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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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Dining

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.

Entertainment

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.

Family

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.

Destinations

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.

Things to do

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.

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P&O Suites

Make your cruise on one of Britain's most popular cruise lines even more memorable by upgrading your accommodation to a suite. With several different types to choose from, all with extra perks (you'll even have your own butler!) you're sure to find one that suits you:

  • Mini Suite- smaller than a regular suite, but more spacious than a stateroom, this is the ideal option for those looking to upgrade their holiday. With a sitting area, bathroom with tub and shower and balcony, there's no better place to spend your holiday downtime.
  • Suite- enjoy even more space in a P&O suite, where the luxurious décor, VIP perks and butler service will make you feel like an A lister.
  • Conservatory Mini Suite- available onboard P&O Iona, these spacious suites mean you can make the most of the sea views whatever the weather.
  • Family Suite- if you're travelling with children, P&O's family suites onboard Ventura and Azura will make life stress free. With two bedrooms, an extra bathroom and a lounge area, there's plenty of space for everyone to enjoy.

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 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.

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Flexible Terms- with P&O Cruises you can change your booking to another date as many times as you like before your balance due date.

ABTA and ATOL Cover- P&O Cruises is fully bonded with ABTA and your fly-cruise holiday is ATOL protected.

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P&O Cruises Top FAQs

  • P&O Cruises are not all-inclusive but you can purchase drinks packages and excursions, as well as other things such as spa packages or speciality dining as part of your cruise deal before boarding.

  • Included in your standard P&O Cruises fare is:

    • Meals
    • Accommodation
    • Gym
    • Entertainment
    • Children’s Clubs
    • Dance Classes
    • Pools and Relaxation
    • Sports Deck
    • Flights and Transfers On Fly Cruises
    • Shuttle Buses In Port (If Booked On Select Price)
    • No Tips Required For Holidays Departing From May 2019

  • Yes, excursions usually become available to book 12 weeks before the sailing date. Once released, you have until three days before the cruise departure date to reserve your place although it’s best to reserve as soon as possible to get your spot. You can manage your booking and personalise things such as excursions on the Iglu Portal.

  • During the day P&O Cruises have a relaxed dress code where you can wear comfy clothing. In the evenings after 6pm more formal attire is requested. Exactly what this means depends on the specific evening’s events, with each seven-night sailing having two formal nights, and 14-nighters having three or four formal evenings. For these formal nights attire such as black ties and cocktail dresses are required while, otherwise, simple evening casual is fitting - such as a smart polos or buttoned shirts, chinos, dresses and shoes.

  • Yes, P&O Cruises have a great number of options when it comes to booking easy-access cabins and taking care of your needs when onboard. Just make sure to declare your disability when enquiring so that the team can determine how best to meet your needs.

Food and Drink

  • P&O Cruises can provide kosher, halal, vegetarian, pescatarian and vegan options, although exact dishes may not be possible. Meanwhile, most intolerances and allergies are catered for such as gluten, wheat, lactose, fat, salt and sugar free.

  • No one under the age of 18 may buy or consume alcohol onboard. The only exceptions to this are that you must be at least 21 when cruising in the US, and 16-year-olds and above are allowed to have a beer, cider or wine with a meal when accompanied by an adult.

  • There are three dining options with P&O Cruises:

    • Freedom Dining- you can arrive at the dining venue and be seated any time you wish during the set dining window, and are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. This is best for those who want to go with the flow and meet new people at each meal.
    • Club Dining- you eat at a set time each dinner sitting and have your own table with the same group each time. This is best for those who like to structure their day and make good friends during their time cruising.
    • Select Dining- is a meal in one of the speciality restaurants as an alternative to the main dining venues. These usually need to be booked in advance and come with an added surcharge. Select Dining is ideal if celebrating a special occasion or wanting to try a particularly eye-catching dish.

  • Room service is available 24 hours a day with most items coming with a charge. In addition to this, you can opt to dine in your room for breakfast, lunch and dinner if staying in a suite.

  • Below are the average prices of various drink types onboard P&O ships when purchased separately. This is set to change by specific time, ship and brand.

    • Bottled water- £1.85
    • Fizzy drinks- £2
    • Beer- £4.50
    • Cocktails- £6.50
    • Wines- Glass £5, Bottle £20
    • G&T- £4.50
    • Spirits- £3.20

Families and Kids

  • Yes, there are complimentary kids’ and teens’ clubs on all P&O ships - apart from the adults only ships. For more information, see the P&O Family page. There is also a free night nursery/babysitting service for 6-months to 4-year-olds.

  • The conditions for disabled children are the same as those for adults. The exceptions being that they can be carried by their carer when embarking or disembarking via gangways or onto tenders, whereas adults with mobility issues would be unable to access.

  • Kids can use all family pools provided they are toilet trained and are under adult supervision.

  • All main dining rooms have children’s menus. Kids are also welcome to dine in the speciality restaurants, plus there is an earlier children’s tea catering to their tastes beforehand- it’s up to you!

  • Yes, but some cruise itineraries such as fly-cruises and those with over three consecutive seadays could have a minimum age of 12 months- otherwise, the minimum age is six months. If bringing your baby, appropriate food, care and facilities are provided.

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