Kid-Friendly Cruises

Taking to the high seas with your kids can be an unforgettable way to vacation. Check out five of the most fun, affordable, and family-focused ships setting sail this year. Bon voyage!

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child playing mini golf on Oasis of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise

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Royal Caribbean's 7-night Oasis of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise

This massive new ship is the largest in the world. So big, in fact, that it's divided into seven different neighborhoods, including the nature-infused Central Park and the bustling Boardwalk. Royal Caribbean has teamed up with Fisher-Price to create unique play sessions -- baby gymnastics, musical inspiration, and more -- for infants and toddlers.

Fun for First Mates: Your child will want to camp out in the Youth Zone neighborhood, where he'll have a blast at the arcade and indoor playground. But there's lots more -- from making discoveries at the Adventure Science Lab to taking part in a talent show or hip-hop class at the Adventure Ocean Theater. His other popular hangout will be the H2O Zone kids' aqua park, which features swimming pools and a larger-than-life octopus whose tentacles double as water slides. For supervised activities, head to one of three age appropriate Adventure Ocean Clubs (3 to 5; 6 to 8, and 9 to 11) for scavenger hunts, ice-cream parties, and more.

Cruise Care: In-room babysitters are offered on a first-come, first-served basis for kids 1 and up (the fee starts at $10 per hour). Kids from 6 to 36 months can stay at the Royal Babies and Tots nursery ($8 per hour).

Ocean Eats: With 24 food and snack joints (a café and pizzeria are open 24/7), you'll find something for everyone. The ship offers a neat "My Family Time Dining" option -- when kids (3 to 11) are done eating, a staffer escorts them to the kids' club so parents can have a leisurely meal. Sign up during booking.

Port Report: After the devastating earthquake in Haiti earlier this year, Royal Caribbean Cruises provided immediate relief and committed more than $1 million to the humanitarian effort. The ship will continue to visit its private island, Labadee, off Haiti, where your dollars will help contribute to the country's recovery. Other stops: Cozumel, Mexico, and Falmouth, Jamaica.

Rates: Start at $829 per person for 7 nights for an interior stateroom.

Why We Loved Our Royal Caribbean Cruise
Why We Loved Our Royal Caribbean Cruise

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