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P&O Cruises are a long-established award-winning cruise line, proud to be the first and one of the world’s most prestigious mainstream family operators. With a instantly recognisable fleet of impressive ships, guests sailing with P&O Cruises can expect exceptional service and attention to detail upon whichever ship they choose to sail. Those looking for a family-friendly cruise can choose from P&O Cruises' fantastic range of mid-sized to large ships featuring free age-specific children’s clubs plus great family friendly shore excursions.  Exclusively adult cruise ships are also available for those wanting a relaxing cruise to unwind. What's more, Gary Barlow, famous for his time in Take That, is P&O's brand ambassador, making your cruise experience that little bit more special.

P&O Cruises also offer a fantastic range of theme cruises. For foodies there are brilliant Food Heroes cruises where you can learn how to whip up elevated dishes with TV celebrity chefs Marco Pierre White, Eric Lanlard and Ollie Smith. Meanwhile, fans of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will love these strictly-themed cruises where you can take a dance class and attend events with stars of the show such as the professional dancers and judges. For more information and sailing dates, check out our guides on Strictly Come Dancing and Food Heroes cruises.

From the minute you board a P&O cruise ship you are welcomed with a smile and made to feel at home. Service onboard is outstanding with plenty of crew members and stewards available to make sure all your needs are met. Book a suite for that extra bit of luxury and receive a personal butler service.

Ionafest 2020

If you're looking for a truly unique festival experience this summer, then P&O cruises are hosting exactly what you're looking for: Ionafest 2020! While part of your cruise is spent exploring the beautiful Norwegian fjords, with stop offs at Hellesylt, Geiranger and Bergen, back onboard P&O's latest ship, Iona, you'll get the opportunity to see some world-class acts. With the likes of Gary Barlow, Clean Bandit, Trevor Nelson and Sara Cox having already been confirmed and more talented acts yet to be announced, and complete with street food pop ups, bars and late night parties, Ionafest is all set to be the voyage of a lifetime.

P&O Ionafest 2020

Cabins are spacious, well designed and air conditioned to ensure great levels of comfort throughout your cruise. You will find Egyptian cotton sheets, designer tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, safe and even a refrigerator inside your cabin. Enjoy the complimentary luxury pamper pack in the privacy of your own comfortable en suite bathroom. Watch the sunset and soak in the incredible views from the window of your outside cabin or step outside and feel the cool calming breeze from your very own balcony. With serene single cabin accommodation and luxurious suites available, P&O Cruises have a cabin type to ensure everyone can enjoy a comfortable and memorable cruise.

Dining onboard P&O Cruises ships is a delight and guests can enjoy a delicious full board selection 24 hours a day from sumptuous restaurants and buffets. Top class speciality restaurants are also available and those sailing on Ventura will be lucky enough to dine at the fantastic Ocean Grill by Marco Pierre White.

Onboard entertainment has something for everyone with champagne and cocktail bars, wine & tapas to piano bars, English style pubs, nightclubs, casinos, theatres and cinemas plus much more. Evening shore excursions and overnight stays are also available for guests wishing to explore and absorb the culture of new destinations during their voyage. Top notch children’s entertainment is available on P&O Cruises' dedicated family friendly cruise ships.

When the day is done, guests can relax and unwind in the onboard spa and salon, by the poolside or partake in leisurely games of football, cricket, golf or simply zone out in the fully equipped onboard gym.

Keeping in touch with friends and family is easy with P&O Cruises' 24 hour connect service. Varied internet packages are available for purchase covering needs such as music streaming, email browsing and more.

Itineraries spark a dream come true with a fantastic selection of Mediterranean Cruises, Caribbean Cruises, sailings to bucket list destinations such as New York, Venice and many more. We have P&O cruise deals for destinations around the world. 

P&O Cruises offer rewards for their loyal returning guests. When you cruise for fifteen nights or more with P&O Cruises you will automatically become a member of the Peninsular Club and have access to exclusive discounts and benefits. When you book with Planet Cruise you can receive all of your Peninsular Club benefits plus more! Please see our P&O Cruises Peninsular Club rewards page for more information on P&O Cruises loyalty.


If you have a disability and require additional assistance, please let us know when booking your cruise. P&O have an onboard Disability Team on hand to offer you an unrivaled cruise experience.

P&O Cruises offer wheelchair assistance for embarkation and disembarkation. Special evacuation chairs are available to transport passengers down the stairs if required.

P&O Cruises' Brexit Promise

No matter what happens with Brexit, P&O Cruises have promised that their passengers’ cruise holiday plans will not be affected due to the ongoing complications during the transitional period as the UK plans to leave the EU. Sailing from Southampton, you will still be able to book and pay onboard in sterling. In addition, your P&O cruise holiday is fully ABTA and ATOL protected. For more information, see our Brexit information page.

