​Planning a family holiday always has a lot of moving parts, and it can be difficult to find an affordable trip that caters to everyone’s wants and needs. That’s where a cruise comes in. Along with being great value for money, cruises are people-pleasers as they truly offer something for everyone.

The team at P&O Cruises shares why cruises are a go-to option for families who want to plan a memorable trip without breaking the bank.

1. Kids Club is included in the fare

There are a few reasons why P&O Cruises are the ultimate family-friendly holidays, and a major one is the Kids Club! Every P&O cruise has 4 age-specific Kids Clubs fully supervised by qualified staff, included in your fare.

Your kids will love their time spent at either: Turtle Cove (2–5 years),  Shark Shack (6-9 years), HQ (10-13 years), and HQ+ (14–17 years). Each group has its own area kitted out with age-appropriate activities and games, so your little ones will not only get to spend time with Cruiselings their own age, they’ll also be able to keep up with the fun. Our professional team also takes charge of children’s entertainment ideas, such as scavenger hunts and movie nights.

And for parents who want to enjoy a child-free date night, P&O Cruises offers late-night babysitting (charges apply).

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2. Onboard cruise activities for kids of all ages


As a parent, it’s not always easy to find ways to keep your kids busy and occupied, especially during long stretches of time like the school holiday. With a family cruise, the entertainment options are endless. There are over 60 onboard activities to choose from every day, so you can spend your days at the pool, on the sports courts, or even watching live shows. We can guarantee your kids will be bouncing with excitement at the end of the day and have plenty of stories to tell.

If you’d rather relax while the kids are making memories at Kids Club, you can have some quiet time relaxing at the child-free Oasis. Depending on the ship you are cruising on, families will love either our dedicated Magrodome Family Pool area or our waterslides and waterpark.

When your ship stops at a destination, you can also opt in to shore tours. The list of excursions on offer depends on the location but might include guided tours or watersports such as snorkelling (charges apply).

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3. All-Inclusive Fares make planning a breeze


There’s a lot of admin involved with planning a land-based holiday, like choosing the right accommodation, transport and entertainment. With a cruise, all you need to do is show up. Your room, main meals in designated restaurants, most entertainment and travel to some amazing destinations are all included in the fare. This not only gives you a well-deserved “brain break” from all the planning that usually goes into organising family holidays, but it also makes a cruise easier to budget for as you know the expected expenses ahead of time.

As for rooms, there is a range of room configurations on offer to make sure your family is comfortable, including some great family options. If you book a 2022 cruise now, most room options and configurations should be available for you.

Booking early has other advantages, such as making the most of cruise deals. Right now, you can book an affordable cruise with a deposit of just $49 per person. You can also upgrade to a Balcony Room and wake up to views of the water, while only paying the price of an Oceanview Room.

To learn more about 2022 school holiday cruise deals, head to P&O Cruises’ website and browse their affordable kid-friendly cruises!


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