Running a fleet of five modern passenger liners between the Netherlands and the UK, and within Scandinavia, DFDS offers family holidays and breaks in the form of mini cruises, cruises and hotel breaks, and cruise and drive breaks. For five years in a row they’ve won the World’s Leading Ferry Operator title in the World Travel Awards, so they must doing something right.
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It’s time to wise up if you’ve been cruiseophobic until now. Dismiss all notions of the blue-rinse brigade storming the decks and consider taking your kids on a cruise with DFDS. These days the demographic of cruise converts is a wide one and while heading through heavy seas for weeks on end may not, admittedly, be everyone’s cup of tea, these breaks are timed perfectly to capture everyone’s attention and hold it for the duration of the stay, lasting, as they do, just a couple of days. The accommodation is comfortable (choose from a range of cabins) and the food is not your average sailors tin of beans but an attractive range of kid-friendly options in various restaurants with under-threes eating free.
Your kids will love taking to the high seas, especially as it’s like a floating toy there’s so much to engage them with en-route. Kids’ Clubs keeps everyone happy with a range of nautically themed pursuits, youngsters can enjoy meeting Jack the Pirate and hunt for treasure on a daily basis. The cinema shows popular releases and The Bubble Zone has pools and Jacuzzis so everyone can enjoy a splash without going overboard. As well as soft play areas for younger kids, teens haven’t been forgotten with the amusement games providing air hockey, table football, darts, and much more.
Open your kids’ eyes to conservation issues with a marine wildlife cruise to Amsterdam, where they’ll learn through interactive workshops and presentations, as well as spotting marine life themselves. Choose Oslo-Copenhagen and show them the sight of these two beautiful cities, taking time out in Tivoli Gardens, a hedonist’s paradise. Treat them to a day at Amsterdam Zoo or feed their fantasies and opt for Efteling Theme Park. Whichever cruise you choose, you can pad out the fun with stays in hotels and make the most of your time by booking city tours.
Your kids will have a blast and, more importantly, will never be landlubbers again.