With 2020 nearly over and done with, we’re all a little bit antsy to get out and explore again. If you’re keen for a new type of family holiday, then why not book a 2022 cruise? It’s never too early to book your next great family adventure!

Whether you’re dreaming of rest and relaxation or are seeking adventure on the shores of exotic holiday destinations, a cruise could be perfect for you. We’ve done a few different ones through P&O and always recommend them to friends.

A cruise holiday is a fantastic opportunity to get your family together and make memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

With so much onboard to do, a family holiday is really adventure on your doorstep! Source: Supplied

To explain why family cruise holidays offer an unbeatable holiday experience, plus offer a stack of practical cruise tips for first time cruising families, we’ve teamed up with the experts at P&O Cruises.

Check out their top picks for the best family cruise destinations in 2022 and learn how to book a cruise the whole family will love!

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How to book a family cruise

One of the best things about family cruise holidays is the flexibility that they give you. No matter your budget, desired travel period, or dream cruise destination, you’re guaranteed to find a cruise that meets the needs of every family member. The hardest part is choosing just one!

When it comes to choosing a cruise, there are two main ways to go about this:

1. Choose your itinerary

Can’t decide between the many cruise destinations? Instead of starting with a destination, pick the time of year that you want to travel, and use the P&O Cruise Finder to see which cruise itineraries are available at that time.

Then, review each of the available itineraries and destinations and choose the one that suits you and your family best.

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2. Look for a cruise deal

Perfect for adventurous travellers who have a destination in mind but are happy to go with the flow, this option can help you score your dream holiday for less.

Once you’ve decided on your destination, have a look at departure dates from your home port, then check out the P&O Deals page to find a family cruise deal.

Top Tip: To avoid disappointment, sign up to their E-Deals newsletter and receive alerts whenever a new cruise deal becomes available. This is by far the easiest way to score a deal without having to rely on Captain Google, who, let’s face it, isn’t always great at ‘navigating’ the best family cruise deals.

The best family cruises in 2022

All of P&O’s cruises offer a range of kid-friendly cruise activities to suit everyone from toddlers to teenagers. Plus there is plenty of adult fun on board too! What can you expect? The list goes on and on…

For kids: 

  • Age-appropriate kids’ clubs with plenty of activities to suit everyone
  • Fun-filled high jinks at The Edge adventure park – your kids will love having the freedom to choose their own adventure every single day
  • Kids’ options in all onboard dining outlets, meaning there’s something for even the fussiest eaters!

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For parents: 

  • Late-night dining and dancing – date night is calling!
  • Late-night babysitters on board which means you can enjoy a night out while the kids snooze safely in the cabin.
  • No cooking, no cleaning, no chopping – P&O cruises are ALL-INCLUSIVE which means you don’t have to shop for, prep, cook, or clean up from a single meal!
  • Entertainment galore – comedy, casino nights, live bands!

For the whole family

  • Uninterrupted family time – away from chores, commitments and gaming consoles.
  • Plenty of family-friendly activities to do WITH the kids – a friendly game of lawn bowls, anyone?
  • A chance to relax, unwind and spend some much-needed time away from the crazy of everyday life. No school, no work, no commute, no social commitments, no sporting activities, no birthday parties. Ahh, bliss.

Still not sure which cruise is right for you?

These P&O cruise destinations and types are some of the best ways to experience an incredible family cruise holiday. There are cruises that depart from Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. 

Our top picks for cruise destinations

Travel to Far North Queensland

Hellooo sunny days, warm nights, sandy beaches and crystal clear water!

Treat the kids to a trip to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, Port Douglas, or Airlie Beach. Cruise from Brisbane in seven nights or spend 10 nights at sea when cruising from Sydney, and marvel at the tropical paradise’s pristine waters and vibrant wildlife once you arrive.

With plenty of family-friendly shore tours to choose from, you’ll get to experience a world-class holiday right in our Aussie backyard – and no passport required!

Discover the jewel of Tropical North Queensland – no passport required. Source: Supplied

See the South Pacific

Feeling adventurous? Cruise from Brisbane to the South Pacific in 7-10 nights or from Sydney in 8-12 nights, and disembark in a stunning island paradise.

Join a Shore Tour with a trusted local guide and explore your port of call like a local. Then return to the ship with souvenirs and stories to last a lifetime.

Adventure bounds as you set sail for the South Pacific. Source: Supplied

Take a Short Break

Short on time or first time cruising? P&O Cruises Short Breaks are the perfect short cruises for families who want to test the waters of cruising before diving into a longer cruise adventure.

With cruises departing from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns, and Auckland, these are a great way to get a taste of cruising over a long weekend or just two to four days.

Top Tip: Short Breaks cruises are also perfect for quick family getaways or multi-generational family get-togethers! Bring on the bonding!

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The perfect ‘taste test’ or quick family getaway is a short 3-4 day cruise. Source: Supplied

Discover fun for the whole family on a family cruise

Whether you’re searching for an action-packed, adventurous holiday or some relaxing time away with your loved ones, a family cruise is one of the best options available for great family holidays.

Easy to plan (it’s all-inclusive after all), a P&O family cruise is sure to be a hit with everyone in the household! Toddlers, kids, tweens, teens, and, of course, mums who don’t have to cook or clean for DAYS!

Explore P&O’s popular family cruises or book online today!

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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