P&O Cruises fleet
Review of P&O Cruises
Both P and O cruise lines belong to a huge international company, but are world known as the “Britain’s favorite cruise line”. P&O cruise lines deals are mostly on cruises departing from Southampton UK and Sydney AU. Both P&O lines are part of the Carnival Group of cruise companies, all fully owned by Carnival Corporation & PLC. P&O is under the management of Carnival UK. Our survey is integrated with P and O cruise ships and P&O itineraries.
P&O cruises deals are relatively costly, delivering in return the authentic British style and luxury to the very last penny of each pound. P&O cruise package deals are offered almost for all sailings, with slightly raising of the fares, but conveniently assuring the comfort of a care-free sea ship vacation.
P&O Cruises (UK) – a British-American cruise ship line with headquarters at Carnival House, Southampton, England; operated by Carnival UK. P and O was originally constituent of “Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company”- the oldest in the world cruise line, which in the 19th century operated the first ever passenger ships. P&O Cruises is sister company of P and O Cruises Australia.
In 2000 P&O Cruises was excluded from P&O group, and became P&O Princess Cruises subsidiary. In 2003 P&O Princess Cruises merged with Carnival, forming Carnival Corporation & plc. P&O Cruises operates seven vessels and the cruise ships’ total passenger capacity is over 15,000, holding market share of 5% of worldwide cruise lines.
P&O created P&O Cruises Australia and P&O Cruises in 1977, thus re-branding the passenger division. P&O Arcadia was the first adults only cruise ship in its fleet, followed by Adonia. In 2005 Adonia was replaced by Arcadia- Vista class design! Previous Arcadia was renamed Ocean Village after she was transferred to “Ocean Village” new brand.
Aurora, Oriana’s half-sister ship, entered service for P and O in April 2000. Externally Aurora is much similar to Oriana, but internally she is quite different. Aurora has larger Gross Tonnage due partly to the fact that the vessel has centre-enclosed swimming pool.
Oceana, former Ocean Princess, Sea Princess’ sister ship, was transferred to P&O together with Adonia, and remained in P&O fleet. Artemis, another ex-Princess ship, joined P and O cruise lines in 2005- in 2011 she left Princess fleet and was replaced by Royal Princess and renamed Adonia- she is even smaller than Artemis, only 30,000 gross tons- the smallest in P and ) cruises fleet.
As of 2012, Oriana, Adonia, and Arcadia, are adult only cruise ships.
In June 2011 it was announced that P&O Cruises will expand the fleet with a new 141,000-ton cruise ship (Britannia), built by the Italian Fincantieri. The new vessel entered service in 2015.
In January 2014, the line unveiled plans to introduce a new livery based on the UK's Union Flag to emphasise its British heritage.
On June 4, 2015, P&O announced that Adonia would be transferred to the new brand of Carnival Corporation, Fathom, for a maiden voyage in April 2016.
P and O cruise line Australia
P&O Cruises Australia – British-American line which corporate headquarters are also at Carnival House, Southampton, England. P&O Australia operational headquarters are in North Sydney, Australia. This is sister company of the P&O UK; among the oldest and largest cruise ship companies in the world; now forming part of Carnival Corporation & plc, under Carnival UK executive control. Currently, P&O Australia operates three ships. The company is sailing from different ports in New Zealand and Australia.
After numerous changes in the company’s organisation, in 2000 P&O Group de-merged all cruise ship operations. Then, P&O Princess Cruises was created- a new company independent of P&O; consisting of AIDA Cruises, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, P&O Cruises, and later Ocean Village and A-Rosa Cruises. In 2003, Carnival Corporation merged with P&O Princess Cruises thus forming Carnival Corporation & plc- the largest cruise company in the world, with eleven cruise lines portfolio, including P&O AU. Official website pocruises.com.aunofollow.
The oldest cruise ship of Princess Cruises- Regal Princess, was translocated to P&O Australia in October 2007. After a month of refurbishment, the vessel entered service as Pacific Dawn.
Carnival Corporation & plc informed about the closure of Ocean Village- their UK-based brand on 30 October 2008. Both Ocean Village ships were transferred to P&O Australia fleet. Ocean Village Two joined as Pacific Jewel in December 2009. Ocean Village followed as Pacific Pearl in late 2010.
PO cruise ships sail on more than 270 itineraries each year (with over 120 of them departing from Southampton), and visiting more than 90 countries on 6 continents.
Itinerary of P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises ships sail on mostly round-trip itineraries leaving from UK (Southampton, April through October), Caribbean (from Barbados, during winter) and from Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane - year-round departures). While most PandO UK ships remain in Europe year-round, the line's largest vessels also sail in the Caribbean (out of Barbados) and offer offer longer world cruise itineraries.
P and O cruise itinerary changes
In mid February 2016, the P and O UK line announced that the UK's most popular TV dancing competition show "Strictly Come Dancing" will be featured on themed sailings in 2016. The line will offer a total of 4 themed cruises, each hosting 4 of the show's professional dancers. The onboard events (in partnership with BBC Worldwide) will include interviews, meets and greets, spectacular showcases. The P&O UK's 2016 dancing themed cruise itineraries are on the following ships:
- (Ventura) 14-night Canary Islands departing from Southampton on April 22, 2016, with Strictly stars on the ship Joanne Clifton, Giovanni Pernice, Karen and Kevin Clifton, Craig Revel Horwood (judge).
