Established in 1837, P&O Cruises is considered Britain’s leading cruise line. P&O cruises has 214 destinations worldwide in 90 countries and it currently sails the largest fleet in Britain from its home port of Southampton. While P&O cruises caters to British cruise passengers, they offer cruises that will appeal to just about every taste and budget. You will find a wide variety of choices ranging from kid-free to family-friendly or romantic to luxury.
P&O Cruises modern fleet includes six vessels: Arcadia, Artemis, Aurora, Oceana, Oriana, and Ventura. All ships include swimming pools, bars, spas, gyms, spacious decks, and cyber rooms. Arcadia is a child-free vessel featuring a theater and programs such as Tai Chi, Indian Head Massage, interior design, and gardening. Arcadia has 976 cabins and it can accommodate 1,952-2,388 guests.
Formerly Royal Princess from P&O’s sister cruise company Royal Princess, Artemis is the smallest member of the P&O fleet, but she will take you on a variety of theme cruises, off-the-beaten path, to places like the Amazon, Libya, and Tunisia. Artemis has 594 passenger cabins with a regular passenger capacity of 1,188 (max. 1,260). Aurora is one of P&O’s elegant liners that highlights nightlife. You will find casinos, a playhouse cinema, a show lounge (cabaret) and amazing cafes and cuisine. Aurora has 939 cabins with room for 1,870 passengers.
Oceana was the first P&O ship to accommodate 2,000 passengers and she introduced several new ports of call in her maiden season including: Cristobal in Panama, Costa Maya in Mexico and Princess Cays, the private island of Princess Cruises. Oceana is a child-friendly vessel with 1,008 passenger vessels that can accommodate a regular capacity of 2,016 passengers (max. 2,272).
Oriana was designed specifically for world voyages and she was the first cruise liner custom built for the British cruise market.
Oriana is popular among passengers looking for a peaceful and quiet environment. While Oriana is child-friendly, it is more formal than Arcadia and Oceana. Entertainment includes: casinos, films, cabaret, comedy, and live music. Oriana features 914 spacious cabins and accommodates 1,822 passengers (max. 1,928).
And finally, P&O Cruises Ventura is currently being constructed and is expected to take it’s maiden voyage to the Western Caribbean on April 18, 2008. The voyage will last seven days. Ventura will have 15 passenger decks, she will showcase more than 7,000 works of contemporary art, and she will feature 881 balcony cabins. Additionally, Ventura will feature a contemporary circus school , a massive swimming pool, a giant track, a wide variety of themed activities, and a fine dining venue.
P&O Cruises offers voyages ranging from two-night weekend cruises up to full world cruises that can last anywhere from 20, 50 or 100 days or more. P&O destinations include: Africa, Asia and the Orient, the Atlantic Islands, Australia, The Baltic, the Caribbean, Central America, the Eastern Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Norway and Iceland, North America, Panama Canal, South America, the South Pacific, the Western Mediterranean, and of course, dozens of world voyages.
If you are ready to book a P&O cruise, there are several ways to go about it. You can book online at the P&O Cruises website, you can call the cruise line at 0845 3 555 333 or you can contact an ABTA travel agent. If you book your cruise online, you automatically save 5%.