P&O Cruises Coronavirus update
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, P&O Cruises' entire fleet (all UK- and Australia-based liners) is with an expanded cancellation policy. All bookings on pre-scheduled itineraries (departures in the period March 14 through August 31, 2020) were given the option to cancel up to 48 hours (prior departure) without penalties. All affected bookings received a 125% refund in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to a booking made before December 31, 2021.
All P&O cruise ships (UK and Australia) halted operations as their voyages departing between March 14 and May 14, 2020. were cancelled. Both fleets' operations resume on May 15. P&O Australia's New Zealand cruises (Pacific Aria) resume on June 30.
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IMPORTANT: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, P&O Cruises' entire fleet (all UK- and Australia-based liners) is with an expanded cancellation policy. All bookings on pre-scheduled itineraries (departures in the period March 14 through August 31, 2020) were given the option to cancel up to 48 hours (prior departure) without penalties. All affected bookings received a 125% refund in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to a booking made before December 31, 2021. All P&O cruise ships (UK and Australia) halted operations as their voyages departing between March 14 and May 14, 2020. were cancelled. Both fleets' operations resume on May 15. P&O Australia's New Zealand cruises (Pacific Aria) resume on June 30.
During the no-cruising period, the P&O UK ships remain docked in Southampton (Aurora, Britannia, Ventura), Dover (Arcadia, Oceana) and Isle of Portland (Azura). During the same period, P&O Australia's ships were anchored near (or docked at) Mooloolaba QLD (Pacific Dawn), Adelaide (Pacific Aria), Sydney NSW (Pacific Explorer), Melbourne (Pacific Adventure).
This is CruiseMapper's hub for both companies - P&O UK and P&O Australia. 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 NSW Australia. Both P&O lines are part of the Carnival Group of cruise companies, all fully owned by Carnival Corporation & PLC. PandO is under the management of Carnival UK. And there is a 3rd "PandO" name - the UK-based ferry company P&O Ferries.
P&O Cruises (UK) is a British-American cruise shipping line company headquartered at Carnival House, (Southampton, England) and operated by Carnival UK. P and O was originally constituent of “Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company”- world's oldest cruise line, which in the 19th century operated world's first ever passenger ships. Its sister-company is P and O Australia.
In 2000 P and O Cruises was excluded from P&O Group, becoming the subsidiary "P&O Princess Cruises". In 2003, P&O Princess merged with Carnival, forming Carnival Corporation & plc. P&O holds as market share 5% of the worldwide cruise industry.
Both companies (P&O Cruises Australia and P&O Cruises UK) were created in 1977, re-branding PandO's passenger division. Arcadia was fleet's first adults-only liner, followed by Adonia (now Azamara Pursuit), Oriana and Aurora (April 2000).
P&O UK ships Arcadia and Aurora are currently marketed as adult-only. In August 2017, Azura became world's first cruise ship performing gay weddings at sea. P&O UK's wedding package prices started from GBP 1200. For comparison, Cunard’s shipboard weddings cost from GBP 2570 (RMS Queen Mary 2) and from GBP 2120 (Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth). On MS Azura, gay wedding ceremonies are carried out by the ship’s Captain, while marriage licenses are issued by Bermuda's Government (as the vessel is registered in Hamilton Bermuda).
In June 2018, P&O UK announced that Oriana leaves the fleet in August 2019. The liner (now named Piano Land) was sold to the Chinese company Well Star Travel Cruise (brand of CTS-China Travel Services International). The Chinese company plans short cruises from Chinese homeports to ports in Japan and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia).
The following table shows statistical data about PandO's market share (as fleet and passenger capacity / ship-berth numbers) in comparison to other major cruise companies.
|Parent Company||Subsidiaries||Fleets (vessels per brand)||Passenger Capacity (berths per brand)|
|Carnival Corp||Holland America||15||25900|
|Carnival Corp||P&O UK||8||18600|
|Carnival Corp||P&O Australia||5||8200|
|Carnival Corp||TOTAL||103 ships||233,200 berths|
|RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)||RCI (Royal Caribbean International)||26||84,700|
|RCCL||TOTAL||64 ships||141400 berths|
|NCLH (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd)||NCL (Norwegian Cruise Lines)||16||46600|
|NCLH||TOTAL||26 ships||54400 berths|
|(other large brands)|
3- Star Cruises (GHK)
4- Dream Cruises (GHK)
6- Viking Ocean
Starting May 1, 2019, P&O Cruises UK's Daily Service Charge per person (GBP 7) is no longer required. Crew tipping remains not expected or required.
