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P&O Cruises

November 15, 2016

 

A P&O Cruises holiday is a great way to escape the everyday life and explore the exotic in one of the most relaxing ways imaginable. 

 

It offers you activities and entertainment which are hard to beat.

 

Take your seat for a theatre show, British comedians, singers and live bands. Savour delicious dishes from our talented chefs and Food Heroes, or soak up the tranquillity of the luxurious spa. It’s all there waiting for you with en suite accommodation, flights (where applicable), dining and entertainment all included in the price, a cruise holiday is great value.

 

Everything P&O do is designed with British tastes in mind. And you’ll find a little sprinkling of home enhances your big adventure. The ships are a home away from home so you’ll find all prices on board in pounds sterling, making it easier to keep track of your spending. 

 

Other nods to the convenience of home include 3 pin sockets in your cabin, making it easier to charge phones and tablets and plug in the hairdryer without the need for travel adaptors. And while there’s nothing that quite rivals the chance to try new foods and cultures, if you’ve a thirst for a humble cuppa, you won’t have to go far to find one. (Or the afternoon cream tea.)

 

The P&O fleet sails the world. The far reaches of Asia, the Orient, South America and our cousins 'down under' can be discovered with Exotic fly-cruises. North America, Canada, Russia (and its Baltic neighbours), Scandinavia, Southern Europe and the Canary Islands can be all reached from the UK. And both the Caribbean and Mediterranean are accessible by either flying straight out to the sun or sailing from Southampton. 

 

Cabins are air-conditioned and well designed, with various options (the prices for each will vary slightly depending on where they are located on the ship):
 
Suites
Travel in ultimate style and luxury with butler-serviced suites complete with a spacious balcony for uninterrupted ocean views.
 
Balcony cabins
When you're surrounded by an amazing ocean, or sailing into a beautiful new destination, you'll want to enjoy the perfect vantage point - your own private balcony.
 
Standard outside & inside cabins
The perfect way to travel if you plan to spend most of your time out and about - they're also the most economical options.
 
Single cabins
Travel in a room designed just for you, spacious, comfortable and all yours. Importantly they're priced just for one, so you won't have to pay a surcharge.
 
Family suites & cabins
These contemporary cabins are designed with families in mind. Beds for everyone and clever design ensure a restful holiday for everyone. Please note that children under 16 cannot stay in a cabin without an adult.

 

 

Choosing Your Ship


Britannia

 

 

Britannia isn’t just the biggest ship ever built exclusively for the British market – she’s the most glamorous too. At 143,000 tons and with 1,350 crew, your time onboard will be truly memorable. 


Familes can expect comfy cabins with upper berths like bunk beds or sofa beds, hassle-free mealtimes, carefree days out and free age-specific children's clubs including Children's entertainment such as treasure hunts, crafts, sports tournaments and parties. There's also a teens' sun deck for older kids.


Adults aboard will find everything you need for a relaxing holiday including plenty of restaurants, bars, pools, a luxurious spa, a gym, a theatre and shops.
 
Activities include yoga, pilates and dance classes, evening entertainment such as theatre shows, bands, comedy and cabaret performances, plus the Serenity pool - a tranquil area to relax, a luxurious spa and retreat, and the chance to dress up with black tie evenings on board.

Aurora - family-friendly, mid-sized ship

 

 

Aurora is a classic ocean going vessel with an elegant tiered stern and long bow. At her heart is a water feature which forms the centrepiece of her atrium - one of her signature features. You'll also find a range of bars for all tastes, a cinema, theatre and an outdoor pool with retractable skydome roof. Dining highlights include The Glass House and The Beach House.

Azura - family-friendly, larger ship

 

 

Azura is one of the largest cruise ships in the P&O Cruises fleet. Azura offers an incredible choice of bars, restaurants, sports and spa facilities and entertainment, plus lots of other exciting and unique features.

Oceana - family-friendly, mid-sized ship

 

 

Oceana's atrium offers a real 'wow' as soon as you step on board, with its palm trees and glass-fronted lifts. Her diverse, flexible dining and entertainment options offer great choice day and night - from 2 main restaurants, an Italian restaurant by Marco Pierre White and a poolside grill to 10 places to drink, a nightclub, a casino, 2 pools and a champagne bar, plus fun facilities for children of all ages.

