CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary cruise lines are ramping up their offerings to passengers and the number of ships currently being built is a testament to the fact this is one of the most popular cruise categories. This category of cruise is usually best for families, as it covers ships that have the latest tech onboard as well as some of the coolest rides and attractions at sea.


Perfect for the first-time cruiser or a family, contemporary lines such as Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruise Australia, Carnival Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line are leading the pack in innovations and experiences for the entire family.


Royal Caribbean, known for sailing the world’s largest ships, launched the new Quantum Ultra-class ship in Asia, Spectrum of the Seas, last year. Her unique onboard facilities include a dedicated family suite which can sleep up to 11 people, some cool rides, and an exclusive ship-within-a-ship area for VIP guests, as well as the line’s neighbourhood concept with the Boardwalk and Central Park, and the Bionic Bar, which are also found on sister ships Harmony of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas. Spectrum also has Broadway-style entertainment, the AquaTheatre, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides and the Ultimate Abyss (the tallest slide at sea). There’s almost no reason to leave the ship!

In 2017, P&O Cruises launched Pacific Explorer, which has plenty of fun elements – a barefoot bowls green, a waterpark and a slide that hangs over the ship’s edge – set alongside sleek Scandinavian-inspired dining areas and bars with plush velvet lounges and armchairs and modern artwork. By day, sunbathers can grab lobster rolls and pulled pork burgers at the poolside Lobster & Burger bar and, in the evening, indulge in cocktails at the cabaret-style supper club.


Carnival Cruise Lines, one of Australia’s most popular lines, recently relaunched Carnival Splendor to much acclaim. For family fun, Carnival Cruise Lines is renowned for its great activities for kids, like Dr Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast where kids feast on gravity-defying pancakes and funky French toast while Dr Seuss characters wander around. Splendor also offers plenty in the way of grown-up activities, with its luxurious Cloud 9 Spa and accommodation.


If you’re looking for a holiday further from home, Disney Cruise Lines has won multiple awards for its family-friendly cruises. The ships are filled with Disney characters and the cruise is not just for kids. On Disney Magic, try the AquaDunk – you’ll climb to the ship’s highest point then plunge three storeys down a transparent slide – while Disney Wonder stages Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, retelling Anna and Elsa’s Frozen adventure in a unique Broadway-style musical performance.

CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary cruise lines are ramping up their offerings to passengers and the number of ships currently being built is a testament to the fact this is one of the most popular cruise categories. This category of cruise is usually best for families, as it covers ships that have the latest tech onboard as well as some of the coolest rides and attractions at sea.


Perfect for the first-time cruiser or a family, contemporary lines such as Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruise Australia, Carnival Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line are leading the pack in innovations and experiences for the entire family.


Royal Caribbean, known for sailing the world’s largest ships, launched the new Quantum Ultra-class ship in Asia, Spectrum of the Seas, last year. Her unique onboard facilities include a dedicated family suite which can sleep up to 11 people, some cool rides, and an exclusive ship-within-a-ship area for VIP guests, as well as the line’s “neighbourhood” concept with the Boardwalk and Central Park, and the Bionic Bar, which are also found on sister ships Harmony of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas. Spectrum also has Broadway-style entertainment, the AquaTheatre, the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides and the Ultimate Abyss (the tallest slide at sea). There’s almost no reason to leave the ship!


In 2017, P&O Cruises launched Pacific Explorer, which has plenty of fun elements – a barefoot bowls green, a waterpark and a slide that hangs over the ship’s edge – set alongside sleek Scandinavian-inspired dining areas and bars with plush velvet lounges and armchairs and modern artwork. By day, sunbathers can grab lobster rolls and pulled pork burgers at the poolside Lobster & Burger bar and, in the evening, indulge in cocktails at the cabaret-style supper club.


Carnival Cruise Lines, one of Australia’s most popular lines, recently relaunched Carnival Splendor to much acclaim. For family fun, Carnival Cruise Lines is renowned for its great activities for kids, like Dr Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast where kids feast on gravity-defying pancakes and funky French toast while Dr Seuss characters wander around. Splendor also offers plenty in the way of grown-up activities, with its luxurious Cloud 9 Spa and accommodation.


If you’re looking for a holiday further from home, Disney Cruise Lines has won multiple awards for its family-friendly cruises. The ships are filled with Disney characters and the cruise is not just for kids. On Disney Magic, try the AquaDunk – you’ll climb to the ship’s highest point then plunge three storeys down a transparent slide – while Disney Wonder stages Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, retelling Anna and Elsa’s Frozen adventure in a unique Broadway-style musical performance.