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Family cruises: the perfect holiday starts here


Organising a fun holiday for the whole family is easy with P&O Cruises, voted Best Family Cruise Line at last year’s British Travel Awards

A family on a P&O Cruises ship

We know just how precious time as a family is. And how valuable spending time with grandma and grandpa can be for little ones, as well as mum and dad. We also know that little ones need to be kept entertained while you escape to a world of relaxation and discovery of exciting new places. As for worrying about where to eat at times that suit different family members, don’t worry – we’ve got it covered, too. Little wonder we’ve been voted Best Family Cruise Line at last year’s British Travel Awards…


Bye bye stress

If you’re departing from Southampton, your holiday with P&O Cruises starts the minute you check in. Bid farewell to your luggage on arrival (the next time you see it will be in your cabin on board) and the minute you get on ship you can start to explore and unwind. There are no restrictions on what you can bring either, so don’t worry about packing buggies and favourite toys galore.

Once on board, total relaxation awaits. From lounging by the pool with a cool drink and snacks to hand, to indulging in some serious pampering with one of our therapists in the Oasis Spa, you can take it easy knowing that your little ones are having a ball with their new-found friends.

Hello fun

If your children are happy, you’ll be happy. We offer a wide range of entertainment for every age group day and night under the care of fully qualified staff with enhanced DBS checks. They’ll love games, crafts, sports and fun play from morning to early evening at The Reef children’s club, which is split into four tailored categories:

H2O – a cool place to hang out for 13-17 year olds, the different areas offer a wide variety of chill out and activity zones. Catch a DVD on a beanbag, play table tennis or table football or get gaming… During school holidays, sports coaching and talent shows add to the fun.

Scubas – 9-12 year olds will never get bored with music, consoles, craft stations and discos. Sports sessions are also available.

Surfers – imaginative play, games, outdoor play and sports fun, such as a mini Olympics, will keep 5-8 year olds happy.

Splashers – ball pools, soft play and climbing equipment are great for the 2-4 year-old gang. They’ll love the puppet shows and creative play, too.

Under 2s – welcome as well. We’ll provide them with bottles and baby food on request. And while babies can’t be left with our staff, you are welcome to come with them to have fun in the Splashers’ soft play area.

Night nursery – little ones can check in to snoozy land while you enjoy some evening time together. They can sleep in their own little bed or cot from 6pm until 2am.

Food, glorious food

On board, all food is covered to suit the tastes of every age group – from little ones to picky teens. The buffet is open all day to satisfy all routines, and younger families will appreciate the early 5pm sitting with little favourites such as fish fingers and pasta. Daytime deck eateries are great for grabbing a quick bite, such as pizzas and burgers, too. More adventurous young taste buds may want to try out the main restaurants for dinner – or why not treat yourself and check your young ones into the night nursery so you can enjoy one of our select dining restaurants?

Adult time

While your little ones have a ball, so can you. By day, the ship is yours to enjoy. You may want to lounge on deck and splash out in the pool, or why not treat yourself to a spa session? If you’re feeling active, jog around the deck, head for the gym or a class session with one of our fitness professionals or check in to one of the other on board classes, such as learning to cook at The Cookery School on board Britannia (book ahead through Cruise Personaliser). Alternatively, enjoy a potter, head to the library, find a quiet spot to read or relax with friends playing games or cards. By night, you can get in your groove. Enjoy a fantastic meal then head for one of the evening clubs, the cinema or go dancing. Or catch a top-class show at the theatre, staged by our very own production company Headliners.

Together time

This is the best bit: enjoying happy times and great experiences as a family. From splashing around in the pool to enjoying a shore excursion exploring an exciting new destination together, it’s all about creating fantastic memories to last you a lifetime.

Find out more about family-friendly ships and family cruising.