Looking to create lasting memories with the whole family? Take the gang on a cruise to the Caribbean, Hawaii or Alaska and soak up the sun in style. From the thrilling onboard kids activities to family-friendly on-land excursions, these cruises have something for everyone in the gang. So get the whole family ready for the vacation of a lifetime that everyone will be talking about for decades to come.
You don't have to look any further to find the best family vacation spot. CocoCay, Royal
Caribbean's private eco-certified island in the Bahamas, offers pristine white-sand beaches and
bright-blue waters, along with plenty of exciting, family-oriented activities. Book an
ocean-view cabana or beach bungalow, so the kids can play on floating beach mats while you
lounge in style. Take the family on a kayaking adventure at the secluded Barefoot Beach, or
explore the abandoned island community of Cistern Cay together on your own personal watercraft.
How about snorkeling between tropical coral reefs teeming with colorful fish? Then pick up some
souvenirs or crafts from the Straw Market.
Perfect Day at CocoCay is a child-friendly destination where you can enjoy various thrilling activities. Kids will absolutely love the Splashaway Bay water park, with its fountains, water cannons and drench buckets. Have a splash in the biggest wave pool in the Caribbean, relax in the beachfront infinity pool and conquer the island's 13 water slides, including the tallest in North America. Next, take the whole family up 450 feet in a hot air balloon to find an unrivaled view of Perfect Day. By now, you and your children have probably worked up an appetite with all the fun activities, so head to Captain Jack's restaurant for some mouthwatering Bahamian food like conch salad, fish stew or baked crab fresh from the sea.
Set sail from Miami and travel to Grand Bahama Island, before reaching CocoCay and beautiful
Nassau. It's no surprise Grand Bahama Island, with its postcard-perfect beaches, is one
most popular sites in the Bahamas and also one of the world's best family vacation spots.
Children will enjoy exploring one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world at Lucayan
National Park or visiting the cascading waterfalls at the Garden of the Groves. And the whole
family will find lifelong keepsakes at Freeport's International Bazaar or Port Lucaya's 80
duty-free shops and specialty boutiques. With its breathtaking views and family-friendly
adventures, Grand Bahama Island is one of the most unforgettable family vacation destinations.
Want to give your kids a glimpse into the ancient past? Explore ancient Mayan ruins and
mysterious jungles in Puerto Costa Maya in Mexico. This
family-friendly destination is packed
with entertainment and history that will leave your whole family in awe. Grab some snorkeling
gear to discover the underwater world of the Great Maya Reef, the world's second largest reef,
located just off the coast. For a more laid-back coastal vacation, head to the relaxing private
beach club and sample some Maya-inspired dishes. Wash it away with the Mexican favorite, agua de
Jamaica, a sweetened hibiscus flower iced tea that everyone in the family will love. Take on
exciting adventures or relax beachside with the family — the choice is yours.
From Puerto Costa Maya, take your family on an excursion to Kohunlich, a large, archaeological
site of the Maya civilization surrounded by a dense subtropical rainforest. Witness the wonders
of ancient structures surrounded by lush, bright green trees, and have your kids walk in the
footsteps of the Maya, who lived here from 200 BC onward. The site is best-known for its
fascinating Templo de los Mascarones (Temple of the Masks), a pyramid-like structure with a
central stairway flanked by huge masks of the sun god. With the whole family in tow, make this
vacation educational and exciting in Kohunlich.
Journey to the Mexican island of Cozumel
for tropical adventures your family won't quickly
forget. Chankanaab National Park is the perfect family-friendly snorkeling location, with
colorful tropical reefs and crystal-clear waters. Make lasting memories with your kids as you
all swim with dolphins in the pristine waters off the coast or explore San Gervasio, the largest
ancient Maya site on Cozumel, which dates back to the third century. For a bit of family
exercise and adventure, visit the towering Mayan ruins of Tulum, where you can walk among
ancient history. Afterwards, relax with a beachside massage at Playa Mia while the kids splash
about. With expeditions and activities for the whole gang, it's no surprise why Cozumel is one
of the world's best family vacation spots.
To show your family all that the Caribbean has to offer, cruise from Orlando to Haiti, Jamaica,
Cozumel and, of course, Mexico's
Peninsula. Let the adventure begin from Yucatan's
laid-back beach town Progreso, which is one of the best places for family vacations due to its
pristine beaches and exciting water activities. Here you'll find the longest pier (4 miles) in
Mexico and a relaxed beach-town vibe that the whole family will enjoy. Unwind on the sandy
Malecon Beach, or go kayaking through fascinating mangrove estuaries near the fishing villages
of Chelem and Chuburna.
When in Progreso, don't miss the opportunity to take a family excursion to the impressive Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site around 100 miles inland. Discover the well-preserved palaces, grand temples and the iconic El Castillo (or the Pyramid of Kukulcan), a massive Maya calendar formed in stone. To give your family an even bigger history lesson, head to nearby Merida, known as "The White City," to witness the majesty of its pearl-white Spanish architecture. In addition to strolling around and admiring the buildings, your family can visit art galleries and the region's best museums — or just enjoy some delicious ice cream.
Take the family on a journey to Oahu, the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, where you'll
find world-class beaches, designer shopping and distinctive cuisine. Hawaii is a family-friendly
destination with plenty of facilities for children, so there's something for everyone on this
paradise island. In Honolulu, Hawaii's capital, head to its popular surf beach, and treat your
family to a traditional Hawaiian meal in the vibrant neighborhood of Waikiki. At Pearl Harbor,
take a boat ride out to the historic ship, and teach the kids about what happened on that
fateful day in 1941. To view the thousands of species of colorful and tropical marine life close
up, join a family-friendly snorkeling tour to explore the coast line. Finish the day with shaved
ice, a cold treat covered in flavored syrups that the kids will soon call their favorite treat.
