P&O Cruises
As the leading British cruise line P&O Cruises are very popular and have a huge following in the UK. The newest addition to the P&O Fleet is Britannia launched in 2015. Which now means that P&O Cruises have a fleet of 7 ships sailing from their home port of Southampton. P&O Cruises are catered to suit people of all ages. Aurora, Azura, Britannia, Oceana and Ventura are all family-friendly so are perfect for those travelling with young children and teenagers. Arcadia and Oriana are exclusively just for adults and are very popular with groups, friends and couples looking for a more traditional style of cruising.

Food & Drink

The range of dining facilities on board P&O are superb, with a wide variety of different options including speciality restaurants from top culinary masters James Martin, Atul Kocchur and Marco Pierre White. Club dining is available across all of the ships allowing you to enjoy traditional fixed-time settings. Freedom dining still allows you to enjoy the ambience of the main restaurant but offers more flexibility as it has no set times, this option is great for families and is available across all of the ships. There are also self-service buffets, cafes, and al fresco grills and bistros, as well as 24-hour room service so there is sure to be something to suit every taste at any time of the day.


Entertainment really ranges across the fleet from traditional deck games and ballroom dancing and modern nightclubs. Day time activities include pub quizzes, sports tournaments, port talks, fitness classes or simply lazing by the pool with a decent book. The ships are all equipped with a gym and spa so you can keep fit and relax whilst you are away. The evening is when the ships really come to life with theatre productions and musicals, dancing, live music, cinema, comedy, and nightclubs so there's never a dull moment. One of the highlights for many people are the formal nights that are held during the cruise, with a typical 7 night sailing having 1 or 2 throughout. It's a great opportunity to get dressed up and there are often special menus in the restaurants on these nights. It's not for everyone though, so if you prefer to keep it casual there will be a couple of restaurants and bars available on these nights that don't have the formal dress code.


For passengers travelling with children and teenagers, there is a whole host of things to do to keep them entertained. Aurora, Azura, Britannia, Oceana and Ventura offer family friendly cruising with dedicated children's areas, child-friendly pools and public areas. The Reef is the dedicated children's area that is split into various age groups from 2 - 17 years old. Youngsters can enjoy the soft play pits, treasure hunts, face painting, drawing and fancy dress parties, whilst older children and teens have various games consoles, sports tournament, movie nights and discos to keep them thoroughly entertained. In the evening, The Reef area is open until late, Children aged 6 months to 5 years can join the Night Nursery which is open from 6pm until 2am and during school holidays there is also Slumber Time until midnight for children aged 5 - 8. In addition to this, there is an in-cabin listening service where parents can dial their cabin from any phone on the ship to check on their child. P&O Cruises also offer a range of shore tours especially with families in mind. Beach transfers, adventure trips, family city tours and water parks are just a small example of what to expect.


Throughout the spring and summer, the ships sail regularly from Southampton to exciting destinations throughout Europe and the Mediterranean including the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic's, Greece and Turkey. During the autumn and winter months, most of the ships relocate to warmer climates like the Canary Islands, Egypt, and the Holy Land as well as the Caribbean islands, where the 14-night fly/cruises are always a popular choice on Azura and Britannia. Arcadia, Aurora will sail round the world voyages in the New Year, taking in lots of exotic destinations in South America, Australasia, the Far East and Africa with durations ranging from 17 night sectors to full 107 night voyages.

P&O Cruises Ships

P&O Cruises Adonia Adonia

710 passengers | 385 crew

Adonia is small enough to take you to some unique and exciting destinations. Exclusively for adults, Adonia exudes the sort of charm and sophistication that can only be found on a smaller ship. The opportunities to meet new people and experience new things are endless.

P&O Cruises Arcadia Arcadia

2,016 passengers | 880 crew

Arcadia is exclusively for adults and is sure to impress with elegant surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere. The wide decks and well proportioned restaurants, bars and lounges show off the ship's spacious design. Unique features include glass-fronted lifts and a stunning atrium, which add to the sense of grandeur.

P&O Cruises Aurora Aurora

1,868 passengers | 816 crew

Aurora is always a popular choice with P&O passengers, and with its classic design and chic decor, it's easy to see why. There is plenty to keep you entertained, with numerous bars and lounges, plus a fantastic range of fine dining restaurants.

P&O Cruises Azura Azura

3,100 passengers | 1,250 crew

As one of the largest ships in the P&O fleet, Azura has a huge choice of bars and restaurants, as well as excellent entertainment facilities. There are also many new and exciting features that are unique to Azura, such as an al fresco spa terrace and giant outdoor movie screen. With so much to see and do, there is sure to be something to keep the whole family entertained.

P&O Cruises Britannia Britannia

3,647 passengers | 1,400 crew

The newest ship in the P&O Fleet, P&O Britannia is now the largest of the fleet. Designed exclusively with British holidaymakers in mind, Britannia will combine popular classic features already found within the fleet with brand new concepts and innovations.

P&O Cruises Oceana Oceana

2,016 passengers | 890 crew

Oceana has something to offer everyone and the friendly, informal atmosphere is evident from the moment you walk through the impressive atrium. Lively bars and elegant lounges mix perfectly with wide sun decks and the tranquil spa. There is also a great choice of restaurants, all offering a variety of tempting dishes.

