P&O Cruises can trace its roots back over 175 years to the formation of the Peninsular Steam Navigation company in 1837.
Founded in Southampton, it began taking British passengers to foreign destinations in the 1840s. Today, the company prides itself on its long history and British heritage, providing excellent customer service with traditional cruising.
P&O has a fleet of eight ships offering holidays tailored to British tastes combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail, ensuring passengers have the holiday of a lifetime, every time.
1 – Enjoy the holiday of a lifetime
P&O Cruises want to give you a holiday to remember, filled with special occasions and memorable moments. From the friendly greeting you receive as you step onboard, to Black Tie nights where the entire ship dresses to the nines, or from a lazy afternoon of pampering in The Retreat, to a romantic dinner for two at a Marco Pierre White restaurant, everything about your P&O Cruises holiday will make you feel special. And when your cabin steward knows your name, and your bar steward remembers your favourite drink, that’s simply how a P&O Cruises holiday should be.
2 – Cruising tailored to British tastes
Explore exciting destinations all around the world, with the comforts of being at home. Today’s cosmopolitan British tastes are well catered for, with different style restaurants, including Michelin-starred chef, Atul Kochhar’s fine dining Indian restaurant, and restaurants by Marco Pierre White. Onboard there are sophisticated bars with specially selected wines by TV’s Olly Smith; West End style shows and comedians you can really have a laugh with.
3 – Relax with the cruise experts
No one else knows the globe like P&O Cruises, so they can seek out the best the world can offer you. You’ll celebrate being on holiday on one of their magnificent ships – with deck parties under the stars and sailaway parties from our fascinating ports of call. Their Captains and officers will enjoy meeting you around the ship, and explain what’s happening behind the scenes, in their own nautical way – you’ll be an expert mariner before you know it!
4 - The ship that’s right for you
P&O Cruises offers a selection of Adult Only and Family Friendly ships. If you’re looking for a relaxing time with like-minded people, where you can enjoy fine dining and sophisticated bar, you should consider Arcadia, Oriana or Adonia.
Travelling with your family? Their family-friendly ship feature free age-specific children’s club, night nurseries and family oriented shore excursions, as well as areas just for the grown ups. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, have a look at Aurora, Azura, Britannia, Oceana, and Ventura.
Largest ever cruise ship for the UK Market
Everything P&O does was thought of with British tastes in mind. Each of their ships was designed as a home away from home, featuring all that you’d expect from a cruise ship, whilst offering everything the UK market cherishes.
5 Celebrity Chefs
Not only do P&O Cruises passengers get a wide choice of dining option when onboard, they can also taste some great food made by some of today’s greatest chefs. From Marco Pierre, the youngest Briton to be awarded three Michelin stars, to Atul Kochhar, offering modern Indian cuisine with a British twist, and Eric Lanlard’s delicious French-style patisseries. Passengers will also get to partake in wonderful wine-tasting experiences with Olly Smith, and learn from James Martin and the other Food Heroes during cookery classes.