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Mediterranean - A422C

22nd Aug 2024 | 14 nights | P&O Cruises | Azura

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Corfu (Kerkyra)
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Civitavecchia (Rome)
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Livorno (Florence/Pisa)
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Azura is a ship that has been tailor-made for the British market. From the entertainment roster of former TV stars to the excellent range of ales and gins served in the ship's numerous bars. The prices on board are in pounds sterling, too.

The ship offers something for everyone: from Brodie's sports bar playing Premier League football around the clock (as well as evening bingo and pub quizzes) to ballroom dancing lessons in the impressive atrium and a posh curry in Sindhu. Azura is a versatile ship that is able to cater to a range of different passengers -- as long as they are Anglophiles.

In April 2015, Azura underwent its first refurbishment since coming in to service in 2010. The multimillion pound renovation saw improvements to many areas of the ship not visible to passengers (pipes carrying drinking water were replaced) as well as more obvious improvements to soft furnishings in the corridors, staircases and main restaurants. The buffet areas were also updated (although the questionable layout remains) while the restaurant Seventeen became The Epicurean, after sister ship Britannia's high-end for-fee eaterie.

The most obvious change to come from the refurbishment, however, was the giant Union Jack livery that was painted on the ship’s hull as part of a fleet-wide branding. A not-so-subtle reminder of P&O Cruises' uniquely British brand of cruising.

With 3,100 passengers onboard, the ship can feel crowded -- especially on sea days when the sun loungers are packed tightly on deck -- exposing a real lack of shaded areas. However, passengers wanting a more luxurious experience can book themselves in to the much quieter Retreat (Deck 17, forward) --a private VIP area with comfier loungers and waiter-service. The Retreat is the line's take on the popular ship-within-a-ship concept that has become popular on both MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line. A two-week pass costs £350 for two passengers, which is pricey enough to mean that it never gets too busy.

The décor in the public areas feels fresh, with plenty of modern artwork lining the walls; however the cabins do feel slightly dated, given that the ship was only built in 2010. Life onboard revolves around the classy central atrium, from which Azura's many amenities -- including a lot of retail outlets -- can be reached.

Housekeeping and restaurant staff are friendly and work tirelessly, trying their best to cope with any number of queries. However, staff on reception were often harried and unhelpful.

Azura, along with sister-ship Ventura, represents a sea-change for P&O Cruises since it started to launch bigger and bigger ships packed full of bars, pubs, lounges and restaurants aimed at attracting first-time cruisers. While this has caused some friction within the company's traditional fanbase (who were also disappointed to see the line's smallest ship, Adonia, be sold off to Azamara in 2018), it has meant a far more relaxed style of cruising. Azura benefits from this with everything from an informal pizza bar to an extended kids' club -- plenty for the modern family to enjoy.

Formal nights (known as black tie nights) onboard Azura are pretty serious affairs with most men opting for tuxedos or dark lounge suits. Women typically opt for ball gowns, cocktail dresses or trouser suits. Those not wanting to dress up are welcome to do so but are restricted to buffets and certain bars, which operate as evening casual. On formal nights, black tie dress is required in the Blue Bar, Planet Bar, Sindhu and the three main dining rooms. On other nights (which are known as evening casual on board) it is advised that a dress or casual separates are fine for ladies while an open-necked shirt and tailored trousers or smart jeans are fine for men. Shorts are not allowed during the evening.


The Playhouse Theatre seats almost 900 people and typically offers two shows per night to give both early and late diners the chance to watch the ship's main entertainment. The productions can be anything from "Dusty"(a musical about Dusty Springfield) to "My Generation"(about the music of the sixties). The venue is also used by the changing roster of comedians, ventriloquists and musicians that are brought onboard by the line for a few nights at a time.

Daily Fun

With thousands of guests to entertain during the day, Azura offers activities across the ship. There are art lectures (there was one on Lowry while we were onboard) for the culture vultures and pool parties, led by the entertainment team, for those wanting a bit of fun. The ship's daily planner Horizons delivered to every cabin and outlines all of the events going on around the ship. There are films shown on the huge outdoor screen (SeaScreen) and plenty of games and competitions going on including quoits, shuffleboard or killer pool. The spa and gym team also host yoga classes, for a fee, as well as some introductory classes for free.

