8 Best Cruise Liners From Around The World You Can Book For An Unforgettable Family Vacation

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Bring out your sunhats, swim wear, and sunscreen— now’s the perfect time to plan a cruise with the family and bond at sea.

BY APEKSHA BHATEJA

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE

The recently-refurbished Pride of America is setting sail on four Hawaiian Islands. Visit Pearl Harbour, sunbathe on a beach in Maui, go surfing in Kona, and experience a luau with your kids. While they are busy with activities in the Splash Academy on board, you can hang out at the bars or lounges, go to the movies, or take yoga classes.

Departure: Honolulu.

Stopping at: Kahului, Hilo, Kona, and Nawiliwili.

When: Seven-day cruise in June, July, and August.

Cost: US$1,549 upwards per person.

PRINCESS CRUISES

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Book the Scandinavia cruise that starts in Copenhagen—visit the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, see the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, admire the architecture in St Petersburg, and take in the modern design in Stockholm. To keep the whole family engaged, the cruise ship Regal Princess has restaurants and bars, dance and cooking classes, musical productions, pools, and signature programmes for kids such as Movies Under the Stars and Discovery at Sea.

Departure: Copenhagen.

Stopping at: Oslo, Berlin, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki, and Stockholm.

When: Eleven-day Scandinavia cruise from April 30, 2017.

Cost: US$909 upwards per person.

CELEBRITY CRUISES

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The newest ship in the fleet, Celebrity Reflection is setting sail through Western Mediterranean in May. Embark in Rome and see the colours of Europe—the Colosseum in Rome, Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, the Rock of Gibraltar, and the party island of Ibiza. On board, you can catch concerts and attend theatre, enjoy French cuisine, or relax by the pools.

Departure: Rome.

Stopping at: La Spezia, Nice, Barcelona, Gibraltar, Malaga, Cartagena, and Ibiza.

When: Eleven-day cruise starting May 8, 2017.

Cost: US$949 upwards per person.

COOL QUOTIENT

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Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do has made cruising Bollywood cool. Destinations featured in the movie—Italy, Spain, and France—have become favourites among Indians.

DISNEY CRUISES

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A Walt Disney theatre, Oceaneer Club, a nursery and a youth club, kiddie pools, and Disney shops—the Disney Wonder cruise is loaded with fun activities for little ones. You can board this cruise in June when it journeys from the bustling coastal city of Vancouver to the fjords of Alaska.

Departure: Vancouver.

Stopping at: Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.

When: Sevennight itinerary from June 26, 2017.

Cost: US$2,051 upwards per person.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN

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Take your kids on a journey to explore the culturally-textured China, South Korea, and Japan. Watch movies with your kids or go dancing with your partner— the Mariner of the Seas will fill your days and nights with activities. The cruise features children’s programmes, on-board performances and a 3D movie theatre, a fitness centre, a spa and whirlpools, and activities such as rock climbing, skating, wine tasting, and dance classes.

Depature: Shanghai.

Stopping at: Nagasaki, and Busan.

When: Five-night starting June 11, 2017.

Cost: US$489 upwards per person.

INDIA SPECIAL

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Azamara Journey will start its voyage in Mumbai, taking passengers on a 20-day cruise to Kochi, Seychelles, Maldives, and Sri Lanka before heading back to India. The ship features many dining options including Prime C, a steakhouse; The Wine Cellar; Italian restaurant Aqualina as well as casinos and a spa.

DEPATURE: Mumbai.

STOPPING AT: Kochi, Seychelles, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Goa.

WHEN: Twenty-day cruise from April 22, 2017.

COST: US$4,799 upwards per person.

CARNIVAL CRUISES

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Whether you’re looking for a party on the beach in Miami, lesson in history for your kids at a fortress in San Juan, or a snorkelling trip to Grand Turk—this Caribbean itinerary has it all. The Carnival Glory has an adult only area called Serenity Retreat, where you can relax while your teens have a spa day at ZSPA. From dance parties to casinos and game shows to cooking demonstrations, it’s a carnival at sea.

Departure: Miami.

Stopping at: Amber Cove, St Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk.

When: Seven-day cruise from April 1, 2017.

Cost: US$539 upwards per person. 

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