So if you’re nothing like me you’re already planning your 2017 holidays, with Instagram hashtags ready to go. (I said, nothing like me).

We LOVED the cruise we took on the P&O Pacific Dawn, it was absolutely one of the most relaxing holidays ever. It followed almost identically the route I took as a child on a much much earlier P&O liner circa approximately 1984, which was one of my most memorable childhood holidays. And it seems every time I open a newspaper I see amazing new ships, routes and activities available for cruising types.

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So, is it time to cruise again? Or are you considering a first-time sea voyage? If so, peekaboo’s 2017 family cruise picks include:

South Pacific cruises on Carnival or P&O – these 7-11 night itineraries sail from Australia’s east coast capital cities to the remote and pristine islands of the Pacific with lots of beach days and great cultural experiences for the kids.

3-5 night ‘cruises to nowhere’ and ‘sea breaks’ to regional ports you’d probably never otherwise see, including Moreton Island in Queensland and Esperance in Western Australia are a great alternative to a weekend road trip – the holiday begins the moment you step onboard and no-one needs to ask “are we there yet?”

School holiday or end of year cruises with Princess – use their nifty calendar planner to book early for the perfect holidays!

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The best things about family cruises are simple:

  1. The food suits everyone – family dinner on most liners is a traditional 5pm affair where kids and grownups can catch up on their day, and there are more choices than ever including kids-only and adults-only dining. Whatever you choose – mum doesn’t have to cook. Winning.
  2. Kids Clubs – usually catering for children from 2 years to 17 years, the fun and games are all included in your cruise fare and go until 10:30pm.
  3. Things to do, all the time, everywhere. Swimming and reading…sure. But pick your cruise right and you’ll have access to dive-in movies, trivia, flying foxes, LEGO® clubs, performing arts boot camps, and a host of afternoon and evening performances by incredible entertainment types which will keep the entire family energised and mesmerised.
  4. And my personal pick…waterparks. As if cruising through a natural waterpark wasn’t enough, the soon-to-be-re-launched P&O Pacific Dawn and her big flashy sister the Pacific Explorer (maiden voyaging in June 2017) will each boast entire waterparks on their upper decks, complete with waterslides which (Mums, close your eyes) go OUT OVER THE WATER.

Meanwhile, Carnival’s jaw-dropping Green Thunder waterslide (eyes CLOSED Mums I said) is topped only by their ‘Cherry on Top’ pick-and-eat-lollies-toys-and-more style stores and ‘Seuss at Sea’ which brings to life the magic of Dr. Seuss’ timeless books in a variety of ways, including a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and the Seuss-a-Palooza Character Parade where guests can join Dr. Seuss characters in a swirly conga line along the Promenade.

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As the good doctor would say: You can conga on a cruise, you can do whatever you choose.

Ready to cruise?