P&O Cruises is a cruise line that has become much-loved by British travellers over the years. The oldest cruise line in the world, having been established in 1837, P&O is today owned by parent company Carnival Corporation, along with brands Princess Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Costa Cruises and AIDA. The cruise line’s new megaship, Iona, is due to launch this year will be the largest cruise ship ever built for the UK market with a passenger capacity of 5,206 and crew of 1,800. She will feature world-class entertainment headed up by musical director and P&O ambassador Gary Barlow, an impressive SkyDome venue and the first gin distillery at sea. Iona’s sister ship will join the fleet in 2022. P&O Cruises announced this year that it would be selling its much-loved ship Oceana after 18 years of service.
Why choose this cruise line?
P&O Cruises sailings have a distinctive style that’s appealing both to new-to-cruisers as well as veteran cruisers. Passengers can choose to take their whole family with them or leave the kids behind and enjoy an adults-only cruise with P&O. Many of the restaurants and facilities on board ships come included in the fare so guests don’t have to splash out extra unless they wish and the cruise line stopped billing for mandatory gratuities in May 2019, making P&O good value for money as a cruise line (although shore excursions and drinks packages are extra).
Cruising with P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises offers a classic style of cruising that very much appeals to its British audience. Ships epitomise understated luxury in terms of their decor with standout elements like a three-tiered atrium (Britannia) or a spectacular glass dome roof (Iona). While a modern fleet, passengers should expect more traditional entertainment on board P&O ships, like shuffleboard, dance classes and karaoke nights as opposed to giant roller coasters and waterparks. P&O takes its food seriously, having partnered with notable celebrity chefs including the likes of Marco Pierre-White and pâtissier Eric Lanlard to deliver exceptional cuisine on board.
Who should travel with P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises caters to a predominantly British clientele, with a mix of family-friendly and adults-only cruise ships. The cruise line’s adults-only ships include Arcadia, Oriana and most recently Aurora, which was redesigned in 2019 as a child-free ship with the kids clubs and teen areas replaced with 28 new cabins. These three adult-only ships are geared towards an older British passenger, who enjoy a classic style of cruising. The line’s remaining family-friendly vessels cater to passengers of all ages, with fun-filled activities during the day, from cookery clubs to trivia quizzes, while at night there’s theatre shows and late-night dancing.
P&O Cruises destinations
P&O Cruises sails all over the world, to destinations including Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, the Baltics, Canada and New England, Canary Islands, the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Britain and Ireland, Central and South America and world voyages.
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There will be 29 drinking and dining venues on board the ship
The SkyDome will transform from a pool in the day to a stage in the evening
The impressive staircase in the Grand Atrium
The conservatory mini-suite on board Iona brings the outside in
March 10, 2015 Photo Caption: Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, officially named P&O Cruises new flagship Britannia in a glittering ceremony in which a bottle of British Wiston Estate Brut NV was broken against the hull of the 143,000 tons cruise ship. Upholding its celebration of all
The Retreat – luxurious spa area aboard Britannia
- Full-board dining in complimentary restaurants
- All on-board entertainment
- Access to the fitness centre and swimming pools
- Use of the sports deck
- Dance classes
- Shuttle bises in port
- Children's club
- Flights and transfers with fly-cruise holidays
Unique selling points
Explore exciting destinations all around the world, with the comforts of being at home. We understand today’s cosmopolitan British tastes, with different style restaurants, from fine Indian dining, and restaurants by Marco Pierre White. Sophisticated bars with specially selected wines by TV’s Olly Smith. West End style shows, and comedians you can really have a laugh with. There’s even tea & coffee making facilities in your cabin for that early morning drink, with Twining’s tea of course.
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