Family Holidays

We know a happy family means a happy holiday. From zip-lining through treetops to making Wallace and Gromit models on our family-friendly ships, there’s everything to keep the little ones (and those not so little) entertained. With P&O Cruises, every day on holiday will bring unforgettable family adventures both on board and ashore.

What better way to spend quality time together than a holiday for the family? Our family ships hold an amazing atmosphere and bring that homely feel wherever you sail. Our Shore Experiences team will make sure you enjoy every day to the fullest. With activities for the whole family when you’re on shore as well as plenty to do on our ships!



Family On-board Activities

A grand match for P&O Cruises

Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep are all set to add to the family fun. From a Welcome On Board party and special character appearances to dance sessions for the little ones and premieres of Aardman’s latest films, there’s something to appeal to every age.


Our on-board cinemas offer a warm welcome, comfortable seating and a premium cinema experience. From the latest superhero movies to those timeless classics, there’s something special about watching a film on the big screen as a family. And on Arvia and Azura you can even enjoy open-air cinema screenings at SeaScreen.

Swimming pools

All of our family-friendly ships include pools in which kids of all ages are welcome to swim, play, and splash around. You can also find Splash Valley on our latest ship Arvia and a Splash Zone on Iona, which is an aqua zone with shaded areas, ocean views and open skies.

Headliners Theatre

Give youngsters the experience of showbiz glamour and top-class entertainment at Headliners Theatre. The stunning two-deck auditorium will host family-friendly shows with early evening performances, not to mention an array of shows, performances and specialist entertainment throughout the day during summer holiday and Christmas cruises.

Children's clubs for 6 Months - 17 year olds

In a fun and safe environment, we’ll keep your children happy and entertained throughout the day and evening and give them the chance to forge friendships with other children their own age. Staffed by enthusiastic and qualified crew, we provide clubs tailored to age-specific needs and entertainment.

Nursery (6 months-2 years)

With age-appropriate toys and games, plus bespoke themed Turtle Tot activities, the Nursery offers a safe environment where your children can have great fun and meet new friends. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times and is open at selected times during the day.

Night Nursery (for 6 months-4 years)

The Night Nursery can help you enjoy your evenings safe in the knowledge that your little ones are asleep in good hands. It operates each night, so your children can dream sweet dreams in the quiet area and we’ll contact you if they wake up. While your child is in safe hands, you can enjoy our extraordinary dining and evening entertainment.

Splashers (for 2-4 year olds)

Splashers is our club exclusively for guests aged between 2 and 4. Get ready for softplay and toys, books and activities. Your little ones will be spoilt for choice! Each ship varies, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified Reef Rangers in each club, with programmes and activities suited to the Splashers age group.

Surfers (for 5-8 year olds)

For guests aged 5 to 8, we have Surfers. Your Surfer can look forward to playing computer games, watching movies, running and jumping around the soft play area, creating their own puppet show, and so much more. Each varies, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified Reef Rangers in each club, with programmes and activities suited to the Surfers age group.

Scubas (for 9-12 year olds)

9 to 12 year-old guests can immerse themselves in the fun and excitement of Scubas. Youngsters visiting Scubas can take part in activities like air hockey, computer games, pool, or just chill out with their new friends, with a huge variety of activities on offer. Each ship varies, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified Reef Rangers in each club.

H2O Children's Club/ The Scene (for 13-17 year olds)

H2O/Scene is where teenagers (13 to 17 year olds) can hang out and make new friends. H2O/Scene has a cool, chilled-out vibe with a pool table, computer consoles and even a retro arcade! There are plenty of beanbags and sofas where teenagers can kick back and chat. Each ship varies, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified youth staff in each club.

Family Cruise Ships

  Arvia    Iona    Britannia    Ventura     Azura
We have five family cruising ships, this leaves you a large variety to choose from when making your selection. Maybe you want to look through the sky dome on one of our biggest fleets ‘Iona’ or take a dip in one of Britannia’s four swimming pools? 

Family School Holiday Cruises

2024 Summer School Holidays

2024 October Half Term Holidays

2025 School Holidays

2025 February Half Term Holidays

2025 Easter School Holidays

2025 Summer School Holidays

2025 October Half Term Holidays


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