Looking for the best cruises for kids? Your search stops here.
When it comes to cruising with kids, you’ve never had a bigger and better list to choose from. There are short cruises exploring Aussie gems, longer cruises to the exotic islands of the South Pacific, and unforgettable sailings around the breathtaking islands of New Zealand.
But finding the best cruises for kids is not only about amazing destinations; you need to consider how you will keep them fully entertained…between stops.
The good news? Cruise ships today provide a seemingly endless range of activities for all ages, from your littlest cruisers to those hard-to-please teens and even the big kids (you!).
Here’s our pick of cruises every kid will get excited about:
1. South Pacific, Carnival Spirit
Pack up the kids and head out for a summer holiday filled with new adventures. Sailing from Sydney, Carnival Spirit takes guests for an amazing discovery of South Pacific destinations including Noumea, Mare and the Isle of Pines. Plus, you get eight action-packed days and nights on board one of Carnival’s “Fun Ships”.
Why kids will love it: There’s non-stop super-sized action from the waterslides and SplashZone to mini-golf, family friendly shows and award-winning Kids’ Programs. Younger kids can explore the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss with a special parade, interactive story time, and even a Green Eggs and Ham themed breakfast!
Need to know: 8-night cruise departs Sydney on 19 December
2. Queensland, Carnival Legend
Get ready to be dazzled with a summer holiday cruise to the very best of Queensland. Sailing from Sydney, the action-packed Carnival Legend will stop at Brisbane, the Whitsundays, Cairns and Port Douglas. Just imagine their little faces when they spot the gigantic manta rays, turtles and dugongs in the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
Why kids will love it: As if the onboard entertainment on Carnival Legend isn’t enough, Queensland is truly a playground for kids of all ages. With something new and exciting to see at every turn, your adventurers won’t want to leave!
Need to know: 10-night cruise departs Sydney on 20 December.
3. New Zealand, Royal Caribbean
When it comes to adventure, New Zealand has got it pretty much covered. Jump aboard the newly revamped Voyager of the Seas for a journey to discover volcanoes, marine wildlife, the fascinating Maori culture and much more. That is, if you can tear everyone away from all the fantastic activities aboard the cruise ship!
Why kids will love it: There’s never been a better time to cruise on Voyager of the Seas. Kids can fill their days swimming in the outdoor pools, scaling the rock-climbing wall, challenging friends to mini golf, twirling around the ice-skating rink and chilling out with outdoor movies. Best of all, there’s now a FlowRider surf simulator where older kids (and adults) can test their skills with stand-up surfing or boogie boarding! Be sure to grab your camera and watch from the spectator stand.
Need to know: 11-night cruise departs Sydney on 18 December.
4. Western Australia, P&O Cruises
If museums and cityscapes don’t get them excited, what better way to prompt gasps of joy than with an adventure along the Western Australian coastline? P&O Cruises’ newest ship, Pacific Eden, sails from Fremantle to Geraldton, Exmouth and Broome for the perfect Easter school holiday.
Why kids will love it: Riding on a camel along Cable Beach? This is what lasting memories are made of! Western Australia is full of wild encounters for young nature lovers, including the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park – home to saltwater giants that stretch over six metres long! Or jump on the trike for a tour of the city. This truly is good Aussie fun for all ages.
Need to know: 8-night cruise departs Fremantle on 14 April.
5. Moreton Island, P&O Cruises
Four days, unlimited adventures. When P&O Cruises visits Moreton Island, you’re promised non-stop fun with live music, dancers, roving entertainers and food stalls. And the best part is Moreton Island is only a quick cruise away, so there’s even more time to pack in the good times!
Why kids will love it: P&O Cruises offers a broad range of shore tours so you can spend time doing what you love best. There’s helicopter rides, tobogganing on 70-metre sand dunes, snorkelling, and even the chance to hand feed wild dolphins. Kids won’t know where to start!
Need to know: 4-night cruise on Pacific Pearl departs Sydney on 7 July.
6. Christmas Cruise, P&O Cruises
Make your kids’ Christmas dreams come true! With cruises from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, you can bring the family together for a combined party and holiday – without the hassle of cleaning up. In between all the fun and festivities onboard, the cruise ships call at the exotic Pacific Islands where the whole family can enjoy new experiences. This is one Christmas the kids won’t forget in a hurry!
Why the kids will love it: P&O Cruises really know how to bring the Christmas magic to the high seas! Kids will be mesmerised by snow machines, carolers, concerts and even Aussie beach cricket! Their days will be filled with activities in the kids’ clubs and exciting adventures on deck. And you can relax knowing this is their best Christmas ever…then start worrying about how to top it next year!
Need to know: P&O’s Christmas cruises depart on 17 December in Sydney (Pacific Pearl), Melbourne (Pacific Jewel) and Brisbane (Pacific Aria) for various lengths.
7. New Year, Royal Caribbean
Ring in the New Year with a spectacular party onboard Voyager of the Seas! New Year will be full of astounding activities, music, and entertainment – and it doesn’t stop there. Over eight nights, the ship stops at Loyalty Island, Vanuatu and New Caledonia where you can snorkel and swim in pristine waters, play on white-sand beaches, and explore the delectable French-inspired markets.
Why kids will love it: You mean, aside from the never-ending entertainment on Voyager of the Seas? You will never forget the look on their faces as everyone counts down to midnight on the deck.
Need to know: 8-night cruise departs Sydney on 28 December 2016.
This is only the start – there are hundreds of amazing cruises every kid will love. Like Christmas presents, it’s just a matter of narrowing the list down to just one! Then again, there’s always another school holiday to fill…