9am to 12pm, from 2pm to 5pm, as well as from 7pm to 10pm - that's fun for parents and children. So where do your kids belong - Junior Sailors (2-5 years); First Mates (6-9 years); Navigators (10-12 years); Teen's Crew (13-17 years).

Oceania Cruises

5 star rating
Oceania Cruises

Ships: 3 at present (American).

Cruising areas: Europe, Asia, Caribbean, North & Central America, South America.

Features: For traditional premium and luxury category cruisers, more than one staff member for each stateroom, intimate and luxurious 684 passenger Ships.

Cruising with kids: There are no dedicated kids facilities or program onboard.

Orion Expeditions

5 star rating
Orion Expeditions

Ships: 1 at present.

Cruising areas: Kimberley, Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Tasmania, Antarctica, New Zealand.

Features: Orion is a purpose built vessel designed to access the inaccessible, all in 5-star luxury.

Cruising with kids: Orion do not offer any formal children's programme.

Princess Cruises

4.5 star rating
Princess Cruises

Ships: 18 at present (American).

Cruising areas: Alaska, Asia, Australia, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii & Tahiti, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal, South America.

Features: Sabatini's - Princess Cruises' signature Italian restaurant and Sterling Steakhouse, 24 hour complimentary room service, personal Choice dining options on the newer/larger vessels, resort style cruising.

Cruising with kids: Children are welcome on all Princess Ships, but facilities vary. Princess Kids program caters for children as follows - Princess Pelicans (ages 3 to 7), Princess Pirateers (ages 8 to 12), Off Limits (ages 13 to 17) offering a wide range of activities.

Regent Seven Seas

5 star rating
Regent Seven Seas

Ships: 5 at present (American).

Cruising areas: Alaska, Asia Pacific & Australia, Scandinavia & Russia, Bermuda, Caribbean & Mexico, Europe & Mediterranean, Africa & India, Tahiti & South Pacific, World, Antarctica, South America, Panama Canal.

Features: All Ships have outside cabins only, yoyager/Mariner are all suite/all balcony ships, complimentary wine with dinner, complimentary soft drinks and juice, in suite bar set up upon embarkation, maximum of 700 guests.

Cruising with kids: The Club Mariner program is designed for different age groups from toddlers to teens, and is supervised by specially trained counsellors. Club Mariner is available on select sailings only. Please ask your travel professional for details.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

5 star rating
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Ships: 22 at present (American).

Cruising areas: Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal, Repositioning, South America, Transatlantic.

Features: Freedom of the Seas - largest cruise ship in the world, rock climbing walls, larger ships feature ice skating and roller blading facilities, full size basketball court and a promenade with shops, bars and cafes, well equipped for catering for families of all ages.

Cruising with kids: With some of the most innovative ships at sea, Royal Caribbean offers plenty of ways to keep kids entertained. Program includes Aqua Babies (ages 6-18 months); Aqua Tots (ages 18-36 months); Aquanauts (ages 3-5 years); Explorers (ages 6-8 years) ; Voyagers (ages 9-11 years); Young Teens (ages 12-14 years); Teens (ages 15-17 years).

Star Cruises

4.5 star rating
Star Cruises

Ships: 4 at present (Asian).

Cruising areas: Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea.

Features: Accommodating individual lifestyles and budgets, each ship has own distinct unique quality, non-stop array of activities for you.

Cruising with kids: The supervised child care centre is complete with a nursery, sleep and rest area, computer world and play area. A baby-sitting service is also available at a nominal charge. If your kids are old enough to look after themselves, there are plenty of facilities and activities to keep them occupied and entertained.

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