Best Cruise for Tweens and Teens

Carnival Breeze Cruise
  • Affordable trip rates
  • Spacious boat
  • Delicious food
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With the exception of the Vista, the Breeze is currently the biggest Carnival cruise ship you'll find - so older kids can explore the boat without constantly bumping into the ‘rents. A 320-feet water slide also delights adventurous tweens and teens.

Some adults complain that the ship’s food could taste better, but most kids seem to think it’s fine.


Entertainment: If you think it’s difficult to pry your kids away from their smartphones and tablets, this cruise is just what your family needs. There are tons of activities to keep older kids busy - free of charge. Tweens can perfect their artistic skills in the arts and crafts area or hang out at Camp Ocean - supervised by attentive staff, of course. Teens can play dodgeball, satisfy sugar cravings at the ship’s candy shop, or party with other teens at Club 02.

Carnival Breeze also has awesome activities for the adults in your family. They can unwind in the therapeutic thalassotherapy pool (try saying that 3 times in a row), battle each other in lip sync contests, or play life-size board games.

Dining: Guests swear Guy’s Burger Joint is one of the best places to eat, especially if you love thick, juicy burgers. Pizza Pirate is another kid-friendly option, but teens who stay up late may prefer Pizzeria del Capitano - it’s open 24 hours a day. Swirls sells creamy ice cream and froyo that really hits the spot on a hot day, and Shake Spot has some of the thickest shakes we’ve ever seen.

Amenities: Spacious closets and dresser drawers make it simple to find a spot for the entire family’s attire, even if your teen packed half his or her wardrobe. 24-hour room service lets you satisfy late-night cravings without leaving your kids unattended. And every room includes a private toilet and shower, as well as a TV and telephone. 

Childcare: Carnival Breeze offers supervised youth programs for kids aged 2 to 11, plus supervised areas for teens and tweens. It’s free for kids to attend these areas, and you’re allowed to leave the boat for on-shore excursions if you want.

The staff can’t administer medication, so keep that in mind if you’ve got a kiddo who uses an EpiPen or inhaler.

Price/Value: Cruise Critic gives the Carnival Breeze a 5 out of 5 for value, and Fodor’s Travel also gives a nod to the ship’s affordable accommodations. After reviewing the prices, which start at $179 per person, we totally understand why. This is the second-cheapest ship on our list of the best cruises for kids and families; in fact, it might even cost less than our most budget-friendly pick if you schedule an off-season trip.

Sure, you may have to dole out some extra money for specialty restaurants or excursions that take place on shore, but this cruise ship’s price is still a steal. Set aside some funds for WiFi access as well if you want to keep in touch with friends via social media or email during your trip.


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