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Blog Series: There’s a Cruise Line for Everyone – P&O Cruises

Everyday is a school day as they say, but I never expected to learn something new about this beloved cruise line. At the recent Global Travel Group’s Cruise Training Day I learned more about P&O. Including, that they’re the top selling cruise company for the British passengers. With over 40% of the UK’s 2 million cruise passengers choosing to cruise with P&O. They also pay the best wages at sea, so there are no gratuities to pay. And, drinks packages launched this March (2019), so you can now go all-inclusive!

Whether you are looking for the perfect family break, or a romantic getaway for two, P&O Cruises have a huge range of breaks on offer, from extensive Caribbean fly cruise holidays to 2-night short breaks.

The original and best, P&O Cruises are guaranteed not to disappoint. Whether it is a round the world trip, or short Mediterranean adventure you are after, P&O Cruises offer an unforgettable experience at affordable prices for all the family to enjoy.

P&O is a great cruise lines to choose for your first cruise, check out this video of people’s first cruise.

Who are P&O Cruises?

P&O Cruises is a British cruise line based at Carnival House in Southampton, England, operated by Carnival UK and owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. P&O Cruises was founded in 1977 as a subsidiary of the shipping and logistics company P&O, which was founded in 1837 and first operated cruises in 1844.

How many ships do P&O Cruises have?

P&O Cruises currently operates six cruise ships, but with Iona set to launch in 2020 that takes them to seven.

Where do P&O Cruises sail?

Their ships have gone global, quite literally. Sailing North, South, East and West across the oceans and seas, they present a tempting array of options both close to home and far, far away. The main home port is Southampton, but they also have homes in Barbados, Genoa and Barcelona.

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What makes P&O Cruises different?

They’re so distinctly British. But not in an old, stuffy and traditional cruising kind of way. In a sleek modern, stylish London hotel kind of way. You’ve the chance to explore a string of different destinations in one holiday. On board, you can savour delicious meals, relax and recharge and choose from a whole host of daytime activities. While evenings are deliciously spontaneous. Take your seat for a theatre show, a live band or some comedy, or seek out a cosy corner in a bar. It’s up to you. From glittering Black Tie nights to Gala Dinners, it’s all on offer. Join to discover for yourself what makes them Britain’s favourite cruise line.

What are P&O cruise ships like?

The Iona and Britannia are described as the most family-friendly ships, and they are the fleets largest, with activities and entertainment for all ages. Arcadia & Aurora are exclusively for adults and Arcadia has just enjoyed a face-lift. Azura, Oceana and Ventura are slightly older in the fleet but are also family friendly with plenty of entertainment and choice on-board.

Combining excellent facilities with an uncompromising commitment to professionalism, for which they are renowned, the fleet of ships epitomises the best of modern British cruising.


Family friendly – 2020 will put P&O Cruises in the history books once again. Iona will offer the next generation of guests the holiday of a lifetime on the next generation of P&O Cruises ships.


Family friendly – Inspired by our past. Designed for the future. There has never been a more stylish way to see the world! Nothing beats the feeling of stepping on board a new ship for the first time. Whether you’re new to cruising, or a veteran of the high seas, your moments on board Britannia are sure to be truly memorable.


Exclusively for adults – Arcadia combines the chic with the classic, a relaxed pace, stylish surroundings and more than a hint of extravagance.


Exclusively for adults – Mid-sized Aurora is a world-class ship, bringing the joys of classic cruise travel to all.


Family friendly – 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, entertainment, plus lots of other exciting and unique features.


Family friendly -Your holiday begins the minute you step into Oceana’s bustling atrium. On board you’ll enjoy a welcoming informal atmosphere with plenty to keep kids entertained. Adults can indulge in the spa, hedge bets in the casino or relax with a cocktail on the terrace.


Family friendly – There’s always something happening on Ventura, enjoy delicious fine dining, a tranquil spa, many quiet spaces to unwind, great sports facilities and four pools. Evenings are particularly memorable, with the lavish two-deck theatre where you’ll witness elaborate shows and stand-up comedy.

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Grandparents and grandchildren having fun sitting on pier. Sunny summer day evening.

Who goes on a P&O cruise?

The line is aimed squarely at Brits, and that’s pretty well the only nationality you’ll find abroad at any time of year, wherever the ship is based. The demographic varies drastically depending on the type of ship and time of year. The adults-only ships tend to attract couples of 55-years plus; the family-friendly ones will attract families during the holiday periods, and then revert to 55+ couples outside of school holidays. Age will skew lower on the mini-break cruises to Europe and the Channel Islands.

P&O Cruises is also aimed squarely at Middle England — it’s not upmarket and not “bucket and spade”. The line is about as typically British as you can get.

What are the dress codes for a P&O cruise?

P&O cruisers veer on the side of smart during the evening (not Cunard smart, but certainly not casual or scruffy), with casual during the day — shorts, T-shirts, baseball caps and flip flops are perfectly acceptable day wear. On Gala nights passengers tend to make an effort and you’ll see a range of clothing from ball gowns and black tie to and dark suits and long dresses and heels.

Want to learn more about the P&O Cruises experience, or cruising in general? Then get in touch with our reservations team. We’re on hand to answer any additional questions!

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