Cruising is becoming more and more popular with Australian families. And when you consider all the bells and whistles that ships include to tempt young cruisers, it’s not hard to see why. Adam Bishop has done the leg work so you can focus on selling: here are all the kid-friendly features of ships visiting Australia in 2018/19 season.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Ship — Norwegian Jewel

Norwegian Jewel is equipped with a wide range of entertainment for children of all ages.

The Splash Academy is a dedicated area for kids aged from six months to 12 years, with children divided into age-based activity groups to enjoy active games and arts and crafts.

Parents can also take advantage of group babysitting services for those aged three to 12, or the specialised “nursery at sea” service for the little ones aged six months to two-years-old.

Teenagers are taken care of with a variety of amenities catering to the whims of 13 to 18-year-olds. These entertainment offerings are all contained within Entourage, which combines a hangout lounge, as well as dance, game and party zone. Activities range from shooting hoops and dancing under the stars at the White Hot Party.

Royal Caribbean International

Ships — Ovation of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas

All of Royal Caribbean International’s ships that visit Australia feature the Adventure Ocean program onboard including a range of interactive, educational and fun activities for babies right through to teenage passengers. The broad categories for RCI’s kids’ clubs include:

Holland America Line

Ships — Noordam and Amsterdam

While HAL doesn’t offer any specific amenities for children under the age of three (except for babysitting services), the cruise line does have plenty on offer for kids between three and 17 years-old. The kids’ program (Club HAL) is split up in to three main categories:

Princess Cruises

Ships — Sun Princess, Majestic Princess, Golden Princess, Diamond Princess and Sea Princess

Princess Cruises differentiates itself in the market by placing a greater emphasis on the “edu-tainment” value of its kids’ facilities.

The cruise line boasts three major spaces on its ships for kids to enjoy:

Carnival Cruise Line

Ships — Carnival Legend and Carnival Spirit

Children who are fans of the Dr. Seuss books will find themselves in literary heaven as Carnival’s partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises means ships are loaded with character parades and interactive stories. The kids’ clubs are divided into two major categories:

Cruise Line — P&O Cruises

Ships — Pacific, Eden, Explorer, Aria and Dawn

P&O Cruises has four age-specific kids’ clubs available on board its ships:

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