Holland Cruises for Kids
Holland, also known as the Netherlands, is a country on the North Sea in Europe
. It is most known for its tulips, Anne Frank and windmills. Amsterdam is the capital; a few cruise ships port and visit there. Many cruises
that visit Holland offer kids' programs. Consider one of the following cruises prior to booking.
The "Costa Marina" travels from Amsterdam and stops in many ports including Stockholm (Sweden), Visby (Sweden), and Tallinn (Estonia). On board, the crew plans many activities with families in mind, such as cooking classes, karaoke and a talent show. The Costa Kids Program is for children ages 3 and older. The cruise has four clubs for different ages. Kids participate in activities such as T-shirt painting, table tennis, ice cream parties, theme dinners, pirate parties and more. During slow times, kids younger than 3 are welcome to join the fun if accompanied by an adult. For each dining room on the cruise, a kid's menu is available with foods like spaghetti and grilled cheese.
"Celebrity Century's" 12-day cruise begins in Amsterdam and visits other ports like Stockholm (Sweden), St. Petersburg (Russia), and Copenhagen (Denmark). Celebrity ships offer a youth program, split up according to ages, for children ages 3 to 17. Kids on board participate in their own theme parties, ship tours, arts and crafts, and age-appropriate games, such as scavenger hunts and sports tournaments. Each parent receives a pager so crew members can contact them should an emergency or concern arise.
MSC's "Lirica" travels to and from Amsterdam, visiting other cities such as Oslo (Norway) and Flam (Norway). MSC encourages families with children to cruise, offering free travel for kids with paying adults. Children 3 and older have a blast in the Children's Center where they are divided according to age group to participate in treasure hunts, mini Olympics, dancing, and more. For the whole family, the Lirica also has miniature golf, tennis, basketball and a family-friendly pizzeria.
Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.