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As a long-established, award-winning cruise line, P&O Cruises are one of the most prestigious mainstream 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.

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. What's more, from the minute you board a P&O cruise ship, the service is outstanding, with plenty of crew members and stewards available to make sure all your needs are met.

P&O Cruise Ships

While each ship is unique and has something different to offer guests, each and every one exudes the characteristics for which P&O has become so well loved as a cruise line. 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.

Ship Cruise Highlights Joined
Aurora Exclusively for adults 2000, refurbished in 2018
Britannia 27 cabins reserved for solo travellers 2015
Oceana Footlights Theatre 2000
Ventura Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard 2008
Arcadia Exclusively for adults 2005
Iona 15 dining venues 2020
Azura Oasis Spa 2010

P&O Cruise 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 hopping along the Mediterranean coast, P&O cruises have itineraries which transport you to some of the most desirable destinations around the world. What's more, offering everything from no-fly cruises from Southampton to fly-cruises, mini-cruises, world voyages and more, there's bound to be something that's exactly what you're looking for.

Destination Port of Call Highlights
BalticCopenhagen, Helsinki, St. Petersburg
British IslesBelfast, Dublin, St. Peter Port
Canary IslandsLa Palma, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria
CaribbeanAntigua, Bridgetown, Grenada
Dubai and the Arabian GulfAbu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat
MediterraneanAlicante, Venice, Santorini
Norway and IcelandTorshavn, Reykjavik, Tromso
North America and CanadaQuebec, Boston, New York
Norwegian FjordsGeiranger, Alesund, Copenhagen
Northern EuropeTorshavn, Bruges, Visby
Spain and PortugalLisbon, Vigo, Gijon
World CruiseNew Zealand, Bermuda, India

Why choose P&O Cruises


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- the brand ambassador for P&O cruises- 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 the summer, if not a lifetime!

Themed Cruises

P&O Cruises offer a fantastic range of themed 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 the strictly-themed cruises where you can take a dance class and attend events with the stars of the show. For more information and sailing dates, check out our guides to Strictly Come Dancing and Food Heroes cruises.


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, as well as offering wheelchair assistance for embarkation and disembarkation. In addition, special evacuation chairs are available to transport passengers down the stairs if required.

No service charges

P&O believe that excellent service should come as standard during your cruise. Because of this, guests are not expected or required to pay gratuities during their cruise. This is even extended to drinks onboard, so you'll never have to pay a service charge when you order at the bar.

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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Thanks to P&O cruises, you'll find that there's never a dull moment during your time onboard, with days and nights filled with a whole range of fantastic entertainment. Whether you fancy traditional activities like educational workshops, theatre shows, pub quizzes and dance lessons or adrenaline-fueled sports, interactive games and cinema screenings, the entertainment line-up has something for everyone.

Daytime Entertainment

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.

Evening 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 are cruising favourites and great fun whatever your skill level.

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P&O 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 buffets, 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.

P&O Drinks Packages

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 Packages 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.

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P&O Family 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.

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

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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.

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Covid-19 safety measures

  • Before Cruising

    To be allowed to board the ship, guests must have tested negative to Covid-19 and have completed a health declaration which will be reviewed at embarkation. At the cruise terminal guests must wear face masks, adhere to social distancing rules and have their temperature taken.

  • Onboard

    Social distancing will be maintained through adapted dining, entertainment and recreation facilities. Guests will still be able to take part in onboard activities, but pre-booking may be required. In restaurants, guests will only be able to dine with their travelling group and may have to book their table, while buffets will no longer be self-service.

  • Cleaning

    P&O Cruises’ high standards of onboard cleaning will be further enhanced, using high-quality products with a proven effectiveness against Covid-19. These measures will extend to accomodation, while hand sanitiser and washing stations will be conveniently located across the ship for guests to use.

  • Ashore

    To ensure that guests can safely enjoy time ashore, only shore excursions organised by P&O Cruises will be available. This is to make sure that local guidance and onboard protocols are followed. Temperature checks may also be required before returning to the ship.

  • Crew

    With crew safety a priority, staff must comply with the onboard guidance and undergo Covid-19 tests. They will also be highly trained in the cruise line’s procedures.

  • Post-Cruise

    Guests must complete a guest locator form at the end of the cruise. This enables guests to be contacted in line with the government track and trace initiative once their holiday has come to an end.

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