In June 2011 was announced that P&O UK will expand the fleet with a new 141,000-ton unit built by Fincantieri (Italy). The new vessel entered service in 2015 as MV Britannia. In January 2014, with Britannia PandO introduced a new livery based on UK's Union Flag.
On September 6, 2016, P&O UK (via Carnival Corporation) signed an MoA with Meyer Werft (Papenburg shipyard) for building a new (company's largest) 5200-passenger vessel. In the end of October 2016, P&O announced that the new ship (named Iona, scheduled for delivery in 2020) will ‘have some of the largest at sea outdoor areas, glass-domed top deck, glass-walled atrium (full height) and wider and longer (approx 2600 ft / 800 m) Promenade Deck allowing multiple al-fresco dining (open-air) venues.
One of the many ships on order, the new P&O UK vessel has passenger capacity 5200, gross tonnage 180,000 tons and was described as "the most ambitious and largest ship ever build for Britain”. The still unnamed vessel has 17 eateries (including 7 specialty restaurants / Britannia has just 3), 12 bars, 13 entertainment venues, 4 swimming pools, 16 whirlpools. The top-deck Dome is an entertainment space, with a swimming pool, large whirlpools, retractable stage. This is an all-weather venue for daily entertainment and dining and nightly shows (aerial performance and light projections onto the covering glass roof).
P&O UK's newest ship is also LNG-powered (by liquefied natural gas), and its name will be chosen via an online held competition. Two similar-design ships (180,000 tons) will be delivered to Carnival Cruise Line's fleet in 2020 and 2022. On January 26, 2018, Carnival Corporation signed a shipbuilding contract with Meyer Werft for building a 2nd (180,000 GT) vessel for the P&O brand. The 2nd ship's delivery was scheduled for 2022. As of 2018, Carnival Corp’s fleet of newbuilds (on order and under construction) was 19 vessels, with scheduled deliveries 2018-2022.
In January 2016, Carnival Corporation signed an MoA (memo of agreement) with Fincantieri to build 4 new units. Contracts were finalized in April 2016. Of these, 2 vessels were for Costa Asia (homeported in China), 1 for Princess and 1 for P&O Australia. With this shipbuilding order, the Corporation had a total of 17 new ships scheduled for deliveries between 2016 and 2020. The four vessels will be built at Fincantieri's shipyards in Monfalcone and Marghera, with scheduled deliveries in 2019-2020.
Three of the vessels are designed with gross tonnage 133,500 tons, LOA length is 323 m (1060 ft) and capacity 4000 passengers plus 1450 crew (2 are for Costa Asia, 1 for P&O AU). One ship with GT 143,700 tons and capacity 3560 passengers is for Princess. Both Costa ships are exclusively for the booming Chinese market. Each vessel is powered by two MAN diesel engines (model 14V48 / 60CR) plus three MAN diesel engines (medium-speed, model 8L48 / 60CR), providing total power output 62,400 kW. The engines are Tier-II compliant.
P and O Cruises Australia
P&O Cruises Australia – British-American line which corporate headquarters are also at Carnival House, Southampton, England. P&O Australia is a sister company of P&O UK. Both are under Carnival UK executive control. Currently, P&O Australia operates 5 ships operating on South Pacific Island itineraries with mainly roundtrip departures from ports in New Zealand and Australia.
After numerous changes in the company’s organization, 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 informed about the closure of Ocean Village (UK-based brand) on October 30, 2008. Both Ocean Village ships were transferred to P&O Australia - Ocean Village 2 (as Pacific Jewel, December 2009) and Ocean Village 1 (as Pacific Pearl, December 2010).
PandO ships sail on 270+ itineraries each year (with 120+ of them departing from Southampton), and visiting 90+ countries on 6 continents.
