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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. Carnival Cruises via CruiseAway
High schoolers get to be independent onboard and onshore with Carnival Cruises’ specially designed teen-only shore excursions.

Some cruises have stacks for teens to do onboard on their own, but when the ship docks it’s likely they’ll be moaning and groaning about having to do boring tourist stuff with the folks. Not with Carnival. This cruise has supervised shore excursions exclu

  • Teenage lounge? Circle C for 12–14 year olds, O2 Club for 15–17 year olds
  • Teen activities: Dive-in movies by the pool, sports deck, WaterWorks, Hasbro – The Game Show
  • Teen-only parties? Occasional pool parties

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2. Royal Caribbean via CruiseAway
With its award-winning youth program and separate youth clubs for kids and teenagers, pleasing everyone in the family is a breeze with Royal Caribbean.

The kids will be happy to know that inside the teens-only lounge, there are no set activities or programs. All there is are spaces to hang out, games to play and parties to attend. If they choose to sit in a corner and twiddle their thumbs, that’s their p

  • Teenage lounges: Yes
  • Teen activities: Teen spas, video arcades, rock climbing, DJ academy
  • Teen-only parties? Yes. Theme dinners, pool parties, teen-only nightclub

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3. Norwegian Cruise Lines via CruiseAway
Dedicated family cruise packages and unique activity programs is only the tip of the iceberg for teens sailing with Norwegian.

If artistic and fun is your teenager’s style, then Norwegian is the perfect fit. On top of its supervised hangout space, which is filled with video games, music and movies, the liner offers activities from sports and music jams to circus tricks and graffi

  • Teenage lounge? Yes
  • Teen activities: Music jams, balloon sculptures, graffiti workshops, circus skill workshops, acting workshops, dodgeball, soccer, swimming
  • Teen-only parties? Norwegian hosts supervised College Night, White Hot Party and Glow teen-only parties

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4. P&O Cruises via CruiseAway
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.

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5. Celebrity Cruises via CruiseAway
From dedicated XBox stations to GoPro movie projects, the tech-savvy iGeneration is bound to flip when they get wind of the interactive experiences that await them on a Celebrity Cruise.

The fun begins once they get their hands on the console. From there they can participate in gaming theme parties and tournaments against their peers. They also have a private hangout space where they can make friends, play sports and chill.

  • Teenage lounge? The X-Club
  • Teen activities: iTake GoPro video projects, Cooking@Sea, gaming time
  • Teen-only parties? Celebrity Cruises hosts late-night teen-only dance parties

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6. MSC Cruises via CruiseAway
Teenagers aren’t kids. Fact. So MSC doesn’t treat them like they are. Instead the cruise line gives them the freedom to play it their way.

MSC offers a teens-only club space, which is open until 11pm, as well as activities such as sports, video games and spa and hair treatments. Teen-only events include a white teen party, MSC flashmob and formal night.

  • Teenage lounge? Yes
  • Teen activities: Sports tournaments, dance contests, teen spa treatments
  • Teen-only parties? Yes. Includes a white teen party, formal night and special Generation Dinner

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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
Surfiing
  • 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

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