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6 best cruises for teenagers that are actually cool

The phrase “bored to death” doesn’t exist on these teen-friendly cruise lines.

Teenagers can be some of the hardest people to please. They’re at that time in their lives where the worst thing in the world is to be seen with their parents. So being stuck with the family on a cruise ship can seem like a nightmare.

If that’s the case with your teen, then turn their frowns upside down with the plethora of activities on these cruise line.

They offer everything from wicked waterslides to teenage lounges, so they won’t have to “hang” with you if they don’t want to.

1. P&O Cruises
Hailed as the Best Family Cruise Line by Out And About With Kids magazine in 2014, P&O Cruises caters to all members of the family with four dedicated kids clubs to suit various ages.

For tweens 11–14 years old, the place to be is HQ. It’s the ultimate chillout space with movies, video games and karaoke sessions. For teenagers 15–17 years old, there’s HQ+. It’s a more adult version of HQ that features a movie-making studio and teen jam

  • Teenage lounges: HQ and HQ+
  • Teen activities: Jam bands, movie-making, movies
  • Teen-only parties? No.

Go to P&O Cruises website View coupon codes for P&O Cruises


Top teenage friendly cruise features and which lines have them:

If your teen things cruising is for an older crowd, just refer to this list of teen-approved activities you can do onboard ships. Depending on the line and package you book, they're not all included in the cruise fare, so we'd recommend checking with the line directly to see if there are any extra costs associated with the activity.

ActivityCruise line(s)
Zip lining/Flying Fox
  • P&O
  • Royal Caribbean
Laser tag
  • P&O
Rock climbing
  • P&O
  • Royal Caribbean
Waterslides/Waterpark/Splashpads
  • Carnival
  • P&O
  • Royal Caribbean
Segway obstacle course
  • P&O
Surfing
  • Royal Caribbean
Ropes course
  • P&O
Indoor Skydiving
  • Royal Caribbean
Dodgems/Bumper cars
  • Royal Caribbean
Ice skating
  • Royal Caribbean
Basketball court
  • Carnival
  • P&O
  • Royal Caribbean
Video arcade
  • Carnival
  • Royal Caribbean

Importance of cruise travel insurance

Family holidays are expensive enough and a lot of work goes into planning the perfect getaway - especially when it comes to hard-to-please teenagers. You shouldn't need to worry about any added expenses or stress if your trip doesn't go according to plan.

Getting cruise travel insurance can cover you in more ways than just a regular travel insurance policy, including cover for missed shore excursions, cabin confinement and even medical evacuations if an emergency happens on board. Having the right cover will also come in handy if something were to happen to anyone in your family on the holiday - not just your teen.

Top teenage-friendly tour deals and flights

P&O Cruises P&O Cruises

Free drinks package + Up to $300 onboard credit

Valid for travel on select dates. Inclusive of free refreshment drinks package, free onboard spending money and more. Destinations include Vanuatu, Fiji, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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Groupon Groupon

Extra 15% off first Groupon purchase

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Royal Caribbean: Free balcony upgrade

Valid for travel for departures after 20 September 2019 with select Royal Caribbean cruises. Destinations include Singapore, New Zealand and more. T&Cs apply.

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Get $4,000 in free extras with 18-night Vietnam and Philippines cruises + flights

Valid on select 2019 - 2020 dates across Vietnam and Philippines with Royal Caribbean cruises. Inclusive of additional two bonus nights, return flights, onboard meals and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $4,000 in free extras worldwide cruises with flights

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Up to 32% off river cruises

Valid for travel between March - December 2020. Destinations include Europe, Asia and more. T&Cs apply.

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St. Patrick's Day sale: Up to 50% off cruises

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Christmas sale: Free one-way airfare

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Up to 20% off Greek ferry tickets

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Cunard sale: Up to 15% off cruises

Valid for travel until December 2021 with Queen Elizabeth. Destinations include Sydney, Hobart, Tasmania, Melbourne, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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Christmas sale: 38% off Australia and New Zealand cruises

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Up to 15% off Polar region trips

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Beijing: 10-day stay with cruises from $1,499

Valid for travel on select dates from July - November 2019 across Beijing with Yangtze River cruise. Inclusive of 10 days accommodation, full board meals, return flights from Sydney and more. Destinations include Yichang, Xi'an and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 30% off cruises

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Get up to $4,000 free in extras with Transpacific cruises

Valid on select 2019 - 2020 dates. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 62% off Sydney Harbour cruises

Valid for travel on select dates between 24 May - 15 June 2019. Inclusive of Vivid festival sightseeing, one complimentary drink, accommodation at Luna Park, Opera House and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 49% off last-minute cruises in Australia

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Up to $200 OBC with Holland America cruises

Valid for travel from 2019 - 2020 with select Holland America cruises. Destinations include Auckland, Sydney, Honolulu and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off cruises + up to $300 OBC

Valid for travel from 2019 - 2020 with select Pacific Explorer cruises. Destinations include Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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Free unlimited drinks package + $150 OBC

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Up to $500 OBC + free unlimited internet

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Up to $400 OBC with Princess Cruises

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Free drinks package + up to $300 OBC

Valid from April 2019 - December 2020 with P&O. Destinations Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and more. T&Cs apply.

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Groupon Groupon

Up to 32% off 3-night Sydney cruise

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Up to 46% off Cunard cruises

Valid on select cruises from 2019 - 2020. Includes complimentary gratuities and onboard credit. T&Cs apply.

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Let's Ferry Let's Ferry

Blue Star Ferries from just 20€

Valid on select dates for travel until 31 October 2019. Destinations include Cyclades routes, Dodecanese routes and Northern Aegean Routes. T&C's apply.

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P&O Cruises P&O Cruises

Up to $200 on board credit on last-minute cruises

Valid from October - December 2018. Destinations include Moreton Island, Noumea, Hamilton Island, Vanuatu, Brisbane, Sydney and more. Cruises start from $315 per person for 3-night comedy cruises. T&Cs apply.

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Fjords cruises from £679 + up to £100 tour credit

Valid for travel on select 2018-19 sailings. Choose from a complimentary all-inclusive drinks upgrade or up to £100 pp shore tour credit. T&C's apply.

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No single supplement

Book select cruises as a solo traveller and pay no single supplement.

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20 Mar 2019 Up to $4,000 in free extras worldwide cruises with flights ********
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