All three of P&O's ships are popular with families, largely due to the wide range of activities and age-specific clubs on offer for children. The minimum age to cruise is 12 months. Kid clubs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, however, so it's important that parents get in early to register them for participation, as there is limited capacity. During school holiday cruises, there can be up to 700 children onboard. Pacific Pearl's trained Youth Activity Team organizes all activities, and clubs stay open until 10 p.m. daily.
The clubs include Turtle Cove for ages 3 to 6, offering movies, cartoons, scavenger hunts, talent shows and disco nights, with arts and crafts for a fee. It also opens onto a delightful recreation area at the back of the ship, with a paddling pool, tricycles and a netted area for playing. The Shark Shack is the place for 7- to 10-year-olds, where they can enjoy a range of activities similar to those of their younger siblings, with the addition of PlayStation 2 and 3 competitions, an iPad activity program and more.
The teen hangouts are HQ for 11-to 14-year-olds and HQ+ for 15- to 17-year-olds, both offering a range of activities and entertainment like Stop Motion Pro filmmaking, Teen Jam music sessions, movies and dance classes for younger teens, as well as the addition of parties like Prom Night for older teens.
And for adults seeking some alone time late at night, group baby-sitting is available from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at a cost of A$5 for one child per hour, with a second child costing an extra $2 per hour. Parents of kids aged 3 to 6 are given pagers, and they're encouraged to check on their kids regularly.