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18th Aug 2024 | 14 nights | P&O Cruises | Arvia

Family Friendly Cruise
Up to £165 extra OBC on Select Fares
Tips Included
Choose Saver or Select Price (with benefits)
A Coruña
Valencia
Marseille
Barcelona
Alicante
Cádiz (Seville)
Family Friendly Cruise
Up to £165 extra OBC on Select Fares
Tips Included
Choose Saver or Select Price (with benefits)
Day
Date
 
Arrival
Departure
 
1
18th Aug 2024 Sunday
Southampton
2
19th Aug 2024 Monday
At Sea
3
20th Aug 2024 Tuesday
A Coruña
10:00
16:00
4
21st Aug 2024 Wednesday
At Sea
5
22nd Aug 2024 Thursday
At Sea
6
23rd Aug 2024 Friday
Valencia
07:00
18:00
7
24th Aug 2024 Saturday
At Sea
8
25th Aug 2024 Sunday
Marseille
07:00
18:00
9
26th Aug 2024 Monday
Barcelona
07:00
18:00
10
27th Aug 2024 Tuesday
Alicante
07:00
18:00
11
28th Aug 2024 Wednesday
At Sea
12
29th Aug 2024 Thursday
Cádiz (Seville)
07:00
18:00
13
30th Aug 2024 Friday
At Sea
14
31st Aug 2024 Saturday
At Sea
15
1st Sep 2024 Sunday
Southampton

P&O Cruises' second Excel-class ship and follow up to Iona will be named Arvia and debut in December 2022 with a host of new-to-the-line features. Work began on the 184,700-tonne ship at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, in February 2021. Arvia will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

Arvia joins her sister ship, Iona, to make the sea the star with her luminous, wide-open spaces. Meaning ‘from the seashore’, her name encapsulates the magic of sailing from different coastlines to new waters and sunshine destinations. Arvia’s unique name reflects the innovative quality of their new Excel class of ships. Her modern and expansive designs offer incredible panoramas from her Grand Atrium, pools, bars and restaurants to her opening SkyDome. So you can drink in the sunshine while gazing out upon glimmering waters and idyllic islands as they emerge on the horizon. From the moment you step on board Arvia, the extraordinary travel experiences begin. 

The 5,200-passenger ship is structurally identical to Iona, though Arvia will offer a number of new features and venues. These include a 54m-high ropes course called Altitude Skywalk that will offer two different experiences; a swim-up bar and a new restaurant concept, Green & Co featuring Mizuhana, offering a plant-based and fish menu with a sushi bar.

Arvia will also feature another first for the line: Altitude Minigolf, a nine-hole course located below Altitude Skywalk. The swim-up bar will form part of an infinity pool with uninterrupted wake views. We also know that Arvia will feature the 970-sqm SkyDome that debuts on Iona, to offer a day-to-night venue for relaxing and entertainment, with a pool and stage featuring aerial performances, movies on SeaScreen and theatre productions. 

From chilling over milkshakes and tasty all-American favourites at 6th Street Diner to savouring a dinner date complemented by fine wine and flawless service at Epicurean, Arvia boasts a truly varied offering of more than 30 places to eat and drink on board. There’s something to suit every occasion and mood, and to give you flexibility and convenience, you can choose when and where to eat at any of the restaurants.

At Green & Co feat. Mizuhana, P&O Cruises celebrate difference and deliver delicious. Let them take your taste buds on a journey over land and sea as you sample plant-based dishes that will alter perceptions, along with the freshest and most beautiful sushi plates. Joining the line-up of eateries at the sociable dining hub The Quays is newcomer Roast, where you’ll find mouth-watering Sunday lunch meats irresistibly packaged in a jumbo Yorkshire pud. And at 6th Street Diner, grab a seat and take in the spirit of the classic all-American diner. They’ve got great music, ice-cold cocktails and deeelicious soul food, all served up with some good ol’ American hospitality.

