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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 (

State-of-the-art kids’ clubs, fully su­per­vised ex­cur­sions and a bevy of other ac­tiv­i­ties make this cruise a fan­tas­tic child-friendly ex­pe­ri­ence

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