Why You Should Take a Cruise on… P&O Cruises


Whether you are planning a relaxing cruise holiday alone, searching for the perfect romantic getaway, or taking your whole family on a holiday to remember, choosing the right cruise line can make or break your holiday. From features to destinations, our handy guides give you an overview of what is special about each cruise line so you can choose the one that suits you.

Today, we’re detailing the features found on P&O Cruises and explaining why should holiday with this historic cruise line.

The P&O Experience

Dating back to the golden age of sea travel, P&O Cruises are a classic name when it comes to world-class cruise holidays. Their exceptional service and ability to provide a home away from home while you’re discovering the world bring guests back to their cruise ships year after year. Their ships are loved for providing a thoroughly British experience, from the use of sterling on board to the classic afternoon teas and British-chef-led cooking demonstrations. With cruises designed specifically for adults, to fun-filled holidays with the whole family in mind, you can be sure of top quality service and a reliably good time with P&O Cruises.

A Ship to Suit You

Rather than several classes of ship, P&O Cruises offer a fleet where each ship has its own individual personality. This allows you to choose between ships that are really different, to find one that will suit you and your family. Three of P&O Cruises’ ships offer adult-only cruising, or you can pick between five family-friendly ships.

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Adult Only

Adonia – Adonia is the smallest of P&O Cruises’ fleet, offering an intimate adult-only cruising experience for just over 700 guests. Its smaller size means this ship is perfect for exploration, visiting ports that can’t be accessed on larger ships. If you want a holiday filled with discovery and new friends, this is the ship for you.

Oriana – Mid-sized and elegant, the Oriana is perfect for longer cruises. It has a very classical feel, harking back to the luxurious golden age of sea travel. With a teak promenade and wood-panelled library, this is the perfect ship for someone looking for a stylish and traditional cruise experience.

Arcadia – The Arcadia is the largest of the adult-only cruise ships, catering for over 2,000 guests. With a focus on sophistication and a relaxed atmosphere, the Arcadia is perfect for anyone looking for a leisurely cruise holiday that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. From the expansive art collection to the amazing spa facilities, this ship is designed for stylish cruising.


Britannia – Designed exclusively for the British market, the Britannia celebrates everything that makes P&O Cruises great, with the perfect balance of nostalgia and innovation. Providing glamour and excitement, this ship is equally suited to families looking to spend quality time together and the discerning solo traveller who wants all the luxury of a classic cruise experience.

 Azura – With space for over 3,000 passengers, the second largest ship in P&O Cruises’ fleet is designed with the whole family in mind. Featuring unique attractions such as the open-air ‘SeaScreen’ cinema and the New York-inspired show lounge, the Azura is perfect for those looking for a cruise with real glamour.

Aurora – Mid-sized and family friendly, the Aurora is perfect for those big, exciting holidays to a new country or a favourite destination. If you want a home away from home that will suit grandma and the kids alike, this is the ship for you.

Oceana – Welcoming and informal, the Oceana is renowned for being a highly sociable ship where families and individuals alike make friends for life. With everything from a luxurious Champagne bar to shore excursions designed with families in mind, there’s something for everyone on this beautiful cruise ship.

Ventura – Large and family friendly, the Ventura has a more relaxed style than some of the other P&O Cruises ships. With no formal jacket evenings and a 24-hour buffet, you are free to do things your way. Amazing spa facilities and unbeatable kids’ clubs mean that everyone gets the chance to relax on a Ventura cruise.

Whether you want a short European city break or a 100-night world cruise, one of P&O Cruises’ amazing ships is perfectly designed to take you there.

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A Little Taste of Home

P&O Cruises are superb at all things British, and this can be felt in their dining offerings as much as their Union Jack liveried ships. Many of their restaurants showcase British celebrity chefs, who have designed beautiful menus that will give you a taste of home as you travel. For those whose tastes run a little more exotic, many of the speciality restaurants give you a tantalising taste of the region, from Asian-fusion to first rate Indian cuisine.

Fun for All the Family

P&O Cruises provides proper, old-fashioned style and elegance, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t heaps of fun for the family. From exciting dance classes to luxurious spas, you’ll never have a dull moment during your time on board. The Azura even has an outdoor cinema, so you can watch all your favourite movies under the stars. Dance tournaments judged by Strictly Come Dancing guests can be found on many of the ships, and cookery demonstrations by British national treasures such as Mary Berry are available on special sailings. What’s more, age-appropriate kids’ clubs mean you’ll never have to endure complaints of boredom. With P&O Cruises, there’s no chance of anyone being bored.

If you think P&O Cruises sounds like the perfect cruise line for you, why not book a holiday on one of their exciting itineraries today? Cruise1st UK have a range of amazing deals you can browse online, or talk to our friendly sales team about on 0808 2746 777.


Why You Should Take a Cruise on… P&O Cruises
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Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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