Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ gleaming vessel Europa 2 is widely regarded as one of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, boasting bright, light, contemporary spaces, Murano glass chandeliers, marble flooring and Villeroy & Boch bathrooms.
Despite its super-swish decor, the ambience is casual and relaxed, and the ship (and staff) are wonderfully child-friendly. Suites with interconnecting doors are available, as well as state-of-the-art kids’ clubs for all ages, including one for teenagers offering 3D films, parties, iPod Chairs, Wii, PlayStation and fully supervised excursions.
If you fancy a lie-in, the staff will even collect your kids from your suite and take them to breakfast. With sailings from Dubai along the Arabian coast during November, and ports of call including Abu Dhabi, Doha, Manama, Khasab and Muscat, it’s incredibly convenient for anyone looking for a no-fly cruise.
The low-down: A nine-day cruise departing from Dubai on November 9, 2015, starts from Dh16,610 per person (hl-cruises.com).
State-of-the-art kids’ clubs, fully supervised excursions and a bevy of other activities make this cruise a fantastic child-friendly experience