Family cruising doesn’t mean you have to stay local. Nowadays cruise lines are taking families to far-flung exotic destinations you’d never imagined possible, creating holiday moments that your loved ones won’t stop talking about for years to come. Until the next cruise, that is!
Here are seven of the most exotic family cruise destinations, picked by our experts
With striking natural beauty and welcoming laid-back locals, Fiji is family-friendly paradise whichever way you turn. Made up of 320 islands, Fiji presents a breathtaking landscape ranging from soaring mountains and lush forests to pure white beaches and crystalline waters. And what better way to cool off on a balmy day than with juicy mandarins and refreshing coconuts from roving fruit sellers? Paradise.
The capital of Tahiti, Papeete has an exotic blend of cultures that make it a fascinating place to explore. Take an island drive to the old Polynesian sights, splash across rivers and trails in a 4WD, or enjoy a leisurely few hours in one of the South Pacific’s best museums, the Museum of Tahiti.
Who cruises there? Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises
The moment you spy this island from the ship’s deck, its majestic mountains and shimmering waters will take your breath away. This French Polynesian island is one of the most stunning in the South Pacific. And there are plenty of ways to explore. Trek through the rainforest and learn about the fascinating Polynesian culture. Or introduce your kids to the wonders of snorkelling and discover a world of vibrant reef fish.
Who cruises there? Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises, Cunard Line
Mystery Island, Vanuatu
This little-known pearl of the South Pacific might be tiny, but it’s full of surprises. From the pure white sand and soaring palm trees to the colourful coral reefs with abundant fish, turtles and marine life. Even Queen Elizabeth has enjoyed a royal picnic on this island paradise.
Who cruises there? Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruises
This tropical paradise is the pinnacle of exotic cruise destinations. The dramatic Mount Haleakala towers over stunning beaches, subtropical rainforest and waterfalls. And like humans, humpback whales are also attracted to the island’s shallow waters.
Great Barrier Reef
Does this need any introduction? The Great Barrier Reef is hands-down one of the most wondrous places on earth. Island hopping, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking and endless adventures await.
Who cruises there? Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean
Think of the Caribbean and one thing comes to mind: beaches. But there’s much more on offer, including fantastic snorkeling, sailing, diving, rainforest trekking and zip-lining.
Who cruises there? Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean