Experience the traditional British style of cruising with P&O Cruises UK
Based out of Southampton, an English city with a strong maritime heritage, P&O UK has been offering great nautical holidays to Brits and other cruise lovers around the world for many years. In fact, this is the oldest cruise line in the world, being descended from the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company founded in the early 19th century, so those who choose P&O UK cruises are in good company historically. Read more
The line doesn’t just have tradition to offer - there is also a fleet of modern and lovely ships, most family-friendly and a few adults-only, a focus on good food with several celebrity chef partnerships, and a range of great itineraries.
P&O UK fleet: The ships
There is a P&O UK ship to suit most cruising tastes! Here are the ships currently sailing:
Arcadia: After a major makeover in 2013, this elegant vessel is ready to take cruise passengers on the holiday they’ve been dreaming of - if they are over the age of 18! This adults-only mid-sized ship combines chic and classic.
Aurora: A mid-sized ship with a stylised Union Jack painted on her bow, the Aurora welcomes young cruisers and is well equipped for all ages.
Azura: Carrying more than 3,000 passengers, the Azura is one of P&O’s biggest and newest vessels, succeeded only by the Britannia. She has plenty of style and is family friendly.
Britannia: Named by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015, this is a modern and exciting ship which combines P&O’s past and present - both important concepts for the fleet. A British-designed decor and a feel of understated luxury makes it a fantastic holiday venue, for adults and children alike.
Oceana: This family-friendly ship is a stunner, starting in the impressive atrium. Although a mid-sized ship, it has four pools. Passengers enjoy the contemporary atmosphere.
Oriana: It’s adults only aboard this mid-sized ship with a very strong sense of cultural heritage. This ship inspires many loyal repeat passengers!
Ventura: This handsome vessel is a large one, with contemporary tendencies and plenty of facilities for young cruisers. No-one’s bored aboard the Ventura!
The P&O UK vibe
Although owned by Carnival Corp, an American-British company, P&O UK is based in Southampton and exudes Britishness. Some of the line’s bigger and newer ships bring some serious contemporary style and modern facilities, but all are underpinned by the amazing history and heritage of P&O.
One highlight of a P&O cruise, essential to British sensibilities, are the tea and coffee making facilities available in each cabin. The ability to have a hot drink without venturing out of your room in the morning is a great start to the day! Afternoon Tea available every day is another fun British influence. There are plenty more great touches which make P&O UK unique.
P&O UK is big on good food, and you’ll enjoy a huge variety of restaurants. The main dining rooms, buffets and other casual eateries are supplemented by specialty restaurants born of collaborations with great chefs like Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochhar. Entertainment is also plentiful with bars, shows, live music, casinos and a Strictly Come Dancing program, besides a busy schedule of activities, pools, sports courts and more. Just like Antipodean sister line P&O Cruises Australia, this is a line that offers plenty of fun!
The jewel in the P&O UK itinerary crown is their schedule of regular World Cruises which take place onboard the Arcadia, Aurora and Oriana. By booking on one of these or a sector, you can see almost any corner of the globe you should wish.
Shorter cruises also provide a big range of possibilities. Asia, South America, Australasia, and all the coastlines of Europe are reachable on P&O UK cruises, and what a way to see these amazing places!
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