Yes! Kids cruise free. It's does exist!
By Danielle Leshin
There are still a few cruise lines where kids can cruise free. Some of them allow the 3rd or 4th passengers to cruise free regardless of their age.
Some cruise lines offer huge discounts for kids or 3rd and 4th passengers. With a cruise deal like this, the only thing you’re going to end up paying for are the taxes for the kids or 3rd and 4th passengers and their gratuities.
What a deal!
Disney Dream Cruise Ship
Cruise lines that still run specials where kids cruise free or discounted are:
1. Holland America
5. Disney Cruise lines ( this is not a budget friendly cruise line, but does offer a kids cruise free special)
6. Crystal Cruises ( this is not a budget friendly cruise line, but does offer a kids cruise free special)
Holland America runs these free and discounted specials way more often than any of the other cruise lines listed above. They also have the most choices and best itineraries included in the specials. That being said, kids cruise free or deeply discounted, if money is no object, Holland America would not be our first pick for a family friendly cruise, we would choose Royal Caribbean or Disney.
On Board Holland America
Since we are on a strict budget and money does matter, Holland America is our top pick for Kids Cruise Free. Now, I just want to make sure you know what to expect, and let you know, this has never ever stopped my family and I from taking a Holland America cruise. We have always enjoyed ourselves on Holland America, and because of the specials, we have been able to take awesome cruises to Aruba, Curacao, St. Thomas and many other fabulous places, that without the kids cruise free specials, we would never have been able to afford.
Holland America Cruise Turks and Caicos
Holland America Cruise Towel Animal
Holland America Westerdams Toddler Play Pool
Here’s what to expect on Holland America:
An older crowd, nice room, beautiful ships, spa, casino, fitness center, private cabanas by the pools, fantastic food, good entertainment, most of their ships now have the outdoor movie screens by the pools, karaoke, basketball, putt putt golf, kids clubs for all ages ( the employees in the kids clubs were great with our kids, and there were very few kids on the ship each time we have gone).
Our kids loved the kids clubs and they almost had the place to themselves ! Holland America feels more like old school, refined cruising with a few updated twists, like the karaoke and pool games.
Half Moon Cay Childrens Water Slide on The Beach
What you should NOT expect on Holland America:
Don’t expect a lot of extra things like, rock climbing walls, or ice skating rinks, or even water slides for the kids. Kids are typically allowed in only one of the pools, usually at the rear of the ship, there are signs posted. This is also a toddler play pool area for smaller children. The fact that the kids were only allowed in one specific pool has been the only thing I didn’t care for on Holland America, everything else has always been perfect and everything I have come to expect from a cruise vacation.
So a big thank you to Holland America.
Thank you for running the kids cruise free specials and allowing my family and so many others the chance to enjoy wonderful cruises and experience beautiful places.
*I am not affiliated with Holland America in any way.
Here is the latest deal on Holland America:
$405.50 per person, based on 4 people in an interior room, 7 night cruise!
This price includes taxes and port charges. This is a great deal, remember, it includes all your food too!
The cheapest 7 night cruise on one of Carnivals oldest ships is going to cost you $470.25 per person based on 4 people in an interior room.
Going on Holland America with the kids cruise free special will save you about $260 over Carnival’s cheapest 7 day cruise.
Holland Americas Private Island Half Moon Cay
Curacao from Holland Americas Westerdam
7 day western Caribbean
Ship: ms Nieuw Amsterdam
Embark Port: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Disembark Port: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Day Date Port Arrive Depart 0 15 Dec 2013 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US 04:00 PM
16 Dec 2013 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas TR 08:00 AM 04:00 PM
17 Dec 2013 At Sea
18 Dec 2013 Georgetown, Cayman IslandsTR 08:00 AM 04:00 PM
19 Dec 2013 Cozumel, Mexico 10:00 AM 11:00 PM 5 20 Dec 2013 At Sea
21 Dec 2013 Key West, Florida, US 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
22 Dec 2013 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US 07:00 AM
If you want a budget friendly cruise line where you can get a good deal, but they never run a kids cruise free promotion, try Carnival. Carnival is our top pick for all around family friendly and budget friendly cruise line, but Holland America will be cheaper with the kids cruise free special.
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