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Sailing since 1837, P&O Cruises are the pinnacle of British cruising with some of the largest and most modern cruise ships in the world. After so many years of providing some of the best service at sea, it comes as no surprise that they continue to be a number one choice for both new and experienced cruisers alike. Whether you want to explore the Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords or head further afield to the Caribbean, P&O's impressive fleet of both adult-only and family-friendly cruise ships are packed with exciting entertainment and world-class cuisine, as well as offering a variety of popular themed cruises such as Strictly Come Dancing and Food Hero sailings.

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P&O Cruises are renowned for offering world class dining onboard their ships, so-much-so that all of their executive chefs have been invited to join the Chaine des Rotisseurs. The Chaine des Rotisseurs is an international respected gastronomic society that was founded in Paris in 1950 and brings together professionals, such as chefs, restaurateurs and non-professionals from across the globe.

Traditionally, the cuisine onboard has always had a British feel to it with a contemporary twist thanks to the influence of the likes of Gary Rhodes and Marco Pierre White over the years. Through these celebrity chefs, not only do the signature restaurants have a unique feel, but the whole network of restaurants onboard receive planning and input from culinary experts to create a truly refined dining experience.

The Food Courts

The Food Courts onboard P&O Cruises, often referred to as the buffet, offer a fantastic option for casual, 24 hour dining and these relaxed eateries are always popular with cruisers. The early morning is based on breakfast food, with a brunch-style menu available from late morning. There is then a late morning snack, lunch and afternoon tea and cakes. The evenings offer main courses ideal after a day of shore excursions. If you find yourself feeling peckish after the main meal, there is also a selection of snacks available throughout the night, from pizza to sandwiches.

The Main Dining Room

Dining onboard a P&O ship is made easy thanks to the options of either Club or Freedom Dining in the Main Dining Rooms. Club Dining sees you sat with the same people at a set seating time each day and is a great way to structure your time onboard and meet fellow passengers. Meanwhile, Freedom Dining allows you to turn up and be seated whenever you wish within the set serving window for the venue.

These main dining rooms offer an elegant ambiance and sociable atmosphere while you enjoy silver-service and a five course menu, the perfect opportunity to put on your best clothes and make the most of the delicious food on offer.

Select Dining

Select Dining is P&O Cruises’ specialty dining option, offering more intimate venues, a stunning variety of food and celebrity chef restaurants. Whether it's a romantic meal for two, a celebration, or just a change of scenery, these restaurants offer fantastic food. From the fine dining of The White Room and Sindhu, to the relaxed atmosphere of The Glass House or Café Bordeaux, there is something for everyone.Cafe Jardin onboard Oceana, Cafe Bordeaux onboard Aurora and Ocean Grill onboard Arcadia are signature specialty restaurants designed by the three Michelin starred chef Marco Pierre White. Marco's ideas are ingrained in the menu and concepts behind the restaurants, creating a truly unique cruise dining experience.

In addition, The Glass House is based on a London wine bar that can be found onboard Aurora, Azura, and Britannia, where all the wines are selected by British wine expert Olly Smith. The Glass house also offers a light menu, which has been picked to go hand-in-hand with the wines on offer.

In keeping with P&O's commitment to all things British, guests with a sweet tooth will appreciate another taste of home in the form of Jude's Ice Cream. All ships stock a range of flavours of the award-winning, Hampshire-born ice cream, with the family-friendly ships offering an especially extensive list of choices.

However, it must be noted that many of the select dining restaurants do carry an additional cover change.

Drinks Packages

When it comes to washing down your meals, there’s a drinks package option for every age and taste. Available on any P&O cruise of 5 nights and more, these P&O drinks packages are simply unbeatable choices at an unbeatable price!

