CruiseMates Family Cruising 

Welcome to CruiseMates' Family Cruising area. This is the biggest growth area in the cruise industry and you'll find an astonishing variety of ships to choose from. From a poolside visit by Mickey and Minnie aboard Disney Cruise Line's Wonder and Magic to rock climbing and ice skating on Royal Caribbean International's Voyager and Explorer of the Seas, the two largest vessels ever built, modern cruise ships offer families non-stop fun.

CruiseMates' has sailed the high seas to offer timely articles on the myriad topics that interest families. Let's face it -- it's never a simple matter to plan a vacation that the entire family will love. Allow us to offer some advice on how to make cruise planning safer and easier.

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Family Cruising on Norwegian Cruise Line
Sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line A family cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line will give your kids the best childhood memories possible.
Oasis Going to Europe 2014
The cruisers of Europe had bettter book early if they want a taste of the world's largest cruise ship.
Don't Lose Your Cruise
by Paul Motter Seven different reasons cruise lines might refuse your boarding with no compensation - and how to avoid it
What to Do if Your Passport Expires
by Paul Motter You didn't check until the last minute - and your passport expired. How to get a new one fast and other options.
Bringing Baby on Your Cruise
by Paul Motter What do various cruise lines offer to the parents of babies and toddlers six to 36-months?
Royal Princess Reveals Top Secrets
by Paul Motter New features on the top decks of Royal Princess will bring innovation to Princess Cruise Line
Barbie Goes Cruising!
by Paul Motter Royal Caribbean just announced a major collaboration with Mattel to offer the "All New Barbie Premium Experience" aboard its ships.
Make the Most of Your Alaska Cruise
by Paul Motter See the best of everything this great state has to offer on your Alaska cruise.
Important Travel Lesson - Passports
by Paul Motter Your cruise can be denied for the simplest of reasons, like forgetting which pocket you placed your passport.
Seven Ways to Save On a Cruise
by Paul Motter Take advantage of these helpful suggestions in order to get a great deal on your next cruise.
St. Martin Attraction – That Yoda Guy
by Paul Motter Explore a surprising exhibit where Hollywood meets the Caribbean in St. Martin.
Disney Fantasy: A Dream Come True - Part 3
by Jason Leppert A cruise enthusiast and Disney fanboy sets sail on and reviews his first ever Disney cruise. And now the continuation...
Disney Fantasy: A Dream Come True - Part 2
by Jason Leppert Previously on CruiseMates: A cruise enthusiast and Disney fanboy sets sail on and reviews his first ever Disney cruise.
Disney Fantasy: A Dream Come True - Part 1
by Jason Leppert A cruise enthusiast and Disney fanboy sets sail on and reviews his first ever Disney cruise.
Norwegian Breakaway: Water and Sports Zones
by Paul Motter With exciting outdoor options Norwegian Breakaway takes outdoor cruise ship fun to new levels.
NCL: Free Tours For Kids 2012
by Paul Motter Norwegian is offering free tours on any cruise to kids 12-under, 50% off for 13-17. But book before May 13!
Kuki Blog Update! My Recommended Suggestions When Cruising With Kids
A very significant portion of the cruise industry these days view their target audience to be families. It's rather obvious if you look at their marketing, as ... Go> 04-04-12
New NCL Youth Programs
by Paul Motter NCL provides details about the new fleet-wide youth programs including sports, creative arts and family activities.
Children Onboard Cruise Ships
by Jason Leppert Kids belong on cruises, but only when parents can assure fellow passengers their children will maintain proper manners.
Nickelodeon and NCL Form Partnership
Nickelodeon launched its first family cruise the summer of 2008. Due to its success, NCL and Nickelodeon now have a permanent partnership.   Go>
Hawaii Family Cruises
by Luisa Frey Hawaii has a wonderful mixture of warm weather activities along with active explorations of the natural world.   Go>
Caribbean Family Cruise Guide
The Caribbean offers more family options in ships for a family cruises than any other; but what about the ports of call?   Go>
Family Fun on New Ships: 2009
The next generation of vessels has plenty of new options for kids and teens.   Go>
Innovative Cruise Programs for Kids
Many cruise lines have recently added new and inventive childrens' activites aboard their ships.   Go>
Family Cruise Discounts
Book now and save on Spring and Summer sailings.   Go>
Seasonal Cruises for Families -- 2009
Here's how a summer adventure sailing can bring your family closer together. 3-06-09
Family Cruise Message Board FAQ's
Here in one concise sampling are the highlights of recently posed message board questions, and their answers, for your reference before your next family cruise.   Go>
