(Updated May 10, 2018)
When many people first consider taking their family on a fun cruise, a Disney Cruise probably pops to mind. For years, Disney has set the platinum standard for quality family entertainment. And, Disney particularly excels when it comes to young children. But, for many folks, a quick visit to the Disney Cruise website may deliver painful sticker shock. Disney often lists its cruises at prices nearly double those of many other major cruise lines. (For a price comparison snap shot see here). No doubt about it: A Disney Cruise has lots of bells and whistles with its outstanding facilities, top-notch family accommodations and high quality programs. But, those bells and whistles come with a premium price tag.
If a Disney Cruise isn’t quite in your budget right now, don’t despair. You can still sail on a fun cruise with your family. The more budget-friendly options listed below have lots of wow factors and kid appeal that you can consider instead. Granted, they won’t have Mickey and Minnie (or all of the princesses). But, they still offer a wide variety of things to keep your family happily entertained.
Fun Cruise No. 1: RC Harmony of the Seas
Harmony of the Seas is the newest ship from Royal Caribbean. It currently holds the title as the world’s largest cruise ship sailing. Of all of the cruises that are colorable alternatives to a Disney cruise, this fun cruise rests at the top of the list. Like Disney, it features numerous characters from family movies that children love. Through Royal Caribbean’s partnership with DreamWorks studios, it offers numerous character experiences with characters from movies such as Shrek, Madagascar, and Trolls. (On some ships, Royal Caribbean has also featured characters from Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, and Home (coming soon).) Similar to the Disney Cruise line-up, activities include character dining, live shows, character parades, 3D movies and special activities in the kids’ clubs. Families may also join numerous photo opportunities throughout the cruise. Read More …