What's included

  • All meals including afternoon tea
  • West End shows, comedy and live shows
  • Fantastic Kids Club & nursery (except adult-only ships)
  • Sports courts, pools and whirlpools
  • Egyptian cotton bedding and pamper pack
  • Personal stewards

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P&O Cruises Entertainment

Onboard a P&O cruise there will never be a dull moment. Your days will be filled with a whole range of fantastic entertainment, activities, classes, sports and a whole host of new attractions. Whether you fancy traditional activities like educational workshops, theatre shows, pub quizzes and dance lessons. New entertainment additions feature adrenaline fueled sports, interactive games rooms for kids, cinema screenings, special Strictly Come Dancing cruises and much more. Whichever your choice, P&O have an outstanding line up of entertainment and activities for you to enjoy.

From your first step onboard to your last there will never be a dull moment with P&O Cruises.

Live Shows

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.


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. Dance or boogie the night away to music from live bands, singers and professional DJ’s playing everything from the 60’s to the hip beats today.

Bars and Lounges

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 your pre-dinner drinks and after-dinner drinks are great occasion.


Raise the thrill level at the grand onboard casinos, where guests can try their luck at a host of traditional card and table games. Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Bingo and slot machines are cruising favourites and great fun whatever your skill level.

Spa and Wellbeing

Indulge in some well-earned relaxation and unwind in the onboard spa. Rejuvenate yourself in tranquil surroundings in salons, saunas and steam rooms. P&O Cruises offer the latest spa treatments for both men and women that will have you feeling brand new as you sail to your next destination.

Your onboard spa will provide a variety of different spa pampering packages. Reservations will apply.

Active Fitness

If you are feeling active, swimming pools and oceanview gymnasiums are available to your leisure. All P&O cruise ships are equipped with sports courts which are perfect for group fun and exercise.

• Deck tennis • Football • Cricket • Golf • Shuffleboard • Deck Quoits • Jogging on deck

The Gym

The onboard gym has the latest Technogym equipment accompanied by trained fitness instructors on hand to provide advice and assistance when needed. Guests can also tailor-make a personal fitness program with a professional personal trainer to help you reach all of your health and nutritional goals.

• Bikes • Treadmills • Cross-trainers • Steppers • Rowing machines • Free weights • Fitness classes • Trixter Xdream Bikes (only available on some ships)

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P&O Cruises Drinks Packages for 2019 onwards

For those looking for a cocktail or beer in the sun, perk-me-up coffee in the mornings or cosy tea before bed, you’ll find just the choice for you with P&O’s brilliant new drinks packages released on P&O cruise ships throughout 2019.

There are four fantastic drink packages to choose from, depending on what you feel like!

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

Launching across the P&O cruise fleet 2019, here’s when you can book your all-new P&O Cruises drinks packages from for each ship.

  • Azura- 26/3/19
  • Britannia- 7/4/19
  • Aurora- 8/4/19
  • Oceana- 18/4/19
  • Ventura- 23/4/19
  • Arcadia- 5/5/19

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P&O Cruises Dining

With onboard eateries catering for every mood, P&O Cruises offer a large variety of first-class cuisine.

All P&O Cruises' chefs have been inducted into the prestigious The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs gastronomic society – devoted to promoting premium quality gastronomic values.

P&O Cruises also work with celebrity chef "Food Heroes" to create a delectable selection of menus that span continents; passenger favourites include mouth-wateringly fresh seafood, lobster, fine steaks and Asian cuisine, from five-course meals to six-course Gala dinners to delicately put together poolside snacks. You will certainly be spoilt for choice with P&O Cruises.



All P&O cruises are full board, with the fare inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner; meals and snacks from 24 hour buffets; pizzerias; daytime grills; deck barbecues and informal poolside restaurants. Room service is also included. Specialty restaurants are highly recommended at a modest cover charge.

Select Dining

Allows for totally flexible dining times and settings for passengers wishing to add a bit of variety to their holiday by dining earlier or later than the set times. A modest Select Dining cover charge normally applies (unless otherwise specified).

  • Arcadia - The Ocean Grill (a Marco Pierre White restaurant) and Sindhu an Indian restaurant blending Indian and British cuisine
  • Aurora - Sindhu, The Beach House (great for families) and The Glass House a signature venue with wines matched by expert Olly Smith
  • Azura - Sindhu, The Glass House and The Epicurean a classic fine dining restaurant
  • Britannia - The Epicurean, Sindhu, The Glass House, Market Cafe (with French-style patisserie from Eric Lanlard), The Limelight Club (adult-only dining venue)
  • Oceana - The Beach House an al fresco grill restaurant and Cafe Jardin (bistro created by Marco Pierre White)
  • Oriana - Sindhu and the The Beach House
  • Ventura - The Epicurian (with Eric Lanlard's afternoon tea) , Sindhu, The Glass House and The Beach House

Club Dining

Traditional cruisers may opt for ‘club dining’ to enjoy P&O Cruise’s main dining rooms with new-found friends and an electric atmosphere at set sitting times. The same table will be reserved for you and your dining companions every night for the 6.30pm or 8.30pm sitting.