  • Ultimate drinks package (£39.95pp each day): Almost every drink served onboard from cocktails and beers to coffees, teas and fizzy soft drinks.
  • Hot drinks package (£10.95pp each day): Costa coffees, Teapigs’ branded teas and luxury hot chocolates.
  • Non-alcoholic drinks package (£19.95pp each day): A sweet mocktail, Costa coffee or soft drinks.
  • Children’s drinks package (£7.95pp each day): Kids’ favourite soft drinks. Available to 17-year-olds and under, this package is free for any child sharing a cabin with 2 adults who have purchased the Ultimate drinks package.

Food Theme Cruises and Excursions

  • Cruises with Olly Smith-Olly believes that there is a wine out there to suit every palate and every pocket. He frequently appears as a wine expert on Saturday Kitchen and makes guest appearances on ITV’s This Morning. Join Olly for a spot of wine tasting, sampling a selection of wines chosen especially. If you’ve always wondered what wine could perfectly pair with one of your specialty dishes, now is the time to ask.
  • Cruises with Eric Lanlard- labelled the best pâtissier in the world by Vanity Fair Magazine, Eric has earned a reputation for his exquisite baked delights and if you’ve ever visited The Market Café onboard Britannia, we’re sure you’ll understand why. On Eric’s Food Heroes Cruises, you can embark on a foodie adventure excursion with him, sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.
  • Cruises with Marco Pierre White- Marco Pierre White was the youngest person to have been awarded three Michelin stars and has trained many well-known chefs such as the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Curtis Stone. You can learn from Marco in a hands-on cookery class or as part of a master class, where he will demonstrate his tricks of the trade. Dubbed the ''Godfather of British cuisine'', this really is a special opportunity.

All of P&O’s ships come to life once nightfalls and with entertainment ranging from hit movies at the cinema to live performances at the theatre and lively events at the bars onboard, no night has to be the same.

Live performances can be found around every corner on a P&O Cruise. With exciting venues such as the Headliners Theatre and its LED backdrop, to the more intimate Starlights lounge, guests can expect broadway-style shows, live music, dancing and even acrobatics, every night of their cruise.

For those who like to sit back with a drink in hand, there are a whole host of bars to choose from such as Brodie’s, an English-style pub, to the sophisticated cocktail and champagne offerings of Blue Bar. Complemented by live piano music and other performances, as well as the opportunity to dance, an evening in a bar can be as laid-back or lively as you want.

When it comes to having a calmer night onboard, there is also the opportunity for guests to enjoy a film. The SeaScreen open air cinema lets guests enjoy the big screen under the starry night sky, while Chaplin’s cinema has 200 comfortable seats for you to settle into and get lost in a film.

P&O Cruises are Britain's favourite cruise line and their family-friendly ships offer fantastic family cruises from the UK. From family friendly cabins, fantastic entertainment and sumptuous cuisine to their kids club, The Reef, they offer a superb family holiday with something for everyone. In addition, P&O Cruises offer many itineraries which coincide with the school holidays.

The Reef

Open from approximately 9am through to 11pm, The Reef is P&O Cruises' exciting complimentary onboard programme for 2 - 17 year olds. Hosted by The Reef Rangers, each of the qualified Youth Team is carefully selected, after having an enhanced DBS check, for their extensive experience planning and facilitating activities. If your child has a birthday onboard, make sure to let the team at The Reef know, so that they can help you celebrate the special day.

  • Splashers (2 - 4 years) - this is a great place for the youngest of the kids club members to meet and play with children their own age under the supervision of the Reef Rangers. They will sing, dance, play with stickle bricks, enter colouring competitions and win prizes. There are puppet shows, parties and even snack time, so parents can be sure that they are well looked after!
  • Surfers (5 - 8 years)- Surfers offer fun filled days with activities aimed to keep this age group entertained all day long. From face painting to three legged races, there is even Cookery Corner where kids can invent their own chocolate bars with all kinds of weird and wonderful ingredients!
  • Scubas (9 - 12 years)- starting a little later in the day, Scubas can have an action packed day with activities such as Giant Jenga to Playstations®. There are drama workshops, pool parties, table tennis competitions and karaoke sessions to keep the kids busy from morning to evening.
  • H2O (13 - 17 years)- H2O is P&O Cruises' teen club, where they can enjoy great facilities including Playstations®, as well as the chance to form their own band in rock school, enjoy a table football competition, take advantage of the free arcade hour or even party away in the afterhours Teen Disco.

