The best 5-day cruises from Galveston for families

A cruise on board the Disney Magic will be an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

A cruise on the Disney Magic Ship will be an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Matt Struchin, photographer

Imagine boarding a beautiful cruise ship to sail to an ideal destination. On 5-day cruises from Galveston, this can be your reality. The cruise lines sailing from Galveston are family-friendly, and there are plenty of things to do on board and in each port.

Whether you’re dreaming of spending a few days in Mexico or enjoying a themed cruise, keep reading for the best 5-day cruises from Galveston.

advertisement

Article continues below this ad

Carnival Breeze on Carnival Cruise Line at sea.

Carnival Breeze on Carnival Cruise Line at sea.

Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line

5-Day Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston, Texas

advertisement

Article continues below this ad

The ship is filled with fun activities for kids such as the WaterWorks water park, kids club, outdoor playground, pickleball and movies on the big screen near the pool. Adults will also find that Carnival Breeze has plenty of places to relax, including Serenity Adults-Only Retreat, Cloud 9 Spa and the popular Alchemy Bar.

Of course, no cruise is complete without food, and families on Carnival Breeze can enjoy everything from fresh tacos to pizza, sushi and steak. There are also burgers and barbecue from celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s two restaurants on board.

Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas ship makes the journey as enjoyable as the destination.

Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas ship makes the journey as enjoyable as the destination.

Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean

advertisement

Article continues below this ad

5- Western Caribbean night cruise, Mariner of the Seas

Aboard the Mariner, families can challenge each other to a round of laser tag, race down water slides or climb the cruise line’s signature rock wall. As night falls, entertainment can be found around almost every corner, including ice skating shows, Broadway shows in the main theater, and pop-up musical performances throughout the ship.

Parents looking for a date night away from the kids can enjoy dinner at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant by Jamie Oliver, enjoying homemade pasta dishes and delicious desserts with a glass of Italian wine or limoncello.

advertisement

Article continues below this ad

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas ship has a FlowRider surf simulator and dueling water slides, to name just a few of its cool features.

Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas ship has a FlowRider surf simulator and dueling water slides, to name just a few of its cool features.

Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International

5- Western Caribbean Night Cruise, Voyager of the Seas

Five-night cruises on Voyager of the Seas also depart from Galveston, and ports include Puerto Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. Along with two days in port, guests will enjoy two days at sea, giving them the opportunity to enjoy the amenities the ship has to offer.

The coaster is packed with activities to delight kids and adults, from laser tag to dueling water slides. When parents want to spend some time alone, they can leave their children at Adventure Ocean, the ship’s youth program, which features distinct spaces for children ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Tweens and teens also have their own area on board that they can frequent throughout the cruise.

advertisement

Article continues below this ad

Adults will find their own sections on board – one of which is the solarium – a glass dome overlooking the ocean and featuring pools, hot tubs and sun loungers. Plus, although it’s not adults-only, the Viking Crown Lounge is a luxurious place to enjoy a cocktail while taking in panoramic ocean views.

Winter vacations get even more magical on Disney Cruise Line's Merrytime Cruise.

Winter vacations get even more magical on Disney Cruise Line’s Merrytime Cruise.

Courtesy of photographer Kent Phillips

Disney Cruise Line

5-Night Western Caribbean Cruises from Galveston

advertisement

Article continues below this ad

Disney Cruise Line is known for offering plenty of magical experiences on board its cruise ships. Between meeting Disney characters and enjoying Disney-themed entertainment, these trips will delight the whole family. On board, guests can watch fireworks at sea, attend a royal tea party, watch Disney productions retelling classic Disney stories like “Cinderella” and “Tangled” or enjoy the waterslides.

Kids will love the Oceaneer Club, a space for kids ages 3-12, led by advisors who make every activity fun. Tweens and teens have their own spaces to hang out at Edge and Vibe, respectively. Outdoor pool decks are also great spaces for families to enjoy together.

advertisement

Article continues below this ad

On board the Disney Magic ship, adults have plenty of space to call their own, too. The Quiet Cove pool is adults-only and has hot tubs and plenty of lounge chairs, as well as a nearby bar and café. As night falls, adults can head to Palo, an adults-only restaurant inspired by Venice, to enjoy an Italian meal with exceptional ocean views. There are also a few adults-only lounges that feature nightly games, entertainment, and dancing.

On seasonal Merrytime cruises, the ship is cheerfully decorated with festive decorations and a huge Christmas tree. Throughout the sailing, there are seasonal activities, characters dressed in their holiday best and plenty of gifts to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

This story was edited by Hearst Newspapers Managing Editor Christina Moy. You can contact her at kristina.moy@hearst.com.

(Tags for translation) Disney Cruise Line 5

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *