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What activities are available for children on board?

Our family-friendly ships Azura, Britannia, Iona, Arvia and Ventura are perfect for our younger travellers. Each ship offers a dedicated children’s club, The Reef, for all ages. In addition to The Reef, a children’s tea and countless activities are all included in your holiday. Activities for Children (over the age of 2 years)*

A full programme of age-appropriate activities will be provided for 2-17 year olds in our children’s club (The Reef). It’s split into five distinct age groups so that the needs and level of play in each group can be met. There are a whole host of exciting activities organised daily by our qualified and enthusiastic DBS-checked Reef Rangers to keep children of all ages entertained safely and to ensure that they have the chance to make friends of their own age.

All activities are age-appropriate for our separate clubs and include arts and crafts, quizzes, challenges, sports and much more. There‘s also plenty of time for children to simply relax and meet people of a similar age.

In normal service we operate the Night Nursery and activities for under 2 year olds but we are currently unable to offer these services as we respond to the latest guidance. These services will resume as soon as possible.


Games Consoles:

Relevant age-appropriate games consoles such as PlayStations and fixed tablets, are located in each of the clubs.


Things to note: 

  • Opening times for The Reef are subject to change dependant on the itinerary of the cruise and the seasonal period. They will be clearly advertised and made available on board.
  • Parents/carers are required to register their children here. This link will be e-mailed to them 15 days before embarkation. Parents/carers then need to attend the registration session held on the embarkation day.
  • To protect the health of everyone on board, the following protocols are in place:
  • We are currently limiting numbers in the facility at any one time
  • Children will be allocated cohorts with fixed sessions they can attend throughout the cruise, therefore we recommend booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
  • Children aged 2-4 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when using the children clubs.
  • In line with our new health protocols, children who are not toilet trained can participate in the children’s clubs, however parents/guardians will be contacted to attend if assistance is required.  


To make use of the youth facilities on board, you must complete a registration form for your child/ren.  This can be completed prior to your voyage by going on-line and using My P&O Cruises.



Nursery for 0-2 years

With age-appropriate toys and games, plus bespoke themed Turtle Tot activities, the Nursery offers a safe environment where your children can have great fun and meet new friends. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.



Night Nursery 2-4 years

The Night Nursery can help you can enjoy your evenings safe in the knowledge that your little ones are in good hands. Operating each night, your children can dream sweet dreams in the quiet area, and we’ll page you if they wake up.


'Splashers' for 2-4 year olds


Soft play area, outdoor play areas and fun activities such as glove puppet shows and creative play combine to make Splashers a great place for children who are at that age when they are constantly on the go.


'Surfers' for 5-8 year olds


From imaginative play to fun and games and sports challenges, our 5-8 year old guests can be kept endlessly entertained. They can enjoy outdoor play, exciting theme days, tabletop games, game consoles and active games such as parachute games.


'Scubas' for 9-12 year olds


With music, consoles and fun game shows there’s something for everyone in Scubas. The fun continues with games, quizzes and karaoke. We also organise a whole host of arts and crafts and competitions so our younger guests will never be short of something to do.


'h2o' for 13-17 year olds (This is called The Scene on Iona)

We are confident that the mix of music, game shows and quizzes will keep our teenage guests occupied for the whole holiday. For the more active, we also have table tennis and much more. 


  •  The exact age groupings for older children will depend on the number of children travelling on any particular cruise.
  •  Please note that at least one parent or guardian must remain on board with your child at all times.
  •  Children's clubs will be open regardless of the number of children on board except during staff training or if the occasion should arise that there are no children on board.
  •  Children may only participate in the club designated for their age group; it is not possible to join a club for a different age group.
  •  There is no additional charge for the children's clubs, however booking in advance is essential, and walk-ins will not be permitted into the children’s facility.



We do not operate a babysitting or in-cabin listening service. We also recommend that children 12 years and under must not be left alone in the cabin.

Children under the age of two cannot be signed into the supervised daytime activities.

It is important to note that we will not be providing the Night Nursery or any facilities for the under 2s at the moment due to the latest guidance.


Who looks after the children?

Our Youth team, the Reef Rangers, have extensive experience of planning and facilitating activities for 2-17 year olds, as well as having an enhanced DBS check.


Security Features

Our clubs feature secure entry systems to allow authorised entry only. Children 12 years and under are required to be checked in and out of their age-specific club by their parent or guardian or authorised adult. This means that only pre-authorised adults will be able to collect your child/ren from the club. Please make sure parents/guardians who are collecting the child have their ship ID available for inspection.


Children under the age of 18 may NOT sign out your younger children.


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