  • Arcadia - Meridian Restaurant
  • Aurora - Alexandria and Medina Restaurants
  • Azura - The Oriental Restaurant, The Peninsular Restaurant and the Meridian Restaurant
  • Britannia - Meridian Restaurant, Peninsular Restaurant and Oriental Restaurant
  • Oceana - Adriatic Restaurant and Ligurian Restaurant
  • Oriana - Peninsular and Oriental Restaurants
  • Ventura - Saffron, Cinnamon and Bay Tree Restaurants


Freedom Dining

Freedom dining is included in your fare and available onboard Azura, Oceana, Ventura, Arcadia, Oriana and Aurora, this allows you to enjoy the setting of the main dining room(s) but with the freedom to turn up at selected restaurants anytime between 6.00pm and 9.30pm.

  • Azura - The Meridian Restaurant
  • Arcadia - The Meridian Restaurant
  • Aurora - The Medina Restaurant 
  • Britannia - The Peninsular and Meridian Restaurant
  • Oceana - The Ligurian Restaurant
  • Oriana - The Peninsular Restaurant
  • Ventura - The Cinnamon Restaurant and Saffron Restaurant

Jude's Ice Cream

 Passengers on all P&O cruise ships can enjoy the delicious variety of flavours of Jude's Ice Cream. This award-winning ice cream was created in Hampshire, England, and is yet another supreme opportunity to delight in the traditional tastes of Britain whilst on your cruise holiday.

Service Charge

On sailings departing from May 2019 onwards, there will be no service charge across P&O Cruises' fleet. Before this date, a discretionary service charge of £5.50 per passenger (aged 12 plus) per day is added to your onboard account.


Dress Code

The dress code onboard P&O cruises is generally casual during the day, with evenings being the time to dress up. There are three types of evening wear:

  • Evening casual
  • Smart
  • Black tie


P&O Cruises also offer a black tie hire service.

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P&O Cruises Family Cruising

Britain’s favourite Cruise line has four ships in the fleet that are particularly family friendly: Azura, Aurora, Oceana and Ventura. All are excellent for families and welcome children with fantastic entertainment, multiple swimming pool and sports areas and of course a great range of kids’ clubs to suit all ages.

The Reef – for 2 - 17 year olds

Supervised by Reef Rangers who have an enhanced DBS check and extensive planning experience.

Night nursery and group babysitting is also available for children aged between 6 months and 4 years free of charge, further information is available onboard.

Splashers (2-4yrs) 

This club caters for the youngest of the kids’ club members. Singing, dancing, playing games. and winning prizes keeps the little ones entertained. Puppet shows are put on and snacks are provided during the day.

Surfers (5-8yrs) 

This age group have fun activities such as face-painting, three legged races and a cookery corner where Surfers can create their own delicious flavours. They will play themed games such as pirate gladiators, and pin the parrot on the pirate to keep them happy and out of mischief!

Scubas (9-12yrs) 

Giant Jenga and Playstations are provided, as are drama workshops, table tennis competitions, pool parties and karaoke sessions.

H2O (13-17yrs) 

Organised by H20 are Playstations® and other age appropriate games. They can join Rock School and form their own band, or play a table football competition or they can take advantage of the free arcade hour and of course there is a teen disco. Trying to drag them back to the cabin is the only foreseeable problem!

Oasis Teen Spa

Treat your teenager to a treatment or hair appointment in the Oasis Teen Spa, found onboard all family friendly ships. The spa was created exclusively for 13-17 year olds, with choices being tailored towards their needs and current trends. Why not spend some quality time relaxing together with a Parent & Teen Time massage?

Family Dining 

Children generally eat with their families for breakfast and lunch but because P&O Cruises recognise that parents sometimes need a special evening “off” there is a children’s tea every night with favourites such as sausages, fish fingers, pizza and many healthy options including salads, soups, fruit, vegetables and pasta.

Family Staterooms 

There are plenty of options for family staterooms with P&O Cruises and the best advice is to speak to our experts at Planet Cruise to discuss your particular needs. In the school holidays the family cabins are booked up fast, so it is worth planning ahead and booking early.

There is great value to be had in the three and four berth inside and outside staterooms and 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.

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