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Cruises with P&O Cruises

As a long-established, award-winning cruise line, P&O Cruises are one of the most prestigious British-style operators, offering holidays of a lifetime across the world. With an instantly recognisable fleet of impressive ships, guests sailing with P&O Cruises can expect exceptional service and attention to detail no matter which vessel they choose.

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P&O Cruises: Life on-board

  • Total cruises 436
  • Fleet: 7 Ships
  • Destinations: 26

Featuring tempting restaurants, world-class entertainment and plenty of ways to keep you occupied when you're not out on shore excursions, every moment is sure to be one to remember when you sail with P&O Cruises.

Family

With the exception of Aurora and Arcadia which specialise as the fleet’s adult-only cruise ships, all of Britain’s favourite cruise line's vessels are perfectly designed to make sure that guests of all ages can make the most of their holidays. From staterooms and dining to kids clubs and family-friendly facilities, everything has been thought of to make sure that your cruise holiday is as stress free and enjoyable as you can imagine.

Family Staterooms

A good night's sleep is key to a fun holiday, which is why there are plenty of options for family staterooms with P&O Cruises. There is great value to be had in the three and four-berth inside and outside staterooms, while if you are travelling in a party of more than four then interconnecting rooms are the answer. There are also cabins with four to six berths and mini suite options available. However, it's good to keep in mind that during school holidays the family cabins are booked up fast, so it's well worth booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Family Dining

Meal times with young children can be stressful, but not with P&O. Flexible dining and a huge variety of food choices means that even the pickiest eaters are perfectly catered for. In addition, for those evenings when parents would like a special evening “off”, there's a children’s tea available every night with favourites such as sausages, fish fingers, pizza and many healthy options including salads, soups, fruit, vegetables and pasta.

Kid's and Teen's Clubs

From babies and toddlers to teenagers wanting some time away from their parents, the P&O ships have dedicated spaces onboard where the younger guests can have fun with others their age and make the most of the modern facilities.

Club Age Highlights
Splashers2-4 yearsSinging, dancing and snacks
Surfers5-8 yearsThemed games and cooking activities
Scubas9-12 yearsPlaystations and drama workshops
H2013-17 yearsPlaystation, musical instruments and teen disco
Oasis Teen Spa13-17 yearsParent and Teen Time Massages

Dining

With onboard eateries catering to every mood, P&O Cruises offer a large variety of cuisine that will keep guests of all ages happy. To make mealtimes easier, all P&O cruises are full board which means that your fare is inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner when eating at the 24-hour restaurant, pizzerias, daytime grills, deck barbecues and informal poolside restaurants.

However, each ship also boasts specialty restaurants, which although require booking and a modest cover charge, are well worth it if you want to dine somewhere a little more special as you enjoy culinary delights such as pan-Asian cuisine and mouth watering steaks cooked to perfection. During your cruise, there are three types of dining:

  • Club Dining- cruisers may opt for the traditional ‘club dining’ which means they can enjoy the main dining room at set sitting times during their cruise. If you choose this option, the same table will be reserved for you and your dining companions every night for either the 6.30pm or 8.30pm sitting.
  • Freedom Dining- if you're looking for something more flexible, Freedom Dining means that you can eat any time between 6pm and 9.30pm at the main dining rooms, perfect for families with young children or those who may want to eat earlier or later than the set times.
  • Select Dining- if you want to try something a little different to the main restaurants, select dining is available at a cover charge. Book in advance and you can enjoy world-class cuisine, often inspired by Michelin-starred chefs like Marco Pierre White.

As well as fantastic dining options, there are also several P&O drinks packages available for those looking for a cocktail or beer in the sun, perk-me-up coffee in the mornings or cosy tea before bed. With four fantastic drink packages to choose from, there's guaranteed to be one that suits your needs.

