There’s no better judge on a family travel experience than your kids. We’ve been talking about this a lot lately during our travels in Hawaii. We’re planning on incorporating the girl’s opinions and reviews in our blog and video content.
You know what they say – happy kids, happy parents.
But, when are the kids ever asked by the ones creating the travel experiences what makes it so great for them?
Odds are they’ll scream, “ice cream for breakfast”, but they also have some pretty savvy ideas when it comes to a travel experience that’s fun for them and for their parents.
Just the other night, the girls were happy to let Craig and I sit and enjoy our meal and some live music because they had a dancing space to the side where they could spin a few cartwheels and shake their tail feathers. They begged us to return to that restaurant each morning they awoke so they could do it again!
It’s quite amazing how small attention to details from a kid’s perspective can completely change the entire travel experience. If you know what kids want and give it to them, you’ll have both kids and parents raving and returning.
Well, in an Australian first, P & O Cruises have announced an amazing initiative that does just that. Forget adult input, they want the kids to tell them how to run the ship.
They’re calling for an adventure-loving holiday critic to help them perfect the final touches to Pacific Explorer, the cruise line’s latest ship, setting sail for the first cruise on June 22, 2017, from Sydney.
This young critic will join a team of Young Explorers recruited by P & O cruises to test-ride their waterslides, go backstage with their new entertainers, taste test all of the new restaurants, as well as give their opinion on the design of the ship.
They’ve already recruited the Young Foodie, the Young Entertainer, and the Young Stylist and are looking for the Young Adventurer to complete the critic team.
Time for your child to be Pacific Explorer’s Young Adventurer
Are you ready to nominate your adventurous child to shape the future fun of this ship? Do they have endless amounts of energy? Are they willing to give anything a go – like walking the plank, shooting down the longest and wildest water slides, or perhaps, a bit of flying fox fun?
The lucky winner will help P&O finesse Pacific Explorer’s details, feature in a P&O campaign, and will enjoy a cruise with their family onboard the Pacific Explorer as a thank you from the cruise line.
So you get to actually experience the cruise experience your child had a say in creating! #Joy
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P&O Cruises director of entertainment Brett Annable says,
“Our goal with the refurbishment and launch of Pacific Explorer is to create 77,000 tonnes of holiday-making magic. There is no better judge of the onboard experience than our past and future guests.
Over the years, we have seen our youngest passengers become our most discerning. Their passion for food, entertainment, adventure and even design is often way beyond their years. We know that children are frequently the ones who get parents involved in onboard activities, so we couldn’t think of a better way to ensure Pacific Explorer provides a great family holiday than appointing a panel of young explorers.”
I tell ya, these past two weeks, my girls have gotten me out stand up paddle boarding, racing down a water slide off the back of a boat, jumping off a boat’s diving platform, getting on stage doing the hula, and zipping down endless waterslides. It’s been so much fun and I wouldn’t have done it without their insider tips on what makes a family bonding holiday experience so much fun.
BTW, did you know research says that children up to pre-school age laugh or smile about 300 times a day, but adults about 15 times a day? What is up with us? I think it’s time we let the kids reignite our inner child again. Let’s eat ice cream for breakfast and spend all day zipping down water slides. I bet you’re smiling just thinking about it.
P.S. Just subtly persuade your child to mention carrots are dinner time are a wonderful accompaniment to a meal. Perhaps a broccoli head or two. And you definitely want that waterslide to go fast.
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