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The No-Fly 2022 Caribbean Christmas & New Year

  • 01 Dec 2022
  • 35 nights
  • Ship: Ventura
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Madeira, Portugal - Bridgetown, Barbados - Castries, St Lucia - St. George's, Grenada - Bonaire, Dutch Antilles - Willemstad, Curacao - Oranjestad, Aruba - Roseau,...

Includes: BONUS On Board Spend for ALL bookings*, No tips required on board*, Traditional british no-fly cruising, Choose From: On Board Spend* | Car Parking* | Coach Transfers*

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The 2024 No-Fly Caribbean Discovery Cruise

  • 29 Oct 2024
  • 24 nights
  • Ship: Aurora
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Madeira, Portugal - Philipsburg, St.Maarten - Guadeloupe - Kingstown, St. Vincent - Castries, St. Lucia - Bridgetown, Barbados - Ponta Delgada, Azores - Southampton

Includes: Just a Low Deposit required to book*, BONUS On Board Spend for ALL bookings*, Earn Cruise Miles® with every booking*, No tips required on board*

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The 2022 Caribbean Eastern Escape

  • 18 Nov 2022
  • 14 nights
  • Ship: Britannia
  • Fly Cruise
  • Flights Included

Itinerary: Bridgetown, Barbados - Bonaire, Dutch Antilles - Willemstad, Curacao - St. George's, Grenada - Kingstown, St. Vincent - Castries, St Lucia - St. John's, Antigua - Basseterre, St...

Includes: BONUS On Board Spend for ALL bookings*, Pound sterling on board*, Full board cruising*, No tips required on board*

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Why sail with P&O Cruises







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The History of P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises history is as steep as it is varied. Founded in 1837 (though its origins date back much further), the cruise line started off as a shipping company sailing between England and the Iberian Peninsula. 22 years after the formation of the line, P&O began offering passenger services - the first of their kind and what we know and love today as ‘cruises.’ Having recently celebrated their 175th anniversary, P&O Cruises has become Britain’s favourite cruise line thanks to their extensive range of fly and no-fly cruises.



"Just one Cornetto, give it to me."

"Just one Cornetto, give it to me."

"Annnd relax!"

"Annnd relax!"

"Ahoy there!"

"Ahoy there!"

"Splish splash, I was taking a bath."

"Splish splash, I was taking a bath."

P&O Cruises Ships

With each ship in P&O Cruises impressive fleet carrying unique qualities, it is important that you choose the right cruise for you and your companions. For those looking for a family-friendly cruise, we recommend Azura, Britannia, Iona, Ventura or Arvia (who will be joining the fleet in December 2022 as Iona’s sister ship). Perhaps you’d prefer a child-free cruise? Arcadia and Aurora are exclusively for adults, offering plenty of opportunities for tranquil moments.

On Board Experience


While enjoying a P&O cruise, you’ll find a refined and sophisticated décor that creates a cosy and comfortable atmosphere. During the day, if you’re not exploring the many exciting destinations on offer, you could pamper yourself at the spa, cool down in the pool or take a swing at one of the golf nets. If you’re looking for something to get your pulse racing, head to the fitness centre to join a Pilates class. There is so much on offer on a P&O cruise, the various ports of call will inevitably have to compete for your time and affection.

An evening on board a P&O cruise is a highlight in itself, with a diverse range of bars and lounges available. Black tie evenings are not to be missed, with guests encouraged to wear their most elegant attire - though this is not compulsory and you are welcome to adopt a more casual approach by dining at the buffet.

Entertainment goes above and beyond expectations, with incredible performances including West End and Broadway musical hits, dance troupes, cabaret acts and much more. P&O Cruises are renowned for their themed cruises including the much loved Strictly Come Dancing themed cruise which features special appearances from dancers and judges from the hit BBC show.


An array of tempting dishes are available on every P&O cruise, with menus created by celebrity chefs and sommeliers including Eric Lanlard, Olly Smith and Marco Pierre White - also known as P&O Cruises ‘Food Heroes.’ On specially selected cruises, P&O Cruises ‘Food Heroes’ sail with guests and offer cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, booking signings and Q&A sessions.

