P&O Cruises are Britain's favourite cruise line and their five family friendly ships the Azura, Aurora, Oceana, Britannia and Ventura offer fantastic family cruises and a variety of family cruises from the UK. From family friendly cabins, fantastic entertainment and sumptuous cuisine to their kids club, The Reef, they offer a superb family holiday with something for everyone.
We discuss in more detail why families love P&O Cruises, below...
Open from approximately 9am through to 11pm, The Reef is P&O Cruises' exciting complimentary onboard programme for 2 - 17 year olds. Hosted by The Reef Rangers, each of the qualified Youth Team is carefully selected, after having an enhanced DBS check, for their extensive experience planning and facilitating activities. If your child has a birthday onboard, make sure to let the team at The Reef know, so that they can help you celebrate the special day.
Splashers (2 - 4 years) — Splashers is a great place for the youngest of the kids club members to meet and play with children their own age under the supervision of the Reef Rangers. They will sing, dance, play with stickle bricks, enter colouring competitions and win prizes. There are puppet shows parties and even snack time — to keep their energy up!
Surfers (5 - 8 years) — Surfers offer fun filled days with activities aimed to keep this age group entertained all day long. Form face painting to three legged races and there is even Cookery Corner — where you can invent your own chocolate bars with all kind of wired and wonderful ingredients! There are loads of themed games, form pirate gladiators at pin the parrot on the pirate.
Scubas (9 - 12 years) — Starting a little later, Scubas can have an action packed day with activties such as Giant Jenga to Playstations® and other games and facilities more appropriate for the age group. There are drama workshops, pool parties, table tennis competitions and karaoke sessions to keep busy all day long.
H2O (13 - 17 years) — H2O is P&O Cruises' teen club, where they can enjoy great facilities including Playstations®. They can form their own band in rock school, enjoy a table football competition, take advantage of the free arcade hour or even party away in the after hours Teen Disco.
Night nursery and group baby sitting is also available free of charge, with more information available onboard.
P&O Oasis Teen Spa
Teens can enjoy various treatments and facilities at the Oasis Teen Spa. Found aboard all family-friendly ships, the spa was designed with the needs of teenagers in mind. They can alleviate some exam stress with a soothing back massage, or tackle oily skin with a refreshing and cleansing facial. Boot-camp style fitness classes and skilled, reliable hair stylists are also available.
P&O Cruises Family Dining
Normally children will join their parents for breakfast and lunch but since you may occasionally want to dine on your own, P&O Cruises family cruise holidays lay on a special children’s tea every night featuring all the food that children will enjoy — from sausages, fish fingers and pizza to a great selection of healthy options, such as salads, soups, fruit, vegetables and pasta. For babies, P&O Cruises can puree or mash adult food from the main restaurant or alternatively you can request baby food in advance.
P&O Cruises Family Staterooms
Family friendly staterooms are difficult to work out on most cruise lines, but with P&O Cruises you have plenty of choice, from luxury to value options. As with most cruise lines there is great value to be had in the three and four berth inside and outside staterooms, though these do consist of pull down beds, meaning a twin bed option is available, but a king size bed is not. For the balcony staterooms the layout is a little different from ship to ship. Interconnecting cabins are usually available for most stateroom grades, though the availability can be limited.
You can book family suites onboard Azura and Ventura, which have an additional bathroom, a lounge area with a sofa, chairs and a table, an optional butler service and newspaper selection.
All children between the ages of 2 -12 will receive a helium balloon, bag of jelly beans and special bedding upon arrival.
Safety and Special Arrangements
Each of the kids clubs have secure systems which only allow authorised entry by shipboard ID. Any children under 12 years must be signed in and out the club and will be required to wear a safety wristband to ensure they can be correctly identified and returned to parents.
P&O Cruises are able to provide the following equipment, subject to availability: sterilisers, cots, baby bath, bed rails, baby food, nappy disposal units and high chairs. You may be able to request these via the Accommodation Services onboard, however it is advised that you call the Customer Contact Centre ahead to make your request: 0843 374 0111.
School Holiday Cruises
P&O Cruises offer many itineraries which coincide with the school holidays. See all of P&O Cruises' school holiday cruises