Night nursery and group babysitting is also available free of charge, with more information available onboard.

P&O Oasis Teen Spa

Teens can enjoy various treatments and facilities at the Oasis Teen Spa. Found aboard all family-friendly ships, the spa has been designed with the needs of teenagers in mind. They can alleviate some exam stress with a soothing back massage, or tackle oily skin with a refreshing and cleansing facial. Boot-camp style fitness classes and skilled, reliable hair stylists are also available.

Family Dining

Normally children will join their parents for breakfast and lunch, but since you may occasionally want to dine on your own, P&O Cruises family cruise holidays lay on a special children’s tea every night featuring all the food that children will enjoy- from sausages, fish fingers and pizza to a great selection of healthy options, such as salads, soups, fruit, vegetables and pasta. For babies, P&O Cruises can puree or mash adult food from the main restaurant or alternatively you can request baby food in advance.

Family Staterooms

Family-friendly staterooms are difficult to work out on most cruise lines, but with P&O Cruises you have plenty of choice, from luxury to value options. As with most cruise lines there is great value to be had in the three and four berth inside and outside staterooms, though these do consist of pull down beds, meaning a twin bed option is available, but a king size bed is not. For the balcony staterooms the layout is a little different from ship to ship. Interconnecting cabins are usually available for most stateroom grades, though the availability can be limited.

All children between the ages of 2 -12 will receive a helium balloon, bag of jelly beans and special bedding upon arrival.

Safety and Special Arrangements

Each of the kids clubs have secure systems which only allow authorised entry by shipboard ID. Any children under 12 years must be signed in and out of the club and will be required to wear a safety wristband to ensure they can be correctly identified and returned to parents.

P&O Cruises are able to provide the following equipment, subject to availability: sterilisers, cots, baby bath, bed rails, baby food, nappy disposal units and high chairs. You may be able to request these via the Accommodation Services onboard, however it is advised that you call the Customer Contact Centre ahead to make your request: 0843 374 0111.

Offering cruises from Southampton throughout the year, you can discover the world without any flying or choose to catch your ship to an array of exotic destinations. Experts in Mediterranean cruises and Europe cruises, you can sail to the likes of Spain, Portugal, Norwegian Fjords and the Baltic. For the Caribbean, North America, Alaska cruises and other tropical fly cruises, flights can be arranged from most UK airports.

P&O are dedicated to making sure that the onboard experience is just as memorable as the itinerary of each ship. From relaxing days of pampering to splashing in one of the pools, there’s something to suit all guests and ensure that they make the most of their cruise at their own pace.

  • Spa and Fitness Centre- each ship boasts a luxurious spa and modern fitness centre, meaning that guests can get as active as they like or be as pampered as they fancy.
  • Art gallery- for those art lovers wishing to enrich their cruise ship experience a little, look no further than Whitewall Galleries and their range of works by contemporary and 20th Century artists.
  • Cafés- during the day, guests can enjoy a leisurely hot drink in one of the speciality cafés across the ships,. such as Tiffany’s and Java.
  • Shopping- make the most of the duty free prices by heading to the onboard boutiques where you can pick up everything from everyday essentials to holiday treats and gifts for your loved ones back home.
  • The Photo Gallery- if you want to make sure you never forget your cruise, why not enjoy the professional photoshoots available.
  • Pools- each ship has its fair share of swimming pools, meaning that guests can choose to laze around on a sun lounger and soak up the sun or dive in and splash about in the refreshing water.

