Convincing older kids to join your family trip is never a fun task. But there are certain options that will still lure them in – and cruises are right up there on the top of the list.
The more exotic the cruise destinations and the more activities on the cruise ship, the better. Especially because that usually means there’s a ready supply of people their own age.
Here are six family cruises guaranteed to tempt even the grumpiest teen:
If anything is going to get your teens secretly excited about a family holiday, it’s the idea of a “Fun Ship”. And that’s exactly what Carnival Legend is. From the gigantic hurtling Green Thunder waterslide to the shows and entertainment, there are 45 activities to choose from. Carnival Cruises also offers year-round kids’ programs on all its ships, with a dedicated teen zone. Who knows, you might even get them to join in a family game of giant Yahtzee!
Voyager of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas is a dream holiday destination for teens. They can scale the rock-climbing wall. Challenge new friends to mini golf. Practice their triple toe look on the ice-skating rink. Or simply chill out with outdoor movies. But the one thing that will actually sell this cruise holiday to teens is the brand new FlowRider surf simulator. Here, they can test their skills with stand-up surfing or boogie boarding, and even take lessons. Just try not to embarrass them by cheering from the spectator stand.
Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria
The newest additions to the P&O Cruises fleet are designed for every member of the family – teens included. Take the super-cool activities in the HQ and HQ+ teen hangouts. As well as sports competitions, karaoke, video games and movies, teens can make their own animated short film using the same technology used to make Wallace and Gromit. And budding musicians can jam on the guitar, keyboard and drums with coaching from the pros. There’s even a spot in one of the bars for a final live performance.
Even the scowliest teenager won’t be able to hide their smile onboard Golden Princess. Teens have their own Remix Lounge, where they can challenge new mates to game tournaments, table football and karaoke, or simply chill out with music and movies on a giant screen. And if you don’t see them out on deck, it’s because they have an exclusive sunbathing area with a Jacuzzi, where they can hang out with kids their own age.
On all its cruise ships, Holland America Line has designed a cool space, especially for teens. In the Loft, teens up to age 17 can take part in mixology classes (with no alcohol, of course!), hip-hop lessons, and teen-only club nights. Ms Volendam isn’t short of other activities to entice them either – there’s a cinema with free popcorn, free in-room movies via Ship Flicks and open-air screening on a giant poolside screen. Budding MasterChefs can also take part in cooking classes in the onboard Culinary Arts Centre.
Why not let your teens see for themselves? Show them all the fantastic cruise ships and offers on our website.