The Hartland Family spent the January school holidays on board the Diamond Princess exploring the South Pacific.

Mum and Managing Director, Michelle explains why she thinks cruising is the way to travel with the whole family!


Being a parent is hard work! The daily routine, school runs, the dance runs, basketball, work and trying to be super mum. Cruising takes away all those stresses and lets our whole family relax unlike any other style of holiday. There is so many reasons why I love to cruise with my family and I want other families to experience all the wonderful things a cruise holiday offers.

Some of my greatest memories are watching my children enjoy quality time with their grandparents and extended families, watching my husband rock climb with the kids or cooking and cake decorating classes a a family. It is so nice to get dressed up and go out to a nice meal a a family by taking the lift two floors down. From Cheesy Mac to Lobster everyone’s tastes are covered in the one restaurant. I love watching my children interact with other kids from all over the world, figuring out how they will communicate as sometimes the language barrier can be quite interesting.

If routine is important to make mummies day a little easier the friendly staff work around you, nothing is a problem. For families, safety is so important when travelling overseas and it is comforting to know that there is a Doctor on board 24 hours a day, all the food and water on board is safe to consume and that the experiences staff are fully trained in keeping everyone on board safe. The opportunity to visit so many different destinations in one holiday but still return to the safety of your cruise ship is a big bonus for families.

Cruises provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate the big things in your life from weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, the big birthdays and even graduation celebrations. I guarantee that once you take your first family cruise you will fall in love stress-free and rejuvenating a cruise holiday can be.