A guide to cruising with P&O Cruises
22 Dec 2017
P&O Cruises are the pioneers in the cruise industry, after all, they invented the concept and can trace their roots back 180 years. With ships to suit all types of cruise holidays, and sailings to a variety of destinations, it’s no surprise that P&O Cruises is the most popular cruise line in Britain.
Variety of Ships
When Adonia – the smallest ship in the fleet – leaves the company in early 2018, P&O Cruises will have 7 spectacular cruise ships, all offering something uniquely different.
Britannia – The largest and newest ship currently in the fleet, Britannia entered service in March 2015. The ship is perfect for families, with dedicated children spaces, a cookery club, cinema, sports area, as well as dazzling West End style shows.
Azura – Launched in 2010, Azura is a large ship, which can also retain it’s intimacy. With several restaurants, bars, and facilities, there’s never any reason to be bored whether your on for 7 nights or 17.
Ventura – Similar in many ways to Azura, but embodying a unique persona, Ventura is a large family resort ship, ideally suited for all weather climates thanks to having three outdoor pools, and an indoor solarium. Deck space is in abundance, and cabins are spacious and pleasantly designed.
Arcadia – Arcadia is P&O Cruises’ largest adult-only cruise ship. Arcadia offers a relaxed onboard experience, with simple, yet stylish interiors, and exterior glass-fronted lifts.
Oceana – With it’s grand atrium, stunning public spaces, and large pool deck, Oceana is a medium-sized family ship, with a big personality.
Aurora – Launched for the millennium, Aurora uniquely and perfectly combines tradition with modern cruise expectations. Public spaces are sizeable, yet intimate, and diverse. The main pool areas offer shelter from the rain and wind, as well as prime sun bathing deck space.
Oriana – The oldest ship in the fleet, Oriana offers a traditional and relaxing cruise experience for adults only.
Adonia – The smallest and most exclusive ship in the fleet, Adonia offers longer and immersive destination focused itineraries around Europe and the Caribbean. Carrying less than 800 passengers, the ship more closely resembles a floating country house than a cruise ship.
From a short 2-night break, right up to a full World Cruise, there’s an itinerary perfect for everyone. All eight of P&O Cruises ships predominately sails from Southampton for the majority of the year. In the winter, some ships head on a grand world voyage, while other ships make the trip to the Caribbean to offer fly cruises from the region, while a small number of ships remain in Southampton throughout the year. For the summer months, Oceana makes the Mediterranean its home offering fly cruises from Malta. In 2019, Oceana will also begin operating Middle East cruises from Dubai.
P&O Cruises offers varying prices to suit all budgets. The Saver Fare will allow you to set sail for the cheapest possible price, but you won’t be able to select your cabin, or dining preferences. P&O’s Select Fare is slightly more expansive, but offers added value. the Select Fare gives you the choice to pick your cabin and dining preferences, as well as the choice of complimentary onboard spending money, car parking in Southampton, or return coach travel to Southampton on cruises of 7 nights or more.