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Highlights of P&O’s Upcoming Winter 2019-2020 Season

12th March 2018

P&O Cruises have released the details of their winter 2019-2020 cruises, and the collection is stocked full of happy holiday firsts! Expect more opportunities to experience a calypso Christmas in the Caribbean, kaleidoscopic New Year’s Eve fireworks in Dubai, and plenty of blissful short breaks departing from the UK. Here’s a roundup of all the highlights of the upcoming season:



More Chances to Explore Dubai & the Arabian Gulf

This part of the world is one that captures the imagination of many. On a cruise to Dubai and the Arabian Gulf, guests will uncover some truly special treasures and experience all sorts of holiday firsts. Bask in the beauty of the Khasab fjords in Oman, and experience bliss like never before while paddling along mangroves in Abu Dhabi. The season offers a range of 7-14 night cruises in the region, and some itineraries include stops in India and even a magical New Year’s Eve in Dubai.


See More on Your World Cruise

P&O Cruises’ adult-only ship, Arcadia, will be embarking on an impressive world cruise on 3rd January 2018. Lasting for a total of 99 nights, guests will see a fantastic array of breath-taking destinations the world over. Some of our favourite stops include Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and an overnight in Shanghai. Vibrant Auckland and the wild and wondrous Bay of Islands are sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors.



A Longer Season the Caribbean

P&O Cruises are offering guests more opportunities to spend time in the sunny climes of the Caribbean in winter 2019/20. The season has been extended for both Azura and Britannia, meaning families have more chances for some brilliant holiday firsts together in the Caribbean, and can make a tonne of memories to last a lifetime.



East Coast USA & Panama on a Caribbean Cruise

In addition to exploring the beautiful islands of the Caribbean, in winter 2019/20 P&O Cruises guests can opt for a cruise that includes Panama and various ports in North America’s east coast. Some people consider the intricate Panama Canal to be one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and those fortunate enough to experience it will soon see why. Tick this brilliant feat of engineering off your bucket list on your next Caribbean cruise.


See More of Europe on a No-Fly Cruise

Those who don’t like flying, and those who don’t have plenty of time to play with, will benefit from the range of no-fly European cruises departing straight from the UK. Choose from a variety of cruises ranging from short breaks to longer stays in the Canary Islands, Norway for the Northern Lights, and some wonderful European Christmas Market itineraries.



Early Booking Benefits

Those who choose P&O Cruises Select Fare, before 30th April 2018, could be in for some fantastic savings:

• Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit (with Select Fare or Early Saver Fare) – deposits being 15% after 30.04.2018

• Past passengers receive a 5% discount on their cruise (T&Cs apply)

• Members of the Peninsular Club can also receive further added benefits

Find out more about P&O Cruises’ loyalty scheme – The Peninsular Club – and discover all the advantages of being a frequent guest with P&O Cruises.

With 181 new holidays to choose from, you’ll have plenty to consider when it comes to booking your winter 2019-2020 cruise. Be sure to pre-register with us today to help enhance your chances of securing the one you want.

How to make the most of your time in Dubai

3rd November 2016

Updated January 2018

Dubai is a magnetic stop on any cruise to the Middle East and it’s easy to see why. With endless possibilities for visitors to discover, there is so much to see and do in this luxurious buzzing city of the United Arab Emirates.

Situated north of capital city Abu Dhabi, Dubai is a major attraction for visitors to this part of the world. A skyline of both traditional architecture and state of the art modern buildings set the scene of this mysterious and inviting destination.

If visiting for one day or a couple of nights, make the most of your time here with our mini guide to Dubai.

dubai marina


A Warm Welcome

P&O Cruises offer some incredible Middle East itineraries that include a stop in Dubai. Depending on where the destination sits on your schedule, your arrival into Dubai could be disembarking your cruise ship and entering DP World Cruise Terminal, where your first impressions will be first class. The luxurious cruise terminal at Port Rashid sets a high standard that you can expect to see and experience during the rest of your time in Dubai. Services available at DP World Cruise Terminal include Free WiFi, Currency Exchange, Post Office, 24 hour help desk with tour information, café and mini mart, shops and help desks for major shopping malls plus complimentary shuttle buses.

Take cover from the high heat and plan your visit to Dubai in the welcoming shelter of DP World Cruise Terminal.

