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The Best Cruises for Families

When it comes to family vacations there's no one-size-fits-all. Norwegian offers the convenience of a cruise that lets families of every age and size share an amazing vacation together no matter their preference, with numerous dining options, live entertainment, and even youth programs all complimentary.

Plus, with Norwegian's Free At Sea you'll enjoy everything under the sun, including Free Airfare^, Free Unlimited Open Bar, Free Specialty Dining and much more! But, with so many amazing ships and destinations to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down the options. That's why in this article we'll give you a quick guide to all the best family-friendly cruises you can book today for your next getaway.

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3-4 Day Cruises

Norwegian Sky Spinnaker Lounge
Norwegian Sky, Spinnaker Lounge

Norwegian Sky Bahamas Cruises

The Bahamas and Caribbean are easily among the top destinations for families to visit. With plenty of beauty, outdoor activities, and opportunities to relax, it's no wonder the islands are so adored by parents and kids alike. Come aboard Norwegian Sky for an incredible weekend getaway to the Bahamas, where you'll stop at Great Stirrup Cay, our resort-style private island exclusive to Norwegian guests. Home to plenty of exciting activities like an underwater sculpture garden, an over-water zip line and, of course, a picture-perfect beach, Great Stirrup Cay is the ultimate weekend getaway for the whole family.

For Parents & Kids on Norwegian Sky

  • Swimming Pools: 2
  • Dining Options: 11
  • Children's Pool
  • Video Arcade
  • Basketball/Volleyball Court
  • Jogging/Walking Track
  • Golf Driving Net
  • Spa

Great Stirrup Cay

Available on many of our tropical itineraries, this exclusive destination in the Bahamas is perfect for families wanting plenty to do, see and explore. With beverage packages included on the island through Norwegian's Free At Sea, plus complimentary dining available, you can save big on a picture-perfect island getaway. Reserve a cabana at Silver Cove and experience ultimate luxury as the kids enjoy the water at the private beach or lagoon. Do it all – or nothing at all – it's your private island.

Harvest Caye

On a longer cruise, you can journey to The Caribbean's premier island destination in Southern Belize, Harvest Caye, another Norwegian-exclusive oasis featuring an expansive pool with a swim-up bar, salt-water lagoon for water sports, exclusive 7-acre beach and exciting experiences ranging from zip lining across the island to frolicking in the butterfly sanctuary.

5 -7 Day Cruises

American Diner on Norwegian Encore
Norwegian Encore, American Diner

Norwegian Encore Caribbean Cruises

Extend your cruise vacation with a few more stops and get to experience more top destinations in The Caribbean. Repeat perfect moments on our show-stopping ship, Norwegian Encore and go from zooming on the race track to enjoying a complimentary beach-side buffet at Great Stirrup Cay. Play with dolphins in Dominican Republic or journey across the countryside in an all-terrain vehicle and witness stunning mountain views, waterfalls, wildlife and more.

For Parents & Kids on Norwegian Encore

  • Pools: 2
  • Aqua Parks: 2
  • Dining Options: 19
  • Encore Speedway
  • Laser Tag
  • Galaxy Pavilion
  • Coco’s desserts
  • The Bake Shop
  • Spa
Norwegian Bliss Mexico Cruise
Norwegian Bliss, Cabo San Lucas

Norwegian Bliss Mexican Riviera Cruises

Sail out of Los Angeles aboard Norwegian Bliss and enjoy five sun-soaked days of perfection cruising the Mexican Riviera. Sharing all the best qualities with her sister ship, Norwegian Encore, with 29 amazing dining options, fabulous amenities and kid-friendly experiences like Bliss Speedway, Galaxy Pavilion and more.

Witness to El Arco, the dramatic rock formation that is Cabo San Lucas's signature landmark and a popular gathering spot for sea lions. Travel via horseback to magnificent views of Salsipuedes Bay, Todos Santos Island, the Gold Coast and the San Miguel hills. Plus embrace the journey with amazing experiences along the way you can share with the whole family.

For Parents & Kids on Norwegian Bliss

  • Pools: 3
  • Aqua Parks: 2
  • Water Slides: 5
  • Free Youth Programs: Ages 5-17
  • Bliss Speedway
  • Laser Tag
  • Galaxy Pavilion
  • Mini Golf
  • Video Arcade
  • Coco’s desserts
  • The Bake Shop
  • Spa
Norwegian Prima Speedway
Norwegian Prima Speedway

Norwegian Prima Cruises

Embark on the ultimate getaway with a 7-day cruise on Norwegian Prima, the first of our newest class of ships designed to exceed every expectation. Visit 5 ports of call sailing out of Orlando, Miami or Texas and enjoy non-stop scenic beauty, extraordinary beaches, thrilling shore excursions and much more!

Kids and parents can wander through an interactive art garden, dive into fascinating new worlds at the AR Imagination Wall and even get competitive with a tech-immersive game of darts at The Bull's Eye. All while sailing to top destinations around the world. With an expansive range of itineraries, visit either one of our private islands in the Bahamas and Belize, splash in The Caribbean, snorkel in the Mexican Riviera or build pink sandcastles in Bermuda.

For Parents & Kids on Norwegian Prima

  • Total Pools: 5
  • World's First Free-Fall Dry Slide
  • The Wave Water Slide
  • AR Imagination Wall
  • Interactive Art Garden
  • Prima Speedway
  • Galaxy Pavilion
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Oceanwalk
  • Kids Aqua Park
  • The Stadium
  • The Bull's Eye
Dining on The Waterfront on Norwegian Encore
The Waterfront on Norwegian Encore

Wherever your vacation takes you, you'll find plenty for your family to enjoy when you make Norwegian a part of the journey. From sparkling warm waters in The Caribbean, to one-of-a-kind onboard experiences, a cruise with Norwegian is the perfect vacation for the whole family. Book today and begin planning your dream vacation now.