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Once evening arrives, settle in for a night of breathtaking shows thanks to P&O's talented troupe of performers.View Cruises
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.
P&O Cruise Deals
27 November 2021
Spain & Portugal from Southampton£685pp
14 May 2022
Norwegian Fjords from Southampton£587pp
19 February 2022
Canary Islands & Portugal from Southampton£898pp
17 December 2021
Christmas Canary Islands & Portugal from Southampton£1,371pp
05 March 2022
Spain & Portugal from Southampton£832pp
03 December 2021
Eastern Caribbean from Barbados£979pp
12 February 2022
Germany, Netherlands & Belgium from Southampton£407pp
16 April 2022
France, Portugal & Spain from Southampton£489pp
03 January 2022
No-Fly Caribbean Adventure from Southampton£2,645pp
P&O Cruises: Life on-board
- Total cruises 396
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Splashers||2-4 years||Singing, dancing and snacks|
|Surfers||5-8 years||Themed games and cooking activities|
|Scubas||9-12 years||Playstations and drama workshops|
|H20||13-17 years||Playstation, musical instruments and teen disco|
|Oasis Teen Spa||13-17 years||Parent and Teen Time Massages|
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||£39.95||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*||£7.95||Soft 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.
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.
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.
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
P&O Cruises Highlights
Arvias' Maiden Season
From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, Arvia will visit sunny ports of call on her maiden season beginning in December 2022. Read our Arvia itinerary highlights blog to find out which destinations to expect.
P&O Arvia will be the latest ship to join the P&O Cruises' fleet, sailing from December 2022. Click the link to find out more about this impressive vessel.
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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.
- Norwegian Fjords
- World Cruises
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.
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
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
For sailings to the Caribbean departing up to and including March 2022: All guests must be fully-vaccinated 14+ days before travel.
For all other sailings up to 27th March 2022: All guests aged 18 and over must be fully-vaccinated 14+ days before travel. All guests aged 5 - 17 and under without proof of vaccination will a require a negative PCR test 120 hours before travel. This pre-cruise PCR test will be provided by P&O Cruises through their PCR test service provider Prenetics (registration required). .
Covid-19 TestingGuests will be required to do a COVID-19 lateral flow test at the cruise terminal prior to embarkation. This will be complimentary in the price of the holiday. Guests must also complete a Health Declaration Form which will be made available to them 3 days before departure via the My P&O app.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Guests will be able to go ashore independently but must adhere to the specific COVID-19 protocols in each destination. However, as restrictions in each destination are changeable, and some destinations may only allow cruise line organised experiences ashore, P&O Cruises highly recommend you purchase P&O Cruises shore experiences prior to travel to ensure you always have the option to explore each destination.
For your peace of mind, P&O Cruises will not visit a country on the UK government's red list at the point of travel and itineraries will be amended if required.
Please see the itinerary page for exact details that apply to your sailing.
Passport and Insurance Requirements
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
- Cancellation and curtailment
- Any pre-existing medical conditions
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
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.
P&O Cruises have cancelled all Caribbean sailings to and from St Lucia from October 2021 through to March 2022.P&O Cruises have cancelled all Caribbean sailings to and from St Lucia from October 2021 through to March 2022.
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.
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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