Ventura is a family-friendly, larger ship

 

 

Ventura is a ship where something is always going on! With 12 places to eat, including three main restaurants, as well as a wine bar, a fine dining restaurant by Marco Pierre White, and a dedicated family restaurant where you can dine whenever you choose, day or night. You'll also find 12 places to drink, fantastic children's clubs, a lavish two-deck theatre and a tranquil spa, not to mention many quieter places to simply relax.

Arcadia is exclusively for adults, a mid-sized cruise ship

 

 

Combining the chic with the classic, Arcadia offers a wonderful blend of features tailored to relaxation and pampering. With one main restaurant with two tiers, a grill restaurant from Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochhar's 'Sindhu' in addition to an expansive spa with thermal suite and hydro-therapy pool, art gallery, a three-tiered theatre and a boutique cinema, she offers more than a hint of extravagance.

Oriana is an exclusively for adults, mid-sized ship

 

 

Oriana combines classic design features such as teak decks and a tiered stern with delightful Art Deco touches. She exudes refinement and luxury and her signature features are a stunning atrium with a Tiffany glass ceiling and her panoramic Crow’s Nest bar.

Adonia - exclusively for adults, a real discovery

 

 

Adonia is a pathfinder ship, exploring ports the larger ships of today are unable to visit - with 75% of her staterooms featuring a balcony, the views are second to none.


The smallest of the seven ships, Adonia is designed to offer a delightfully intimate cruising experience. Radiating small ship charm, she carries just 710 passengers. 

Sample Itineraries

 

As chosen by our cruise expert, Alexis, who can also help create your own tailor-made cruise dream holiday.

 

Norwegian Fjords, 30 Apr 2017, 7 nights, full board – Britannia

 

Sailing through the Norwegian fjords is one of the great maritime experiences.

 

Your 7-night cruise leaves Southampton for the gateway to Norway's spectacularly scenic fjordland, Stavanger, which is regarded as the ‘Cradle of the Vikings’.

 

Your ship will dock right next to Gamle Stavanger, the old quarter, with its collection of 200-year-old white wooden houses (considered national heritage monuments) and a 12th century cathedral modeled on Winchester Cathedral.

 

Look out, too, for the Three Swords monument in the Hafrsfjord rock recalling the Viking sea battle won by King Harald the Fairhair to create Norway as one kingdom back in the 9th century.

 

Sailing through Sognefjord, the world's longest and deepest fjord, is one of the most memorable cruise experiences. Overlooked by snow-capped peaks and surrounded by cascading waterfalls, this is a sensational approach to the tiny village of Flåm, which nestles in the innermost part of Sognefjord.

 

Flåm also has the extraordinary Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering, rising more than 2,845ft above sea level in just 12 miles and the views are just as dramatic as the journey.

 

Aurlandsfjord is one of the smaller fjords, and one of the most picturesque. It’s surrounded by steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1,400m from the sea and extend deep below sea level.

 

Nordfjord, located in western Norway, is astonishingly beautiful and diverse. You’ll find peaceful valleys and well-kept farms, as well as gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, and towering, snow-capped mountains. The mountains plunge from altitudes of a few thousand metres, straight down into the seawater.

 

It also flows past a lovely collection of picture-postcard coastal towns and villages on the way.

 

Prices start from £649.

Caribbean, 13 Jan 2017, 14 nights, full board

 

Wave goodbye to winter on a journey of Caribbean discovery on board Britannia


Barbados offers you a warm welcome to the Caribbean. Britannia awaits you, moored in the capital and cruise port, Bridgetown. Enjoy a day of water sports, stunning nature walks, or a trip to the magnificent Harrison’s Cave complex of caverns and waterfalls.


Luxuriate in a full day at sea before sailing over azure oceans, to explore the beautiful and diverse islands of Curacao, Aruba, Grenada and St Vincent.


On to St Lucia where a tour to the dramatic Soufrière volcano shows off the island’s full beauty, dominated by the twin peaks of Les Pitons. Admiring lush gardens, watching hummingbirds, lazing on beaches, watching dolphins, or visiting the rainforest is mandatory here. (Oh – and shopping!)


After a day spent in verdant Dominica, it’s on to Antigua, the perfect place to get into the Caribbean spirit where St John’s offers world-class retail therapy, while also being close to some of the best beaches, at Fort James, Deep Bay, Galley Bay and Hawksbill. Cosmopolitan St Maarten is next before returning to Barbados for your overnight flight home.


Flights from London Gatwick. Prices start from £1549.

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