Family travel: The hottest digs at sea


DETROIT, MI – Is a family cruise in your future? Cruises make for an excellent family vacation, but it’s important to plan carefully if you want to find the cruise that’s right for everyone. One important thing to consider are the staterooms to book for your family, as you’ll all be traveling together for an extended amount of time.

The experts at CruiseCompete have done the research for you, giving insight into some of the best family cabins available on the various lines. Bear in mind, this is just a sampling of what the lines have to offer; there are many cabins, on many lines, that might be well suited to your family’s particular needs.

Here’s a look at some of CruiseCompete’s favorite cabins for families on today’s Upscale Contemporary cruise lines: Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises

Royal Caribbean International – Royal Suite Star Class/Royal Loft Suite

The Royal Suite Star Class, a series of family-friendly suites, is an excellent family option that offers an all-inclusive experience and is available on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis and Quantum class ships.
The Ultimate Beverage Package, specialty restaurants, a complimentary minibar, complimentary internet, access to the spa’s thermal room, daily gratuities, and in-suite movies are all included. Plus, enjoy your personal Royal Genie, a 24-hour service to attend to your every need.

The Royal Loft Suite features a baby grand piano, indoor and outdoor.
Pricing for the Royal Loft Suite for 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise departing April 15, 2018.

Norwegian Cruise Lines – 3 Bedroom Garden Villa

Norwegian Cruise Lines offers a number of impressive family options in various suites across their fleet. One especially well appointed suite is the 3 Bedroom Garden Villa, which covers an expansive 6,694 square feet and features a private terrace. Amenities for these deluxe accommodations include butler service, champagne, a custom selection of liquor, fruit, bottled water and sodas. Plus complimentary limousine service from pier to airport.

MSC Cruises – Royal Suite

One family option offered aboard the MSC Divina is the Royal Suite (the Sophia Loren suite), This suite measures 560 square feet and includes 24-hour butler service, unlimited drinks in MSC Yacht Club areas or from your minibar, and exclusive access to One Sun Deck and Top Sail Lounge.

Other family friendly options to consider when sailing with MSC are the Executive & Family suites, found in the MSC Yacht Club, aboard the 4,345-passenger sister ships Divina or Preziosa, or the 4,363-passenger sister ships Fantasia or Splendida .

The Executive & Family Suites (measuring 425 to 547 square feet, without a balcony) each feature a sleeping area (with a double bed that can be converted into two singles) and a partitioned-off living room area with a pullout sofa for two. They accommodate up to four guests and tout extras like a spacious wardrobe and bathtub-equipped bathroom.

And here’s a helpful tip: On the Divina or Preziosa, you can book two adjacent Executive & Family Suites together (ask for staterooms 12002 and 12004), for a super-suite configuration that sleeps up to 8.

Viking Ocean Cruises- The Owner’s Suite

Viking Ocean Cruises offers a lavish family option with the Owner’s Suite, which encompasses 1,448 square feet, including the balcony. The suite was personally designed by Viking’s Chairman Torstein Hagen, and is filled with luxurious touches throughout.

Amenities include a mini bar with alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and snacks replenished daily, a welcome bottle of Champagne, free dry cleaning and laundry service, and priority bookings for shore excursions, The Chef’s Table, and Spa treatments.