Best cruises to book this Father's Day
By Katie McGonagle | 17 Jun 2022
Find the best cruise holidays for dads this Father’s Day with our pick of themed sailings
Formula One, golf holidays, winery visits, multigenerational cruises and more – there’s a cruise out there to suit everyone, and that definitely includes dads.
If you’re planning a Father’s Day gift or thinking ahead for what might inspire a treat next year, we check out a few of the fun themed sailings that will tie in with dad’s top hobbies.
Formula One cruises
Formula One racing and cruise holidays might not, on the face of it, seem obvious bedfellows – but with the range of destinations taking centre stage, from Monaco and Miami to Singapore and Abu Dhabi, these popular cruise spots can be easily combined with a cruise holiday.
MSC Cruises has gone as far as signing up to be Official Cruise Partner for the current Formula One season, bringing some of MSC’s ships port-side during Grand Prix weekends. And Scenic Cruises includes an insider’s tour of the Hockenheim racetrack on its Romantic Rhine & Moselle cruise, departing on July 25, 2022, on Scenic Crystal.
Tall ship specialist Star Clippers is also repeating its popular Monaco Grand Prix Final sailing next year, with a journey from Cannes to Monaco (Monte Carlo), Corsica and Sardinia, before docking in Rome for a three-night post-cruise stay – and including Grandstand tickets in the package price.
The cruise departs on May 27, 2023, and costs from £3,999 per person including flights from London, a full-board sailing on Royal Clipper, Grandstand K tickets and three nights at Marcella Royal in Rome. Find out more about Star Clippers.
Best golf cruises
Forget the mini-golf area on board bigger ocean ships or simply tagging on a few fairways to a pre or post-cruise stay – you can indulge your love of golf and play on some of Europe’s great courses with a river cruise.
AmaWaterways has a series of dedicated sailings with a golf concierge on board, while Amadeus River Cruises also offers special golf departures on the Danube, the Seine and the Rhine. The latter’s voyages include four rounds of golf, green fees, reserved and pre-paid tee times and driving range balls, shared golf carts, lunch, transfers between the ship and the course, and an experienced golf expert to coordinate all play.
A seven-night Golf on the Rhine cruise from Basel to Amsterdam, departing on October 6, 2022, and calling at Strasboug, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cochem, Cologne and Dusseldorf, starts from £2,860 on Amadeus Imperial. The price includes all meals, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, and the golf programme, which features Le Kempferhof in Strasbourg, Golf Club St Leon-Rot near Heidelberg, Golf Club Jakobsberg in Rudesheim, and Golf Club Gut Velderhof in Pulheim. Find out more about Amadeus River Cruises.
Best wine cruises
If you fancy going beyond just a tipple or two – which is surely standard fare on any cruise itinerary – and exploring vineyards, meeting local producers and delving deeper into the heritage of what’s in your glass, there is a host of specialist wine cruises to book.
AmaWaterways runs Celebration of Wine River Cruises, which feature a wine expert to lead tastings both on board and ashore, coordinate visits to seasonal wine festivals or vineyards and cellar doors, and offer talks that shine a light on the culture, history and heritage of certain winemaking regions.
Having hosted experts from the Napa Valley and the UK’s Chapel Down in the past, this year they include four European wine experts who will be leading sailings through Provence, Bordeaux, Normandy and the Rhine. A seven-night holiday, Europe’s Rivers & Castles, starts at £2,279 per person and features wine expert Marcia Moricz. Find out more about AmaWaterways.
Best multigenerational cruises
If it’s not dad you’re searching for but rather granddad, a multigenerational cruise is an ideal choice for a holiday to suit the whole family. With everyone in one place, you can be together as much or as little as you like. Little ones can head to the kids’ club or make the most of on-deck activities, while parents and grandparents enjoy fine dining, spa treatments, shows and more.
And if gran and granddad want a quieter spot or a higher level of service, consider the ship-within-a-ship areas on some lines, meaning they have somewhere to go and enjoy a more exclusive experience. MSC Cruises’ Yacht Club, Norwegian Cruise Line’s The Haven and Royal Caribbean’s new Suite Neighbourhood are among these higher-end enclaves.
P&O Cruises has plenty on offer for parents and grandparents, plus a night nursery available from 6pm until 2am for children under four years old, and kids’ clubs divided by age: Splashers for two to four-year-olds, Surfers for five to eights, Scubas for nine to 12s, and H2O for teenagers, along with teen option Scene on Iona and Arvia.
New British company Ambassador Cruise Line has also revealed special £1 child fares for selected cruises this summer featuring a Cirque at Sea show. A Hidden Nordic Treasures cruise departing on July 23, 2022, sails from London Tilbury on board Ambience to visit Scandinavian cities including Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
The voyage will also feature performances from former Cirque du Soleil artists and performers from La Soiree, Blackpool Tower Circus and Hollywood’s Magic Castle, plus the chance for guests to hone their circus skills with juggling, diabolo and magic workshops. Prices start at £699 per adult and £1 per child, so a family of four can sail for 14 nights from just £1,400. Find out more about Ambassador Cruise Line.