Cruise holidays are the fastest-growing sector of the travel industry – and is it any wonder? Youcan visit multiple places, only unpacking once. But with somanyoptions, where do you start? Liz Jarvis has the low-down to help you choose, book and plan your
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C anny cruise lines know that if your kids are happy and well-looked after, you’ll relax and are more likely to rebook, so unsurprisingly there’s a dizzying array of cruise holidays aimed at those travelling with children. It’s no surprise that Disney Cruise Line is one of the most popular. Not only are its kids’ clubs state-of-the-art (there’s even a Marvel Avengers Academy on board, plus Toy Story- themed play areas and water slides) but they also offer Broadway-quality entertainment. There are regular character appearances – including Mickey and Minnie Mouse and all the Disney princesses.
Royal Caribbean International has cornered the market in onboard attractions designed to appeal to teenagers – not only does it have the fabulous Flowrider surf simulator on board some of its ships but also a DJ academy; its new ship Quantum of the
Seas even has dodgems on board, and younger children (and parents) will be enchanted by the Dreamworks characters. Carnival Cruise Lines has Dr Seuss characters on board and the Hasbro Games Show; and Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ships have an impressive ropes course as well as great spaces for kids, and Spongebob Squarepants and friends.
Seven-night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Royal Caribbean from San Juan starts at Dh4,450 per person. American Airlines flies from Dubai to San Juan via London and Miami, about Dh5,000 return.
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