P&O Cruises are the best known brand in the UK and also the biggest cruise line with around 25% of the market. They have a proud shipping heritage going back to 1854 when they were establised as the Penisular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company.
Today P&O have a fleet of seven ships from the famous Oriana to the recently launched Britannia. Each ship is a different size and will try and cater for different types of customers and tastes. For example you will find ships for families and for adults-only. In 2020, P&O Cruises will take delivery of their biggest ever ship carrying 5,200 passengers.
In more recent years, P&O Cruises have promoted and established a reputation for fine food at sea - teaming up with a number of celebrity chefs and adding more specialist restaurants onboard.
On board every cruise ship you'll enjoy the same P&O Cruises experience; from exceptional service and attention to detail, to delicious cuisine and outstanding entertainment. But what you'll also find is that each cruise ship has a number of unique features and facilities.
Exclusively for adults, Arcadia offers a relaxed pace, stylish surroundings and more than a hint of extravagance to P&O Cruises. Arcadia’s signature features such as her exterior glass-fronted lifts and expansive art collection, featuring no less than 3,000 works of art, create a sophisticated air. Foodies will be in their element on this ship, for our Arcadia cruise ship features Marco Pierre White’s Ocean Grill restaurant and Atul Kochhar's East restaurant. Arcadia has many a place to happily while away an hour or two; Caffè Vivo, The Piano Bar and The Rising Sun pub to name but a few. There are plenty of ways to keep active too, but the ultimate route to feeling great has to lie with a visit to Arcadia’s wonderful spa which includes a large hydrotherapy pool and a thermal suite complete with fragrant aromatic showers. By evening, you’ll find spellbinding shows in The Palladium theatre, a lively casino, and The Globe, offering anything from comedy to live music.
Aurora is a mid-sized cruise ship, instantly recognisable thanks to her elegant tiered stern. Like Oriana, Aurora is designed as a classic ocean going vessel and is therefore ideally suited to world cruising. At her heart is a Lalique-inspired waterfall which forms the centrepiece of her atrium – one of her signature features. When it comes to bars she offers a variety to suit every mood including her Crow’s Nest bar, which offers a great view of every port along the way (and the oceans in between), Champions sports bar and adjacent casino, and Anderson’s with its rather sophisticated wood panelled walls. Entertainment wise there’s the Playhouse cinema which shows recently released films, a show lounge and theatre. Her dining options include her two main restaurants, as well as a bistro by Marco Pierre White and an al fresco grill restaurant. P&O Cruises Aurora is designed for walking or jogging with the opportunity to do just that around her circumference thanks to the broad teak promenade deck. She also welcomes families with children’s clubs and a dedicated family pool. She even has one pool which can be covered by a sky dome.
Azura is one of the largest cruise ships in the P&O Cruises fleet. Azura offers an incredible choice of bars, restaurants, sports and spa facilities and entertainment, plus lots of other exciting and unique features. At the heart of Azura cruise ship is her atrium, a very social venue located over three magnificent decks, with a café, art gallery, bookshop, library and shopping. In the evenings you are invited to take your partner and dance the night away on a beautifully polished dance floor. The music and dance theme continues in The Playhouse theatre with West End style shows, and in Manhattan, Azura’s New York inspired show lounge. The Retreat is an alfresco spa terrace designed exclusively for adults, offering treatments under airy cabanas and beneath moonlit skies. Azura’s Spa Staterooms offer priority access to these facilities and for independent travellers, there’s perfectly proportioned single staterooms. On Lido Deck, SeaScreen is an open air cinema screening comedy classics, British film favourites and Hollywood blockbusters. Dining also takes centre stage on board. In addition to three main restaurants offering a choice of Club Dining - the same table at the same time each evening, and Freedom Dining - no fixed seating or dining times, there’s the opportunity to visit the Select Dining venues of Sindhu; the first restaurant at sea from Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar, Seventeen; where a sense of occasion is always on the menu, and The Glass House, a wine bar and restaurant created in partnership with TVs Olly Smith.
Britannia isn’t just the biggest ship ever built for the British market – she’s glamorous too combining the excitement of cruising with the sophistication of a five-star hotel. Enjoy classic European cuisine by Marco Pierre White, create your own culinary masterpieces with an all-new Cookery Club with James Martin and try our relaxed buffet dining around the clock. Whatever you fancy, Britannia serves up something for every taste. You’ll also find on board 4 pools, a Spa and Retreat, fantastic children’s clubs, theatre shows, films bars and nightclub plus much more. There really is something for everyone.
Oceana is a mid-sized cruise ship with a particularly stunning atrium that creates a real ‘wow’. Her bars, restaurants, shops and lounges have been designed to flow seamlessly through the ship and this makes for a sociable and informal atmosphere with P&O Cruises. Oceana’s bars are a feature... There is Magnums – a lively Champagne bar, Winners’ - the funky midships bar and the Yacht and Compass – a traditional English pub. Oceana also has a dedicated nightclub. For dining, Oceana offers a choice when it comes to the main restaurants of both Club (fixed dining times) and Freedom dining (no fixed dining times). She also has several other restaurants to try; a bistro by Marco Pierre White and al fresco dining on deck at the Horizon Grill for great steaks and seafood. Oceana cruise ship has broad decks with 2 sparkling pools and 6 whirlpools to enjoy during the day and even has a sports court ingeniously housed in her funnel. The gym and spa are well appointed and within easy reach. Oceana’s welcoming and informal atmosphere makes her particularly popular with families.
Exclusively for Adults! With her signature tiered stern decks, Oriana is elegant and attractive. She has been specifically designed to suit British tastes; the broad teak promenade and lido decks are great for sun bathing and watching the world go by; the card room and wood panelled library are ideal for relaxing in, as are the bars including the Lord’s Tavern sports bar and the iconic Anderson’s bar. Oriana’s signature features are a stunning atrium with a Tiffany glass ceiling, a panoramic Crow’s Nest bar and Marco Pierre White’s Ocean Grill restaurant situated in the sumptuous surroundings of the Curzon Room. In addition to Ocean Grill, Oriana boasts other fabulous restaurants, including Sorrento, an Italian restaurant, and the Mediterranean styled Al Fresco. She also has a theatre, cinema, show lounge, nightclub and casino to ensure that entertainment is always within easy reach. Of course, holidays should be relaxing and Oriana is the perfect place to relax with the beautiful Oasis Spa and salon. However, if you prefer to be a little more active whilst on holiday, you’ll find a state of the art gym, sports courts and golf nets.
Ventura is one of the largest cruise ships in the P&O Cruises fleet. Ventura is where you’ll find an incredible choice of facilities from bars, restaurants, a sports court, spa and theatre. Plus Ventura also has a number of exciting features that are exclusively hers. Ventura’s signature restaurant is The White Room by none other than Marco Pierre White himself. But there are also 11 other restaurants to tempt you including a tapas bar and restaurant, a stunning Asian restaurant and a choice of Club Dining - the same table at the same time each evening, and Freedom Dining - no fixed seating or dining times. Ventura is a highly entertaining cruise ship. A theatre with full production shows doubles as a cinema, she has two lounges for cabaret, tributes, comedy and dancing and even Metropolis, an amazing bar with a panoramic video wall brought to life by a different city skyline each evening. She also has great sports facilities, a well equipped gym and spa, a large sports court and 4 pools (one with a retractable roof). In fact, a Ventura cruise is very family-friendly. In addition to fantastic children’s clubs and a play area for under 2s, Noddy and Mr. Bump from the Mr. Men Show are regular visitors. She even has a 24 hour buffet restaurant so the only routines you need to keep are your own.