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Top Attractions On P&O Arvia
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Iona is the latest ship to set sail in the P&O Cruises' fleet, so if you want to find out more about what's on board, click the link below to read our blog.View Cruises
With their variety of shore excursions, from relaxed city tours to more adventurous activities, P&O Cruises help you get the most out of each destination.View Cruises
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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.
P&O Cruise Deals
12 May 2023
HOT - Highlights of Scandinavia from Southampton£692 pp
01 April 2023
Germany, Netherlands & Belgium from Southampton£494 pp
16 April 2023
Western Mediterranean from Southampton£692 pp
28 May 2023
Western Mediterranean from Southampton£747 pp
12 August 2023
Norwegian Fjords from Southampton£741 pp
10 February 2024
Valentines Eastern Caribbean from Barbados£1,385 pp
27 May 2023
Norwegian Fjords from Southampton£692 pp
06 August 2023
Western Mediterranean from Southampton£1,038 pp
02 April 2023
Easter Western Mediterranean from Southampton£890 pp
P&O Cruises: Life on-board
- Total cruises 791
- Fleet: 7 Ships
- Destinations: 27
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.
Complimentary afternoon tea will be served within the onboard restaurants, giving you the opportunity to indulge in a selection of decadent savoury and sweet delights.
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.
The My Holiday app is no longer required when at sea, unless you wish to reserve a spot in one of the family-friendly ships' kid-friendly clubs. To see onboard activities, restaurant menus, or to make reservations for onboard activities, you may still utilise the app if you so want. You may also go in person to the reception to make bookings for events or other activities.
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
AuroraMid-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
BritanniaDesigned for families, couples and solo voyagers alike, Britannia everyone onboard to experience the joys of British-style cruising. More about Britannia
ArviaWith over 20 dining venues, 4 pools and exciting entertainment aboard to match the destinations, Arvia has something for everyone. More about Arvia
VenturaFrom sports facilities to speciality dining and spa treatments, family-friendly Ventura boasts many of P&O Cruises most popular features. More about Ventura
IonaInnovative, exciting and sustainably powered to protect the destinations she visits, P&O Iona is packed with activities for all ages. More about Iona
ArcadiaEnjoy 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
AzuraP&O Azura is a large, family-friendly ship packed with all the dining, entertainment and activities you could need. More about Azura
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.
Customer reviews for P&O Cruises
Waiters Sandesh & Prabhat Sharma, and the restaurant host Taresh Fadte at the Peninsular restaurant made our dining experience exceptional. They were very attentive professional and made us feel special. They were a credit to Britannia.
The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The cabin was very comfortable with plenty of storage, however the entertainment was not to our taste. The buffet was a little busy, and I wish there was a salad bar. The fish and chip bar was a real hit and a good place to eat when coming back from tours. Drinks on board were reasonably priced and the specialty restaurants good value. The main dining rooms provided good varied food and service. I’m sure this ship will do well in the Caribbean where guests can make good use of the outside space and facilities.
New ship, so there were some teething problems (to be expected). However it was a beautiful ship and we had a fantastic holiday.
Had a fantastic time. Staff were extremely happy and helpful. Food was fantastic, especially Sindhu (a must) one of the party is celiac and was catered for in every restaurant without fuss. The trips/events were extremely well organised, the only thing I would add would be feedback forms to complete for excursions as we had a small issue on one (an out of date drink) that could have been handled better.
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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.