At Night

Evenings on board Azura typically revolve around the entertainment in one of the ship's bars. There is a small casino (offering blackjack, three card poker, roulette and slots) that shares a space with Brodie's sports bar (where you can find pub quizzes and bingo at night, as well as a legendary karaoke night) while musicians and entertainers grace the stages in Malabar and Manhattan. Ballroom dancers get the chance to waltz through the night in the main atrium, hosted by two professionals, while a late-night film is often shown on the outdoor screen.

Azura Bars & Lounges

There is an impressive amount of booze on offer across the bars on board Azura. From an amazing selection of wines in The Glass House to an almighty amount of regional ales in Brodie's. Gin lovers can rest easy too as a number of the drinking holes on board stock P&O Cruises famous gin menu, which includes 18 specialist gins (plus five that are available around the ship).

Brodie's (Deck 6): Brodie's is one of the most popular bars on the entire ship. Serving tried-and-tested beers such as Marston's Pedigree and Stella Artois, as well as regional brews like the Tyne Bank Brewery's Silver Dollar, it is also packed full of TV screens playing sport around the clock. That heady concoction -- with Brodie's pub-like atmosphere -- means that Azura's karaoke nights are a night to behold.

Blue Bar (Deck 7): Located at the top of the atrium, with some tables giving a nice view of the entire area, the Blue Bar is one of the Azura's more sophisticated drinking spots. There's a grand piano in the corner and plenty of cocktails from an extensive menu packed with classics like Cosmopolitans and Singapore Slings. A nice touch is the tasty bowl of vegetable crisps you get served with your drinks.

Manhattan (Deck 7): The show lounge is Azura's second biggest venue and offers a more intimate setting to watch the evening's entertainment. With lots of neon lights, and a rather bizarre layout involving barriers between tables, it's a fun place to go to catch one of the cruise's after-dinner show, which was pretty varied while we were onboard -- anything from a ventriloquist to an Eric Clapton cover band. Always pretty popular.

Malabar (Deck 7): This north African inspired lounge, complete with palm trees, has live music on every night -- be it the house band or one of the singers brought on for the occasion.

Glass House (Deck 7): With wine selected by TV wine expert Olly Smith and some lovely small plates to choose from on the food menu, the Glass House is one of the nicest places to stop for a pre-dinner drink, especially on formal nights.

Coral Bar (Deck 15): One of Azura's four pool bars -- and one of two that are on Deck 15 midship -- the small Coral Bar sits next to the poolside grill and Coral pool, which is flanked by two whirlpools.

Aqua Bar (Deck 15): Located just under the SeaScreen, and next to the Aqua Pool and two more whirlpools, the Aqua Bar is the larger of the two Deck 15 midship bars.

Terrace Bar (Deck 15): This bar is the most secluded outdoor drinking hole on board -- tucked away beyond the Verona buffet at the aft of Deck 15. The small area surrounds three quarters of the Terrace Pool, providing great views of the ship's wake.

Breakers Bar (Deck 16): If there was a party bar onboard then Breakers would be it. Perched near the top of the ship, and offering plenty of tables for those wanting to sit outside on a sea day, the area overlooks the pools below. If you get a bit peckish it's just upstairs from the grill and poolside pizza too.

The Planet Bar (Deck 18): With large screens showing images of destinations, and the bar serving cocktails to match, the Planet Bar is a one of the quieter bars, probably because it's in a remote spot. However, given the bar's extensive gin menu (23 different types including the delicious Two Birds gin from Market Harborough and P&O Cruises very own Anderson's Gin, named after the company's co-founder); it's worth the journey.

Azura Outside Recreation


Azura has five swimming pools, including one within the kids' club (and only accessible through the kids' club) and one just outside the spa, the Oasis pool. The two main pools , Coral and Aqua, are on Deck 15 midship, with the latter being the much bigger of the two, and there is plenty of deck space around them. The Oasis, Coral and Aqua pools are all flanked by hot tubs. The Oasis and Terrace pools have less seating around them, with staggered benches being used to make the most of the space.


Recreation on Azura is more traditional than on some other ships -- there are no climbing walls or bumper cars here -- but there is still plenty to keep passengers occupied. There is a sports court, which can be used for basketball or small games of football, and golf nets up on Deck 19 as well as an area for shuffleboard on Deck 16. Not to mention a gigantic gym that includes all manner of machines and free weights.

Sun Decks

Azura's three sun decks are located on Decks 15, 16 and 17. There are plenty of sun loungers, although on sea days they fill up quickly. Those who want a more peaceful experience might consider heading to The Retreat, a paid for area with better quality loungers than the standard type on deck. The Retreat also includes a healthy breakfast and lunch too, although many people nip down to the buffet and bring their own plates up. It'll cost you £350 for a couple's pass for two weeks.

