Top 10 News Articles in P&O Cruises List of cruise news articles updates on P&O Cruises thoughtout the day en-gb 2023-03-21 Pre-register now for P&O Cruises 2019/2020 Winter Cruises P&O Cruises, the nation’s favourite cruise line has just released further details of its exciting 2019/2020 winter cruise collection.

Get ready for beautiful and breathtaking moments with P&O Cruises 2019/2020 winter sailings. Here to make all of your cruise dreams come true, P&O Cruises new collection is bursting with happy holiday firsts. Highlights include:

  • A full season of exotic Dubai and Arabian Gulf fly-cruises. With cruises ranging from 7 to 14 nights.
  • Arcadia will sail to New Zealand calling at Auckland and the Bay of Biscay Islands as part of P&O Cruises amazing 2020 World Cruise itineraries.
  • Sail straight from the UK to the warm waters of the Caribbean with exciting calls along the way to the east coast of the USA.
  • A longer season dedicated to Caribbean fly-cruises on Azura and Britannia means more availability and the chance of a calypso Christmas.
  • Bucket list cruises from the UK in search of the Northern Lights in Norway or sunnier skies sailing the Canary Islands. Plus mini-cruises featuring some of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

Pre-register with us today and qualify for early booking benefits* such as a low deposit and exclusive past guest discount (*terms and conditions apply, pre-register by 18th March.2018)

Whether you want to be sipping cool Christmas cocktails in the Caribbean or watching Kaleidoscopic fireworks for a New Year’s Eve in Dubai, P&O Cruises 2019/2020 winter cruise collection has it all.

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P&O Announce Sale of Adonia It has been announced that the smallest of P&O’s 8-ship fleet – Adonia – will be leaving their service.

The adult-only, intimate ship has been sold to Azamara Cruises, and is due to end its time with P&O in spring 2018 – with its final cruise with them being a Caribbean adventure starting in February and ending on 9th March.

Adonia will be greatly missed by her loyal passengers, who enjoy her welcoming and sociable atmosphere and incredible discovery itineraries in the Caribbean, Europe, and Icelandic Fjords. Customers should rest assured, however, that these wonderful destinations will be made available on other P&O cruise ships.

The cruise line has also promised that the cruises in Adonia’s final season will be nothing short of the memorable P&O standard that has come to be expected across all ships. Not only will guests be able to enjoy the relaxed and traditional ambience that is ever-present on Adonia, but they will also have chance to be part of the special, celebratory aspects that will no doubt be seen onboard the esteemed ship as she ends her P&O career.

If you currently have a booking with Adonia that departs after March 2018, our change control team will be contacting you to explain your options over the coming weeks.

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Same Sex Marriages at Sea with P&O Cruises P&O Cruises has broadened its ceremonial services as the first British cruise line to conduct same sex marriages at sea. The first ceremony onboard will take place in the Caribbean in 2018.

The news follows a Supreme Court ruling enabling same sex marriages in Bermuda, where all of P&O Cruises ships (except Britannia) are registered. Ceremonies onboard with P&O Cruises will be performed by the ship’s Captain (or Deputy Captain), with marriage licenses issued by Bermuda.

Bookings are now open for same sex Weddings at Sea and couples can purchase a P&O Cruises Wedding at Sea package which includes:

  • A romantic ceremony at sea conducted by the Captain or Deputy Captain
  • Wedding ceremony venue with floral arrangements
  • Traditional wedding music
  • Services of the on-board Wedding Coordinator
  • Attendance of a professional photographer at the ceremony
  • Commemorative wedding certificate
  • An official copy of the marriage certificate
  • The cost of the license fees
  • A bottle of Champagne in the cabin on arrival
  • Champagne for a toast after the ceremony
  • Invitations and thank you notes
  • An additional 5kg luggage allowance for the couple if travelling on a P&O Cruises fly/cruise holiday
  • Wedding outfit pressing service

Following suit, Cunard will also be offering same sex marriages at sea and has already welcomed the first booking. Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President of Cunard said:

“This is very welcome news for us and I am delighted that we have become one of the first British cruise lines to take a booking for a same-sex wedding. We look forward to welcoming this couple and many other couples too. Cunard is the main sponsor of Southampton Pride this year and we are delighted that we are now able to offer same-sex marriages at sea across our fleet of world famous liners.”

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*Weddings are not permitted onboard Britannia

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Name P&O Cruises' New Ship Britain’s largest cruise line, P&O Cruises, is asking you to name its newest cruise ship!

P&O Cruises announced plans for the new ship back in September 2016 and since then has been teasing us with snippets of information. Scheduled for delivery in 2020, the new ship will homeport in Southampton and will be the largest and greenest ship for Britain's best loved cruise line.

Paul Ludlow, Senior Vice President for P&O Cruises said of the new ship

“This new ship will be the first new launch for P&O Cruises in five years and will play a pivotal role in redefining the brand and broadening our appeal. It is therefore incredibly important that we have a name that reflects the ship’s heritage as well as highlighting the array of new cruising experiences it will offer – something memorable and dignified that reflects its position as the new star in our fleet.”

