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What makes Arcadia special? Well she’s an over eighteens ship only – which means no children’s facilities and no children! Everything on board is geared to a child-free passenger, no early meals, no babysitting, no kiddies games at poolside.

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Launched in April 2000, this very British accented ship- named after the Roman Goddess of the Dawn- incorporates every advance in engineering, navigational equipment and passenger comfort. She offers a wide range of facilities onboard and is another family friendly P&O ship. Aurora travels the globe seeking out some of the best destinations our world has on offer

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P&O's newest superliner Azura blends all the much-loved P&O Cruises traditions with exciting modern luxuries and innovations. She is one of the most family friendly ship's within the P&O fleet and boasts and array of superb on board facilities. Azura is also the sister ship to P&O Cruises Ventura

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Britannia made her debut in 2015 as the prestigious new flagship of the P&O fleet, and boasts no less than ten different eating venues offering every kind of dining, from full on formal to uber casual. Britannia is a big, vibrant ship brimming with fun things to do for adults and children alike, and a vast array of accommodation guaranteed to suit all styles and tastes.

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Launched in 2003, this ship offers an informal atmosphere and lots of fun. She’s a very family-friendly vessel, where groups become teams as they play five-a-side or tennis in her sports court, housed within her funnel. And, ff you prefer to keep evening arrangements flexible, opt for Oceana’s Freedom Dining Programme which means large groups or families never suffer the stress of reservations or queuing for dinner.

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Known as a ship which displays timeless style, the adults' only Oriana is ideally suited to the sophisticated and experienced traveller who isn’t totally wedded to gourmet cuisine. The décor is superb, featuring elegant furniture, wonderful carpets and flooring and rooms that don’t echo with ambient noise, but the downside is that many things cost a little more, like ‘real’ coffee, for which you must pay a premium price – and the food is good but unadventurous.

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This newly-launched cruise liner is spectacular! From the huge black gateways (Indian stone, apparently) that lead off the atrium, to the Marco Pierre White restaurant, this vessel impresses her visual style on her passengers. Suited to a family holidaymaker, there are many facilities for children, including Noddy and Bagpuss on board, and Cirque Ventura where circus skills are taught.

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P&O Cruises have a rich vein of historical success in the cruise industry, as they first invented modern day cruising as we know it way back in 1837. To date, P&O Cruises sail to over 180 different destinations in 72 different countries, and boast more ports than any other UK cruise line. With more than 170 years experience and seven impressive ships, it is easy to see why they are a long-standing favourite among cruise enthusiasts.

In April 2004 P&O Princess plc, the parent company of P&O Cruises, joined the Carnival Corporation, bringing together two of the best known companies in the cruise industry, meaning P&O Cruises is now part of one of the world’s largest holiday companies. The award-winning cruise line have seven ships to choose from, with each offering a subtly different cruise experience. Some offer adult only cruises for couples or groups who want some time and space to relax, whilst others are family friendly with lots of activities and fun.

P&O Cruises offer three very different types of cruise experiences. There's the contemporary and innovative style of holiday offered by cruises on the Arcadia and Oceana, a unique and original cruise experience can be found on the Adonia, Ventura, Azura and Oriana, or a more traditional cruise being provided by the Aurora.

Explore the world with P&O and at the same time as experiencing the very best of British. Their traditional and intimate style offers you relaxed days at sea and enchanting evenings, where you can dress up to the nines. The ships sail from Southampton for the majority of the year, and most of the cruises are about 14 nights in duration. However, each year its ships offer a host of shorter mini-breaks of two to seven nights, and some even undertake long cruises of 80 to more than 100 nights, some of which take them around the world.

  • Brand history – founded in 1837 this line has a long pedigree and is British to its core with a host of features that appeal to a clientele that is predominantly UK based
  • Signatures of the line – two kinds of ship, adult-only and family-friendly, mean that both kinds of cruise enthusiast are made welcome
  • Number of ships – currently 7 but with one ship transferring out very soon it will be back to 6
  • Best for – British enthusiasts: there’s everything British about P&O from the tea-making facilities on board through to the entertainment
  • Special dining features - Arcadia and Oriana have Gary Rhodes restaurants, while Ventura features Marco Pierre White and Azura has an Olly Smith themed restaurant that focuses on dining and fine wine
  • Special suite features – a fairly classic approach to suites here, with a rather sedate feel
  • Special kid features – Family friendly ships feature Noddy and Mr Bump
  • Entertainment features – British themed entertainment predominates with participation shows based on British TV formats
  • Spa and fitness features – not especially noted for spa and fitness, P&O has upped its game with new facilities on Ventura and Azura
  • Routes – virtually all ships are home-ported in Southampton and generally offer itineraries to the Med, Northern Europe and British speaking Atlantic although there are at least two world cruises a year



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