5 luxury family cruises for 2023 to book now

While some cruises market themselves as “adults-only,” many others cater to families looking to take to the high seas without sacrificing luxury. In addition to having family-friendly amenities, these cruises visit some of the most family-friendly destinations in the world. If you’re planning to take your family on a luxury cruise in Europe, here are some of the most incredible countries to visit. These places offer attractions and activities for adults and children. We’ve rounded up some luxury family cruises for 2023 here that you can’t miss.

Luxury family cruises for 2023 – the places not to miss

Italy

First on our list of family cruises for 2023 has to be Italy. With five major home ports, Italy is one of the most popular stops on a cruise to Europe. It is in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, which makes it easily accessible to various Mediterranean destinations. Home to many family-friendly towns, Italy is an ideal stopover on your luxury cruise to Europe.

Most cruises will stop in Venice, a picturesque city with plenty of fun activities for adults and children. Taking a Vaporetto ride along the Grand Canal is one of the best things to do with your little ones. Marvel at the colorful buildings and magnificent palaces as your ride glides along the canal. After a relaxing walk, take your kids to visit St. Mark’s Cathedral, a massive church adorned with fascinating golden mosaics. After a day of exploring, treat your kids to some of the tastiest ice cream in town.

Another popular stopping point for Italy cruises is the Amalfi Coast. Like Venice, the Amalfi Coast is full of fun activities for the whole family. Take a short boat trip to Positano, explore the Roman Archaeological Museum and spend time at Spiaggia di Atrani, a beautiful beach with calm waters ideal for small children.

Croatia

Croatia is one of Europe’s most popular luxury cruise destinations and a great country to explore with the kids. It is home to walkable towns steeped in history and offers plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Home to thousands of islands, you’ll have plenty of options for ports of call in Croatia.

Dubrovnik is a great city to visit on your luxury family cruise in Croatia. Located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, it is famous for its old town, fortresses and museums. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is for pedestrians only, so you can walk around safely with children. Take the kids on a scenic cable car ride to Srđ Hill. When you get to the top, walk further to Honey Valley, a cute farm with a petting zoo where your kids can interact with donkeys, horses, and sheep.

Korcula is another island that is a favorite stop on most Croatia cruises and the easiest Dalmatian islands to visit with children. It has beautiful beaches and lush olive groves that you can explore on a hike. Moor off the coast to teach your kids to fish and visit secluded bays where you can kayak and other fun activities.

Norway

Family Cruise Norway 2023

Norway is a beautiful country with one of the longest coastlines in the world. It is home to fjords, bays and islands, which you can visit on a cruise. Taking a family cruise in Norway is fun, as there are so many great places you and your kids will love to explore.

Oslo, the land of Vikings and Trolls, is one of Norway’s most family-friendly cities. Take them to the Viking Ship Museum, created by a Viking king and showcasing the country’s Norse past. The museum features a fascinating collection of ships and wooden artifacts, including a Viking longboat, discovered buried in southern Norway for centuries. Take your active kids to TusenFryd Amusement Park, Norway’s largest amusement park with lots of fun attractions and rides.

Bergen is another city to explore in Norway on a luxury family cruise. It is the largest city in the country and the gateway to Norway’s majestic fjords. Bergen is full of family attractions including the Bergen Aquarium, VilVite Science Center and Vannkanten Waterworld.

France

Troyes, France day trip from Paris

Your luxury family cruise through France will take you to ports of call that combine the charm of Paris, the gastronomy of Lyon, the scenic wine regions of the Rhône Valley and the beautiful beaches of Nice. Consider a luxury Seine river cruise starting in Paris and stopping at several other scenic destinations that can make for a fun family adventure.

Before leaving for your river cruise, spend time exploring Paris with your kids, visiting famous sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Champs Elysees. Departing from Paris, your boat will take you to Giverny, famous for being the birthplace of the famous painter Claude Monet. Explore his beautiful house and garden before heading to Vernon, where you’ll discover a charming town with medieval streets lined with half-timbered houses.

Other places to see on your Seine river cruise are Les Andelys, an idyllic countryside full of historic sites, Rouen, a historic city with stunning Gothic architecture, and the charming coastal town of Honfleur.

UK

London Glass Room Boats

The UK is one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. It is an ideal place to enjoy a luxury family cruise. Its magical waterways are best explored on a canal cruise, where you sail through the beautiful countryside scenery. You’ll also stop at some of the country’s most important historical sites.

The River Thames is an ideal vantage point for some of London’s most scenic family cruises. If you don’t want to travel far, you can choose a hop-on hop-off cruise. This takes you to top London sights including the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge. There are also dinner cruises where you board a sleek glass boat with 360 degree views of London’s top attractions.

If you want to explore the countryside, you’ll find cruises that take you to beautiful riverside towns and charming villages. Visit the quaint towns of Surrey and Berkshire, and enjoy multiple stops to soak up the stunning natural beauty of the British countryside.

Which of these 2023 family cruises will you be boarding? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Elisha A. Tilghman