On Arcadia, for example, you can look forward to indulging at Marco Pierre White’s Ocean Grill restaurant or spending an elegant evening at The Rising Sun pub or Piano Bar. No matter your preference, while cruising with P&O Cruises there’s a superb dining option for you. Those lucky enough to sail aboard Ventura can look forward to an evening of exotic live music at the lavish Tamarind Club or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try out some salsa moves after a few mojitos at Ventura’s Cuban-themed Havana nightclub.


On a P&O cruise, you’ll have the world at your fingertips with fascinating worldwide itineraries including the Mediterranean, Europe, Canary Islands and the Caribbean. Each itinerary has been carefully planned with more overnight stays in favoured ports. Selected itineraries also include some of the world’s most exhilarating events such as festivals, concerts and sports events.

With so much to see and do, P&O Cruises have a team of experts that have created a number of fascinating shore excursions that are perfectly designed for all ages, interests and abilities. For those preferring to explore alone, shuttle buses are available in selected destinations.

The P&O Cruises Brexit Promise

P&O Cruises know that many of you will be wondering how Brexit will affect your European holiday plans. To keep you up to date with ABTA’s latest advice and the latest government guidelines, P&O Cruises are available to answer your key questions.

P&O Cruises FAQs

Do P&O Cruises offer a Flexible Cancellation Policy?

Yes, P&O Cruises have a Flexible Cancellation Policy in place. P&O Cruises current policy enables guests to transfer outside of balance due to any cruise at any price. For guests who booked prior to the 3rd August, P&O Cruises new policy will permit one further transfer outside of balance due, travelling within 12 months and must be to the same value of higher. For guests who book on or after the 3rd August, only those on Select price are applicable to one further transfer. Those on early and late savers are not eligible for these changes.

If you, or a member of your household test positive for COVID-19 14 days prior to travel or are not permitted to travel following the completion of the Health Declaration questionnaire, you will be denied boarding. In the event of these circumstances, P&O Cruises will provide a future cruise credit (FCC) of the full cruise fare. The future cruise credit can be used towards a future P&O Cruises voyage. If travelling as part of a linked group booking, friends and family will also have the option to opt for the FCC.

Please note, FCC is non-refundable and is not ABTA or ATOL protected until the new booking is made.

Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard a P&O cruise ship?

All guests aged 16 years and over need to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. If more than 270 days (calculated from the last day of the cruise) have passed since the full completion of a vaccination course, a booster vaccine will also be needed and must be administered a minimum of seven days prior to travel.

At this time, a second booster vaccination is not required, however, P&O Cruises strongly recommend all guests to have booster vaccinations at the earliest opportunity, should they be available to them, in order to comply with evolving vaccine policies from the countries visited.

All guests aged 12 to 15 years need to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. A booster vaccine is not required.

Guests aged five to 11 years need to be fully vaccinated* with an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel (a booster vaccine is not required) or must provide two negative COVID‑19 test results prior to sailing.

Guests under five years of age are exempt from pre-travel vaccination and testing.

Can I go ashore independently?

From 25th September 2021, guests will be able to go ashore independently but must adhere to the specific COVID-19 protocols in each destination. However, as restrictions in each destination are changeable, and some destinations may only allow cruise line organised experiences ashore, we highly recommend you purchase P&O Cruises shore experiences prior to travel to ensure you always have the option to explore each destination.

What are the dining options available on board?

All P&O Cruises sailings are full board and include breakfast, lunch, dinner, poolside grills, deck barbecues, 24-hour buffets and snacks. Room service and afternoon tea are also included.

