P&O Cruise

As the leading British cruise line P&O Cruises are very popular and have a huge following in the UK. The addition of Azura in 2010 and the newly launched Adonia in May 2011 means they now have a fleet of seven ships sailing from their home port of Southampton.

P&O Cruises are catered to suit people of all ages. Aurora, Azura, Oceana and Ventura are all family-friendly so are perfect for those travelling with young children and teenagers. Arcadia and Adonia are exclusively just for adults and are very popular with groups, friends and couples looking for a more traditional style of cruising. Oriana is currently also a family-friendly ship but in November she will join Arcadia and Adonia to become an adults-only ship, with inside cabins for single travellers as well as new restaurants and bars.

Food & Drink

The range of dining facilities on board P&O are superb, with a wide variety of different options including speciality restaurants from top culinary masters Gary Rhodes, Atul Kocchur and Marco Pierre White. Fixed-time silver-service dining is available across all of the ships, with Azura, Oceana and Ventura also offering freedom dining which is great for families as it's more flexible and has no set times. There are also self-service buffets, cafes, and al fresco grills and bistros, as well as 24-hour room service so there is sure to be something to suit every taste at any time of the day.


Entertainment really ranges across the fleet from traditional deck games and ballroom dancing to circus schools and modern nightclubs. Day time activities include pub quizzes, sports tournaments, port talks, fitness classes or simply lazing by the pool with a decent book. The ships are all equipped with a gym and spa so you can keep fit and relax whilst you are away. The evening is when the ships really come to life with theatre productions and musicals, dancing, live music, cinema, comedy, and nightclubs so there's never a dull moment. One of the highlights for many people are the formal nights that are held during the cruise, with a typical 7 night sailing having 1 or 2 throughout. It's a great opportunity to get dressed up and there are often special menus in the restaurants on these nights. It's not for everyone though, so if you prefer to keep it casual there will be a couple of restaurants and bars available on these nights that don't have the formal dress code.


For passengers travelling with children and teenagers, there is a whole host of things to do to keep them entertained. The Reef is the dedicated children's area and is split in to various age groups from 2 - 17 years old. Youngsters can enjoy the soft play pits, treasure hunts, face painting, drawing and fancy dress parties, whilst older children and teens have various games consoles, sports tournament, movie nights and discos to keep them thoroughly entertained. In the evening, The Reef is open until 10.30pm, with the exception of the teen areas which stay open until midnight. Children aged 6 months to 5 years can join the Night Nursery which is open from 6pm until 2am and during school holidays there is also Slumber Time until midnight for children aged 5 - 8. In addition to this, there is an in-cabin listening service where parents can dial their cabin from any phone on the ship to check on their child.


Throughout the spring and summer, the ships sail regularly from Southampton to exciting destinations throughout Europe and the Mediterranean including the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic's, Greece and Turkey. During the autumn and winter months, most of the ships relocate to warmer climes like the Canary Islands, Egypt, and the Holy Land as well as the Caribbean islands, where the 14 night fly/cruises are always a popular choice on Azura and Ventura. Arcadia, Oriana, Aurora, and Adonia will sail round the world voyages in the New Year, taking in lots of exotic destinations in South America, Australasia, the Far East and Africa with durations ranging from 17 night sectors to full 107 night voyages.

P&O Cruises Ships

710 passengers, 385 crew
P&O Cruises Adonia As the newest member of the P&O fleet, Adonia is small enough to take you to some unique and exciting destinations. Exclusively for adults, Adonia exudes the sort of charm and sophistication that can only be found on a smaller ship. The opportunities to meet new people and experience new things are endless.
2,016 passengers, 880 crew
P&O Cruises Arcadia Arcadia is exclusively for adults and is sure to impress with elegant surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere. The wide decks and well proportioned restaurants, bars and lounges show off the ship's spacious design. Unique features include glass-fronted lifts and a stunning atrium, which add to the sense of grandeur.
1,874 passengers, 850 crew
P&O Cruises Aurora Aurora is always a popular choice with P&O passengers, and with its classic design and chic decor it's easy to see why. As a family-friendly ship there are great facilities for children of all ages, and there is plenty to keep adults entertained too with numerous bars and lounges, plus a fantastic range of fine dining restaurants.
3,100 passengers, 1,226 crew
P&O Cruises Azura As one of the largest ships in the P&O fleet, Azura has a huge choice of bars and restaurants, as well as excellent entertainment facilities. There are also many new and exciting features that are unique to Azura, such as an al fresco spa terrace and giant outdoor movie screen. With so much to see and do, there is sure to be something to keep the whole family entertained.
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3,647 passengers, 1,350 crew
P&O Cruises Britannia Britannia will replace her sisters Azura and Ventura as the largest ship in the P&O fleet when she debuts in Spring 2015. Designed exclusively with British holidaymakers in mind, Britannia will combine popular classic features already found within the fleet with brand new concepts and innovations.
2,016 passengers, 870 crew
P&O Cruises Oceana Oceana has something to offer everyone and the friendly, informal atmosphere is evident from the moment you walk through the impressive atrium. Lively bars and elegant lounges mix perfectly with wide sun decks and the tranquil spa. There is also a great choice of restaurants, all offering a variety of tempting dishes.
1,880 passengers, 789 crew
P&O Cruises Oriana Oriana has the comfort and classic lines of a traditional ocean liner with the features and style of a modern day ship. Highlighting the ship's British influences and taste are unique features including the cricket-themed Lord's Tavern sports bar and speciality restaurant The Ocean Grill, which was designed by British chef Marco Pierre White.
3,078 passengers, 1,226 crew
P&O Cruises Ventura Ventura is one of the most innovative and contemporary ships in the P&O fleet. Overflowing with superb facilities and stylish features, Ventura is a popular choice for couples, families and friends alike. Signature features include an Asian-fusion restaurant and an outdoor circus school, as well as a wide variety of cosmopolitan bars, lounges and restaurants.


P&O have a huge range of restaurants on board, with over 50 to choose from across the fleet. There's loads of choice with everything from casual buffet, formal waiter service, poolside grills, and gourmet dining from celebrity chefs Marco Pierre White, Gary Rhodes and Atul Kochhar. Although dining during the day is generally very casual, there are two main options in the evening time, dependent on which ship you are sailing on.

Main Dining (Fixed Seat Dining)

Available on all ships, this option means you will dine in the main restaurant at a set time each night. At the time of booking you will be asked whether you would like the first (early) sitting at 6.30pm or the second (late) sitting at 8.30pm, as well as a preferred table size of 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10. The same table is then reserved for you throughout the cruise and you'll also have the same people sat with you.

Freedom Dining

Available on Azura, Oceana and Ventura only, Freedom Dining means you will still dine in the main restaurant but there are no fixed dining times so you have a lot more flexibility. At the time of booking you just need to choose the Freedom Dining option and then once on board simply turn up at the selected restaurant any time between 6pm and 9.30pm where you'll be seated. You can also choose who you sit with, so if you don't fancy dining with people you don't know or you're travelling with a group then you can ask for a table together.

Restaurant Menu Samples

To see a sample menu for a selection of meals in the Main Dining and Freedom Dining restaurants, just click on the choice of links below:

A typical breakfast menu.

A Dinner menu on a typical 7 night cruise.

A Dinner menu on a typical 14 night cruise.

A Gala Dinner or Formal Night menu.

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