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Cruising as a family? Check out winning MSC Seaside

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Family-friendly ship launched in 2017

Thanks to their excellent travel value, more and more families are turning to cruising when planning their vacations. These 20 cruise lines, chosen as the best in the industry by our panel of cruising experts, cater to young passengers in many ways, including family friendly at-sea experiences (bumper cars, bowling and waterparks to name a few), family cabins and kid-approved dining options. Which ship is the most family-friendly?

  • MSC Seaside
    MSC Cruises

    MSC Seaside brings loads of family friendly amenities to the fleet, including family suites, an expanded kids club in partnership with LEGO and Chicco, multi-story waterpark with four slides, two full size bowling lanes, a teens club and a high-tech theater.
    Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

  • Regal Princess
    Princess Cruises

    A favorite feature among kids aboard the Regal Princess is the SeaWalk, a glass-bottomed walkway extending 28 feet over ship’s edge. The ship's youth and teen center has teamed up with the California Science Center for some interactive edutainment at sea. The three kids spaces are excellent, and teens even have their own outdoor hot tub.
    Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises

  • Carnival Horizon
    Carnival Cruise Line

    Carnival’s latest and greatest ship, Carnival Horizon, sails from Miami to the Caribbean with plenty of family fun onboard. Kid-approved amenities include two movie theaters (including an IMAX screen), Dr. Seuss Waterworks waterpark, nighttime babysitting and reduced prices for kids at some specialty restaurants.
    Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

  • Disney Fantasy
    Disney Cruise Line

    On the Disney Fantasy, kids programs are Disney-crafted and predictably high-quality; the older set loves bulleting down 4-deck-drop AquaDuck water coaster. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique delights kids with princess or pirate makeovers. Mom and Dad can refresh at Quiet Cove Pool.
    Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

  • Disney Dream
    Disney Cruise Line

    Aboard the Disney Dream, Donald gets his due with AquaDuck, a 4-deck-drop water coaster (the first at sea) that zips riders through transparent tube. The host of Disney-themed kids programs get points for their organization; costumed characters–Mickey, Minnie and friends–keep the pre-school set happy. Character greetings and Broadway-style productions (with a Disney twist of course) make this 4,000-passenger vessel a hit with the young and the young at heart.
    Photo courtesy of Kent Phillips / Disney Cruise Line

  • Disney Magic
    Disney Cruise Line

    The Disney wand waved in 2013, turning Disney Magic into a modern member of the sailing Mickeys. AquaLab’s splashy play park plus two water slides boost Magic’s fun quotient. Even more cool: kids can train as superheroes at Marvel Avenger Academy. Magic also added the adults-only AfterHours bars and nightclub, making Magic sweeter for everyday heroes – mom and dad.
    Photo courtesy of Ryan Wendler / Disney Cruise Line

  • MSC Seaview
    MSC Cruises

    Families won’t run out of things to do when they sail aboard MSC Seaview, a ship equipped with two full-sized bowling alleys, a multi-story waterpark with five slides, a water play area especially for tots and colorful kids areas created in partnership with LEGO and Chicco. Families even enjoy their own dedicated restaurant. Staterooms for families feature two to three connecting balcony cabins to accommodate six to 10 guests.
    Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

  • Symphony of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International

    Symphony of the Seas, the newest ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet and the largest ship at sea, has many of the same features of other mega-ships in its class, as well as new additions like Battle for Planet Z glow-in-the-dark laser tag and Sugar Beach ice cream and sweets shop. Kids also love the two surf simulators, tallest waterslide at sea, a zip line above the Boardwalk and rock climbing wall, while parents will appreciate the Ultimate Family Suite.
    Photo courtesy of SBW-Photo / Royal Caribbean International

  • Allure of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International

    One of the world’s largest cruise ships features one of the most robust and diverse kids programs. A highlight for young passengers is the DreamWorks Experience, where kids can interact with their favorite characters from ShrekKung Fu Panda and the penguins of Madagascar. Amazing acrobatics at the AquaTheater, surf simulators, an old-fashioned carousel, two rock climbing walls, a zip line, mini golf and classic carnival games at the Boardwalk Arcade mean kids can kiss boredom goodbye.
    Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

  • Harmony of the Seas
    Royal Caribbean International

    Harmony of the Seas offers quality and quantity in spades when it comes to under-18 entertainment. The kids-only Adventure Ocean section of the ship is massive and equipped with facilities and programming for three different age groups. Young guests can take a spin on an old school carousel, dine with their favorite DreamWorks characters, watch 3D movies, zip line above the Boardwalk or cool off in Royal Caribbean's biggest splash park, Splashaway Bay.
    Photo courtesy of SBW-Photo / Royal Caribbean International

The top 10 winners in the category Best Cruise Ship for Families are as follows:

  1. MSC Seaside - MSC Cruises
  2. Regal Princess - Princess Cruises
  3. Carnival Horizon - Carnival Cruise Line
  4. Disney Fantasy - Disney Cruise Line
  5. Disney Dream - Disney Cruise Line
  6. Disney Magic - Disney Cruise Line
  7. MSC Seaview - MSC Cruises
  8. Symphony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International
  9. Allure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International
  10. Harmony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning cruise ships!

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