Awaken your senses

The sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Dubai will mesmerise you from the start to the end of your visit. From the tranquil allure of the beach to the bustle of the Arabian markets, the wow factor of the cityscape or the flavours and variety of food. It’s a welcome sensory overload. Find out more about the adventures you can have here with P&O Cruises, by asking our sales team about the excursions in the Middle East they can offer.

Dining in Dubai is a foodie’s dream come true. The multi-national community of locals and visitors thrive on Dubai’s global culinary scene, offering a vast array of dishes and dining styles to choose from. Just some options include celebrity chef and Michelin starred restaurants, local fare - Emirati cuisine, street food, café culture, bakeries, afternoon tea, Asian delicacies, fresh seafood, and much more.

Indulge in retail therapy

downtown dubai

Dubai is a world class shopping destination with a grand collection of shopping malls, glamorous boutiques, markets, souks and more for shopaholics to indulge to their hearts content. Shopping is an experience here with atmosphere, entertainment and retail therapy all in perfect harmony. The world’s largest shopping and entertainment centre (The Dubai Mall) can be found here and features an incredible aquarium, ice rink, theme parks, and of course more than 1000 retail outlets.

See the sights

palm jumeirah

See the sights and the heights as you explore the city. You’ll come across a unique blend of mysterious and ancient wonders amongst modern day architectural marvels. Dubai is home to the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, reaching 828 meters above sea level. The view from the observation deck is a must.

Palm Jumeirah is an extraordinary man made palm shaped archipelago boasting many hotels and resorts. Sail around the islands or see the incredible birds eye view from above with a skydive.

Treat the family to a fun day out at IMG Worlds of Adventure. The gigantic theme park includes many themed rides for visitors of all ages and even life sized dinosaurs.

Embark on an adventure

If you have a need for speed and a faster pace to your time in Dubai, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure spanning land, air and sea. Feel the sea breeze by the beach with paddle boarding, kite surfing or a Jet Ski trip along the coast. Sky Dive or set sail in a hot air balloon for awe-inspiring views or tackle the desert on a dune buggy. Sports such as golf, squash and cricket can also be enjoyed with top class facilities.

Dubai's nights are as exciting and inviting as the days with superb nightlife and buzzing after hours entertainment. From world famous DJ's and perfomers to dancing all night or simply casual drinks, there is a Dubai night to cater for all.


Why choose a P&O Cruise in Dubai?

Whether travelling alone, as a couple, or a family, P&O Cruises know how to make each and every guest feel welcome and special. From the great personal service, to the wealth of choice when it comes to onboard dining and activities, P&O Cruises will always provide a memorable and exciting holiday. In a hot destination like the Middle East, the fanatastic facilities onboard P&O Cruises ships can be especially convenient. While of course you'll want to see the beautiful sites and cultural aspects that Dubai has to offer, if you do need a break from the sun, you can always count on the ship for things to do - not least the option of jumping straight into a cooling pool!

Cruise to Dubai and see the Arabian Gulf with P&O Cruises.

p and o cruises in dubai

Top 5 Destinations For Winter Sun

16th July 2014

Updated October 2017

Dark mornings, ice covering the drive way, and freezing temperatures that have us wrapped up so tight we can barely move – welcome to winter in Britain. It seems to come round quicker every year, and we dread the long winter season that leaves us feeling dreary, and with the sun as a distant memory.

The onset of winter leaves many of us precoccupied with thoughts of where we can get our sun fix, when the bleak weather sets in. Some great winter sun deals are starting to circulate in the office, so it is the perfect time to start thinking about a winter break.


We're sure you would agree, there is nothing better than jetting off somewhere hot when everyone else is dreading the thought of stepping outside, and having to turn on electric blankets in order to recover from constant sneezing. However, whilst the ice thickens in England, elsewhere in the world the sun is at its hottest, so here are our top 5 places to cruise to during the winter:


Known as the sunshine state of America, Florida is one of the friendliest places there is. It is not only the sun that shines bright all day here, the people are extremely welcoming, and invite you to enjoy everything this exciting wonderland has to offer.

With miles of sun-soaked beaches, water-front restaurants, and an array of unique attractions, Florida is the ultimate adventure playground. With most cruise lines basing their ships in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Miami, during the winter you'll be able to choose from an extensive range of different itineraries and ships.

