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P&O Cruises

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P&O Cruises believe it’s that little flutter of butterflies in the stomach as you step ashore in an exciting new destination. It’s slipping free from the rigours of routine and perfecting the lost art of the long lunch or the poolside lounge. It’s the feeling of being far from home, but never far from friends. And of course, it’s calculating the precise time of day that a G&T tastes best. A great holiday is all about feeling free and spontaneous, creating wonderful memories that you can’t help but replay over and over again, and that bring a smile to your face every time. Those moments where you can’t help but think; “This is the life”.

No other cruise line serves more British holidaymakers on cruises out of the UK than P&O Cruises. Their holidays are infused with British style, quality and innovation. Ensuring they give you plenty of time ashore to enjoy authentic encounters and cultural immersion means you can truly get a sense of your destination. It's one of the many reasons that 2 in every 3 guests return to cruise with P&O Cruises.

P&O Cruises operate a fleet of 6 incredible ships, with another 1 under construction. Their ships, proudly display the red, white and blue of the Union Flag provide both a nod to their long and established history, also give hint in their contemporary design to their offering of the latest food, drink and entertainment trends. P&O Cruises have a ship for every occasion and style - family-friendly or adult-only, larger or smaller and more intimate. The choice is yours.

 

Who goes on P&O Cruises cruise ships?
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.
Do I have to dress up on a P&O Cruises 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.
Is everything free on P&O Cruises cruises?
No, though tips are included in the price of the cruise and you won't find the rampant upcharging you get on US lines. You'll pay extra for speciality restaurants, adults-only relaxation areas, the spa (treatments and thermal suite access), alcoholic and soft drinks.
What are P&O Cruises's most popular activities?
P&O Cruises does not go in for adrenaline-filled activities like the US ships, so you won't even find a climbing wall even on the largest ships, let alone simulated skydiving, dodgems or simulated surfing. Daytime activities across the fleet consist of Daily activities range from the old-time favourites such as deck quoits, shuffleboard and table tennis to line dancing and party dance classes plus plenty of quizzes throughout the day including a pub challenge.
Best for...
Brits keen to sail with their fellow country people, who want a home-from-home atmosphere
Not the best for...
Non-English speakers; late-night partyers or those who want lots of outdoor entertainment options
What's Included

The beauty of a cruise holiday with P&O is that they include everything you need to have a great holiday, plus you'll be waking up in a new destination most days!

Included for all:

  • Comfortable, well-appointed accommodation
  • Twice-daily cabin serviced by your cabin attendant
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner onboard at buffet & main restaurants, plus pool-side snacks and a five-course Gala Dinner by Marco Pierre White
    • Tea, coffee & fruit juices also included at selected times
  • Dazzling shows, live bands, comedians and more at onboard theatres and lounges
  • Age-specific child and teens clubs on family-friendly ships (Britannia, Ventura, Iona, Azura)
  • Access to expansive gyms, equipped with Technogym machines and free weights. Selected fitness classes are included
  • Access to pools and whirlpool spas. Some pools are adult-only. Selected ships have retractable Skydomes for swimming in all weathers
  • Saunas & steam rooms in the Oasis Spa
  • Football, basketball and deck tennis in the enclosed sports court, plus access to the golf nets
  • Dance classes - pick up some new moves and learn to Salsa, Cha-Cha, Foxtrot or line dance
  • Shuttle busses in port - complimentary for all where necessary to exit the port
    • In other destinations, shuttle busses are included for Select Price holidays
    • If you have booked on Early Saver or Saver price, they will be available at an extra cost
  • Flights and transfers (on fly-cruise holidays)
  • Tips - tips are neither expected or required

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