P&O Cruises

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P&O - Introduction

About P&O Cruises

P&O cruises have been a favourite for British passengers since they began way back in the 1850s. They are a quintessentially British line who have earned a legion of loyal fans through their attention to the needs to of their passengers and a focus on comfort.

P&O cruises have 7 ships in their fleet: the newest being their brand new flagship Britannia which can hold over 4000 passengers. They are known for offering passengers Strictly Come Dancing at sea and for their celebrity chef Food Heroes on-board ships.

Whether you want an overnight cruise in Europe or a hundred night trip around the world, P&O have you covered!

Would You Like P&O Cruises?

You would like P&O if…

  • You like home comforts such as tea and coffee making facilities in your cabin and a “British” feel.
  • You wanted an adult only cruise, as you could have the option to sail on one of the adult only ships (the Arcadia and Oriana.)
  • You wanted to sail with children as you could enjoy one of the family friendly ships (the Aurora, Oceana, Ventura and Britannia.)
  • You’d like to travel the world without feeling like you’ve left home!

Want to find out exactly what it’s like to travel with P&O? Read our Introduction to P&O here!

Entertainment On-board P&O Cruises

There is plenty to do on a P&O ship, morning, noon and night!

Every P&O ship has swimming pools, spas, saunas, salons, a gym, golf nets, a library, dance classes and shops. As well as all this you can entertain yourself with an outdoor SeaScreen cinema, Music Festivals at Sea and Spotlight enrichment programmes which give you a chance to listen to a famous speaker. Whether you want to be relaxed or entertained - the choice is yours.

P&O ships are also the only place you can enjoy Strictly Come Dancing at sea and you can put on your dancing shoes and join in live competition. Certain sailings will also have the shows judges on-board and costumes from the show for you to have a look at.

You can even cook with celebrity chefs in James Martin’s cookery club up on-board where you can polish your own culinary skills. Visiting chefs also come on-board during select sailings.

In the evening you can sit back and prepared to be wowed at the Headliners theatre or catch a comedy performance from a famous comedian. Afterwards, venture along to one of the many bars for a glass of your favourite tipple as you chat with some of your fellow passengers.

If you’re worried you’ll miss something happening on-board, you only need consult your daily Horizon newsletter that’s delivered directly to your cabin. Finally, the real cruise geeks amongst you can venture on a four hour behind-the-scenes tour of the ship and find out exactly what life is like below the stairs…

Want to see the kind of things you can get up to on-board for yourself? Watch our Video Introduction to P&O Cruises here!

P&O Dining Experience

It’s not just British leisure tastes that P&O live up to! The food on-board their ships showcase menus developed by celebrity chefs such as Marco Pierre White, James Martin and Eric Lanlard. Passengers can choose to dine “club” with set dining times and locations or choose “freedom” to dine whenever you want with whoever you want for no extra cost.

Dining options on-board include:

  • Marco Pierre White’s Ocean Grill, serving fine dining treats including lobster.
  • Sindu from Atul Kocchar, serving an Asian Fusion culinary experience.
  • The New Market Café by Eric Lanlard serves up a delicious selection of patisserie.
  • Olly Smith even has his own winery on-board called The Glass House.
  • You can even eat whilst you watch a show in the Limelight club.

Complimentary dining is served in the main restaurant and buffet and there is even a chocoholic’s buffet served to replace afternoon tea on select sailings! Most dietary needs can also be easily met on-board, passengers just need to let P&O know at the time of booking.

P&O Amenities

One thing those who sail with P&O love is the regular sailings from Southampton, so those who hate flying or dislike travelling never have to go far.

Amenities on-board include:

  • Wi-Fi on-board including in the cyber café Cyb@study.
  • A self-service laundrette free of charge to keep your clothes fresh.
  • Rooms equipped with TV, radio, telephone, mini-fridge, safe, tea and coffee facilities and a hairdryer.
  • British plug sockets in rooms so there is no need to bring adaptors.

Family Friendly Facilities on P&O

So what makes P&O suitable for families? Well, on-board you can expect to find…

  • Interconnecting cabins, so those with large families don’t have to stay cramped in one room.
  • Cabins with additional beds and reductions on fares for children up to the age of 16.
  • Facilities for bottle warmers and sterilisers, available travel cots, push chairs and baby baths.

There is also plenty for children to do, so parents don’t need to worry that their kids will be bored. P&O offer a variety of entertainment including kids clubs which cater to different age groups. The clubs are called The Reef, Splashers, Surfers, Scubas and H20 and put on discos, tournaments, arts and crafts classes, puppet shows, pool games, karaoke and much more.

P&O Dress Code

P&O is a line that caters to those who love to dress up on formal nights, but the jeans lovers amongst you won’t need to run for cover! The dress code on-board is casual during the day and dress code only applies during dinner and formal evenings. It adds a touch of glamour to events and guests enjoy dressing up in tuxedos or cocktail dresses… or even wearing 70s clothes if it’s a themed party! For those not used to dressing up, a black tie hire service is available.

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