Family Cruise Savings Tips
Third and forth passengers in the same cabin cruise free or at a discount. Family cruise savings tips. 1-09-09
Disney Cruise Lines- New European Itineraries
Disney Wonder will wander to Europe in 2010 for the longest season overseas yet for family-friendly Disney Cruise Lines, including Baltic itineraries.   Go>
Cruise Line Private Isands
An overview of the private islands of Costa, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.   Go>
Freestyle Family Fun
NCL Freestyle Cruising is not just for adults. Family members of all ages can share in the fun to be had on the amazing ships of NCL Cruises.   Go>
Family Facilities on New 2008 Ships
An overview of family facilities and children's programs on ships introduced in 2008, by our family cruise editor, Luisa Frey Gaynor. 07-28-08
SpongeBob Brings Families Together at Sea
Nickelodeon launched its first family cruise the summer of 2008. Due to its success, there were two Nick Family Cruises this summer.   Go>
Royal Caribbean's First Nursery at Sea
Royal Caribbean is the second cruise line to institute a nursery at sea for infants and toddlers from the ages of six to 36 months.   Go>
Toy Story on the High Seas
Our reporter says Disney has the best family stage shows on the high seas. Other great family options, too.   Go>
Is Disney Just for Little Kids? No Way!
The family-friendly line also has plenty of options for teens on its two ships.   Go>
Alaska: Family Cruise of a Lifetime
For families cruising together, Alaska is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and an adventure they will always remember.  Go>
What's New in Family Cruising: 2008
So what's new in family cruising? Plenty. Here's a rundown of new ship features, cruise line by cruise line. 04-11-08
Liberty of the Seas with Kids
Here's a report of just one day's full schedule for a family onboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas. 04-02-08
Seasonal Family Cruises for 2008
Several smaller lines offer special summer/holiday cruises with kids' programs and unique itineraries. 02-13-08
Kid-Smart Safety at Sea
Here's what you should know about how safe your kids really are at sea. 10-01-07
Holland America Gets Family Friendly
The line's new children's facilities and programs are driving down the average age of passengers. 10-01-07
Keeping Kids Entertained on Shore
Keeping the wee ones happy during those long days ashore is simply a matter of appealing to their natural interests. Here are a few suggestions for a stress-free shore experience. 8-22-07
What's New in Family Cruising?
What do the cruise lines have in store for the wee ones? Check out all the new children's programs here. 8-6-07
Family-friendly Bermuda
This British island has plenty to interest your kids, from historic attractions to nature to beautiful beaches. 7-02-07
Fun and International Flair on Costa
Our Family Editor trakes her brood on a Costa ship In the Caribbean 6-1-07
New Family-Friendly Ships for 2007
These seven vessels offer many of the same children's facilities as their earlier twins. 4-30-07
Cruising vs. Disney World: A Price Comparison
The truth is, cruises not only cost less than Disneyworld, you get more for your money. And they appeal to a wider range of ages, especially teens. 3-19-07
Seasonal Family Cruises for 2007
Here's a roundup of highlights of the cruise lines that offer seasonal family sailings on smaller lines for this summer. 2-12-07
Family Cruiser FAQ 2007
Parents traveling with children should be properly prepared not just to avoid any mishaps, but more importantly to deny the kids any potential excuse for whining if things don't go smoothly. Here are updated answers to the most common questions by parents about kids on cruise ships. 1-10-07
Grand Cruising with Grandkids
Cruises provide opportunities for grandkids to bond and grow by experiencing the finer things in life. 12-4-06
"Cruisine" for Kids
Hungry kids can be a handful. Fortunately, picky young eaters have plenty to choose from on family-friendly lines. 10-9-06
Freedom's Family Fun Time
The world's biggest cruise ship has enough activities to satisfy tots to teens and the in-betweens. 9-1-06
New Passport Rules
With rules starting January 1, 2007, here's what you need to do to comply. Tips for childrens documents, too. 7-21-06
Cruising New England/Canada with Kids
Here's a roundup of the most popular family attractions in port. 6-30-06
New at Disney Cruise Line
The family-oriented company has added more activities and technology for kids of all ages. 6-2-06
Seeing Hawaii with Pride
NCL's Pride of America brings a patriotic ambience to inter-island cruising. 4-26-06
Family Cruiser FAQ 2006
Here are answers to the things parents most often wonder about. 3-27-06
Summer 2006 Youth Programs
Smaller lines have special seasonal departures for families. 2-27-06
Southern Caribbean for Family
An island-by-island Southern Caribbean guide to the best kids' activities. 1-16-06

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