Their Local Food Heroes have been working their magic, too. Celebrated Spanish chef José Pizarro brings a taste of sunshine to his special Celebration Night menu at The Olive Grove. On Mediterranean holidays, he also offers a sensational tapas menu at The Glass House and a fiesta of Spanish street food at Taste 360. On Caribbean holidays, you won’t want to miss the queen of Caribbean cooking Shivi Ramoutar’s vibrant flavours at The Beach House (her Jerk Chicken Supreme is a must) and her colourful street eats at Taste 360.

If you like your cocktails with a dash of cool glamour, check out the menu at the Amber Lounge in the Grand Atrium or head to The 710 Club, the live music nightspot created by Music Director Gary Barlow. And at The Limelight Club, wining and dining is served with lashings of A-list entertainment and fabulous live music. For those who want a more tranquil ambience, head for Anderson’s Bar, a traditional venue that houses Arvia’s unique copper still – try some of the artisanal Marabelle gin for the perfect summer cooler in the Med or, during the Caribbean season, the exclusive rum created in partnership with The Tidal Rum.

Like her sister ship Iona, Arvia boasts a mix of dining venues that are unique to P&O Cruises Excel class ships together with all your fleet favourites. Enjoy the perfect gelato hit at Ripples, tuck into The Prime Minister burger at The Keel & Cow or indulge in contemporary Indian sensations at Sindhu – and let’s not forget the best night caps in the Crow’s Nest. For the ultimate holiday vibe, relax and raise a glass in one of the many deck bars, including the unforgettable swim-up bar experience of Infinity Bar.

Arvia will offer a total of 2,614 cabins. 

Deck 3
Deck 4
Deck 5
Deck 6 - Gala Deck
Deck 7 - Parade Deck
Deck 8 - Promenade Deck
Deck 9
Deck 10
Deck 11
Deck 12
Deck 14
Deck 15
Deck 16 - Lido Deck
Deck 17
Deck 18 - Panorama Deck
Deck 19 - Sky Deck

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

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 up charging 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.


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

Are P&O Cruises good for familes?

What's offered onboard P&O Cruises' ships for families?

Making sure a holiday is suitable for our little ones is of top priority. Happy children mean happy parents, grandparents or guardians. If you've never cruised before it may seem a little daunting to think of a cruise as your family holiday, but rest assured a cruise holiday is ideal for families, with so much for kids to do (and the grown-ups too!), from splashing in the pool to running riot in the kid's clubs. We'd highly recommend P&O Cruises for families, and their child fares are so much more affordable than some other cruise lines.

Children can play to their hearts content in The Reef, P&O Cruises exciting complimentary onboard programme; splash around in the family pools; let off steam in the sports arena, tuck into pizza and jelly at the dedicated children’s tea; and join family-friendly shore excursions featuring treasure hunts, water parks, beaches and adventure trips.

Six reasons why families love P&O Cruises:

  • Rooms for families. P&O's cabins are well equipped for the needs of the whole family. Many have additional beds. For example, in the majority of twin cabins, beds fold down from the ceiling or out from the wall. In other cabins, mini-suites and suites, the extra beds are sofa beds. If a family or three or four adults book as a party and share one of these rooms, then you can save money on the prices quoted on this website for only two sharing. Please note that children cannot stay in a cabin without an adult to look after them.
  • Carefree nights. The Night Nursery is available free of charge on all family friendly ships for children aged between 6 months and 4 years of age. It is open from 6pm to 2am nightly. Parents are contacted via a pager, should their infant wake.
  • Laid-back days ashore. P&O have a whole range of tours designed especially for families, meaning your time ashore will be as stress-free as the rest of your holiday. With arranged transport, entrance fees and English speaking guides, all you need do is turn up and enjoy your time together. Families are also encouraged to participate in any family events taking place - discos, magic shows etc.
  • Stress-free meals. Children are welcome to dine in any of the dining areas on-board, including in the Select Dining Restaurants. Normally children join their parents for breakfast and lunch but since you might occasionally want to dine on your own, on the family-friendly ships, they lay on a special children’s tea every night featuring all the food that children will enjoy: sausages, fish fingers and pizza to name just a few. In addition, there are many healthy options, such as salads, soups, fruit, vegetables and pasta. A child's menu is also available in the main dining rooms.
  • Free holiday clubs for 2-17-year-olds. By spending a few hours in one of the age-specific clubs your offspring will find it easy to get to know others and soon they will have some new holiday friends.
  • Time out for the adults. You needn’t worry about keeping the little ones entertained while you take some time out for yourself. From toddlers to teens, we’ll keep them busy all day and evening long. The Reef offers four children’s clubs with a wide range of age-specific entertainment and is staffed by our enthusiastic crew of DBS checked Reef Rangers.

