For classy family cruising, you cannot beat the Disney Cruise Line. With a combination of fantastic children's programs arranged in small age brackets, and adult-only venues, everyone will find someone for them.
An option that might also be good for families with young children is Royal Caribbean - food not quite as good as Princess, perhaps a Sheraton compared to a Hyatt/Westin in quality....BUT...their newer ships while huge have amazing activities including massive indoor promenades like a mall with street performers. Some even have ice skating rinks. The ships themselves are practically the destination.
Another cruise line that is great for family trips is Princess - an excellent balance between not too expensive and not too old a crowd and has a good children's program. On the newer ships you also have the "anytime dining" option - 2 of the 3 main dining rooms are available between 5:30pm and 10:30pm - just show up (the 3rd is the traditional fixed seating times). Classy without being trashy. The newer ships are the best bet for the Caribbean - Crown, Caribbean, Star, Diamond, Emerald, Coral, Golden, Grand - high percentage of balcony cabins make them less expensive.
Also, while not quite as refined as Disney or Princess, Carnival should also be considered. It used to be known as more of a "party party" experience but they are moving toward the family market, and you cannot beat the value.
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