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Voyager of the Seas Family Panoramic Suite

Which Cruise Ships Have Adjoining Rooms

Since Disney Cruise Line introduced family style accommodations on its newer ships in the 1990’s, the concept has caught on like wildfire. Newer cruise ships are being designed with the entire family in mind, and along with spacious cabins come a host of perks and incentives to help you choose the right cruise for your brood. If you require space-saving innovations, privacy partitions, a family suite or connecting cabins, there are affordable options to suit your style.

Avoiding family holiday horror stories

We have all seen and heard about family vacation horror stories, where confinement in close quarters with loved-ones soon turned into the holiday from hell. Everyone has individual needs for self expression and privacy, and it’s often the simple aspects of living in close quarters that can destroy family harmony; like the sound of snoring all night long, lights left on when you would prefer them off, fighting over bed bunks, coming in and out at inappropriate times – and the list goes on.

Fortunately, many cruise ships provide accommodation options designed for families and groups. Expansive staterooms resembling studio apartments are extremely popular, with many including spacious balconies – especially useful for time-out while the kids are sleeping. Another popular option is to book adjoining cabins, giving everyone plenty of privacy while still retaining the togetherness of a family.

Here are a few cruise lines that comfortably accommodate families and group bookings. This list is by no means comprehensive, and every ship has a different cabin design configuration, so check with your preferred cruise line regarding your individual requirements.

Disney Cruise Line

  • Large family Staterooms
  • Sleeps four to five people
  • Balcony doors with child-proof locks
  • Inside Staterooms with ‘Magical Portholes’
  • Connecting doors to adjoining staterooms for accommodating family and friends
  • Privacy curtain
  • Additional bathrooms
Disney Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

Disney Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

Carnival Cruise Lines

  • Large staterooms
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Some staterooms have two bathrooms
  • Extended balconies
  • Accommodation for up to 5 people
Carnival Dream Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

Carnival Dream Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

Celebrity Cruises

  • Master bedroom and single bedroom
  • Large balconies
  • Convertible sofa
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Privacy partitions
Celebrity Constellation Family Suite stateroom

Celebrity Constellation Family Suite stateroom

Norwegian Cruise Line

  • Family Villas sleep up to six passengers
  • Separate children’s bedroom
  • Two bathrooms
  • Private balcony
  • Access to a private courtyard area
  • Close to kid’s clubs
  • Suites that connect with staterooms to create up to five bedroom configurations
  • Connecting cabins sleeping up to eight people
Norwegian Jewel 2-bedroom family villa

Norwegian Jewel 2-bedroom family villa

Princess Cruises

  • Connecting staterooms that accommodate six passengers
  • Private balcony
  • Two bathrooms
Royal Princess Suite with Balcony

Royal Princess Suite with Balcony

P&O Cruises

  • Some larger suites with a separate bedroom
  • Family Suites with adjoining inside cabin
  • Sleep up to six passengers
  • Large balcony
  • Personal butler service
  • ‘Family Savers’ rates
Pacific Dawn connecting cabin

Pacific Dawn connecting cabin

Royal Caribbean

  • Aqua Theatre Suites accommodate up to eight passengers
  • Presidential Family Suite hosts 14 passengers
  • Full bath
  • Special soundproofing
  • Curtain dividers
  • Outdoor balcony dining
Oasis of the Seas Aquatheater Suite

Oasis of the Seas Aquatheater Suite

Family and group bookings continue to gain traction in the cruise industry, prompting cruise lines to invest in adjoining rooms and connecting cabins. It’s worth comparing the cost of connecting cabins as an alternative to a stateroom or suite. Depending on the size of your family or group you can save money and still get the comfortable configuration you desire.

Newer ships provide the greater array of accommodation options. On some ships there are a limited number of family-friendly staterooms. Book early to avoid disappointment, especially if you plan to travel during school holidays.

Robert Grant

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