Fill up those long summer hours when your kids are out of school with an epic family summer cruise. Here are some of the top summer cruise destinations that have something for every age of traveler, ensuring fun for your family and helping to eliminate that dreaded “I’m bored” phrase this summer.
Family Summer Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean
Kids love cruise ships due to the number of activities to do while on board. They can swim in pools, hang out in game rooms, and have fun in kids clubs. Plus, kids love all the food options on board and the fact that you’re sailing at sea on an awesome ship! Extend your time on board while still getting some beach vacation fun on an Eastern Caribbean cruise that departs from Florida, most of which include a few days at sea.
Those days at sea gives your family extra time to explore the ship. You’ll also have blissful days in port when you can experience some of the eastern Caribbean’s most beautiful ports of call like Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
While in port, you can have some family bonding time on shore excursions like snorkeling with colorful sea life, ziplining over treetop canopies, hiking to waterfalls, and jet skiing around blissful bays.
Another great aspect about a family summer cruise to the eastern Caribbean is that there are often cruise deals to be found for that region in the summer.
Alaska Family Summer Cruise to Hubbard Glacier
Alaska is a prime choice for a family summer cruise since the Alaska cruise season only goes from May to September. Pack up the kids and take them on a journey around America’s Last Frontier that they won’t soon forget – especially if that itinerary includes a stop at Hubbard Glacier. Celebrity Cruises puts an emphasis on arranging itineraries that sail to Hubbard Glacier because it is such an impressive piece of Alaska scenery that it is worth the journey to see.
Your kids will be amazed at the sheer size of Hubbard Glacier, which expands over 70 miles and extends 600 feet above the water surface. The other aspect of Hubbard Glacier that will impress everyone on your family summer cruise is the calving. Hubbard Glacier is an active calving glacier, meaning huge chunks of ice (sometimes as large as a three-story building!) regularly fall off the glacier and crash into the sea below. Your kids will marvel at the power of mother nature.
Alaska cruises to Hubbard Glacier also typically visit Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway in Alaska, along with a stop in Victoria or Vancouver in British Columbia.
Western Mediterranean Cruise with Italian Ports of Call
Show kids the history they’ve learned about in their school classes on a Europe cruise to Italian ports of call.
While in Rome, kids can see where gladiators fought on the arena of the Colosseum, and stand where Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel.
In Florence, kids can learn more about the Renaissance at museums like the Accademia Gallery, which also houses Michelangelo’s Statue of David.
While in Naples, opt for a shore excursion that takes you to the lost city of Pompeii; the entire family will be entranced as you learn about the volcano eruption that covered the city in volcanic ash so quickly that it has preserved it seemingly in time for thousands of years.
Celebrity Cruises also visits the Italian ports of call of Venice, Sicily, Bologna, Genoa, Portofino, and Santa Margherita.
Family Summer Fun on Pacific Coastal Cruises
Show your kids the west coast of the United States and its rugged beauty on a family summer cruise that takes you from southern California to the Pacific Northwest, or vice versa.
Along the way, you’ll witness some of America’s most striking beauty and have the chance to see some its most beloved cities. Here are the ports of call often on Pacific Coastal Cruises and some things to see while there that will make for a memorable family summer cruise.
San Diego: Kids and adults alike will appreciate the gorgeous beaches and playful animals at the world-famous San Diego Zoo.
Los Angeles: Head to Hollywood to experience the glitz and glam side of Los Angeles, or have some more beach time along with a detour for roller coasters and fairground games at the Santa Monica Pier.
Santa Barbara, California: Take the family on a bike ride along the beach boardwalk and on the wide, mostly flat streets around downtown Santa Barbara.
San Francisco, California: Go on a family walk along the Golden Gate Bridge or take a ferry ride to Alcatraz. Kids will be wide-eyed from the view and the prison’s history.
Astoria, Oregon: Take a look at the famous bridge that connects Astoria to Megler across the Columbia River, and is the longest continuous truss bridge North America. Then head to one of the family-friendly breweries in the area to get a taste of Oregon’s famous beer scene.
Seattle, Washington: Kids and adults will both delight at the entertaining fish throwing that goes on in Pike Place Market and have fun walking around the market to try fresh seafood and browse homemade wares.
Vancouver, British Columbia: This gorgeous seaside city is home to Stanley Park, which has a variety of walking trails families will enjoy and a neat totem pole park.
A Pacific Coastal Cruise is also ideal for families on a budget since airfare is often less expensive since you don’t have to fly internationally.
Plan Your Family Summer Cruise
If you’re ready to plan your family summer cruise, visit our website and reserve your cruise accommodations, airfare, and excursions all in one convenient place.
You can also learn more about the different suites and staterooms to figure out which is best for your family. Some veranda staterooms connect to make it easier for larger families to travel together, while suites provide separate bedrooms and living areas to give everyone room to spread out. Whatever is best for your family, Celebrity Cruises is sure to have the right fit accommodation and itinerary for you!