You can submit your entry to the new ship naming competition via P&O Cruises' official website.

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What we already know about the new ship:

  • On sale date = Expected in 2018
  • Homeport = Southampton
  • New venue = The Dome entertainment hub
  • New feature = Half a mile promenade deck
  • Gross ton = 180,000
  • Guest Capacity = 5,200
  • Year of Arrival = 2020
  • Places to eat = 17
  • Speciality Restaurants = 7
  • Swimming Pools = 4
  • Whirlpools = 16
  • Places to enjoy Afternoon Tea = 5
  • Places to enjoy Coffee = 7
  • Entertainment Venues = 13
  • Primary source of power = Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

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Our pick of P&O Cruises winter 2018/2019 season On sale now, P&O Cruises' full winter 2018/2019 cruise collection is full of new itineraries and exciting highlights. Sailing to some ports for the first time with overnight and evening calls, winter 2018 with P&O Cruises is sure to be a sailing season to remember.

New cruises on offer sail far and wide in some of the world’s best cruising regions, with itineraries available to the Caribbean, Northern Europe, Canary Islands and Arabian Coast. There is plenty to get excited about, as well as new port calls and itineraries, the new cruise collection features festive Christmas Cruises and other fun themed sailings.

Cruises to the Caribbean
Winter Caribbean cruises with P&O range from week long fly cruises to leisurely 28 or 35 night cruises sailing straight from Southampton. Overnight and evening calls include Caribbean hotspots such as Barbados, St Kitts and St Lucia.

P&O Oriana will cruise a partial transit through the Panama Canal, one of the world’s greatest manmade wonders.

Cruises to Northern Europe
Dreams can come true in 2018/2019 with P&O Cruises sailing to Norway for nature’s best light show, the Northern Lights. Both P&O Aurora and P&O Oriana will also make exciting overnight calls in Alta and Tromsø, Norway, for an unforgettable insight into Nordic culture.

Narvik (Norway) features as a P&O Cruises fleet maiden call and offers opportunities for stunning views of the Norwegian Fjords by cable car.

Cruises to the Canary Islands
For a sunny island hopping holiday from Southampton, a Canary Islands escape is ideal. P&O Cruises winter 2018/2019 collection features Canary Island cruises from 12 – 16 nights with evening calls in Madeira, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

Cruises to Arabian Coast
Brand new cruises to the Arabian Coast offer an exciting choice for a winter escape. Cultural insights, adventurous shore excursions and sensational cuisine are all accessible with a P&O Cruises fly cruise from Dubai. With a shorter flight duration than flights to the Caribbean, Arabian Gulf fly cruises offer an exciting new choice for some winter sun.

Themed Cruises
Cruise with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing or pick up a few new tips from Britain’s best chefs and P&O Cruises’ hailed Food Heroes.

Other exciting themed cruises include Music Festivals at Sea and Mediterranean Firework Displays. Further details of P&O Cruises new themed cruises are to be announced shortly so check back for more information.]]> 2017-03-24
More on P&O Cruises New Ship P&O Cruises have released further information about their new ship scheduled for delivery in 2020.

P&O Cruises SVP Paul Ludlow previously said that “This ship will be the largest in the P&O Cruises fleet, will have a striking new exterior and interior design and will include the company’s classic and iconic features”.

It was revealed on Wednesday that part of the new design incorporates a major new entertainment hub known as The Dome. The clear sky dome is a brand new all-weather venue which will host live entertainment and informal dining. The Dome will include a pool and retractable stage, water feature and whirlpools. Evening entertainment at The Dome will consist of aerial performances with projections and immersive live performances.

A half mile promenade on Deck 8 will encircle the ship and provide ample space for al fresco dining and outdoor relaxation. It was also announced that The Atrium of the new ship will be surrounded by glass walls spanning three decks, allowing for plenty of natural light and stunning sea views.

P&O Cruises newest ship in numbers

Gross ton = 180,000
Guest Capacity = 5,200
Year of Arrival = 2020
Places to eat = 17
Speciality Restaurants = 7
Swimming Pools = 4
Whirlpools = 16
Places to enjoy Afternoon Tea = 5
Places to enjoy Coffee = 7
Entertainment Venues = 13

See an exclusive sneak peek of the ship design below.

The next generation P&O Cruises ship has been designed with “green cruising” in mind and will be the most environmentally efficient ship in the fleet. The primary source of power will come from liquefied natural gas (LNG) with a conscious effort to reduce exhaust emissions.

P&O Cruises also revealed from their official twitter account that they will be looking to their customers for inspiration when it comes to naming the new cruise ship.


The official naming process is yet to be announced but early suggestions are already being put forward via social media.

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Enhanced Southampton Embarkation for P&O Cruises P&O Cruises have announced enhancements to their embarkation procedures for Southampton cruise terminals effective fleet wide.

Getting your cruise off to the best possible start, P&O Cruises have made substantial changes to ensure a quick and easy embarkation can be experienced when sailing from Southampton.