- (Britannia) 13-night Canary Island departing from Southampton on May 16, 2016, with strictly stars on the ship Janette Manrara, Aljaz Skorjanec, Karen and Kevin Clifton, Craig Revel Horwood (judge).
- (Britannia) 13-night Canary Island departing from Southampton on June 5, 2016, with Strictly stars on the ship Janette Manrara, Aljaz Skorjanec, Karen and Kevin Clifton, Craig Revel Horwood (judge).
- (Azura ) 14-night Mediterranean departing from Southampton on July 22, 2016, with Strictly stars on the ship Ian Waite, Natalie Lowe, Pasha Kovalev, Anya Garnis, Anton Du Beke (judge).
In the end of March 2016, the P&O UK announced its largest ever itinerary program for the season 2017-2018. Sales opened on April 4, 2016. The new 2017-2018 itineraries will offer more port destinations and year-round Southampton departures than any other UK cruise line. Among the scheduled 2017-2018 deals are Mediterranean fly-cruises from UK to Valletta (Malta, new departure port), as well as more food- and music themed cruises. "Food Heroes" themed voyages will feature presentations by renown wine experts and celebrity chefs, such as Atul Kochhar, Marco Pierre White, James Martin, Eric Lanlard, Olly Smith. The new programming also features:
- more overnight port stays
- 36 cruise ports, 14 port overnights (including in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bridgetown Barbados, Oslo, Reykjavik (Iceland), Quebec (Canada), St Petersburg (Russia), also in the US ports Boston MA, Charleston SC, NYC New York, New Orleans NOLA.
- Maiden calls in 5 Mediterranean cruise ports - Sibenik (Croatia), Olbia (Sardinia), Chania (Crete), Trapani (Sicily)
- scenic voyages (incl partial Panama Canal transition)
- new world cruise 2018 itineraries, including a 99-days on Arcadia (31 destinations, 21 countries) and 65-days around South America on Aurora (23 destinations, 17 countries)
- More event-themed cruises (Monaco Grand Prix, Copenhagen Jazz Festival)
- P&O UK cruise fares start from GBP 600 PP (inside cabin, double occupancy) for booking a 7-night Southampton round-trip itinerary.
The 2018 programme of P&O includes 36 school holiday voyages, the most ever; 7 new maiden calls; a new 12-night Norwegian Fjord cruise; a new 30-day Canadian cruise on Arcadia. In 2018 the new ports will be Rapallo and Capri, Italy; Rovinj, Croatia; Kristiansund, Norway; Gaspe, Sept-Iles, Iles de la Madeleine - Canada. P&O Cruises will offer a total of 26 evening calls, leaving ports no earlier than 9:00 p.m., and overnights in 8 destinations – Alta, Amsterdam, Funchal, Hamilton (Bermuda), New York, Reykjavik, Quebec and St Petersburg.
P&O Australia was the first cruise line that visited Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the world (length 120 km / 75 ml, width 24 km / 15 ml). In April 2016, Pacific Aria became the largest vessel navigating the Great Sandy Strait (Australia). This is a 70 km (~ 43 ml) sand passage estuary (tidal strait consisting of bays and sand flats) that separates mainland Queensland from Fraser Island (World Heritage Site). On April 3, at high tide the ship entered and slowly cruised through the strait assisted by an experienced local pilot (a former Captain). At about 7 am, Aria anchored off the Kingfisher Bay Resort. A further five Quensland cruise itineraries visiting Fraser Island are scheduled for 2017.
PO's fleet flies the British flag. However, all vessels are registered in Bermuda to allow weddings at sea. These are conducted by the captain and are very popular. Our P and O cruise ship schedules include the ships of both brands (separate AU-UK cruise lines). The information in brackets shows (year built / tonnage / cabins total).
|Adonia||112-day Adonia World cruise and Southamton UK itineraries (roundtrips):
|Arcadia||92-day Arcadia World cruise and Southampton UK itineraries:
|Aurora||109-day Aurora World cruise and Southampton UK itineraries:
|Azura||Transatlantic repositioning cruises from UK to Barbados and the reverse from Barbados to UK.(Jan Feb Mar Nov Dec) 14d roundtrip Azura Barbados cruise itinerary from Bridgetown
|Britannia||P&O newest cruises ship – launched in Spring 2015.
|Oceana||Oceana Southamton round-trip itineraries:
|Oriana||Oriana Southampton round-trips
|Ventura||new 14d Ventura Barbados cruise itinerary from Bridgetown:
|Pacific Aria||Pacific Aria Brisbane Australia itineraries:
|Pacific Dawn||Pacific Dawn Brisbane Australia itineraries:
|Pacific Eden||Pacific Eden Sydney Australia itineraries:
|Pacific Jewel||Pacific Jewel Sydney Australia itineraries:
|Pacific Pearl||from Sydney AU