Hit the Deck—our top picks for family cruise vacations

Eastern Caribbean Cruises—Our Top Picks for Families

Jill Sheppard
Atlantic Place, St. John’s
jsheppard@legrowstravel.ca

 “When it comes to planning that perfect family cruise, it’s really a question of making sure the ship’s programming matches up with your kids’ ages and interests and that’s where we come in. I’ve been on so many cruises with my own family. I love using my experience to help my clients.”

Looking for the best itinerary for a family cruise? The Eastern Caribbean is the way to go, says LeGrow’s Travel cruise specialist, Jill Sheppard, Atlantic Place, St. John’s

“I’m a huge fan of cruising and the Eastern Caribbean in particular,” says Jill. “Let me tell you, nothing gets the whole family unwound faster than a week of island-hopping in the sun!”

As Jill points out, this area is great for first-time cruisers, offering an up-close-and-personal introduction to such island-retreats as St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Tortola and the islands of The Bahamas. “I love how your cruise can be three, four, seven or more days long, making it ideal for families wanting a quick escape,” she says.

Given the boatloads of family fun on offer, Jill advises clients that choosing the right ship for your family getaway is even more important than the itinerary. “I recommend pairing your Eastern Caribbean cruise with one of the larger lines like Royal Caribbean or NCL, which offer an impressive array of entertainment and programming geared specifically to families.”

Here are two of Jill’s top picks for out-of-the-box family cruises.

Jill’s Personal Pick!

Family Cruise: Eastern Caribbean Escape aboard Symphony of the Seas
Recommended for you by Jill Sheppard, Atlantic Place


 “Royal Caribbean is my all-time favorite for family-focused cruise vacations. The entertainment is incredible and the dining is flexible and innovative. These megaships have all the bells and whistles including multiple pools, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks and 3-D theatres. And that’s before you even look at the destination-rich shore excursions on offer.”

Pump up the Fun!
The newest ship in the RCI fleet, Symphony of the Seas has all the attractions your family could ever want, including in-the-dark laser-tag, and twin Flow-rider surf simulators, to name just two.

Ask Jill

Family Cruise: Eastern Caribbean Fall Fling aboard Norwegian Encore
Recommended for you by Wanda Penney, Village Mall, St. John’s


“Norwegian’s flexible “freestyle cruising” approach has lots of family appeal. The newer ships have abundant family friendly activities and spaces where they can spend more quality time together onboard. Popular activities include rock-climbing and rappelling walls, bowling lanes and expansive water park areas.”

Pump up the Fun!
Newcomer to the NCL fleet, the Encore is home to the largest racetrack at sea, along with the ultimate Laser Tag venue, the Galaxy Pavilion (virtual reality maze), the multi-story Aqua Racer and Ocean Loops waterslides!

Ask Wanda