Making family memories
With us, it’s as easy as A-B-sea!
If you’ve never been on a P&O Cruises holiday before, you may not realise how great they are for families. Well, five out of seven of our ships are family friendly, which means many of the activities and products are ideal. You’ve no need to worry about any of those “are we there yet?” groans, as little ones will be too busy enjoying the entertainment and meeting new friends. With us, it’s a breeze for all the family to discover new destinations together. What’s more, if you choose to sail from Southampton, you’re free to take as much luggage as you want (so favourite teddy you can come too!). Making fun-filled memories is the order of the day, every day.
Snacks at the ready…
Settle in for some family escapism at the on-board cinema with the latest blockbuster release or timeless classic. You can even catch a film in the great outdoors on Arvia and Azura with open-air screenings at SeaScreen. Or how about the thrilling live-action of the theatre? Our Headliners Theatre cast will be at the ready to dazzle youngsters with sparkling shows to remember. Little ones are sure to delight in matinee showings, which make for a perfect feel-good afternoon.
Why not opt for one of the quintessential holiday days – the pool day? Pick a sun lounger, take a good book and settle in. Children will be in their element having a splash in the pool, and when hunger strikes, there are lots of family favourites to choose from at the poolside grill. Grab a juicy burger made to a special recipe; savour a handmade pizza, stone-baked to perfection; or make a hot dog even tastier with your favourite toppings. Or how about cooling off with a delicious Jude’s ice cream, or, if you’re on Iona, a Snowflake gelato? You’re on holiday after all! And when travelling as a family, with the Ultimate drinks package we’ll include the Children’s package at no extra cost – perfect for summer days on deck.
Enjoy eye-opening culture, mouth-watering cuisine or hair-raising adventure? We can help you find your perfect family experience ashore; whether that’s zip-lining through treetops, uncovering ancient legends, whizzing through beautiful landscapes on a terrific toboggan ride, or tucking into handmade pizzas together. To find out more about our shore experiences click here.
School’s out – surf’s up!
Ride the ocean waves with us during the school holidays and you can enjoy even more family fun, as we welcome on board children’s entertainment throughout our ships. Holiday highlights might include meeting children’s television presenters, watching interactive performers like cool beatboxers and BMX riders, and even seeing full-scale theatre production shows created especially for children. And, exclusively on Arvia and Iona, youngsters might pick up a new skill or interest with our Science, Technology or Radio Academy workshops.
Children’s drinks package
Aardman, exclusively on Iona
You can now meet your favourite characters, Wallace and Gromit on selected Iona cruises. The iconic duo have packed their suitcases and jumped on board! Together, with Shaun the Sheep, who hosts a fun-filled welcome party and family disco, the erratic inventor and his loyal friend will bring comedy to tea parties, and fun for the whole family on board.
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Please note: activities and facilities vary by ship and cruise; this information is for guidance only. Additional prices may apply to some items featured.
Available on our family-friendly ships, The Reef is our free on-board programme for children of all ages to join activities, play games and make friends. Staffed by a crew of enthusiastic Reef rangers, the clubs offer a wide range of age-specific entertainment.
Splashers for ages 2–4
Little ones can enjoy soft play, outdoor areas and fun activities such as parties and creative sessions.
Surfers for ages 5–8
Children can delight in games consoles, imaginative and soft play, as well as outdoor sports and activities such as mini Olympics.
Scubas for ages 9–12
Fun times will be had at Scubas with music, games consoles, arts and crafts, game shows, after-dark discos and karaoke.
H2O and Scene for ages 13–17
Teenagers can gather for computer games, discos, table tennis and, during the school holiday season, activities such as sports coaching and talent shows. On Iona and Arvia, teens can stow away at Scene, a dedicated games and entertainment hangout.
We highlight our school holiday cruises with this icon. As term breaks can vary by school, make sure you do your homework before you book. Pre-registration is required and access to the children’s club is on a first-come, first-served basis. During certain periods of the year it may be necessary for the age groups to be merged to 2-8 years and 9-17 years.