There’s a common misconception that cruise holidays aren’t for young people or families, but that they’re something to do once you’ve retired. While they certainly are a great way to see the world after you’ve finished work, they are equally good for families – we’ll tell you why.
Firstly, let’s banish this idea that cruises are boring – they definitely aren’t. Modern ships, like P&O Cruises’ Ventura, are packed full of things to see and do while you’re sailing, so the journey itself becomes just as much a part of your holiday as the ports of call.
Once you’ve made it to the cruise ship, you can all sit back and relax. There will be plenty of entertainment and activities to try as you sail, not to mention new and exciting destinations to explore.
In terms of what there is to do on board, we’re going to take a look at the specific facilities on the Ventura, although many modern family-friendly cruise liners will offer something similar.
For Babies & Toddlers
Young children are typically the ones that demand the most of your attention as parents, because they’re not quite old enough to look after themselves and you need to keep a close eye on them. When you’re on holiday that means you often won’t get much of a break.
Tumblers Nursery ensures that mum and dad get a bit of time off as well. This nursery is open day and night, giving you the chance to enjoy a few hours as a couple. During the day, the soft play area is a real hit, with parents welcome to play with their kids here if they’d like.
Between 6pm and 2am, the night nursery is available for tired youngsters. Mum and dad can put their little one to bed and settle them down for the evening before going off to enjoy a delicious dinner or a night of entertainment, safe in the knowledge that their child is being cared for – and that they will be paged should anything occur.
Little ones aged between two and four, meanwhile, can attend Toybox, a dedicated children’s club for youngsters of this age, where they’ll have access to a ball pool, soft play area and playhouse, while a series of activities and games will be laid on for them throughout the day.
For kids aged five to eight, Jumping Jacks is the place to go. This is a series of dedicated play spaces for slightly older children, including a creative area, computer stations and play areas. A whole team of energetic staff are on hand to make sure your kids have a fantastic time every day, with activities including face painting, quizzes, sports challenges and even computer game contests held regularly.
Finally there is Decibels, a space dedicated to teenagers. There is less of an emphasis on organised activities here and more of a focus on providing teens with an area they can be comfortable in and where they can make new friends.
Table football, video games, a chill out area and even their own DJ decks are all provided in this part of the ship – plenty to keep them entertained when they’re not with the rest of the family.