Which Cruise Should I Choose?


A cruise ship.Are you looking for a vacation away from theme park commotion yet desiring more engaging recreation than a beach retreat? The cruise industry has become a popular method of travel for families, offering unique and convenient ways to discover diverse destinations. Tropical islands and historic cities are at your fingertips, with accommodations just moments away from entertainment, dining options, and ultimate relaxation.

Given the many different cruise options, how do you find the most optimal cruise experience for families with school-aged children? 

In 2023, Port Canaveral, Florida, was named the world’s busiest cruise port and honored as the Best US Cruise Homeport. It is strategically located on the east coast of Florida, close to Orlando, which proves helpful, especially for those exploring the theme park capital of the world. Functioning as a major cruise gateway, Port Canaveral serves as a departure point for renowned cruise lines such as Carnival, Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC.  

To offer some valuable insights, let’s compare three cruise ships from esteemed award-winning cruise lines.  

1. The Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Lines

This latest ship, which first set sail for the Bahamas in 2022, offers three- and four-night cruises from Port Canaveral to Nassau and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. This elegantly designed ship aims to provide high-end services with families in mind. Included in the price of your cruise are child-appropriate top-tier theatrical productions, twin movie theaters, fireworks at sea, childcare at themed clubs for kids ages two and up, and adult-only nightclubs and lounges.

The Aquamouse water coaster exceeds all expectations by delivering exceptional entertainment and thrill. If that’s not enough, in addition to the attractions, it is worth noting that the price covers all dining expenses. This allows you to indulge in 24/7 around-the-clock complimentary room service, quick service options, and formal-themed dining experiences. 

2. Carnival Glory, Carnival Cruise Lines

This ship took its maiden voyage in 2003, providing passengers with three- and four-night cruises to Bimini, Nassau, and soon Celebration Key. This ship was designed for maximum fun with jam-packed activities included in your purchase price, such as Serenity adult-only retreat, Playlist production stage shows, Camp Ocean for children ages two and up, an onboard waterpark, dive-in movies, White Heat Dance Club, and the Punchliner Comedy Club.

If you are worried this isn’t enough for the youngest passengers, Seuss at Sea brings alive whimsical Dr. Seuss stories with onboard character parades, story time, arts and crafts, and character breakfasts. Are you interested in the thrill of a game of chance? Cruisers 18 and up can enjoy table games and slots on the ship. Did we mention food? In addition to the all-day and all-night room service, options for free dining are endless, from Mexican to BBQ. They’ve got you covered. 

3. Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean 

A fleet of ships sailing from Port Canaveral offering three- to five-night cruises to Mexico, Haiti, and the Bahamas. Allure of the Seas, one of Royal Caribbean’s popular ships, first set sail in 2010, offering unique activities for the entire family. Included in the price, guests can expect 24/7 around-the-clock room service and many culinary options.

Boarding this ship also gives you access to entertainment at the Royal Promenade, shows at the AquaTheater, thrilling zip line adventures over the pool, rock climbing 40 feet above deck, archery, basketball, and even a complimentary ice-skating rink. Adventure Ocean clubs are provided for children aged three to eleven. This drop-off youth program is designed to keep kids entertained with fun activities, included in the price of your cruise until 10 p.m. 

When deciding the ideal cruise line for your preferences, it’s essential to consider the onboard atmosphere, cruise ship dimensions, and specific amenities. Disney Cruise Line prioritizes family-friendly experiences, Carnival is popular for its lively atmosphere, and Royal Caribbean stands out for its diverse entertainment offerings. Reading reviews and seeking guidance from a reputable travel agency can help make a well-informed decision.

We wish you a very happy cruising experience! 

Guest contributor - AbbieAbbie is a multifaceted individual with a passion for diverse pursuits. Raised in a family with deep ties to the lawn care industry at Smiths Lawn LLP, she cultivated a robust work ethic and passion for fostering lush green environments. Beyond helping neighbors cultivate vibrant green lawns, you will find Abbie hosting “The Disney Hour Express” podcast, engaging in insightful conversations with her husband, Rob, and co-owner of their travel agency, Family Travel Planner. She is a champion for the rights and well-being of women facing domestic violence. She extends her passion for writing to raise funds for non-profit organizations benefiting Fairfield County families in need.


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