Whether your cruise starts or finishes in Florida, you can spend a few days enjoying the fun way of life that's lived here. Enjoy a day at the Miami Aquarium watching incredible shows featuring killer whales and dolphins, or take a trip to the Everglades where you will glide over the swamps in a hover boat whilst learning about the distinct wildlife that lives there.

Or, if it is just sun that you desire, Florida is your perfect haven with its long stretches of heavenly beaches that can reach temperatures of up to 32°c during the winter.

The average temperature in Florida during November – February is 29°c.

See our: Florida Cruise Deals

The Caribbean

Defining paradise, the Caribbean islands are widely considered the most blissful destinations in the world, that guarantee to take you on the ultimate escape. Picture-perfect beaches with pure white sand, crystal clear waters, and swaying palms make these islands the most desired cruise destinations in the world.

Boasting year-round hot temperatures, the long days of sunshine will enable you to soak up the scorching temperatures to your heart's content. For the more adventurous, there is the chance to try snorkelling, para-sailing, and jet skiing around these fascinating islands.

A Caribbean cruise can include stops at islands such as the Bahamas, St Lucia, Barbados, and Antigua. To some, the islands may look the same, but in fact, they all have their own unique character that makes every stop a new experience. Some cruise lines, such as Virgin Voyages, even own an exclusive private island for guest access only. With carefully selected excursions, delicious dining and plenty of relaxing beaches, these islands are the height of luxury living. The adults-only 'Beach Club' provides six bars, stunning private cabanas and pool parties with all the best tunes to soudntrack your night.

The average temperature in the Caribbean during November – February is 32°c.

See our: Caribbean Cruise Deals

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands entice visitors with their breathtaking landscapes, stunning beaches, and tropical way of life. From indulging on tapas on a rooftop restaurant, to sunbathing on the heavenly beaches, a trip here will help you to completely forget about winter.

Tenerife will amaze you with its backdrop of soaring mountains lining the pristine beaches, perfect for lazy days in the sun or family beach activities. Along the way, Lanzarote invites you to explore its volcanoes and black sand beaches. When it’s time to unwind, Gran Canaria is bursting with quaint fishing villages and attractive harbours that create the perfect scene for switching off.

For the active cruisers, the islands offer an array of memorable adventures. From extraordinary snorkelling, exploring the iconic National Parks, or rock climbing up one of the famous mountains, there is no shortage of adrenalin-pumping experiences to be had here.

The average temperature in the Canaries during November – February is 24°c.

See our: Canary Island Deals


A world of its own, Dubai stands ready to show off its luxurious and extravagent lifestyle to anyone who visits. Nowhere in the world exhibits the diversity that Dubai does, one minute you're stood in the middle of an empty dessert, the next you're surrounded by towering buildings. A cocktail of amazing sights, every time you turn you're faced with something that stuns you once again.

Don your explorers hat as you experience adventure after adventure, with everything this extraordinary city has to offer. Go skiing in a shopping mall, slide under shark infested waters at the Atlantis waterpark, or ride a camel through the enchanted desserts. Not many places in the world can offer the variety of excursions that Dubai does.

As evening sets in, the city turns into a magical wonderland with fountain shows, vibrant nightclubs, and award-winning beach front restaurants serving up some of the most exquisite dishes you will ever taste.

The average temperature in Dubai during November – February is 32°c.

See our: Dubai Cruise Deals


There is nowhere else quite like Hawaii. This tropical paradise will excite all your senses as you are welcomed into this fresh, tranquil haven. Crystal clear waters line the dramatic mountains and lush forests, making this island a blissful retreat. 

The soothing, swaying palms, and captivating sounds of volcanoes bubbling away, are a recipe for the ultimate winter getaway. Along with hot temperatures and warm waters, it has everything you dream of during the colder months.

It is not only the scenery that is beautiful here, the locals love to share their lifestyle with you. Encouraging you to join in traditional Hawaiian activities, and try their iconic island cuisine, it will not be long before you are in full 'Aloha' mode!

This colourful island is home to an array of some of the world’s most intriguing National Parks and plant life. Even if you plan to go on a relaxing getaway, we would definitely recommend a stroll around one of these parks.

The average temperature in the Hawaii during November – February is 26°c.

See our: Hawaii Cruise Deals

By Sally Grimes

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