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After launching new flagship Iona in August, P&O is gearing up to welcome sister vessel Arvia in 2022. Taking 5,200 guests, Iona is the biggest ship ever built for the British market, with a three-story glass atrium and a two deck sky dome that turns from a pool area to an entertainment venue at night. Take That star Gary Barlow, who curates the 710 club on board, is due to join several cruises in 2022. For those who like their ships a bit smaller P&O also operates a selection of more modest vessels.

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).

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Reviews for P&O Cruises

Cruise Overall
4.3 / 5
Value for Money
4.3 / 5
Ship Overall
4.2 / 5

P&O Cruises Customer Reviews

By Mike on 10/06/2022

All great value for money but entertainment, particularly shows in theatre, very unattractive to people in my age group. Unrecognisable modern music with the usual shrieking females.

By Neil on 10/06/2022

Las Palmas cancelled. Lanzerote put in place but did not get there due to a medical issue on ship.

By Ann on 10/06/2022

The ship is amazing the staff make your holiday they do so much for you! The only thing that let the ship down was the food the paid restaurants were excellent but the dining restaurants was if they w...

By Don on 10/06/2022

As is the norm at the time of year the weather was a little unpredictable for this cruise, additionally it has to be said that the Covid rules that were in place and management thereof did not help. ...

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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 onboard 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 kid's 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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P&O Cruises Dining

At P&O Cruises a whole world of dining is included in the price of your holiday. From healthy to decadent, from hearty to delicate, there’s a menu and a venue for every mood.

Grab-&-Go - Delicious sandwiches and light snacks.

Ripples - Gelateria.

The Beach House - American influenced speciality dishes.

Main Restaurant - Breakfast, lunch or a 5-course dinner.

Poolside Grill - Bite into a juicy burger with a patty made to a special recipe or make a hot dog even more delicious with your favourite tasty toppings.

Poolside Pizzeria - Sumptuous handmade pizza.

The Quays - Multi venue dining piazza

The Olive Grove - Flavours of the southeast Mediterranean.

Buffet - Self-service buffet open daily for breakfast and lunch.

Sundaes - Ice creams, milkshakes and coffee.

The market café - A celebration of all things sweet.

Epicurean - Extraordinary gastronomic experience of fine dining.

Sindhu - Indian cuisine with a British twist.

The Glass House - Wine and fabulous food.

The Keel & Cow - Unpretentious gastropub.

P&O Cruises Entertainment

Headliners theatre - Offers dynamic shows and the slickest of production values.

Manhattan - Cabaret performances, fun quiz shows, tribute acts, family shows and glittering discos.

SeaScreen Open Air Cinema - Watch a film under a starry night sky.

The Live Lounge - Hosting singers, tribute acts, live bands and late-night music.

Three Tier Palladium Theatre - The Palladium has all the magic and anticipation of the West End!

Gym - Equipped with Technogym machines.

Spa & Wellbeing Centre - The oasis spa features saunas, steam rooms, massages and more.

Kids Club - Free onboard programme for 2-17-year-olds.

Swimming Pool - Several pools of varying size and style.

Sports Deck - Play football, basketball or deck tennis in enclosed courts or practice your golf swing and shuffleboard skills.

Dance classes - Learn to dance with professional instructors.

P&O Cruises Cabins

Suites - Suites are the largest rooms and range between 382-937 square feet (including a balcony). Offers the extra space of a lounge area (perfect for entertaining), a superior bathroom, dressing area and a broad balcony to take in the sights. Suites are available across the fleet with Penthouse suites on Aurora, Azura and Ventura.

Mini-Suite - Approximately 382 sq. ft. - Mini-suites offer such amenities as a sizeable bathroom with luxury toiletries; a lounge area with sofa, chairs and table; and floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to a balcony with a table and chairs.

Inside Cabin - Approximately 150-225 sq. ft. - These spacious cabins are perfect if you want a more economical way to travel. Includes Free in-cabin TV, daily steward service, hairdryer and safe, tea and coffee facilities, Air conditioning, vanity writing desk and chair, beds convertible to twin or king-sized.

Balcony Cabins - Approximately 142-279 sq. ft. (including balcony) - The private balcony provides the perfect retreat for those personal and unforgettable holiday moments. Gaze out at the ocean and hear the soothing sound of the waves. Floor to ceiling glass doors, two flat-screen TVs, daily steward service, telephone, hairdryer and safe, tea and coffee facilities, air conditioning, vanity writing desk and chair, beds convertible to twin or a king-size bed.

Sea View Cabins - Approximately 150-239 sq. ft. (including balcony) - Gaze out at iconic landmarks and stunning sites from the comfort of your own room. Includes all luxuries that are included with Inside cabins.

Cruise inclusions

  • 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 are even tea & coffee making facilities in your cabin for that early morning drink, with Twining’s tea of course.