As a British cruise line, you can rest assured you will have a home away from home, with all of your much loved comforts such as afternoon tea, British cuisine and popular themed entertainment. The spacious outer decks allow for hours spent soaking up the sunshine, catching the fresh sea breeze or experiencing some of the most phenomenal sunsets you will ever see, while the traditional interior spaces ensure everyone has something to enjoy. Unwind in award-winning spas, learn new skills at a cocktail making class or try your luck in the casinos- there really is something to suit all tastes.

Internet Packages

Staying connected whilst on a P&O Cruises holiday is simple with their flexible, focused and readily available satellite internet packages. Three browsing packages are available for purchase depending on your needs, from keeping touch with family and friends to browsing emails or music streaming.

Peninsular Club

In addition, P&O Cruises offer a range of benefits and exclusive discounts for their loyal returning cruise guests. You can receive all of these rewards and more when you book with Iglu Cruise. See our dedicated P&O Cruises Peninsular Club cruise rewards page for more information.

P&O Cruise Ships

P&O boasts a fleet of ships that caters to every cruise you could want. For family-friendly voyages, Britannia, Azura, Oceana and Ventura offer fun for all ages, expertly combining itineraries packed with exciting destinations and a fantastic onboard experience with all the facilities needed to keep everyone amused.

Alternatively, Arcadia and Aurora are designed exclusively for adults. Exuding refinement and luxury, these ships offer the ultimate escape for those looking for a child-free holiday.

All P&O cruise ships offer refined décor and an intimate style to enjoy relaxed days at sea and magical evenings, creating the holiday of a lifetime. With stunning atriums, enchanted venues and grand dining rooms, each one of the ships has its own character to ensure you fall in love from your first few steps onboard.

P&O No Service Charge

As of May 2019, P&O Cruises have introduced a no service charge policy, meaning that guests don’t have to worry about being surprised by the cost of additional gratuities.

P&O Brexit Promise

In addition, with P&O Cruises’ Brexit Promise, you can rest assured that your dream cruise holiday won’t suffer during this period as they pledge to remain using pounds when booking and during your time onboard. Also, with P&O and Iglu Cruise, you are ABTA and ATOL protected. For information concerning Brexit and your cruise holiday plans, please see our Brexit information page.

Customer reviews for Aurora

  • Aurora
  • P&O Cruises
  • 17 Sep 2019

Booked on 4 night trip calling at St Peter Port and Zeebrugge. Best fitted ship we have so far used although disappointed not to get table in 'Sindhu' as was fully booked pretty much before embarking - made note to book in advance next time. Still, 'Beach House' restaurant more than made up for it as did the quality of food in main and buffet restaurant. Couldn't get off at St Peter Port due to 2-3 metre swell which again disappointed but the captain turned round and went straight up to Zeebrugge so we had two days in Bruges to compensate which given my affinity with Belgian ale again more than compensated... as did the Mussels. Service on board was exemplary with one exception - on boarding the coffee and cake lounge we visited was overwhelmed resulting in a 40 minute wait for a drink. This may be as a result of several hundred passengers hitting the bars and lounges all at once. Having said that the staff were always smiling and nothing was too much trouble, a step up from our last cruise (NDL). Will definitely sail P&O again...

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  • Aurora
  • P&O Cruises
  • 08 Sep 2019

This did not meet our expectations. We found our own way into a poorly cleaned de lux balcony cabin on deck 10 and we were moved to a lesser cabin on deck with a non-view balcony! But I was assured this was still a del lux balcony cabin ... not ... Food OK, service OK but too regimented with their seating sergents! There was too much bingo and packaged entertainment, poor jokes and knees-ups for our taste, so this is our maiden P & O cruise and last. Back to the river cruises for us which are much better .

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  • Aurora
  • P&O Cruises
  • 06 Sep 2019

Fantastic time, good food, and great crew. Only complaint: passengers putting towels on sunbeds and not using them, even on shore days they put towels on and went ashore. Thanks P&O, will cruise with them again.