Enhancements to the P&O Cruises embarkation experience include more security lanes, speedier delivery of baggage to cabins, quicker cabin preparation and lunch to be available onboard all afternoon. A new check-in system was successfully introduced for Britannia sailings and will now be actioned across the P&O Cruises fleet.

Check-in times will be allocated to decrease crowding and offer guests more time onboard rather than in the terminal. The earliest possible arrival time is 12:30 pm which is reserved for Ligurian Tier and suite guests.

Priority lane’s will be available for suite, Ligurian, Baltic and Caribbean guests and a newly improved Welcome On Board Reception will run from 1:30-3:30 pm serving a selection of complimentary drinks and canapes.

Christopher Edgington, Director of P&O Cruises said “We have worked very hard to get this right and believe that this updated system is the fairest and most efficient way of getting everyone on board as quickly as possible, while recognising our most loyal guests”.

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Her Majesty The Queen Names Britannia Her Majesty the Queen officially named Britannia in a spectacular ceremony held at Southampton's dock-side yesterday.

The naming of a ship and a bottle smashing over the bow is a long held tradition that marks the official start of a ship's journey. Previously naming Royal Yacht Britannia, Cunard's QE2 and P&O's Oriana, Her Majesty The Queen was the ultimate figure to name the largest ship ever built for the British market.

During a lavish ceremony where P&O pulled out all the stops, the red carpet was bursting with exciting entertainment including a performance from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, dancing from the Strictly Come Dancing stars and a salute from The Tigers parachute team. Hosted by Rob Byrdon, from start to finish the ceremony was a truly proud moment for all attending and watching worldwide.

After a inspirational speech from David Dingle, Chief Executive Officer of P&O Cruises, Her Majesty took to the podium with Captain of Britannia, Paul Brown. Following her official blessing of the ship, she pressed the all important button that released the bottle to smash against the hull. Followed by cheering, confetti and an instrumental version of 'Britannia', it was a moment that will be remembered forver.

After the ceremony, Her Majesty went on a guided tour of the ship where she enjoyed the numerous venues, met the crew and dined in one of the luxurious restaurants.

Other celebrities present at the ceremony includde Darcy Bussell, Tess Daley, Anneka Rice and Sally Gunnell.

Britannia will set sail on her maiden voyage later this week before spending the summer months exploring the Mediterranean and Norwegian Fjords.

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Britannia To Offer British Beers P&O Cruises have revealed Britannia will offer the largest selection of British beers at sea.

Brodie's Great British Beer Menu on the line's new ship Britannia is set to feature over 70 different bottled beers, ales and ciders from 56 UK countries. Included on the menu will be exclusive ales, gluten-free beer, unique stouts and specialty beers including Chocolate Tom from Robinson's Brewery in Cheshire, Orange Peel from the Wadsworth Brewery in Wilsthire and Ginger Hale from Bath Ales in Somerset.

Experts from P&O Cruises have spent months finding the beers from all over the UK and have visited thousands of brewers from smaller, local ones to large, well-known ones. Some of the brewers visited included Windsor & Eton Brewery in Berkshire, Whitewater Brewery in Belfast and Hall & Woodhouse in Dorset.

The beers can be found in Brodie's which will have a classical pub decor and offer the perfect place to meet with friends and relax over a glass of beer. Named after one of the founders of P&O Cruises Brodie McGhie Wilcox, it will also be a venue to find live music, karaoke and quizzes.

Christopher Edgington, Marketing Director for P&O Cruises said "The UK boasts more breweries per head of population than any other country in the world with the industry growing at over 10% each year. This new beer menu celebrates the growing popularity of traditionally made British beers and ciders and reflects our aim of showcasing the very best that Britain has to offer."

Britannia is the biggest ship ever built for the British cruise market and will debut in March 2015. Sailing from Southampton on a range of Mediterranean itineraries, you can see our Britannia Cruise Deals here.

by Sally Grimes

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Aurora To Undergo 26 Million Refit P&O Cruises have revealed popular ship Aurora will undergo a £26 million makeover and be the first ship to get the new livery.

Launched in 2000 she is one of the smaller P&O Cruises fleet and carries around 2000 guests. Her scheduled refurbishment is set to coincide with the introduction of the new union flag and blue funnels design that will eventually roll out across the fleet.

During her refurbishment she will gain new restaurants such as Sindhu and The Glass House. Both restaurants have proven to be extremely popular on Azura and Ventura.

Other new features will include a new Costa Coffee, upgraded casino, the introduction of Freedom Dining and improvements to the Oasis Spa.

Christopher Edgington, Marketing Director of P&O Cruises said "It's all part of our ongoing commitment to ensure continuous improvement of our ships and consistency across the fleet. As the very first ship to display our new livery, we have big plans to welcome Aurora back in Southampton."

Starting on November 29th '14 in Hamburg, her refit is scheduled to be complete on December 18th '14 ahead of her 14-night Christmas and New Year cruise.

By Sally Grimes

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