Azura Services

There is an enormous amount of space dedicated to retail therapy onboard Azura. There is a jewellery store next to The Glass House; souvenir, clothes and perfume shops around the atrium on Deck7. Any passengers who needs to stock up on holiday essentials, from sunblock to a bestseller, are catered for too on Deck 6. They even sell washing machine capsules for £1 a piece.

The ship has a decent sized card room, Karmala, and a library located next to the shore excursion desk. The latter's staff are a good source of knowledge for every destination and are happy to answer questions even if they don't relate to shore excursions. The library has some computers but you'll need an internet package to use them. Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship. Prices start at £7.75 for 24 hours or 65p per minute for pay as you go.


The Oasis Spa on Deck 16 offers a range of treatments in a light, airy environment, with a number of single and couples rooms available. There are medi-spa treatments available (dermal filler and anti-ageing treatments) and a good selection of male grooming treatments using luxury Elemis products. A gent's Elemis deep cleanse grooming treatment with shave costs £51 for 45 minutes. The ship's spa staff includes a licenced acupuncturist, who charges £93 for a 50-minute session. It's worth noting that a 10 percent gratuity will be added to your bill and passengers have to be 18 to use the spa. Anyone wanting to get their nails or hair done for a formal night is also well catered for here.


The gym, also on Deck 16, is huge, with enough treadmills, bikes and rowing machines to keep everyone happy. The cardio and weight machines surround an area where exercise classes take place such as yoga (45 minutes for £7), Pilates (60 minutes for £7) and spinning (three 45-minute classes for £21). There are also personal training (60 minutes for £47) and nutritional consultations (60 minutes for £47) available to help stave off any excess cruise weight.

Free Dining

The included options on board Azura are fantastic. Meals in the main dining rooms offer a great amount of choice with the cuisine typically rooted in hearty British fare.

Meridian (Deck 5), Peninsular and Oriental (both Deck 6): Passengers are allocated one of three dining rooms upon arrival depending on whether they choose Club Dining (a fixed meal time of either 6:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.) or Freedom Dining (where guests can choose when they wish to eat between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). The Meridian restaurant is reserved for Freedom diners while the other two are for Club. If given the choice, we would plump for the beautiful Oriental, which feels far more like a luxury hotel restaurant than either the Peninsular or Mandarin, both of which feel a bit more casual in comparison. All, however, have the same menu, which has a choice of six to seven main courses with options such as steak, a roast and chicken breast always available. A British cheeseboard can be ordered every day for dessert.

The Peninsular and Oriental are open for breakfast (7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on sea days) if you prefer to order from the menu rather than head for the buffet. Options include a brilliant "full English" (with British-style bacon), Bircher muesli and pancakes -- there are also daily specials including eggs benedict. Toast is the one thing that the kitchen does not seem to have mastered and is always served cold.

Restaurant staff are friendly and work tirelessly, trying their best to cope with any number of queries (including those from my fussy vegetarian wife).

Verona and Venezia (Deck 15): Azura offers passengers two buffets in the form of neighbouring Verona and Venezia. The latter acts as the main buffet and is available virtually around the clock serving salads and cold cuts as well as an ever-changing roster of Italian, Chinese and Indian-inspired classics. Verona, which is decked out in reddish wood, serves up the same food during the day but becomes the Beach House in the evening, a fee restaurant. The food here is good -- although not quite as good as in the main dining rooms-- and there were plenty of grumbles from tray-laden passengers about how complicated the buffet area was in Venezia.

Poolside Pizzeria (Deck 15): Simple and fun, the Poolside Pizzeria is open most of the day (1 p.m. to 8 p.m.). The counter always had two pizzas, one margherita and one slightly more exotic flavour, available for guests to pick up and take away on one of the red plastic trays.

Poolside Grill (Deck 15): The grill serves up burgers, hot dogs and chicken strips, as well as small pots of fries for passengers who don’t want to stray too far from their sunbeds. There is a small salad bar too. The burgers were pretty lifeless and the hotdogs limp. However, on certain sea days the kitchen team puts on special buffets and barbeques around this area, weather permitting, which make for a much more exciting experience.

Fee Dining

The fee dining on Azura (called Select Dining in P&O parlance) offers a solid variety of gourmet options rooted in British classics -- be it small plates in The Glass House or an upmarket curry in Sindhu.

