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ULTIMATE INDULGENCE

In terms of being “the biggest” in cruise, Royal Caribbean’s new

Symphony of the Seas

, the largest cruise ship in the world, has

the winning title. A 10-storey slide and a 12-metre-long surf

simulator are only two among a myriad of exciting activities

onboard this vessel, which is also home to an ice skating rink,

a rock wall, and its own laser tag studio. But still, la

pièce de

résistance

may be the Ultimate Family Suite, two-level

accommodations fit for a family of eight. The “ultimate” features

abound: A floor-to-ceiling Lego wall, an in-suite slide, a private

cinema, a wrap-around balcony and a butler are all included.

SWEET BLISS

You’ll be hard-pressed to get your kids off the new

Norwegian

Bliss

, because this ship is a destination in and of itself. There

are connecting staterooms to accommodate large families,

but chances are, you won’t be spending much time in your

suite, anyway. Enjoy some friendly competition at the

two-level, 300-metre-long electric-car racetrack, or go

head-to-head down the two multi-storey waterslides at the

onboard AquaPark. And if that’s not enough affable rivalry,

guests of all ages will no doubt enjoy the space

station-themed laser tag venue on the top deck.

ROOM TO BREATHE

Given its connecting stateroom options and two-bedroom

Family Suites, it’s safe to say that Princess Cruises is appealing

to families across its fleet. But while the motivations for

vacationing with loved ones is to create memories together,

sometimes a little time apart is good for everyone, too.

Recognizing this, Princess has developed a variety of different

programs to appeal to its range of guests; a spa-inspired

top-deck retreat called Sanctuary is reserved just for adults,

while kids, youth and teen clubs offer specially-designed

activities for cruisers aged three to 17.

LIVING ON THE EDGE

The most defining feature of the new

Celebrity

Edge

– scheduled to take its inaugural voyage in

November 2018 – is its Magic Carpet, a mobile platform

that will act somewhat like an elevator, floating from one

deck to the next. On one level, it will be an open-air dining

venue, while on another, an extension of the pool area.

And though this venue may be best enjoyed by the adults

in the family, there’s plenty for younger travellers to look

forward to as well. Fabulous Kids’ Camp experiences

available onboard the

Edge

will offer curious minds

the opportunity to partake in exciting and educational

activities that focus on science and technology, art,

and culinary creations.

ACROSS GENERATIONS

Known for its appeal to multi-generational groups,

Holland America Line has been evolving its programming

and onboard offerings to best serve its passengers. In fact,

staterooms built specifically for families – originally launched

with the

ms Koningsdam

in 2016 – will be carried over to its

newest ship,

ms Nieuw Statendam

, scheduled to set sail in

December 2018. Fine dining, casinos and onboard

entertainment will certainly appeal to more mature

travellers, while the Club HAL program will continue to

entertain guests aged three to 12-years-old. Meanwhile,

The Loft, an adult-free zone with music, games and movies,

is made especially for teens.

Are you looking for the latest and greatest at-sea experiences the whole

family can enjoy? Here’s what’s new in the world of family cruising…

By Charlotte New

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