Set sail from Honolulu to
travel to the
town of Kailua-Kona on Hawaii
Island, where the whole
family can visit the impressive volcano crater of Mount Kilauea.
Kauai is rightly known as the
Garden Island for the lush greenery of gorgeous spots like Wailua
Falls, a beautiful set of waterfalls you can see right from the road. One of the most
awe-inspiring parts of the island of Kauai is the pristine Napali Coast State Wilderness
with its emerald valleys, white-sand beaches, jagged cliffs and sharp mountain spires. Take
family on a hike through the Haʻena to Kalalau Valley, or experience the stunning coastline
kayak, catamaran or raft. Families will also enjoy spending time unwinding on the white
Kauapea Beach, also known as the "secret beach," but kids will especially love snorkeling
the tropical fish and being treated to Hawaiian shave ice topped with coconut cream.
If your family is looking to have fun in the sun, travel to Lahaina, a historic town on the
Island of Maui in Hawaii. Be sure
to check out Kaanapali Beach, where the whole family can swim
in the crystal-clear water, sunbathe on the perfect white sand or snorkel in the shallow waters
of the coast. If you're on a winter family vacation, keep your eyes peeled for breaching
humpback whales off the coast. No matter when you visit Lahaina you definitely don't want to
miss the area's impressive banyan tree, which was imported from India in 1873 and is the size of
a city block. Interesting art exhibits and other events are often held beneath its shady
branches. For youngster-approved adventure, take the kiddos on a horse riding excursion through
the magnificent Haleakala National Park.
Looking for something entirely different for your family? Head to Seattle, Washington, for
cruise to Inside Passage,
Alaska. On this whirlwind northwestern adventure, you set sail to
Juneau, Skagway and Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier in Alaska before reaching Victoria, British
Columbia, and finally Seattle again. Alaska's Inside Passage in southeast Alaska is a coastal
route that spans 500 miles of shoreline, so you're sure to see roaming moose and sunbathing
seals on your family journey. Be sure to keep your eye out for the Alexander Archipelago, a
collection of about 1,100 coastal islands and to teach your kids about nature as you pass rugged
snow-capped mountains, ice-blue glaciers, spruce forests and a few small settlements, where the
Tlingit and Kaigani Haida people live.
On your way to Juneau, your family will admire fjords, glaciers, spruce and cedar trees. You'll
cruise through the Tongass National Park, 16.7 million acres of the world's largest temperate
rainforest and the second biggest national park in the world. The Glacier Bay National Park, an
area covering 3.3 million acres of active glaciers, is another imposing nature area
rugged mountains, a temperate rainforest, wild coastlines and deep-sheltered fjords. On the way,
kids will love watching
whales, sea lions, seals, eagles and puffins as they roam the icy
grounds and air. When passing Admiralty Island, be on the lookout for bears — the island is
called Xootsnoowu, or "Fortress of the Bears" in the local language of the Tlingit, for a
reason. While only 650 people live in this area, an estimated 1,600 brown bears inhabit the
island, the highest density of brown bears in North America — so your kids' keen eyes are sure
to spot some along the way.
You've arrived at Juneau,
Alaska's capital, which is only accessible by sea or air. Take the
family on a stroll around the historic district of this small town, snow-capped by Mount Juneau
and Mount Roberts. Families can get to know more about the indigenous people in the Alaska State
Museum or purchase native art and local crafts from one of the many boutiques in the area. To
see your children's eyes light up, take them on a whale watching tour through Auke Bay Harbor.
Or have them follow in the footsteps of the fortune hunters who came here over a hundred years
ago during the Juneau gold rush by visiting the Last Chance Basin Camp, a former gold mining
camp. History, beauty and adventure — Juneau has it all.
A must-see for families in Juneau, Alaska, is the stunning Mendenhall Glacier about 12 miles
from downtown. The impressive
glacier,, with its various shades of deep blue, is about 13 miles
long and flows from its source, the Juneau Icefield, and ends at Mendenhall Lake. If your family
is full of explorers, head to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, where you can follow one of
several hiking trails. The half-mile Nugget Falls Trail leads to a beautiful waterfall, and in
summer, the 0.3-mile Steep Creek Trail offers the chance to view brown and black bears.
When you reach the end of Lynn Canal, the longest fjord in North America, you'll arrive at Skagway. With its well-preserved buildings and fun activities, this small town is a great family destination that hasn't changed much since the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. A fun activity for children is a ride in the vintage locomotive along the 2,885-foot White Pass and Yukon Route railroad. You'll pass breathtaking scenery and spots with evocative names like Bridal Veil Falls, Dead Horse Gulch and Glacier Gorge. Your kids are sure to love following in the footsteps of the Klondike stampeders at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
A family visit to Endicott Arm and
Dawes Glacier is an exceptional experience you won't forget.
Start your cruise in Seattle, Washington, and sail to Inside Passage, Juneau and Skagway. This
route will take you through Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier before you continue your journey to
Columbia, and back to Seattle again. When sailing through the southern edge of
Fords Terror Wilderness area, your family will be blown away by the various spectacular
landscapes, like drifting icebergs in the deep blue waters, snow-capped granite cliffs and the
huge Dawes Glacier. Children will be excited to watch the harbor seals splashing in the icy
waters, and they may also glimpse some brown bears, moose, bald eagles, wolves, sea ducks and
deer. The whole family will find magic in this breathtaking area of Alaska.
Between tropical adventures and icy expeditions, cruises can offer unforgettable access to all of the world's best family vacation spots. Once your kids have snorkeled with brightly colored fish, soared through massive on-deck waterslides or kayaked among breaching humpback whales, they'll never want to head back home.