P&O Cruises was started in 1840, with the formation of the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, first operating routes between England and the Iberian Peninsula.
P&O first introduced passenger services in 1844, advertising sea tours to destinations such as Gibraltar, Malta and Athens, sailing from Southampton the first of their kind, and have led to P&O Cruises being recognised as the world's oldest cruise line. The company had several “firsts” including the SS Valetta built in 1889, which was the first ship to use electric lights.
Today P&O cruises continues a tradition little changed in 175 years. You’ll enjoy the very best of British hospitality and many great cruising traditions, from bands at the quayside and afternoon tea, to glamorous formal evenings and sumptuous dining. With virtually everything included in your fare your P&O Cruises holiday brings amazing value. Each of the seven ships features inviting pools and broad teak decks for sunbathing. Well stocked libraries provide traditional entertainment while superbly appointed shops provide the opportunity for some well earned retail therapy. Relax in beautiful lounges and bars or dine in select venues designed by Marco Pierre White and Michelin-starred Atul Kochar.
P&O has something for everyone. Kick start your day with a trip to the fully-equipped gym and take part in a whole range of classes from Pilates to Tai Chi. Play on some of the worlds most famous courses on the Aurora and Oceana's golf simulators, challenge friends to a game of cricket or try your hand at a traditional game of shuffleboard. Of course you can stay on deck all day reading a book and sipping cocktails and just relax in the sun. Evenings are the social hightlight of the day. Comedy, theatre and music come to life as the light fades and your ship lights up with no end of options for a great night of enjoyment and entertainment.
Standard cabin facilities in all accommodation