Free dedicated holiday clubs for 2-17-year-olds

  • Splashers (2-4) - Splashers is our club exclusively for guests aged between 2 and 4. There are slides and toys, books and activities... your little ones will be spoilt for choice! Each ship will be slightly different, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified Reef Rangers in each club, with programmes and activities suited to the Splashers age group.
  • Surfers (5-8) - For guests between the ages of 5 and 8, we have Surfers. Your little Surfer will be able to play computer games, watch movies, run around our soft play area, create a puppet show... there is so much to do! Each ship will be slightly different, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified Reef Rangers in each club, with programmes and activities suited to the Surfers age group.
  • Scubas (9-12) - 9 to 12 year-old guests can enjoy their own dedicated area on the ship with the club called Scubas. Scubas on board Britannia has a cool arcade feel. Guests visiting Scubas will be able to play air hockey, computer games, pool, or just chill out with their new friends, among the wide choice of things to do on offer. Each ship will be slightly different, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified Reef Rangers in each club, with programmes and activities suited to the Scubas age group.
  • H20 (13-17) - H2O is where teenagers (13 to 17 year olds) can hang out and make friends. Onboard Britannia, H2O has a cool, chilled-out vibe with a pool table, computer consoles and even a retro arcade! There are plenty of beanbags and sofas for guests at H2O to just to chill out and chat too. Each ship will be slightly different, but you'll still find enthusiastic and qualified Reef Rangers in each club, with programmes and activities suited to the H2O age group.

P&O Cruises Fare Types

P&O Cruises Fare Types Explained

P&O Cruises offer three different price types:

Select Price: This offers the most choice and flexibility

  • Choice of cabin location and priority for upgrades (subject to availability)
  • First priority for dining on ships offering both freedom & Club Dining, and first priority for seating time and table size for Club Dining
  • A choice of on-board spending money, car parking in Southampton or return coach travel to Southampton on round-trip cruises (applies to sailings of 7nts and above)
  • Shuttle busses in port (where they are provided by P&O Cruises)
  • Flexibility to change your booking

Early Saver: Offers a great price but without Select Price benefits

  • Available on selected grades. Your cabin number will be assigned by P&O Cruises
  • Possible upgrades (where and if available, after non-Saver bookings)
  • Your preference for desired dining style, time and table size will be noted but cannot be guaranteed
  • Flexibility to change your booking

Saver: Great for deal-seekers to get a last-minute holiday

  • Only available on selected cruises, at selected times,
  • Available on selected grades only. Your cabin number will be assigned by P&O Cruises and cannot be changed once allocated
  • Dining allocated on boarding
  • Full balance payable at the time of booking
  • 100% cancellation fee if cancelled at any time before sailing

Holiday Like Never Before with Extra Onboard Spending Money

Holiday Like Never Before with Extra Onboard Spending Money

P&O Cruises are offering extra onboard spending money* on over 500 cruises when you book a holiday with them this spring. This way, you can try even more new tastes, treats, and first-time experiences. It's available when you book an applicable Select Price holiday by 4 June 2024. Plus, on a select number of sailings, they are also offering 10% off classic drinks packages


Terms & conditions

Extra Onboard Spending money valid on bookings made between 7 Mar - 4 Jun 2024, on sailings travelling between 8 Mar 2024 - 28 Mar 2026. For full T&Cs, ask our team.

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