Pacific Pearl was renamed to MV Columbus and started in 2017 operations for CMV (Cruise Maritime Voyages). Pacific Pearl left the fleet in April 2017, after completing 294 cruises for PandO and carrying 1+ million passengers over 5 years. However, the older ship had to make room for company's latest additions - the bigger-sized Pacific Aria and Pacific Explorer. In November 2019, Pacific Aria and Pacific Dawn were sold to CMV, starting operations for the UK-based company in 2021. Pacific Dawn will be renamed to "CMV Amy Johnson", Pacific Aria - to "CMV Ida Pfeiffer".
On November 25, 2015: P&O AU's entire fleet (all 5 liners) gathered in Sydney Harbour to celebrate the arrival of the fleetmates Aria and Eden (now CMV Vasco de Gama).
In June 2018, P&O Australia launched with Pacific Explorer "The Big Laugh" onboard show program - advertised as "the biggest comedy festival at sea". The program included all 14 stand-up comedy celebrities performing a total of 36 shipboard live shows (combined over 33 hours live performances). The program started with the 4-day roundtrip Sydney cruise to Moreton Island (departure June 20).
Among the guest comedians were Jimeoin (Irish), Matthew Matt Okine (AU), David Gerard Callan (Australian), Scared Weird Little Guys (Australian comedy music duo - John Fleming and Rusty Berther), David William "Hughesy" Hughes (AU), Harley Breen (AU), Claire Hooper (AU). "The Big Laugh" program comprised of all 72 comedy-themed cruises in 2018-2019. The famous Australian comedians performed during 2-, 3- and 4-night itineraries ("SeaBreaks") leaving roundtrip out of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns, Auckland NZ.
In 2019, P&O AU scheduled the ever largest "comedy cruise" program in the company's history - 38 itineraries (January through October). On March 7, 2018, was announced that Pacific Eden is sold to the UK-based company CMV, joining CMV's fleet in April 2019.
P&O Cruise Personaliser
PandO Cruise Personaliser is an online service that allows passengers to update their before-sailing information and see in a concise form all their booking details. P&O Personaliser is NOT mandatory to complete but may be of great help in cases of emergency for the company to contact family members, relatives, friends.
To log in, you'll need to input your first and surname, and cruise reference number. It is received as part of your reservation confirmation (up to 120 days prior to departure, not available for 18-yo) or upon booking (up to 1 year). The same number serves all people included in the booking. On the Web page, there's information about cruise itinerary, stateroom (category and number), boarding times, contact info (including emergency contacts), passport data, medical and dietary requirements (if requested).
PO Cruise Insurance is optional. If purchased, the Insurance policy type is also shown (Standard or higher), package deal type, all kinds of pre-made reservations (shore excursions, Air, Spa), credit card number, luggage tags, etc.
- Dining /medical requests can't be entered online - they must be specified in the manual form.
- The accessible information about changes and updates pertains ONLY to a phone number, address, passport, emergency contacts.
- You can't book a cruise through P&O Cruise Personaliser - booking requires full payment and immigration details.
- Through the Personaliser you can make online reservations (shore excursions, tours, Spa, hairdresser, specialty restaurants), to update special requests and onboard preferences, or to add some additional services (babysitting, amenities, etc).
- Itinerary changes are also listed in the Cruise Personaliser form, along with other important updates.
- Immediately call P&O if you have forgotten or lost your booking number. Call between 7 am – 8 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time - Monday to Friday) and Saturday (8 am - 5 pm) - phone number 1300-159-454.
PO Cruise Personaliser is accessed by both travel agents and passengers. With personal bookings (through a travel agent or P&O Reservations Centre) passengers receive reference numbers (after confirmation). On a particular booking, each passenger can access the Personaliser using the booking reference number and first name-surname. If you're not the booking person, contact the one who did it for obtaining booking reference. After log-in, note that all passengers' names in the booking party are displayed under the same reference number.
IMPORTANT - Each of the same-booking passengers is able to access the info about you and the other, i.e. you can update and provide information of all other passengers in your booking, and they can change your information. If you wish so, you could provide PandO with other passengers' personal information. Another case is when they are minors (younger than 18 years old). Then you must be a parent or legal guardian.
After providing P&O cruise company with the personal data needed on the Personaliser (and also with additional info if asked for more details), this database is used for updating pre-cruise information.