P&O Cruises Oriana Oriana

1,880 passengers | 760 crew

Oriana has the comfort and classic lines of a traditional ocean liner with the features and style of a modern day ship. Highlighting the ship's British influences and taste are unique features including the cricket-themed Lord's Tavern sports bar and speciality restaurant Sindhu, which was designed by chef Atul Kuchar.

P&O Cruises Ventura Ventura

3,078 passengers | 1,205 crew

Ventura is one of the most innovative and contemporary ships in the P&O fleet. Overflowing with superb facilities and stylish features, Ventura is a popular choice for couples, families and friends alike. Signature features include an Asian-fusion restaurant and an outdoor circus school, as well as a wide variety of cosmopolitan bars, lounges and restaurants.

P&O Cruises Dining


P&O have a huge range of restaurants on board, with over 50 to choose from across the fleet. There's loads of choice with everything from casual buffet, formal waiter service, poolside grills, and gourmet dining from celebrity chefs Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar and wine expert Olly Smith. Although dining during the day is generally very casual, there are two main options in the evening time, dependent on which ship you are sailing on.

All included in the price of your holiday:

  • Breakfast, lunch and five course dinner in the main restaurants
  • Meals and snacks from the buffet
  • Daytime pizzerias and grills, deck barbecues and informal pool-side restaurants
  • Afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and pastries from the buffet and main restaurant
  • Room service

    Family Friendly Food

    Aurora, Azura, Britannia, Oceana and Ventura offer family friendly food options. Children can dine in any of the restaurants onboard including the speciality restaurants and a child's menu is available in the main dining rooms. For parents that might want to occasionally dine on their own, each evening a special child's tea is provided which features children's favourites like pizza, fish fingers and healthy options like soups, fruit and pasta.

    Club Dining (Fixed Seat Dining)

    Available on all ships, this option means you will dine in the main restaurant at a set time each night. At the time of booking you will be asked whether you would like the first (early) sitting at 6.30pm or the second (late) sitting at 8.30pm, as well as a preferred table size of 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10. The same table is then reserved for you throughout the cruise and you'll also have the same people sat with you.

    Club Dining Venues:

  • Arcadia - Meridian Restaurant
  • Aurora - Alexandria Restaurant
  • Azura - Oriental Restaurant
  • Britannia - Oriental Restaurant
  • Oceana - Adriatic Restaurant
  • Oriana - Oriental Restaurant
  • Ventura - Bay Tree Restaurant

    To see a sample menu for a selection of meals in the Main Dining and Freedom Dining restaurants, just click on the choice of links below:
    A typical breakfast menu.
    A Dinner menu on a typical 1-14 night cruise.
    A Dinner menu on a typical 15-44 night cruise.
    A Gala Dinner or Formal Night menu.
    Room service menu.

    Freedom Dining

    Available on all ships, Freedom Dining means you will still dine in the main restaurant but there are no fixed dining times so you have a lot more flexibility. At the time of booking you just need to choose the Freedom Dining option and then once on board simply turn up at the selected restaurant any time between 6pm and 9.30pm where you'll be seated. You can also choose who you sit with, so if you don't fancy dining with people you don't know or you're travelling with a group then you can ask for a table together.

    Freedom Dining Venues:

  • Arcadia - Meridian Restaurant
  • Aurora - Medina Restaurant
  • Azura - Meridian and Peninsular Restaurants
  • Britannia - Meridian and Peninsular Restaurants
  • Oceana - Ligurian Restaurant
  • Oriana - Peninsular Restaurant
  • Ventura - Cinnamon and Saffron Restaurants

    To see a sample menu for a selection of meals in the Main Dining and Freedom Dining restaurants, just click on the choice of links below:
    A typical breakfast menu.
    A Dinner menu on a typical 1-14 night cruise.
    A Dinner menu on a typical 15-44 night cruise.
    A Gala Dinner or Formal Night menu.
    Room service menu.

    Select Dining (Speciality Restaurants)

    Available on all ships, this option allows you to add variety to your cruise, celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a celebrity chefs venue. Select Dining venues have a small cover charge which is approximately £25 per person.

  • Arcadia - Ocean Grill, The Beach House, Sindhu
  • Azura - Sindhu, The Glass House, The Epicurean,The Beach House
  • Britannia - The Epicurean, Sindhu, The Glass House, The Limelight Club, The Beach House
  • Oceana - Cafe Jardin, The Beach House
  • Oriana - Sindhu,The Beach House
  • Ventura - The Epicurean, Sindhu, The Beach House, The Glass House

  • Caribbean

    Head off to the Caribbean for the ultimate holiday experience and you'll find no shortage of blue skies, clear water and white sandy beaches.

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    Encounter a variety of destinations famed for their natural wonders

    Set against a backdrop of rich Arabian culture, you’ll encounter a variety of destinations famed for their natural wonders, glistening skylines, atmospheric souks, magnificent palaces and breath-taking beaches on an P&O Dubai & Arabian Gulf cruise.

    World Cruises

    A P&O world cruise is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a whole host of exciting and exotic destinations all together.

    Explore the Mediterranean

    Explore new destinations, soak up the culture and history of the Mediterranean.

    Explore new destinations, soak up the culture and history of the Mediterranean.


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