Java (Deck 5): Azura's coffee station, located in the atrium serves up high street favourite Costa Coffee. A coffee card is available for £22 (getting you 10 coffees) and includes primo sized lattes mochas as well as iced drinks to cool you down on those summer days.

Sindhu (Deck 7); £20-£25 depending on length of cruise:Originally associated with Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar (but no longer), Sindhu is where guests on Azura go if they're looking for a posh curry. The deep red carpet and dark wooden walls conjure up a luxurious, almost colonial-feeling restaurant with exotic artwork on the walls and waiters in sophisticated, and tasteful, black uniforms to match.

While offering traditional sounding starters such as vegetable samosas or chicken tikka, they are a world apart from your local takeaway. The gourmet mini-papadams and onion bhajis went down a treat. My beef tenderloin main was one of the nicest curries I've ever had, although I was still jealous of my wife's Atul's Signature Plate (vegetarian option) which included something with aubergine and spinach-- although I didn't get a look in.

The wine list is also pretty exciting, with a Sauvignon Blanc from the holy city of Nashik in India. There's some great English fizz too -- including bottles of Wiston sparkling wine, a bottle of which was used to christen the P&O Cruises flagship Britannia. Open from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Glass House (Deck 7); small plates individually priced: The Glass House (with wines chosen by TV wine expert Olly Smith) is a popular spot. Guests sit amongst cabinets full of various bottles and work their way through the menu. The food offering is fab too, with options like a trio of classic, broad bean and red pepper houmous or an 8oz sirloin steak. There is no booking available for the Glass House, but we always found a table. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Ice Cream (Deck 15); individually priced: Located next to Poolside Pizza, the ice cream parlour serves delicious Jude's Ice Cream by the cone or tub. You can buy an ice cream card for £28 for 20 ice creams.

Beach House (Deck 15); £7.50-£10 depending on length of cruise: The Beach House takes over Verona (a buffet during the day) from 6:30 p.m. and is the most relaxed of the onboard fee dining options. Serving American classics (fried chicken, mac 'n' cheese, beef brisket) it could benefit from having its own dedicated space. It should also be noted that while much of the menu is included in the price there are many items that are extra -- for instance the rib combo (£3.95) or beef brisket (£2.95). The slow cooked New Orleans suckling leg of lamb (for two) costs £7.95. No booking required. Open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Epicurean (Deck 17); £28-£30 depending on length of cruise: The Epicurean (sometimes referred to as The Epicurean at 17) offers a molecular gourmet twist on classic British fare. The restaurant itself is the most sophisticated onboard and gives you a rare the opportunity to eat outside, with great views of the ship's wake.

The menu is packed with interesting combinations such as wild boar with black pudding or lamb rack with a mini shepherd's pie. If you like creative dining experiences with a bit of theatre (the salmon is carved at your table) then this is the restaurant for you. Booking is recommended but not always necessary. Open from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea at the Epicurean costs £15. This is a real treat. Available only on sea days each mountainous cake stand comes packed with a range of savoury sandwiches such as beef brioches and cheese eclairs as well as sweet treats like pop cakes, meringues and, of course, beautiful scones. It's like being in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with waiting staff even spraying edible perfume before you can tuck in. Booking is recommended as seats are limited. Open from 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

There are 1,549 cabins: 439 insides, 198 outside, 882 balcony cabins and 30 suites, and 18 single cabins.

The accommodation does not feel as fresh as the décor that runs through the ship's public spaces. The rooms are a melange of brown, beige and light wood trimming. That being said, all cabins are well appointed with British three-point plug sockets, a fully stocked mini-bar, safe, kettle (with tea and coffee), writing desk and a hair dryer. There are also small TVs, which could do with being updated, although you can access your bill through them. Each cabin also includes plenty of drawer and wardrobe space. A large bottle of mineral water is provided upon arrival but only the suites will get this replenished.

The spotless bathrooms also have plenty of storage (including a rack of shelves to the right of the large mirror) and are supplied with cosmetics from the White Company, which is a nice touch. Shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, as well as a shower cap and soap are included. There is also a large bottle of White Company shower gel attached to the wall inside the decent power shower. However, the clingy curtain isn'’t sturdy enough to stop the bathroom flooding.

Interior: Inside cabins range from 137-181 square feet. They typically come with two single beds running flush to each wall, separated by two bedside tables. However, the beds can be joined up if requested. Above the bed on the wall is a large mirror, which helps make the rooms seem far bigger.

Oceanview: While also ranging from 137-181 square feet benefit from a picture window in place of the interior cabins' large mirrors. The beds can be joined up to create a king-sized bed.

