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P & O Cruises UK

P & O Cruises is Britain’s largest cruise line with its main homeport being Southampton. The cruise liner can trace its roots back over 175 years to the formation of the Peninsular Steam Navigation company in 1837. P&O Cruises sail to over 180 different destinations in 72 different countries, more ports than any other UK cruise line. P & O Cruises offer a traditional and intimate style, offering you relaxed days at sea and enchanting evenings, where you can dress up to the nines. The cruise liner has a fleet of seven ships offering holidays tailored to British tastes. Its larger ships Azura, Ventura, Arcadia and Oceana are contemporary and innovative, with a focus on a new-to-cruising younger crowd as well as attracting seasoned cruisers. Aurora, Oriana and Adonia offer a more traditional cruise experience. Currently, Arcadia, Adonia and Oriana are exclusively for adults; the rest of the fleet welcomes families of all ages. The line will launch its new 141,000-ton, 3,611-passengerBritannia  in February 2015. Most of its cruises are about 14 nights in duration, although they do offer a few shorter duration cruises. 

P & O Cruises UK - Destinations

P & O UK cruise ships sail all over the world with itineraries ranging from just a couple of days to a full world cruise that lasts over 100! Their ships sail from Southampton, UK.

  • Africa African cruises attract the true adventurer. Whether you choose South Africa cruises, North Africa cruises or West Africa cruises, the continent’s game-rich savannahs, fine vineyards, cosmopolitan cities and architectural heritage of a great colonial past all beg to be explored.
  • Asia & the Orient Savour the intense aroma in Asia of spices that fill the warm air. Sink your toes into talcum soft sand. Immerse yourself in the electric environment of city life. 
  • Australasia Breathtaking scenery, a rich flourishing culture and sun-drenched landmarks can be found at almost every turn. Australia and NZ boasts vibrant, outdoor cities where stunning skylines of modern architecture make way for museums art galleries, shops and fine restaurants.
  • Northern Europe Gilded cities that cut majestic silhouettes across the sky. Forests that give way to cascading waterfalls. The Baltic landscape has been carved by the ocean and there really is no better way to visit this region than on a cruise.
  • Canary Islands & Iberia Cruises to the Canary Islands cover Spain & Portugal. Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers as you visit Cities like Lisbon, Vigo and Seville - all the perfect size to explore in a day. Even if you have spent time on these shores before, nothing will quite prepare you for arriving in port on your cruise ship. As you sail towards your destination, your birds eye view from high on deck truly reveals the majesty of this dramatic landscape.
  • Caribbean The Caribbean, with its sugar-soft beaches, turquoise seas and gently swaying palms, is one of the world’s best-loved holiday destinations. With so many beautiful and diverse islands, there is always somewhere or something new to explore.
  • Central America Central America and Mexico cruises promise a world of natural wonders. From white sand beaches and vibrant corals to prehistoric jungle canopy, mighty rivers and canals, mountains and caves. Its culture is just as eclectic. Ancient civilisations, contemporary cities, Spanish flair and colonial architecture – the blend is unique.
  • Mediterranean Europe The Mediterrean, literally, has it all! Combine the romance of revered cities such as Venice and Dubrovnik with the delightfully authentic charms of less-known destinations such Split in Croatia and Catania in Sicily. Along the coast of Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt, the extraordinary intrigue of this area continues to draw travellers from far and wide. The buzz of bustling Barcelona. The glamour of the Côte D’Azur. The fountains and frescos of Rome. Arts and culture. Surf and sand. Café hopping and boutique shopping.
  • Fjords & Iceland One of the most spectacular regions of the world, many argue that the only way to truly appreciate the scenery of the Norwegian Fjords is to sail through them. hese unique Fjord cruises allow you to truly appreciate the pre-historic magnitude of these ice carved inlets with their spectacular waterfalls. Cruising even further north you can experience the ‘top of the world’ with a journey beyond the Arctic Circle.
  • Indian Ocean & the Middle East Indian Ocean cruises guarantee a feast for the eyes. Whether it emanates from the rich fabrics of traditional dress, the ornately decorated temples or the natural hues of the rolling fields and Indian Ocean, India cruises visiting the Indian mainland are full of vivid colour. Middle East cruises have much to offer today’s traveller. From the extraordinary natural beauty of Oman and striking modern architecture of Dubai, to Egypt’s Valley of the Kings and Jordan’s ‘Rose-Red’ city, Petra, Middle East cruises are full of treasures.
  • South America & the Panama Canal South American cruises cater for a whole spectrum of travelling tastes. Rainforests for the naturalists, 500 year old ruins for the historians, shows for the artisans and remote vistas for the explorers. Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, see them all on one of our Brazil cruises, Peru cruises and Puerto Rico cruises. See the Panama Canal, just inches from the canal’s sides, where you can look out to the wild jungle beyond. Watch the tropical birds overhead and take in the chatter and shrieks of the rainforest’s wildlife as you make your way along this fantastic canal.
  • South Pacific On South Pacific cruises discover, far from any mainland and in the midst of the Ocean, a group of islands that offer a distinctly different experience. Here, natural beauty is found in high peaks, dramatic harbours and under azure skies. South Pacific cruises give you the opportunity to enjoy a real sense of freedom, walking barefoot on the soft white sands and through the lush rainforests of these subtropical islands.
  • USA & Canada Canadian Cruises along the country's eastern coast deliver a wealth of breathtaking destinations - from towering cliffs and long peaceful beaches, to picturesque bays and charming villages, there is no shortage of ways to discover the sights and enjoy the renowned hospitality of this area. New England is widely recognised as a beautiful and distinctly American region, and is a perfect cruise destination. There are spectacular sandy beaches, mansions, vineyards and marinas, alongside such historical sites as Boston, the birthplace of the American Revolution.
  • World Cruises Viewed as one of life's last great travel experiences, there's something undeniably majestic about setting sail on one of our around the world cruises. Imagine waking to the sun glinting off Sydney Opera House. Catching your breath as the first glimpse of Hong Kong Harbour comes into view. Taking your first steps on the Great Wall of China. Or watching shadows cast by the Golden Gate Bridge dance across the deck. Our around the world cruises are truly special moments some people only dream about, but embark on a round the world cruise, and these moments become unforgettable memories

Our Ships

With Arvia the New Excel class ship you can expect energetic adventures, interactive family entertainment, one-of-a-kind dining experiences and soothing relaxation options.


Oceana is a family-friendly, mid-sized ship which was recently refurbished in 2012. Nearly half her cabins have balconies. Oceana's atrium offers a real 'wow' as soon as you step on board, with its palm trees and glass-fronted lifts. She offers diverse and flexible dining and entertainment options plus fun facilities for children of all ages.


Oriana is an exclusively for adults, mid-sized British ship which exudes refinements and luxury. Oriana elegantly combines classic design features such as teak decks and a tiered stern with delightful Art Deco touches. 


Adonia is a smaller ship exclusively for adults, designed to offer a more intimate cruising experience. It is a pathfinder ship, offering off-the-beaten-track itineraries.


Azura is one of the largest cruise ships in the P&O Cruises fleet. It is a family friendly ship with Adults-only areas on board. Azura offers an incredible choice of bars,restaurants, sports and spa facilities and entertainment, plus lots of other exciting and unique features.


Ventura is a family-friendly, larger ship. With 12 places to eat, including 3 main restaurants, as well as a wine bar, a fine dining restaurant by Marco Pierre White, and a dedicated family restaurant where you can dine whenever you choose, day or night. The ship has expansive kids facilities and recently had a million pound makeover.