From onboard water parks and cooking sessions to gaming at sea, family cruises offer a dizzying array of non-stop fun. Here (in no particular order) are the best:

Cruise International

1. Carnival

Even before the announcement of its partnership with Dr. Seuss, Carnival’s 23 ships were known for their emphasis on “Fun” with a big 2.0; the arrival of the Cat in the Hat and co (Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, anyone?) will ensure the fun doesn’t stop. SportsSquare offers spontaneous free-form game playing, the WaterWorks has slides and splash, there’s the Hasbro family game, while the Camp Carnival kids’ clubs programme covers three groups for organised play plus Wii and PlayStation – which stays open until 10pm for slumber parties and babysitting is available. Tweens (12 to 14), have a club with Internet stations, while 15 to 17-year-olds have their own nightclub-style space.

A seven-night Exotic Eastern Caribbean cruise, round trip from Port Canaveral, on Carnival Sunshine, departing on 26 July 2014 costs from £2,139 for a family of four, cruise only. Ports of call include Nassau (The Bahamas); St Thomas (United States Virgin Islands); San Juan (Puerto Rico); and Grand Turk. For more information on Carnival see or call 0845 351 0556.

See Cathy Winston’s video of her Caribbean family cruise here.