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2/5  Croatia, Italy & Greece

Oceana’s one of the most impressive members of P&O Cruises' family-friendly fleet, so only fitting she sets sail from Valletta, one of Europe’s most impressive historic harbours. Another iconic cruise to fit the UK school holidays perfectly, this one’s ideal for ticking several greats at once off the Mediterranean wish list and leaving more than enough time on-board to splash about in pools, exhaust the kids clubs and indulge in anything from spa treats to full-on morning, noon and night entertainment. But don’t worry, dragging kids from ship to shore is not an issue – just mention Game of Thrones in Split and Dubrovnik for starters.

  • Sea kayaking on the Adriatic is just one of many adventures in and around Split: a city so stuffed with antiquities its historic town centre is an ancient Roman palace built for Emperor Diocletian in the third century.
  • From glass blowing on Murano to trailing after Casanova, discovering the might of the Medici or mingling with the locals in your own time, P&O Cruises has organised dozens of ways to do Venice with kids.
  • Spend a day on the beach at Ravenna to recharge, before Game of Thrones’ drama in breathtakingly beautiful Dubrovnik.
  • Try Six Must-See Sights in Malta or jump aboard a double-decker bus for an afternoon on Golden Sands Beach.
  • The Acropolis in Athens is just as astounding as you’d expect and there’s plenty of time to explore the spectacular Acropolis Museum too – or go it alone and create personal ancient Greek memories.
  • Hot August on Mykonos? Has to be sun, sand and sea on the beautiful island beaches to suitably prep kids for the Olympian myths at Katakolon and the wonders of Sarande in Albania.

Your nine ports of call between 3 and 17 August are: Split, Venice, Ravenna, Dubrovnik, Malta, Athens, Mykonos, Katakolon and Sarande. The Oceana full-board cruise sets sail from Valletta and includes UK flights. Plus, every adult passenger gets spending money on board during their holiday.

Find out more about P&O Cruises to Croatia, Italy and Greece aboard Oceana this August.

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