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The Best Cruise Ships for Families

What are the best cruise ships for families? These are the ships that go that extra mile to make sure that all family members, young and old, feel welcomed and entertained. Traveling with kids (particularly youngsters) can be challenging, but if you pick the right ship, it can be a delight. This list includes some of the greatest cruise ships for families, so be sure to vote for your favorites and, if you're a "cruiser," please add any excellent family cruise ships that might be missing.

Many of the larger cruise lines have several great ships that are geared to give families the best vacations possible. The best cruise lines for kids, which include (not surprisingly) Disney Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines, offer a variety of different programs designed for kids of all ages. From zip lines to junior ranger programs, these cruise lines are specifically tailored for families.

One thing to consider when choosing the best cruise lines for families: child care. Mom and dad might be thrilled to have the children along on their big vacation, but that doesn't mean they don't want a little alone time. That's where the best family cruises shine. Many offer free child care for several hours during the day, along with specific, supervised activities for kids of all ages. Cunard's 'Queen Mary 2' actually offers real British nannies for the youngsters, and several cruise ships also have special areas set aside just for teens.

Great cruise ships for the whole family also offer activities that everyone can participate in. From cooking classes to water parks (some of the water slides on the larger cruise ships are ridiculously awesome), activities are geared towards getting everyone in the family, young and old, involved and engaged.

Time to vote, and Bon voyage!
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    Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas

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    Disney Wonder

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    Carnival Breeze

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    Princess Cruises Ruby Princess

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    Disney Dream

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    Carnival Magic

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    Disney Fantasy

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    Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas

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    Princess Cruises Crown Princess

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    Crystal Serenity

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    Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

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    Disney Magic

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    Norwegian Breakaway

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    Princess Cruises Star Princess

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    Crystal Symphony

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    Carnival Dream

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    Celebrity Summit

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    Princess Cruises Caribbean Princess

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    Norwegian Epic

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    Princess Cruises Emerald Princess

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    Cunard Queen Mary 2

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    Msc Magnifica

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    Windstar Cruises Wind Surf

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    P&O Cruises Ventura

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    MSC Cruises’ MSC Fantasia

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