Certain information is sometimes required under maritime-customs-immigration-security laws. Personaliser info may be disclosed to P&O Cruises service providers (ticketing companies, travel, and port agents, authorities, emergency response providers, immigration, airlines, customs, shore tour operators, related entities) for Carnival Corporation's business purposes. Certain information is collected because of customs or immigration laws requirements. If you refuse to provide the information requested in the Personaliser, they may not be able to process the booking or provide certain services during the voyage.
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 longer world cruise itineraries.
P and O cruise itinerary changes
An extended Caribbean season, new Northern Lights voyage and a full season of Dubai & Arabian Gulf cruises feature in P&O winter 2019-2020 program, with a total of 181 sailings.
- The cruise line’s Dubai & Arabian Gulf fly-cruise program was expanded to include a trio of 14-night trips to India, a 12-night Christmas and New Year cruise with New Year Eve in Dubai, two 7-night itineraries, including one that coincides with February school half term, and a series of 10-night cruises.
- Azura and Britannia run Caribbean fly-cruises featuring 14-night itineraries to 9 cruise ports, with the program extended by 1 week with each vessel offering additional sailing.
- In addition to 3 cruises operated by Arcadia and Aurora in February-March 2020, an extra 12-night Northern Lights voyage has been added for autumn 2019.
- In 2020, Aurora cruise ship runs a 55-night roundtrip UK itinerary to the Caribbean, New Orleans, and Miami FL.
- Arcadia offers a 99-night world cruise including the reintroduction of New Zealand with 3 calls, an overnight in Shanghai and destinations like San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Dubai. The vessel makes a maiden visit to Manzanillo as part of the circumnavigation.
- Ventura offers 4 long cruises in January-February 2020 - two 35-night cruises to New Orleans or Panama Canal.
- Arcadia and Ventura replace Oceana and Aurora in operating 5-night short breaks over New Year 2019-2020.
- 4-night cruise breaks to Amsterdam are offered by Ventura and Aurora to Amsterdam.
- Two 5-night cruise breaks on Ventura and Arcadia over New Year feature Hamburg and Amsterdam.
- Vessels across the fleet of P&O run 2-night weekend breaks out of Southampton UK to Bruges from Zeebrugge.
- Ventura and Aurora offer 7-night voyages taking in northern European port cities, including overnights in Rotterdam, as well as calls to Bruges and Cherbourg from Zeebrugge.
- The cruise line is making evening visits to 27 ports and overnights in a total of 17 destinations including Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dubai, Hong Kong, New Orleans, Oslo, San Francisco, Sydney.
PO AU's vessels are all UK-flagged. However, all vessels are registered in Bermuda to allow weddings at sea. These are conducted by the ship's Captain and are pretty popular.
Our P and O cruise ship schedules include the ships of both brands (AU and UK). The information in brackets shows (year built /tonnage/cabins total).
|Ship Name||Homeports||Itineraries Changes|
(2019-2020 winter) Caribbean fly-cruises featuring 14-night itineraries to 9 cruise ports
(2021 summer) new Mediterranean season
Castries St Lucia
(2019-2020 winter) Caribbean fly-cruises featuring 14-night itineraries to 9 cruise ports
(2021-2022) In April 2021, P&O Britannia offers 4 itineraries (Northern European City Escape, Southern Cruise Break, Short Break, Spain and Portugal). The summer 2021 season in in Western Mediterranean (May-October), prior to the Caribbean season (winter 2021-2022).
new ship for P&O UK (enters service in May 2020)
P&O Cruises newbuild Iona sails from Southampton UK to mainland Spain, Portugal, the Canaries and cities in northern Europe during her first winter season.
Overnight stays along with late departures have been scheduled for the largest vessel of the line as part of itineraries released for the period between October 2020-March 2021.
A series of ‘day into night’ calls enable guests to take in nightlife owing to late departures from destinations like Barcelona, Valencia, Fuerteventura, Tenerife.
Overnight stays are planned for Lisbon, Barcelona, Rotterdam, and Cadiz as part of the range of 7 and 14-night voyages.
The inaugural season includes only no-fly cruise itineraries roundtrip from the UK.
