If the thought of being trapped on a ship with you puts the fear of god into your children, get them to do their research. They’ll soon find that cruises are no longer the prerogative of the blue-rinse brigade and that this is their chance to meet new people, be entertained daily on a lavish scale and to tick off any number of fantastic destinations from their must sees list. If it’s the cost that’s holding you back, rest assured that everything from en-suite accommodation, flights (where applicable), dining, and daytime and evening entertainment are all included in the price (everything apart from drinks), so a cruise holiday is also great value – especially as everything is in pounds sterling. And remember, extra reductions are available on children's fares when they share a cabin with adults.
Scroll down for details of specific family-friendly ships in the fleet.
Ever more family-friendly, cruises are a great way to spend some time together, escaping the everyday domestic chores and hanging out having fun on a ship! A P&O Cruises holiday offers families a huge choice of activities and entertainment and plenty of time to do absolutely nothing – if that’s what you all want.
P&O Cruises' five family-friendly ships each provide a very different kind of holiday. Itineraries range from two nights to 100+ and take in the four corners of the globe so all you have to do is choose which one you want to go on.
Kids can have access to the supervised kids’ clubs, watch a movie, dress up for the Family Black Tie Gala event, try out the pools and gyms or just sit back and enjoy the entertainment that’s laid on (shows, comedy, karaoke, theatre, etc).
Cabins are comfortable and air-conditioned and you can choose a room with a view (balcony) or splash out on a suite. Kids will love the range of eating options; they can eat in any of the restaurants but there’s also a kids’ tea with firm favourites on the menu so you can leave them to it. If you want to let your hair down later in the evening take advantage of the night nursery, open until 2am.
If you do want to leave the ship, you’ll have plenty of time to see the sights but if you let your teens wander off do drill in to them the importance of making it back for departure time!