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DESTINATIONS ALL AGES CRUISE All Disney Cruise Line ships have


play areas and nurseries for babies and toddlers aged six months to three years old where parents can leave the kids. Reservations are needed, and the cost is $9 an hour.


w CHILDREN Cruising is an endless round of fun for children under 12, with science games, pizza-making, and arts and crafts in children’s clubs. There are aqua parks with chutes and fountains for youngsters, and thrilling water slides, climbing walls and Formula One racing car simulators for older kids. NCL’s Caribbean-based Norwegian


Escape has water slides that riders are literally dropped into, a ropes course with swinging beams and zip wires, and six-inch-wide planks over the side of the ship that daredevils can walk. Norwegian Epic, which sails the Med in summer, has the 200ft Epic Plunge – riders race down on an inner tube, then swoosh around a bowl before being plunged into the pool below. From £1,149 per person cruise-only for a seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise round-trip from Civitavecchia departing August 22. Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas has the Ultimate Abyss, a dry slide that plunges riders 100 feet in about 13 seconds, and a trio of fun flumes. These will also be on Symphony of the Seas when it launches in March. Anthem of the Seas has skydiving, dodgem cars and roller skating, while


Three generations can enjoy their own brand of fun by day and get back together for quality family time over dinner


Independence of the Seas is cruising from Southampton this summer with a new aquapark, top-deck trampolines and laser tag, as well as a Flowrider surf simulator and ice-skating rink. The latter is from £899 per person for an eight-night Norwegian Fjords cruise round-trip from Southampton departing July 28. Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Vista, cruising the Caribbean from Miami this summer, has hanging bikes that go around an 800ft track at the top of the ship at speeds of up to 18mph (these will also be on Horizon, which makes a brief appearance in the Med in April) and Kaleid-o-Slide, a flume with flashing colours and music as you slide down. MSC Cruises’ new MSC Meraviglia


has a ropes course and full-sized bowling alley, while new ships MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview (the former is in Miami, the latter launches in the Med in June) have zip wires. Others to consider include Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line and P&O Cruises, as all have family-friendly ships with kids’


clubs and swimming pools. Marella Cruises’ Marella Discovery and Marella Discovery 2 have kids’ clubs, climbing walls and games arcades.


w TEENS Even the coolest teens will become kids again on the water slides, dodgems, surf simulators, zip wires, go-karts and laser tag games on these big floating resorts. In a weak moment, they may even agree to race Dad around the ropes course! These activities are there for all ages


to enjoy – though some have height restrictions if they are unsuitable for younger children – and most are free to use. Exceptions include MSC’s Formula One simulators and 4D cinemas, while NCL is still deciding whether to slap a fee on the go-karting on Norwegian Bliss. Teens can always go back to being


TOP: Disney’s Fantasy


LEFT: Ultimate Abyss, Harmony of the Seas


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cool again in the hip hangouts on the big ships. These variously have air hockey tables, jukeboxes and computer games, as well as pods where they can plug in their iPhones and chill out listening to music and watching films. Disney’s Disney Magic is back in the Med this summer with a new-look teen club for 14 to 17-year-olds. Called Vibe, the area is being refurbished as a trendy urban loft where teens can


PICTURE: MICHEL VERDURE; KENT PHILLIPS


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