Every evening, a place in the Main Dining Room will be set for you and when booking (depending on your ship and fare), you can choose to dine at a set time or one that will fit around your day to day plans. P&O have a few options for you to choose from; Club Dining, Freedom Dining and Select Dining. Club Dining is a fixed seating plan with two sittings, the first is at 6.30 pm and the second is at 8.30 pm. A table will be reserved for you at the same time each evening and you’ll dine with the same guests and be served by the same waiters for the duration of your cruise. Freedom Dining is available on Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, Britannia, Iona and Ventura. This option allows you to dine flexibly between 6.00 pm and 9.30 pm. If a table isn’t available, you will be given a pager to advise you when one becomes free. Select Dining allows you to dine in a speciality restaurant for a small charge. Enjoy restaurants by Michelin-starred chefs such as Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochar.

There is also a range of 24-hour dining options including buffet food courts, pizzerias and daytime grills. In all instances, the cost of your meal is included in your fare. You can also take advantage of 24-hour room service for a small charge.

Do P&O Cruises cater to allergies, intolerances or specific diets?

All ships in the P&O Cruises fleet cater to the following diets; vegetarian, pescetarian fish, low/no fat, low/no salt, lactose intolerant/dairy free, gluten/wheat free/coeliac, low cholesterol, diabetic, kosher and vegan. Should you require any of these diets or if you have any food allergies/intolerances, please call us before sailing so we can notify the relevant people at P&O Cruises.

Are drinks packages available?

Yes, P&O Cruises offer four drinks packages to help you tailor your cruise to your needs. The options include; The Ultimate Drinks Package, The Non-Alcoholic Drinks Package, The Hot Drinks Package and The Children’s Drinks Package. Each package is available on cruises of five nights or more and you can use your package in all the restaurants, bars and cafés on board. For a guide to P&O Cruises drinks packages, click here.

Is there a dress code on board?

Yes, there is a dress code on board but it only applies in the evening. During the day you can wear whatever you like. There are two dress codes: Evening Casual and Black Tie. Evening Casual is stylish resort or leisurewear. For example, casual separates or dresses for ladies and open-neck polo shirts and casual long trousers (not shorts or ¾ length trousers) for men. A jacket and smart trousers can be worn but are not compulsory. T-shirts are also acceptable but should not have any offensive symbols or language on them. Smart dark denim is also fine but not trainers, football shirts or tracksuits. Black Tie is glamorous evening wear such as cocktail dresses, ball gowns or even smart trouser suits for ladies and dinner jackets or tuxedos for men (dark lounge or business suits can be worn as an alternative).

Can I access the internet while on board?

Yes, every ship in the P&O Cruises fleet is Wi-Fi enabled so you can access the internet during your time on board via your devices or the ships PC terminals. Satellite internet packages are available to purchase prior to sailing or once on board. Pay As You Go is available to purchase once on board.

There are three Wi-Fi packages to choose from; The Connect Package, The Browse Package and The Works. The Connect Package enables you to stay in touch with family and friends. It is £6.75 per 24-hours with a full Cruise Plan or £7.75 for a single 24-hour period. The Browse Package allows you to browse as you normally would (except for video streaming), plus email and social networks. It is £10 per 24-hours with a full Cruise Plan or £12.50 for a single 24-hour period. The Works Package enables you to stream YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music, video call, browse, email and share via social networks. It is £20 per 24-hours with a full Cruise Plan or £24.95 for a single 24-hour period.

When can I book shore excursions?

Shore excursions can be booked approximately 12 weeks prior to departure. Excursions are available to pre-book and pay for online up to 3 days before sailing. Within 2 days of sailing, you will be able to join a waitlist for your chosen excursions. Alternatively, you may book on board. Waitlist requests are processed before on board bookings.

What health & safety measures are on board P&O’s ships?

For information on P&O Cruises enhanced wellbeing measures, please click here.

Are P&O Cruises and P&O Ferries related?

P&O Cruises is part of Carnival Corporation & PLC and, as such, is entirely unrelated to P&O Ferries. Bookings & sailings will not be affected. 

Last Updated: 03/08/2022
British Travel Awards 2019 - P&O Cruises "Best Family Cruise Line" Winner
British Travel Awards 2019 - P&O Cruises "Best Large Ships Cruise Line" Winner
British Travel Awards 2019 - P&O Cruises "Best No-Fly Cruise Line" Winner
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