Iona's itinerary program is also based on 7-day roundtrip Norwegian Fjords cruises from Southampton, visiting in Norway ports Olden, Bergen, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Stavanger, Alesund.
P&O's Norway Fjords cruise excursions include sea kayaking, river rafting, zip-lining, fishing (crayfish), high-speed boat tours (RIB), helicopter and plane tours.
(summer 2021) P&O Iona cruises on 7-night Norwegian Fjords itineraries (April through September) visiting Olden, Stavanger, Geiranger, Haugesund.
(winter 2021-2022) Iona offers a 16-night "Portugal, Spain and Canary Islands" cruise over Christmas-New Year.
The Caribbean from Bridgetown to:
(2019-2020 winter) 4-night mini-cruises to Amsterdam, 7-night to Northern European port cities, including overnights in Rotterdam, also to Zeebrugge-Bruges (Belgium) and Cherbourg (France).
(January-February 2020) two 35-night visiting New Orleans and Panama Canal
(summer 2021) replaces Azura on Baltic and Western Mediterranean cruises between May-October.
IMPORTANT: In April 2021, Pacific Aria leaves P&O Australia. The ship's last cruise for P&O is scheduled for April 9, 2021 (departing from Melbourne to Singapore via Fremantle). The last voyage can be booked as short-break (Melbourne-Fremantle), Asia Explorer (Fremantle-Singapore) and "full farewell" (18-night B2B cruise Melbourne-Fremantle-Singapore). In February 2021, P&O Australia's fleet also leaves Pacific Dawn.
Brisbane roundtrip itineraries:
(2020) Pacific Aria repositions from Adelaide to Auckland via 6-night voyage departing on April 6.
(April, June, July, September 2020) 10-day "Bounty Discovery" itinerary visits Norfolk Island, Lifou, Noumea, Port Vila, Mystery Island.
(July 2020) 14-day "Bounty Adventure" itinerary roundtrip from Auckland NZ visits Norfolk Island, Vavau, Nukualofa, Suva, Dravuni Island, Port Denarau.
(October, December 2020) 3-4-day "Short Breaks" and two 10-day itineraries to South Pacific Islands are offered in October and December.
Short "Sea Break" weekend cruises range from 2- to 4-days, including 4-day Moreton Island out of Sydney and 3-day roundtrips from Sydney and Brisbane.
Pacific Aria will be renamed to "CMV Ida Pfeiffer".
|Brisbane QLD Australia|
IMPORTANT: In February 2021, Pacific Dawn leaves P&O Australia. The ship's last cruise for P&O is scheduled for February 8, 2021 (departing from Melbourne to Singapore via Brisbane). The last voyage can be booked as short-break (Melbourne-Brisbane), Asia Explorer (Brisbane-Singapore) and "full farewell" (17-night B2B cruise Melbourne-Brisbane-Singapore). In April 2021, P&O Australia's fleet also leaves Pacific Aria.
Pacific Dawn will be renamed to "CMV Amy Johnson".
|Sydney NSW Australia|
NEWS - the ship was sold to CMV in March 2018. In April 2019, Pacific Eden starts operations for the UK-based company Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) as CMV Vasco de Gama.
(former Dawn Princess / Princess Cruises)
Starting October 2020, the ship will be homeported in Brisbane. The first roundtrip itinerary (7-day "Pacific Island Hopper") departs October 24. Next is scheduled a 7-day Melbourne Cup-themed cruise. In Brisbane, Pacific Explorer replaces Pacific Dawn (homeported there between December 2009 - October 2020). PandO's 2020 cruise program has 43x Brisbane roundtrips, of which 18x are 3-day themed cruises and 4-day short breaks to Airlie Beach.
|Sydney NSW Australia|
In March 2019, Pacific Jewel left P&O Australia, with its final cruise for the company departing from Melbourne on February 24, 2019. Vessel's current name is MS Karnika.
|Sydney NSW Australia|
IMPORTANT: In 2020, Golden Princess will be transferred to P&O Australia and renamed "Pacific Adventure" after a scheduled refurbishment.
IMPORTANT: In 2021, Star Princess will be transferred to P&O Australia's fleet and renamed Pacific Encounter after a scheduled refurbishment. The ship starts operations for P&O in November 2021.
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