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Five top spots for family fun with P&O Cruises


Chill out with penguins. Explore the deep sea in a submarine. Whizz through the streets in a wicker toboggan. Kayak around the walls of a fortress city or ride the waves with dolphins… check out five of our favourite places for a family holiday with a difference

Penguins in the penguinarium at Loro Parque, Tenerife

Different types of family fun

If you want to keep everyone entertained on a summer holiday and explore great destinations, we’ve got some great ports of call with something for all the family. From tiny tots to grans and granddads, and everyone in between, there’s a wealth of exciting activities to enjoy together.


1. See penguins in the snow in Tenerife

It may be 30 degrees in the sunshine, but you might need an extra layer or two when you visit one of Tenerife’s top attractions. The penguinarium at the vast Loro Parque sanctuary has its own Antarctic climate so penguins can get up to their playful antics in the snow. Further fun awaits you at the Thai-themed Water Kingdom of Siam, with water rides and splash pools to suit all ages. If you’ve any energy left, take a cable car trip to the top of Mount Tiede at 11,660ft above sea level. The perfect way to take in awesome views across the Cañadas del Teide National Park.

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2. Whizz around in a wicker toboggan in Madeira

The cable car that takes you up to the parish of Monte in Funchal is good fun, with glorious views of the bay and the kitchen-gardens. But nothing compares to the ride back. If you’re aged three and above, the best way down is in a traditional wicker toboggan, pushed and steered by straw-hatted ‘drivers’ using their rubber-soled boots as brakes.


If speed floats your boat, anyone aged over eight will also love a high-speed open-boat ride around the Madeira Islands. That’s not the only thrill. The Discover Whales and Dolphins shore excursion gives you the chance to ride the crest of a wave with up to 20 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises. With expert marine guides on board, you may even spot a Risso dolphin, a beaked whale or even a killer whale making a rare visit to Madeira’s waters.

Find out more about our Madeira shore excursions > 

Kayaking around the city walls of Dubrovnik

Kayak around the city walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

3. Kayak around the Game of Thrones citadel in Dubrovnik

Adventurers aged over eight will love the chance to kayak around Dubrovnik’s medieval city walls (the old city is the seat of power in fantasy drama Game of Thrones), before heading off to explore the hidden cave beach of Betina.


If island hopping in the sunshine is on your wish list and you have children aged between three and 13, a Family Ticket is a great way to explore the islands dotted around Dubrovnik. Equally stunning is an excursion to the pine-clad Elaphite Islands, where you can swim, stroll or relax on the beach. Water babies aged over eight will also love the Snorkel Adventure shore excursion, with a chance to spot sea scorpions, parrotfish, octopus, moray eels and more.

Watch our Discover Dubrovnik video >


4. Explore the deep in Barbados

Calling all Captain Nemos! If you’re aged over four, you’ll love the Atlantis Submarine Experience. The reefs of Barbados are said to be the Caribbean’s healthiest, so as you cruise at depths of 50-150ft you’ll get up close to an amazing array of colourful exotic fish, spectacular sponge gardens and fascinating coral formations.


If you’re more of a land lover, feel the warm breeze in your hair and soak up the Calypso sounds when you hop aboard a colourful Jitney bus. Rattle through the capital Bridgetown and imposing Garrison area before heading for a family day at a pristine sandy beach. Children aged six and upwards can also enjoy an exhilarating catamaran excursion that sails over a shipwreck before a magical swim stop where you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel among endangered wild sea turtles.

Watch our Atlantis Submarine Experience video >


Glyfada beach, Corfu

5. Make a splash in Corfu

All the family can enjoy a Cruise and Swim shore excursion boat trip: set sail on crystal seas to isolated coves overlooked by dramatic cliffs before berthing at the stunning isolated beach of Limnopoula. While you swim, relax and explore, a tasty lunch is prepared for you to enjoy back on the boat. Then it’s on to explore the pretty resort of Kassiopi before a final swim and relaxation stop in the bay of Aghios Arsenios. Alternatively, if you’d rather just have fun on the beach, the Glyfada Beach Escape shore excursion is perfect for all ages. Bask on the child-friendly, gently sloping sandy beach and in balmy Ionian waters. Cooling refreshments are on hand at the beach’s cafes and kiosks.


For the ultimate high-octane water fun, Aqualand has it all: 36 different water slides; 15 adventure pools; a children’s area for youngsters aged four to eight; a family area for children aged eight and over plus an extreme games zone for anyone aged over 12. When it all gets too much, relax on courtesy sun loungers and refuel at the variety of bars and restaurants.


Watch our Discover Corfu video >