Why A P&O Cruise Makes For A Great Family Holiday

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A family cruising holiday with the P&O Explorer is a great way to break from routine while you explore paradise at sea. Setting sail on their cruise ship, families are transported to a world where convenience meets adventure. From the moment you step on board, the ship’s crew takes care of every detail, leaving you and your loved ones to focus solely on creating unforgettable memories.

If you’re looking for your next family holiday, here are 7 reasons why we love a family cruise.

Hassle-free from the start

Parents with young children will know how stressful it can be coordinating the whole family when you go on holiday. Little ones will love the excitement of approaching the cruise ship, and as you step on board, the staff adeptly handle check-ins, luggage transfers, and other necessary arrangements.

Accommodation: a home away from home

With a variety of room options available to suit your family, P&O has worked hard to create a warm and inviting space that feels like home. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and every family member can find their own cozy space to unwind after a day full of activities.

P&O cruise deck

Swimming, activities, and entertainment

The best part of a cruise is the all-inclusive family activities, suitable for kids of all ages. The family-friendly swimming pools are a great place for kids to splash around while parents relax on sun loungers. For anyone feeling a little adventurous, there are thrilling water slides and sports activities that will have your heart pumping. The entertainment options are endless, with live shows, movie screenings, and game nights – there is never a dull moment on the ship.

Kids club: new friends and experiences for young explorers

One of the highlights of a family cruising holiday with P&O is the exceptional kids’ club facilities. Expertly trained staff organize activities that are engaging and educational for children of different age groups. From arts and crafts to interactive storytelling, the kids club is a great way for young travellers to foster new friendships and learn new skills.

P&O cruise kids club activities

Serenity for parents

While the kids revel in all the activities and the excitement of being on the ship, parents can find their oasis of relaxation with the onboard spa and wellness facilities. Parents will find massages, facials, and yoga classes alongside entertainment options that double as a great date option so you can reconnect with your partner. No matter what you decide to choose, you can unwind and recharge with the knowledge that your kids are safe and well cared for in the kids’ club.

Explore new destinations

As the ship docks at various ports, families have the chance to explore new destinations and immerse themselves in different cultures. P&O carefully selects shore excursions that offer enriching experiences for the whole family, and whether you want to do a nature hike, explore ancient ruins, relax on the beach, or try some local cuisine, every family can find an exciting experience to suit them.

P&O cruise pizzeria

A culinary adventure

Who doesn’t love a good buffet? The P&O Explorer boasts a wide array of dining options that cater to even the fussiest little eater. From casual eateries to elegant restaurants, families can indulge in a diverse range of international cuisines. For the little ones, there are specially curated kids’ menus that offer tasty options they’re sure to enjoy. The fine dining experiences allow parents to savor gourmet dishes, while the onboard chefs cater to any dietary requirements with utmost care.

P&O: find a cruise that suits you

P&O offers a range of cruise options that depart from Auckland. From short breaks to 7 – 14 night explore and adventure packages, there really is something for everyone. There are two cruises we love the look of that offer up great options for the whole family.

  • Pacific Island Hopper: Nothing says ‘tropical holiday’ like island hopping from one tropical destination to the next, and when it comes to the Pacific Islands, they do it best! There’s the Frenchy-chic vibe of Noumea, the ancient culture of Lifou and the Caribbean atmosphere in Vila. Oh, and the beaches…they’d never forget the beaches!
  • Fiji Encounter: You never know what treasures you’ll discover in this corner of paradise. In Suva, explore Municipal Market, overflowing with spices and brightly-coloured Indian sweets. Or join a village Chief in the customary preparation of kava on a Sawani Village Shore Tour.
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