Stress-Free Getaways that are Perfect for the Whole Family


When you’re planning a holiday for the whole family, there’s a lot to consider. From accommodation to transportation and the endless activities you’ll need to arrange, whilst ensuring everyone is happy, the planning process can quickly become a headache.

And with travel within Australia on the way to opening back up, it will be hard to say no to a family holiday after staying in one place for so long. But thankfully, some getaways are stress-free and perfect for the whole family.

Carnival Cruise Line offers destination packages that have something for the entire family. Here are three destination cruises with Carnival that have plenty of onboard activities to leave you feeling stress-free and satisfied.

Airlie Beach

Travel to the heart of the picture-perfect Whitsundays on an Airlie Beach cruise. Departing from Sydney and Brisbane, Carnival allows you to sit back and relax as you cruise along with the Great Barrier Reef’s magic right in front of you. From Brisbane, you can even whisk away for 4 days just to Airlie Beach.

While onboard, you can pre-arrange for when you step off the ship, including catamaran joy rides, glass-bottom-boat day tours on the waters of the Coral Sea, and stops at the white sands of the world-famous Whitehaven beach.

Onboard the whole family will be able to plunge into some of the largest waterparks at sea and a multitude of tastes, sights, activities and themed events that suit the whole family. For adults only, take in the sea breeze at the Serenity Retreat. With a comedy club, dive-in movies and a range of restaurants (most of which are all included in your fare) and bars, no two days will ever feel the same.


Visit the coastal city of Cairns, offering plenty of unique experiences to add to your list of excursions – think Crocodile Adventure tours, parasailing, scenic flights to the Great Barrier Rees, an Eco visit to Green Island and more. When you step off the cruise ship, you’ll be able to discover local culture and visit Cooktown, which is home to the ‘James Cook Museum’.

Aboard the Carnival Spirit or Carnival Splendor, your trip will include access to waterparks making downtime for the kids even more exciting. You’ll also have access to the adults-only Serenity Retreat, that’s only steps away from your cabin.

There’s also the Dive-in Movies to get the whole family involved as you settle into a poolside lounge under the stars, with free blankets and popcorn. Not to mention all the entertainment and restaurants at your fingertips, including The Punchliner Comedy Club, with both family-friendly and late night adult shows, plus the Broadway-style Playlist Productions shows and the Alchemy Bar.

Tangalooma Resort on Moreton Island

Moreton Island, located in south-eastern Queensland, is the third-largest sand island in the world. Known for its white sandy beaches and steep dunes, it’s also home to the Tangalooma Resort, featuring the Tangalooma Wrecks dive site that features purposefully sunken boats, designed to create a coral sanctuary for the tropical fish and other marine life.

Carnival’s Moreton Island cruise gives you the best access to Australia’s best-kept secret. Whether it’s swimming in the crystal clear waters, whale watching or quad biking on the dunes, you’ll have easy access to all of the incredible sights onshore and be able to step back into complete serenity aboard.

With Carnival Cruise Line, you and the family can explore hidden gems across Australia without stress. As soon as you step aboard, you can settle in, sit back and enjoy the open seas knowing everything you need is at your fingertips. Visit Carnival online to learn more about their destinations and onboard activities.