A cruise is an ideal holiday for families who want to explore a variety of destinations, without the hassle of re-packing and travelling in between.

“This year we have three ships sailing round-trip from Southampton and Dover to destinations including the Mediterranean and Scandinavia, making getting away even easier,” says Paul Ludlow, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Princess Cruises.

A cruise from the UK is a stress-free holiday option for families. There are no luggage restrictions if you arrive in your own car (paid-for secure parking is available) and you don’t have the strain of airport security followed by cruise terminal boarding in a foreign country.

Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas makes its maiden voyage in April and will be based in Southampton, making it easy to get to for a week enjoying its sky-diving simulator, bumper cars, roller skating and North Star capsule which whisks you 300ft above the sea.