Why parents love cruising . . .
Spas are big business on cruises so lie back and revel in top-to-toe massages, wraps and facials, and while away hours in thermal suites amid the bubbles of thalassotherapy pools and sultry steam rooms. On Viking Cruises you can even chill, quite literally, in a snow room filled with real snowflakes.
Luxury living on deck
Enjoy champagne and canapés in your own private deck cabana on Holland America Line, waited on by stewards; succumb to al fresco massages; and cool off in exclusive adult-only pools – and all while your youngsters are partying in the kid’s clubs or snoozing in the nursery.
Fun for all ages
Splash around with your nippers in the water parks, race down the waterslides, and catch a film on the big deck screen. Or join in family quizzes and challenges and go ashore on child-friendly outings.
Perk up your pasta-making skills in cookery classes with James Martin on P&O Cruises, or dine out in style at celebrity chef restaurants like Nobu on Crystal Cruises, Marco Pierre White on P&O Cruises or Jamie Oliver on Royal Caribbean International.
Discover your talents
Show off your artistic flair at watercolour classes; savour your favourite Sancerre at wine-tasting sessions; and hone your hi-tech skills at digital film workshops. Budding musicians can find their voices in singing sessions and even learn to play the ukulele on Hawaiian sailings with Princess Cruises.
Fit and feisty
Pump iron in the extensive gyms and join a spinning class to sweat off calories, or pound the ship’s jogging track on the top deck to savour spectacular sea views at the same time. You might even spot a dolphin or two!