P&O Cruises Drinks Packagest Price per day, per person Includes
Ultimate Drinks Package£39.95Cocktails, Beers, Coffees,Teas, Soft drinks
Hot Drinks Package£10.95Costa coffees, Teapigs’ teas, Hot chocolates
Non-Alcoholic Drinks£19.95Mocktails, Costa coffees, Soft drinks
Children’s Drinks Package*£7.95Soft drinks

*Available to any child aged 17 and under, and free for any child sharing a cabin with two adult cruisers who have the Ultimate Drinks Package.

Entertainment

If you love live entertainment, during your cruise you can experience show-stopping West-End performances, cabaret shows, stand-up comedy, film screenings under the stars, tribute bands, cinema, celebrity performances and much more depending on the season and cruise.

In addition, P&O Cruises have a great selection of themed nights at innovative entertainment venues equipped with state-of-the-art sound and light systems and dancefloors. Boogie the night away to music from live bands, singers and professional DJs playing everything from the 60’s to the hip beats today.

Alternatively, discover the unique selection of drinks and specialist cocktails in one of the many diverse bars and lounges onboard a P&O cruise ship. You are certain to find the perfect venue to suit you, with the bars providing a range of different atmospheres and themes to make sure your pre-dinner drinks and after-dinner drinks are a great occasion.

Meanwhile, if you want to raise the stakes a little, head over to the onboard casino, where guests can try their luck at a host of traditional card and table games. Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Bingo and slot machines.

Recreation

A holiday is for relaxing, so during your cruise make sure you indulge in some well-earned pampering and unwind in the onboard spa. Here you can rejuvenate yourself in tranquil surroundings thanks to the salons, saunas and steam rooms found on each ship. Offering the latest spa treatments for both men and women, there's no reason to leave your cruise feeling stressed.

On the other hand, for those who like to stay active even when they're at sea, P&O ships have plenty to offer when it comes to sports. From swimming pools and a jogging track to sports courts and more leisurely games of shuffleboard and deck quoits, there's something to keep everyone happy. However, if you like to enjoy a more intensive workout, each ship also boasts a fully-equipped gym as well as fitness classes and instructors.

What's more, there are plenty of other areas to discover onboard during your cruise. If you want to escape the crowds for some peace and quiet, the cards room or library are great spots to check out, while the ships' shops and boutiques, selling everything from everyday essentials to high-end brands, are perfect for picking up anything you may need during your holiday.

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P&O Cruises Ships

From mid-sized and large ships, with activities for all the family, to exclusively adult cruise ships for those wanting the chance to unwind, this British cruise line caters perfectly to guests of all ages.

P&O Cruises ship classes explained

  • Aurora

    Adults Only Formal Good For Couples Informal Large Ship
    Mid-sized yet boasting all the facilities you could need, Aurora is an exclusively for adults ship sailing to exciting destinations across the world. More about Aurora

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  • Britannia

    Good For Couples Informal Large Ship
    Designed for families, couples and solo voyagers alike, Britannia everyone onboard to experience the joys of British-style cruising. More about Britannia

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  • Arvia

    Family Friendly Good For Couples Informal Large Ship
  • Ventura

    Family Friendly Good For Couples Informal Large Ship
    From sports facilities to speciality dining and spa treatments, family-friendly Ventura boasts many of P&O Cruises most popular features. More about Ventura

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  • Arcadia

    Adults Only Formal Good For Couples Informal Large Ship
    Enjoy an ocean voyage at your own pace with P&O Arcadia, one of the cruise line's ship designed exclusively for adults. More about Arcadia

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  • Iona

    Good For Couples Informal Large Ship
    Innovative, exciting and sustainably powered to protect the destinations she visits, P&O Iona is packed with activities for all ages. More about Iona

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P&O Cruises Highlights

P&O Cruises Destinations

Whether you're looking to head far afield for some winter sun, stay closer to home on a tour of the British Isles or spend your summer holiday on the Mediterranean coast, P&O cruises have itineraries to suit all types of holiday.

