Julie Peasgood is a TV presenter, travel expert and Contributing Editor for Cruise International
Q. Is it possible to find a luxury cruise that caters for families? We don’t want to compromise on quality but we want the kids to have fun, too.
A. Crystal Cruises has an exciting enrichment programme for children, kids’ menus in the dining rooms, interconnecting cabins and trained staff running their well-organised clubs. There’s also their renowned Computer University@Sea lab, which caters for families. Celebrity offers luxury with the mantra ‘happy children equals happy parents’. Their Fun Factory hosts daily activities from 9am until 10pm, for both kids and teenagers, with everything from crafts to karaoke, plus teen-only late-night dances and the latest gaming consoles. Youth programmes are supervised by experienced counsellors, leaving you to enjoy some time out. Cunard also provides excellent children’s facilities with The Play Zone for kids, and The Zone for teenagers. Activities include air hockey, discos and movie nights and nurseries are staffed by qualified British nannies. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Club Mariner also keeps children aged from five to 17 entertained on board whilst you relax in style.