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Plan the best family holiday cruise


With summer here, let us help you plan the best holiday cruise for the whole family. It’s the perfect way to give youngsters an adventure of a lifetime while you relax and unwind

A child at one of The Reef programmes for 2-17 year olds

The Reef children’s programme has dedicated children’s clubs for 2-17 year olds

We know that you’re happy when they’re happy. Whether you’re thinking of summer sun or a half-term break for later in the year, we offer a range of options for taking the children away that cover key school holiday periods for most of the UK’s state schools – the perfect opportunity for a family holiday.


Location, location, location

Mediterranean and Canary Island cruises are always popular for families, but we also offer a range of Norwegian Fjord and Western Europe itineraries for that perfect family holiday. Make a smooth getaway with departures from Southampton or, if you want to get to the sunshine that little bit quicker, our Med Fly-cruises are a great way to explore the glories of the Mediterranean from the get-go.



Our family-friendly ships Aurora, Azura, Britannia, Oceana and Ventura have family enjoyment and comfort in mind, with large children’s areas and child-friendly pools and public areas.


After the excitement of seeing your ship awaiting you as you board, you’ve then got the fun of exploring what your well-equipped cabins have to offer. Most cater to the needs of the whole family: many have additional beds that fold down from the ceiling or out from the wall, while mini-suites and suites have sofa beds. Your cabin also includes a TV, telephone, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, good drawer and wardrobe space, a private bathroom and teenage and adult pamper packs.


That’s entertainment

From splashing about in the pool and playing deck games to theatre performances, discos and magic shows, you’ll never tire of having fun together on board with our family-focused events and activities.


However, you don’t need to worry about keeping the little ones entertained if you want a bit of relaxation time just for yourself. From toddlers to teens, we’ll keep them busy all day and evening long. At The Reef children’s club, we offer a wide range of entertainment for every age group day and night under the care of fully qualified staff with enhanced DBS checks. Our staff have extensive experience of planning and facilitating activities for two- to 17-year-olds and are trained teachers and early year practitioners. Trust our Reef Rangers to help youngsters play, make friends, get crafty, enjoy sport or simply hang out in chill-out zones enjoying the latest gaming technology.


When night falls, we’re also here to help you make the most of your holiday. Our night nurseries will keep your little ones tucked up and safe while you relax, unwind and enjoy an adult dinner or a romantic child-free evening. The Night Nursery is available for children aged between six months and four years of age and is open from 6pm to 2am nightly. Allocation is on a first come first served basis due to limited spaces available.

Family dining on board

Food, glorious food

On board, all food is covered to suit the tastes of every age group – from little ones to picky teens. The buffet is open all day to satisfy those large appetites, and daytime deck eateries are great for grabbing a quick bite, such as pizzas and burgers, too. Younger families will appreciate the early 5pm sitting with favourites such as fish fingers and pasta. More adventurous young taste buds may want to try out the main restaurants for dinner – children are welcome to dine in any of the dining areas on board, including in our Select Dining Restaurants.


However, you might occasionally want to dine on your own. Our family-friendly ships lay on a special children’s tea with experts on hand to help every night featuring all the food that children will enjoy: sausages, fish fingers and pizza to name just a few. In addition there are many healthy options, such as salads, soups, fruit, vegetables and pasta.


Explore together

Showing your children the wonders of travel and exploring the world together is a joy, and we want your time on shore to be as stress-free as your time on board. We offer a range of tours designed especially for families, with arranged transport, entrance fees and English speaking guides as part of the package. All you need do is turn up and enjoy your time together. Typical family excursions include beach transfers, water park trips, adventure activities (rafting, anyone?) and family-friendly city tours with English-speaking guides. What’s not to love?



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