At Little Steps, we are always on the hunt for the most exciting travel trends and cruising is one of them! Asia continues to prove itself as a cruising hub highlighting both short-stay (3-5 nights) and long-stay (5+ nights) options as well as an ever-changing list of destinations. What’s more? The ships on offer continue to innovate their family-friendly offerings including exciting activities such as ice skating, waterslides, surfing, entertainment shows, and rock climbing. Huge kids playrooms – they have those too! Enjoy our guide to the best family-friendly cruises in Asia.
Royal Caribbean's ships are made for families! Some of the family-friendly features onboard Voyager of the Seas include FlowRider surf simulator, mini golf, ice-skating, entertainment shows, family-style games, and activities! Only available on Quantum of the Seas, the other attractions include Ripcord by iFly - a skydiving experience and SeaPlex - the largest indoor active space at sea which includes bumper cars, a roller-skating rink, Xbox and more. They offer both long or short trips around Asia at key ports such as Hong Kong and Singapore. There is an abundance of dining needs with restaurants galore all catering to kids, kids, kids. Cruises are offered in April, August, July, December and range from destinations throughout Asia.
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This is a lovely small boat that takes about 60 passengers, so perfect for something a little more intimate. Public areas include the dining room, a forward saloon, a small spa and a lecture room/movie room. For travelling the Mekong in old world style, this is the boat for you and the family. The ship is quite basic but the crew will ensure your every need it met. Upcoming cruises in Asia include: Imperial Jewels Of China (Beijing To Shanghai), Magnificent Mekong (Hanoi To Ho Chi Minh), Roof Of The World (Beijing To Shanghai), Undiscovered China (Shanghai To Beijing).
Viking River Cruises, www.vikingrivercruises.com
Designed to cruise waterways and rivers, this 124 cabin ship is great for touring Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The ship's public areas include a lounge, fitness room, hair salon, massage rooms and Sun Deck with a swimming pool. Public areas offer free WiFi, and all cabins have flat-screen TVs with Internet access, movie and music libraries, and bow and navigational cams. Upcoming cruises are focused on cruising the Mekong!
AMA Waterways, www.amawaterways.com
This is a small luxury ship with 212 passenger capacity. This is an all-suite ship with an air of luxury and elegance. It has a private yacht-style ambiance with personal, attentive, authentic service. Children under 7 are not allowed but older children are most welcome. They have an open bridge policy where you can go and visit the Captain at any time, quite exciting for young sailors. Upcoming cruises include Grand Japan (Tokyo To Osaka), Kyoto And The Zen Of Japan (Tokyo To Kyoto), Aleutians And North Pacific Crossing (Yokohama (Tokyo) to Seward (Anchorage)).
Windstar Cruises, www.windstarcruises.com
The ship's small size, 32 persons only, means it can navigate the shallow waterways on itineraries between Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia's Siem Reap. This is a great little cruise for families who need some quality time together. It’s a truly cultural experience as you embrace true Asia. They have 4 and 5 night cruises, great for first time cruisers.
Avalon Waterways, www.avalonwaterways.com
Feel like getting away from Hong Kong but can't plan a big trip? Just want a couple of days away? A weekend? Dream Cruiselines offers one of the coolest staycations around - a cruise leaving on Friday and returning on Sunday from Hong Kong or Singapore of Guangzhou! Kids will be in heaven with their mega family-focused activities, waterslides, and fun!
Dream Cruises, www.dreamcruiseline.com
The Cartoon Network Wave is the world's first Cartoon Network-themed cruise and offers a stunning combination of sheer playfulness (it's not a ship, it's just Jake the Dog doing his thing) and unrivalled luxury (world's first ever cruise ship triplex suites!). It comprises of 800 fully-themed cabins for the 2000 Cartoon Network fans to get their adventure sleep in before venturing onto 11-decks-worth of party, play, learning, food, drink, family and shopping areas. Immerse yourself in the stories of characters that your kids are growing up with, let your kids reach out to them and see what they have to offer off-screen. Your family couldn't be in better hands. These guys saved the day too many times to count!
A beautiful medium sized ship, looking after 600 residents, offers several cruises around Asia. The boat allows you to visit areas bigger ships can’t such as Komodo in Indonesia. Stop off at this UNESCO World Heritage site and see the dragons in real life. On board there are several restaurants, a library, pool, gym and entertainment. The crew are very attentive without being intrusive. It’s all inclusive too. Upcoming voyages include 12-26 day cruises around Asia.
This is a traditional cruise with modern touches. The line offers a wide array of daily activities, which include enrichment programs like cooking classes, wine tastings, mixology classes, art events, themed trivia games, fitness classes, Digital Workshop seminars, movies and other special interest events during the day. There will be more for kids to do during the summer season. They also offer Dancing With The Stars for you to enjoy too! Upcoming cruises are focused on long-voyages in Asia - 14+ days.
Holland America Line, www.hollandamerica.com
Luxury phinisi cruiser Rascal has launched a series of conservation-focused itineraries in partnership with Conservation International designed to get the whole family involved in real-life conservation projects, hand-in-hand with marine biologists in tow. This 5-cabin private charter yacht is ideal for families looking to travel in comfort and tropical-luxe style, with all cabins conveniently located above deck to make the most of Indonesia’s spectacular island vistas. The new itineraries prove an educational and forward-thinking experience, with seasonal routes that can include Manta tagging, whale shark surveys and coral reef mapping. Rascal’s Conservation International Itinerary raters start from USD$12,500 + 10% tax per night.
If you want luxury, then this is the ship for you. This all suite ship is perfect for a little indulgence. On board you can enjoy a full library, golf lessons, a pool, gym and spa, a wide selection of dining options and much more. Enjoy some time off the ship at the many stops and check out what Asia has to offer. There isn’t a kids club so come prepared with activities. Silversea cannot accommodate infants under six months of age and reserves the right to limit the number of children under three years of age. Upcoming voyages are focused on 7 days+ and include journeys in Myanmar, Hong Kong, Japan.
Norwegian Cruise Line has been hitting the high seas for over 50+ years! Families onboard their ships can enjoy mini golf on deck, cupcake decorating classes and scavenger hunts, to name a few of treats in store. There are tropical-themed kids' pools, Circus School classes where the young can learn to juggle and a 20-foot-high rock climbing wall for the older kids, as well as a plethora of waterslides and a White Hot Party with glowing lights and dancing under the stars for the teenagers. The Splash Academy is a complimentary programme for kids aged 6 months to 12 years with sports, games, theme-night activities and parties, organized and overseen by trained youth staff. Better yet, children aged three and under always eat for free and kids from 4 to 12 can order from the complimentary kids' menu. Upcoming journeys include Southeast Asia and 5-day cruises from Hong Kong.
Norwegian Cruise Line, www.ncl.com
A staple in the Asian cruise scene for mini breaks, you’re sure to have fun. They have destinations all over Asia. All tastes are Asian and wear is elegant casual so it’s not too fussy. They have short trips all over Asia perfect for first-timers looking to get the feel of the cruising world. Ships include SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Aquarius, Star Pisces, and The Taipan.
Star Cruises, www.starcruises.com
MEKONG CRUISES WITH KIDS:
Heritage Line, http://heritage-line.com/tourcategory/ayeyarwady/
Aqua Expeditions, https://www.aquaexpeditions.com
INDONESIA CRUISES: Komodo, Flores Liveaboards
Sea Safari, https://www.seasafaricruises.com/itineraries
Pirates Bay, https://piratesbaycruising.com/boats/