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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Sail away and dis­cover the world on a lux­u­ri­ous cruise liner.

For fam­i­lies

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.

Visit mul­ti­ple places in lux­u­ri­ous com­fort

You’re sure to meet all the beloved char­ac­ters

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