Pacific Pearl Family
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. Kids clubs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and capacity is limited, so it's important that parents get in early to register their children. During school holiday cruises, there can be many children onboard. Pacific Pearl's trained Youth Activity Team organizes all activities.
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 enjoy a range of similar activities to the younger kids, with the addition of PlayStation 2 and 3 competitions.
HQ and HQ+ is where to send 11- to 17-year-olds, with a range of activities and entertainment that includes sporting competitions, pizza parties, talent shows, mocktail parties and hip-hop classes. Teens also have additional special events on offer during longer cruises, such as Teen Prom Night and Teen Farewell Disco. And, for adults seeking some alone time, group baby-sitting is available from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at a cost of A$5 per child, per hour.