Balcony: Space starts to become more abundant with Azura's balcony cabins (178-317 square feet, including balcony). They benefit from also having a sitting area with chair and table next to the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. However, be warned that some of the ship's balconies are overlooked. All balconies have also been installed with an ugly green webbing to stop passengers slipping. It's safer but doesn't fit in with the idea of a glamourous cruise.

Suite: The best cabins onboard Azura range from 449 to 753 square feet including a large balcony. All of these cabins come with optional butler service as well as other benefits, such as magazines, a fruit bowl, mineral water, flowers, Champagne and chocolates on arrival as well as daily canapes. Bathrooms include a whirlpool bath as well as a shower with glass door while the bigger layout means that well-heeled passengers also benefit from having their own lounge with dining table.

The biggest cabins are the two penthouse suites, which include a sofa, armchairs and a dining table. The entrance to the bedroom is framed by heavy curtains too, which is a nice touch and gives the room a more luxurious feel.

Accessible: Azura has 31 adapted cabins for wheelchair users, which are usefully situated close to the lifts.

Family: There are also family suites available -- where a balcony cabin and an inside can be connected to sleep a maximum of six guests.

Single: Azura has six inside and 12 outside single cabins, which are located on Deck 6 by the casino.

Deck 19 - Sky Deck
Deck 18 - Ocean Deck
Deck 17 - Sun Deck
Deck 16 - Aqua Deck
Deck 15 - Lido Deck
Deck 14 - Riviera Deck
Deck 12 - A Deck
Deck 11 - B Deck
Deck 10 - C Deck
Deck 9 - D Deck
Deck 8 - E Deck
Deck 7 - Prom Deck
Deck 6 - F Deck
Deck 5 - P Deck
G 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

Mediterranean Fly-Cruises

Mediterranean Fly-Cruises

Fly straight to your ship and pack more sightseeing, beaches, and adventures into your holiday. Stroll on the glamorous French Riviera. Visit Italy’s great cities – Rome, Venice, and Florence. Stop off in the Greek Islands or discover Croatia with calls at Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Split. The choice is yours.

Five reasons to book a Mediterranean fly-cruise

Looking for a holiday that combines culture and exploration with comfort and relaxation? The sky’s the limit on a 7 night or 14 night Mediterranean fly-cruise from Malta. Here are five fantastic reasons to pack your bags and soar straight to the sunshine.

Getting there is quick and easy

Your time is precious, and P&O Cruises know you want to make the most of it. By flying straight from the UK to Malta, you’ll have more time to explore the exciting ports on your itinerary. And getting there couldn’t be simpler: and all flights and transfers can be arranged for you. They’ll even show you to your ship, where your comfortable cabin will be waiting.

Enjoy a number of the most beautiful destinations in the Med…

Fancy tucking into some mezze at a waterfront café in Santorini? Or embarking on a river rafting adventure in Split? How about tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome? Or sunbathing on Sardinia’s best beaches? There are countless cultural experiences to be had on a fly-cruise holiday to the Med. What’s more, a Med fly-cruise maximises the number of ports you can visit in any given holiday by minimising days spent at sea. Waking up to a new view every day of your holiday – what could be better?

…and even more magic awaits on board

Why not spend some time relaxing and soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine on the sun deck? Or keep cool with a dip in one of the pools? If you prefer to venture out, a day of immersing yourself in the glories of the Med awaits. And the fun doesn’t stop when you’re back on board your ship. Sip a sundowner on deck as you reflect on the day’s adventures; sit down to an unforgettable dining experience; and cap it all off with a night of top-notch entertainment. And when it’s time for bed, your accommodation beckons. Better rest up – tomorrow promises a brand-new adventure.

So much is included

Your flights and transfers can be included in the price of your holiday, and being able to fly from a range of regional airports makes travel a breeze. And for peace of mind, your flights are ATOL protected. The benefits extend way beyond your flights. As with every P&O Cruises holiday, your accommodation, dining in the main restaurants, entertainment, children’s clubs and much more is included in the price. And for any onboard purchases, you can pay in GBP – no need to worry about exchanging currency.

You can stay even longer

Want more time to discover magical Malta? Add on a pre- or post-cruise stay leaving you free to relax and see the sights at your own pace. Accommodation will been specifically selected with P&O Cruises guests in mind, with factors such as location, facilities and value for money all factored in. Simply ask one of our team to build the perfect package for you!

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
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