- Teenage lounges: Yes.
- Teen-only parties? Yes — pool parties and even a makeshift prom.
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You’re looking for cruises that won’t lump your teen in with children — we totally get it.
These cruise lines offer spaces, activities and parties designed specifically for youths ages 13 to 17. So whether your teen wants to dance or shoot hoops, play video games or simply hang, they’ll be happy cruising above the waves.
Bonus? Kids ages 17 and under sail free on select MSC ships.
When compiling this list, we looked at cruise lines that devote resources and space specifically to teens ages 13 to 17, prioritizing companies that build ships with teens-only lounges and hangout areas in mind. We sought out companies with sturdy reputations for being friendly not only to adolescents, but to families, with a variety of onboard activities that can be enjoyed together or apart.
We also considered onboard dining and weighed the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value. Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.
Aboard these cruise ships, many teens discover that they have more independence than on land. They can hang out and play to their true heart’s content — staying out till midnight, without needing to get picked up by Mom or Dad. While you’re choosing the best cruise for your teen, check for discounts that might knock down the price.
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