Cruiseabout: Our favourite cruise activities for kids

It’s no secret that cruising is a great escape for busy parents. Your kids love the break as much as you do – they stay entertained with all of the cool activities on offer on the ship, and you get to relax with a glass of wine or cocktail in hand without worrying about finding enough stuff to keep them busy, where they’ve run off to, or whether they’re safe. There are some amazing things for the little ones to do while on board, but these are some of our absolute favourites..and theirs too!


Water parks and swimming pools

Loads of cruise ships offer water activities from kids, from simple swimming and splash pools to full-blown water parks. MSC Cruises have their famous aqua park aboard some ships and depending on the cruise you’re on, your kids can be entertained with water slides, games, tubes, flumes, sprayers, water pistols and swimming pools for kids of all ages. Norwegian also offers water slides, ‘drencher’ buckets, racing slides, freefall water slides and swimming pools which will provide hours of fun for the young (and young at heart) members of the family.




Ice Skating

We’re not sure how it’s even physically possible, but Royal Caribbean’s voyager class ships feature onboard ice-skating rinks on board, for free! Kids can escape the heat for a few hours on this ice rink in the sea. Encourage them to join in one of the ice-skating sessions which are tailored to age and experience, or they can watch ice-skating pros put on a dazzling display of jumps, lifts and moves that will have them dreaming of being the next Ice Princess. Or Ice Prince, for that matter!


Ice skating:



Let your kids channel their inner Gordon Ramsay with cooking classes. They can hone their skills while you revel in some adults-only time at the bar and the best part is that when you get back home, they’ll be able to fix up lunch or dinner from time to time! Princess Cruises offer kids’ cooking workshops with onboard chefs where the budding Masterchefs can learn to cook pasta and pizza, decorate cakes or whip up a sushi platter. MSC cruises have also expanded their offering to include kids’ cooking classes so if you have a child who’s always trying to ‘help’ you in the kitchen, here’s your chance to get them some training!



What kid doesn’t like a good movie marathon? Princess Cruises and Seabourn both offer awesome ‘movie under the stars’ nights which kids love (and which you can join them for, if you’re not ‘too old and boring’ for the kids), but most cruise ships have a movie theatre of some type. Royal Caribbean, MSC, G Adventures – you’re certainly not going to be running out of viewing material while you’re on board.




Performing Arts

Cruise ships are well known for their on-board theatre shows, karaoke, dances and other performing arts so it seems only natural that these exact activities would be available to kids on loads of your favourite cruise liners. After watching the pros strut their stuff you can almost guarantee that your little ones will become budding Oscar winners and music stars, so take advantage of the dance, drama and music workshops and classes that are available to kids of all ages. Royal Caribbean has plenty of dance classes on offer (including a parent and child version!) and Holland America’s Club HAL offers karaoke nights. Norwegian Cruises even has a course which teaches kids circus tricks!


Performing arts:


Is the thought of having all of these activities on their doorstep getting your kids excited at the idea of a cruise? Take a look at Cruiseabout’s holiday options and enquire about your favourite one…or two..or three by clicking here or calling 0877 40 50 55.


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