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Top FAQs

  • While P&O Cruises are not all inclusive, drinks packages, excursions and speciality dining and experiences can be booked before or during your cruise.

  • Included in your standard P&O Cruises fare are meals, accommodation, entertainment, access to the gym and pools, children's clubs, and flights and transfers on fly cruises. As of May 2019, tips are no longer required.

    For more information, see our P&O Cruise Fare Guide

  • Yes, the P&O Cruises loyalty program is called the Peninsular Club.

  • P&O Cruises are a proudly British cruise line catering to a mostly British and Irish crowd. You will find a lot of variety across the fleet, with the exact demographics of the passengers onboard with you depending on what kind of cruise you take, on which ship, destination, sailing length and time of year. If sailing during the British school holidays, naturally you will find a majority of families. If on a mini cruise or one lasting more than a week, you will be accompanied by mostly adults.

  • P&O Cruise ships sail all over the world, taking in all continents, oceans and stunning destinations.

    • Baltic
    • Norwegian Fjords
    • Europe
    • Transatlantic
    • Caribbean
    • Mediterranean
    • Australasia
    • World Cruises

Accessibility

  • P&O Cruises can provide kosher, halal, vegetarian, pescatarian and vegan options, although exact dishes may not be possible. Meanwhile, most intolerances and allergies are catered for such as gluten, wheat, lactose, fat, salt and sugar free.

  • If you require a carer, someone must accompany you during your cruise. P&O staff will not be able to assist you in your day to day life onboard, but if your carer is for any reason unavailable during the course of the cruise, the P&O crew will meet you and devise a suitable plan.

  • P&O try to make every bookable land excursion accessible to all but that isn’t always possible. Unfortunately some ports may not be accessible for those with mobility issues due to extreme tidal differences making the accessible gangways too steep or narrow. You should also consider whether the port’s transfer services such as shuttle buses or tender boats are accessible, and if they provide space for wheelchair storage. Before accessing the tender, you are required to prove you can independently step over a 45cm gap without assistance. If this is not the case, or the captain has doubts you are able to execute this manoeuvre, you will not be able to access the tender and go ashore.

  • Yes, all P&O cruise ships have at least one swimming pool with access via a hoist.

  • P&O Cruises can provide a limited number of mobility aid equipment per ship such as bath benches, shower chairs and raised toilet seats. In addition, mobility equipment such as hoists, wheelchairs and scooters can be hired via Mobility at Sea.

Life Onboard

  • All cabins across the P&O Cruises fleet use the standard UK three point plug socket. In the bathrooms, two pronged plug sockets (220V / 110V or 230V / 120V) are provided for electrical shavers, hairdryers or toothbrushes which may or may not require an EU adaptor depending on your device. All cabins have a hairdryer provided.

  • Excluding adult-only ships, P&O Cruises provde kids' and teens' clubs onboard all cruises. For children between 6 months and 4 years old, there are free night nursery and babysitting services.

  • No smoking is permitted inside P&O Cruises’ cabins, balconies or public spaces except the designated smoking areas on each ship. E-cigarettes are permitted in guests’ cabins but not in no-smoking public areas of the ship.

    • TV, radio, phone
    • Basic toiletries, towels, bath mat
    • Fridge, safe, hairdryer
    • Air-con

  • For cruises involving flights as well as those with more than three consecutive seadays, babies must be a minimum age of 12 months old. For all other cruises, babies must be a minimum age of six months.

P&O Cruises Covid-19 safety measures

Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Vaccination Policy

For “Staycation” sailings up to 25th September 2021 all guests must be fully vaccinated in order to sail. For cruises from 8th July 2021, fully-vaccinated is at least 14 days after your second vaccine dose or your single-shot vaccine. For sailings between 25th September and 31st December all adults must still be fully vaccinated but under 17s can travel if they have a negative PCR test 72 hours prior.

