Top Three Family-Friendly Cruise Ships to Watch for in 2018

Looking for a new family trip this year? Scale LEGO walls in your family suite or slide down Cat In The Hat-themed waterslides with these highly anticipated family-friendly cruise ships hitting the high seas in 2018. Mix up your family vacation with this lineup of all-new vessels and itineraries.

Royal Caribbean, Symphony of the Seas

Elevate your cruise calendar with Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, debuting in April. The ship is designed for family fun and luxury comfort. Kids, family and friends take to Splashway Bay for FlowRider surfing, zip lining and swimming.

Head back to the Ultimate Family Suite, complete with an air hockey table, LEGO rock-climbing wall and separate kids room. Two floors separate the family living space from sleeping space with a slide connecting from the kid’s room to the living room and play area downstairs. Read more here about the incredible luxury amenities, services and expectation aboard Symphony of the Seas.

Carnival Cruise Line, Horizon

Also setting sail for the first time this April, Carnival’s Horizon makes its way through the Mediterranean on a 13-day cruise. Be of the first to splash around in the Dr. Seuss WaterWorks, a completely Seuss-inspired water park on the ship’s Deck 12.

Cruise ship out at sea

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Hit the Cat in the Hat slide, featuring an enclosed raft slide boasting more than 450 feet of twists and turns, or opt for the smaller, but equally whimsical, Fun Things slide. Slip through 213 feet of this enclosed body slide decorated with polka dots and lights. Read more about the kid-friendly cruise line here and find the right voyage for your family.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Bliss

Adventurous families and older kids will love Norwegian’s Bliss. First setting sail this May from Seattle to Alaska before heading to Miami for Caribbean cruises next winter, Bliss boasts unique family activities from an open-air laser-tag course to a go-cart racetrack. The cars run on electricity and can go up to 30 mph and provide serious fun for you and the kids.

Sunbathe by the impressive pool by day and enjoy fine dining at La Cucina on the Waterfront overlooking the ocean by night before catching Jersey Boys later that evening.