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Family Cruise Deals: Which Cruise Lines Let Kids Sail Free

Nancy Schretter

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Families are always looking for ways to save money on vacations, especially family cruise deals and kids sail free promotions. Cruises offer a great vacation value for families and multigenerational groups.

Royal Caribbean Ship Pool

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Some cruise lines make it even better by letting kids sail free – and a few let families combine additional cruise promotions to further sweeten the deal. If you’re thinking about a family cruise vacation, check out these Kids Sail Free deals for new bookings on future sailings. 

CroisiEurope | MSC Cruises | Norwegian Cruise Line | Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean: Kids Sail Free + Added Savings

Royal Caribbean is a popular cruise vacation choice for families. The cruise line’s megaresort-style ships are loaded with thrilling experiences and amenities for families including massive waterparks, glow-in-the-dark laser tag, well-equipped kids and teens clubs, and a wide array of staterooms for families. Royal Caribbean’s reimagined private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, delivers fun for the whole family and a variety of exciting adventures as well.

Royal Caribbean Coco Cay

Perfect Day at Coco Cay. (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Families can save big with Royal Caribbean’s Kids Sail Free deals on select cruises, particularly now. For the first time, Royal Caribbean’s Kids Sail Free offer applies to cruises during the summer months. Children 12 and under sail free on select three-night or longer cruises including Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii and other sailings.

For this current Kids Sail Free promotion, bookings must take place between October 1 – November 5, 2020 and the deal is applicable to sailings between November 1 – December 17, 2020 and January 8, 2021 – December 17, 2021. Some holiday cruise dates are excluded from this offer. 

Royal Caribbean Pool Lido

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Royal Caribbean also offers additional cruise deals that can be combined with their Kids Sail Free promotions. During the month of October this year, these combinable deals include 60% off for a second guest and up to $100 instant savings on 2021 cruises.

Cruise deals change constantly, so visit this page for the latest details on Royal Caribbean’s Kids Sail Free cruise deals and other family-friendly offers.

MSC Cruises: Kids Sail Free + Tots and Family Cruise Deals

MSC Cruises Cooking Class

Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises.

MSC Cruises caters to families and multigenerational groups from around the globe. The cruise line’s family-friendly ships feature children’s programs, family activities, pools and waterparks, innovative cooking classes for kids, multi-cultural enrichment experiences and more.

In addition, MSC Cruises’ newer ships offer a wide range of family accommodations and exciting attractions including zip lines, ropes courses, state-of-the-art aqua parks, and Formula 1 simulators. 

MSC Cruises MSC Fantasia

(Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises)

MSC Cruises’ ongoing Kids Sail Free deals apply to children under the age of 18 sailing with their parents in the same stateroom. These Kids Sail Free offers are available on select sailings and are subject to availability which may vary by season, so make sure to confirm at time of booking. Parents of little tykes will be happy to know that kids under 2 years of age always sail free on MSC Cruises.

MSC also offers additional family cruise deals including its popular All in One fares for a single adult traveling with up to 3 kids under 18 in the same stateroom.

For parents looking for a bit more privacy, MSC’s Family Special Fare allows kids to occupy a second stateroom for just 60% of the adult fare, when available and applicable.

Check here for more information on MSC Cruises’ Kids Sail Free cruise deals, family-focused amenities and other offers. 

Norwegian Cruise Line: Kids Sail Free + Free At Sea Cruise Deals

Norwegian Cruise Line Go Karts

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Norwegian Cruise Line is known for its family-friendly ships featuring stand-out attractions and entertainment for guests of all ages.

The cruise line’s family-pleasing shipboard amenities include racetracks at sea, dedicated virtual reality and interactive gaming complexes, huge waterparks, open-air laser tag arenas, children’s and teens clubs and programs, kids menus, and an extensive choice of staterooms for families and multigenerational cruise guests. 

Norwegian Cruise Line Encore Laser Tag

(Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Kids Sail Free deal is part of the cruise line’s ongoing Free at Sea promotion available year-round. The cruise line’s “Free Kids” offer allows third and fourth guests – who can be kids, family members or friends of any age – to sail free on select sailings when sharing a stateroom with two other guests.

When families book Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion, they have the option to pick and combine up to five free offers depending on the sailing and stateroom category reserved. In addition to Free Kids, other Free at Sea offers include Free Open Bar, Free Specialty Dining, Free Excursions and Free WiFi.

While not all Norwegian Cruise Line sailings offer Kids Sail Free deals, others allow third and fourth guests to sail for a reduced rate of $99 per person when sharing a stateroom with two other guests. For detailed information on Norwegian Cruise Line’s current offers and Kids Sail Free cruise deals, visit this page.

CroisiEurope: Kids Sail Free on Family Cruises + Tots Cruise Free

CroisiEurope Cruise Ship

(Photo courtesy of CroisiEurope)

Family-owned CroisiEurope welcomes families with kids of all ages on its river cruises and ocean sailings on waterways around the world.

Launched over forty years ago, CroisiEurope operates more than fifty vessels including river cruise and ocean-going ships as well as crewed canal barges in France.

Families can enjoy an international cruise experience with friendly staff, single and triple cabins for family groups traveling with odd numbers of guests, and discovery shore excursions designed to appeal to both the young and the young at heart. 

CroisiEurope Cruise Ship

(Photo courtesy of Nancy Schretter)

CroisiEurope offers Kids Sail Free deals during the summer months on select Family Club river cruises along the Douro River in Portugal as well as in Spain and Italy. Children under 16 years old travel free on these Family Club sailings, which depart from Porto, Venice and Seville.

The 2021 departure dates have not been released yet for these CroisiEurope family-oriented Kids Sail Free sailings, but they’re expected to be announced by the end of this year.

Additional value-added family perks on these CroisiEurope Family Club cruises also include family-friendly stateroom locations, special kids’ menus, kids activities, excursions adapted for kids and more.

CroisiEurope also offers 30% off for kids up to 16 years old on their family-focused sea cruise in Croatia and Montenegro.

In addition, children under 2 years of age cruise free on all CroisiEurope river cruises and CroisiEurope also offers 20% savings on river cruises for kids under 10 years old. For complete details on CroisiEurope’s Kids Sail Free offers, check out this page

CroisiEurope Ship Cruise

Photo courtesy of CroisiEurope.

Cruise lines roll out new Kids Sail Free cruise deals from time to time, so keep an eye out for the latest discounts. Other cruise lines including Crystal Cruises and Holland America Line have featured Kids Sail Free promotions in the past, but these offers are not available at the current time.

Contact your travel agent or the cruise lines for complete information on all the latest Kids Cruise Free deals as well as other special rates and promotions that may apply to your family’s cruise. 

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Nancy Schretter has been a leader in family and multigenerational travel for more than 20 years, covering these topics for her own publications as well as for leading magazines, newspapers, television and radio programs, and online travel sites. She is also a consultant and frequent speaker at travel industry conferences and events.

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