Covid-19 Testing

Prior to embarkation, guests must undergo a coronavirus test, at the expense of the cruise line, at the cruise terminal. A Health Declaration Form will be made available 3 days prior to departure through the My P&O App and must be completed in order to sail. If a guest is unable to board due to coronavirus they will receive an FCC for an alternative sailing.

Further detail around requirements specific to your cruise will be provided to you prior to departure and can be checked on the cruise line pages here.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Health and Safety Procedures

Crew

Before departure, all crew must undergo health screening to ensure that they are safe to travel. Pre-embarkation COVID-19 tests may also be required.

Onboard

While P&O Cruises already have stringent health and safety protocols, their health and safety measures will be further enhanced, particularly in public spaces and accomodation using products which have been proven to be effective against COVID-19. When it comes to the onboard experience, ships will initially operate at reduced guest capacity, with some activities not available due to social distancing. Changes to the dining experience will include virtual queuing through the app and buffets served by crew. Guests will be able to dine with their household or linked group, with the maximum table number adhering to government guidelines at the time of sailing. Should guests prefer to eat in their cabin, a more extensive room service menu will be available.

Face Masks

During a P&O Cruises' voyage, wearing a face mask is mandatory and no guest will be exempt. Facemasks must be worn on shore experiences, indoors on board unless eating and drinking, inside their cabin, in the pools or whirlpool spas, exercising in the gym, during treatments like a facial, having their identity checked and outdoors unless social distancing cannot be maintained.

Test and Trace

Thanks to OceanOrbit, there will be a test and trace programme in place onboard P&O Cruises' ships. Guests will be given a device at the cruise terminal before boarding which they can keep on them throughout their cruise.

Medical Facilities

P&O Cruises' onboard medical facilities have been further enhanced. There are also dedicated quarantine cabins in the event that any guest needs to isolate.

Excursions and Going Ashore

On voyages which stop at UK ports of call guests will not be able to go ashore independently. Only shore excursions organised and approved by P&O Cruises will be allowed. The cruise line is working with partners to ensure that onboard protocols extend to shore excursions, and that a new range of experiences can be offered.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Passport and Insurance Requirements

Insurance

In order to travel you must provide proof of comprehensive travel insurance covering:

  • Medical cover (at least £2 million)
  • Emergency evacuations and medical expenses for coronavirus
  • Repatriation
  • Cancellation and curtailment
  • Any pre-existing medical conditions

Passports

Even for sailings which do not leave British waters, all guests must have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity to travel.

Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.

Cancellations and FCC Vouchers

Cancelled Cruises

P&O sailings are paused until the following dates:

  • Ventura – 3rd October 2021
  • Azura – 10th December 2021
  • Aurora – 13th April 2022
  • Arcadia – 27th March 2022.

Following on from the UK staycation cruises, on 25th September 2021 Britannia will resume sailings in the Western Mediterranean and Iona in Spain and Portugal.

Future Cruise Credit

Guests whose cruise has been cancelled will automatically receive a Future Cruise Credit to the amount of 125% for the deposit and then 100% of any further payments made so far. This FCC can be used up to 31st December 2021 for any cruises currently on sale. FCC can be used to book onto any new cruise, to upgrade an existing booking or to add a 2nd cabin to an existing booking for family or friends. If you prefer to receive a refund rather than rebook on an alternative sailing, please fill out the form sent to you via email before 31st December 2021. Anyone who cannot sail due to not being able to meet covid safety requirements can get an FCC to rebook.

These offers apply only to the cruise element of bookings where PlanetCruise.com are the tour operator of the holiday.

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Flexible Booking Terms


Flexible Terms- with P&O Cruises, before the date that your balance is due, you can change your booking to another date as many times as you like.

ABTA and ATOL Cover- P&O Cruises is fully bonded with ABTA and your fly-cruise holiday is ATOL protected.

T&Cs apply - please see the itinerary page for details


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