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Cruise passenger Q&A: Why my young family love cruises

For my latest cruise passenger Q & A, I spoke with James Allen, 37, a former engineer for P&O Cruises. James started cruising as a child in the late 1980s, before joining P&O Cruises as an engineer in 1998. He now takes his young family on regular cruises. James says:

“Cruising is a superb holiday. It offers great food and entertainment and allows you to visit a different place everyday. It’s also very safe.”

James and his family have cruised on a variety of ships across different cruise lines. They found the following ships particularly family-friendly:

“Harmony of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) has excellent family-friendly facilities. These include a water park and fun slides. There are also DreamWorks characters (such as Shrek), which are great for the kids.

Harmony of the Seas
Meeting DreamWorks characters on board Harmony of the Seas

Britannia (P&O Cruises) is very classy and has very good facilities for children. These include a night nursery and club for kids.”

Harmony of the Seas
There are lots of fun activities on board Harmony of the Seas

When asked what improvements cruise lines could make to appeal to younger families, James said:

“There aren’t enough four berth cabins, particularly on the Royal Caribbean ships. Some companies also limit the number of children allowed on board during the summer holidays. I couldn’t book a Mediterranean cruise this summer with P&O because my daughter’s age group was full. They wouldn’t accept anymore children her age.”

Harmony of the Seas
On board Harmony of the Seas

James told me that he finds an older passenger base a disadvantage for people of his generation. He finds that fellow passengers often complain about the number of children on family-friendly ships. This does not create a positive image for cruise lines.

The bow of Azura

When asked to recall one of his favourite cruise memories, James said:

“I proposed to my wife on Azura (P&O Cruises), overlooking the bow at sunset. I told her there were dolphins, just so I could get her outside!”

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