P&O Cruise Lines

P&O Cruise Lines

P&O Cruises

British-American owned P&O Cruises is the oldest cruise line in the world which operated the world's first passenger ships in the early 19th Century. Tracing its history way back to 1837, P&O cruises has always managed to be a cut above the rest by keeping eye on every detail  including – a special welcome pack for children, personalised cabin treats, remembering your favourite drink and its uniquely thoughtful service like: ensuring a quicker check in process.

P&O Cruise Lines Information

P&O Cruise Lines Type Subsidiary
P&O Cruise Lines Industry Transportation
P&O Cruise Lines Predecessor Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company
P&O Cruise Lines Founded 1837
P&O Cruise Lines Headquarters Southampton, UK
P&O Cruise Lines Area served United Kingdom
P&O Cruise Lines Key People Carol Marlow
(Managing Director)
P&O Cruise Lines Products Cruises
P&O Cruise Lines Parent Carnival Corporation & PLC
P&O Cruise Lines Website P&O Cruises

P&O Cruise Lines Current Fleet

Ship Built Entered service
for P&O
Gross Tonnage Flag
Arcadia 2005 2005 86799 GT  Bermuda
Artemis 1984 2005 44348 GT  Bermuda
Aurora 2000 2000 76152 GT  Bermuda
Azura 2008 2010 115000 GT British Ensign
Oceana 2000 2002 77499 GT  Bermuda
Oriana 1995 1995 69153 GT Bermuda
Ventura 2008 2008 116017 GT  Bermuda

P&O Cruise Lines Ship Joining Fleet

Ship Renamed Planned Delivery Date Currently Gross Tonnage Planned Flag
Adonia May 22, 2011 Royal Princess 30000 GT  Bermuda

P&O Cruise Lines Destinations and Fleet

P&O Cruises has a fleet which sails across the world enabling a passenger to explore every corner of the globe. Holiday durations can range from range from 2 nights to over 100. Whether you want to travel from Southampton to the Mediterranean or even go from the UK to join your ship in India or go for an adventurous world voyage P&O cruises can make it possible.
There are eight different ships within the P&O Cruises fleet. Here are the details:

  • Adonia: The newest member arriving in 2011 is the smallest in the fleet. This small ship is a pathfinder ship on which one can explore ports which larger ships are unable to visit. Join Adonia for a captivating 14 night summer cruise to the Norwegian fjords or for a 16 night Baltic cruise. Enjoy live music at the typically British Anderson’s bar and savour the various tastes on offer at the Sorrento, the Ocean Grill. Despite its size, Adonia features an Oasis Spa and Health Club, gymnasium, salon, two pools and whirlpool spas, Golf nets and Deck games.  

  • Arcadia: Sail to Sydney, Hong Kong, Brisbane or Southampton on an exclusively for adults ship. Work out at the Ocean view gymnasium or relax at the Oasis Spa with hydropool and thermal suite. Admire the changing landscape from the Arcadian Rhodes; British fine dining created by Gary Rhodes or catch a movie at the 3 tier Palladium theatre or the 30 seat cinema; ‘The Screening Room’ after which you can savour a drink at  ‘The Crow’s Nest lounge and bar’. Treat your palette at The Orchid – Asian fusion restaurant, the poolside grill or the Italian style cafe.

  • Artemis: Experience the great British cruising traditions on Artemis including the, afternoon tea, shuffleboard and formal evenings. Relax at the stylish horizon lounge or the starlight’s lounge. Visit the Festival Theatre or try your luck at the Monte Carlo casino and taste the delicacies at the Coral Dining Room. Spend spare time at the Card and games room and unwind at the 4 whirlpool spas while exploring destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong and Cape Town.

  • Aurora: Get onboard and visit Auckland, Southampton, Caribbean or Baltic in this mid-sized elegant ship. At the heart of this ship lies her signature feature; a Lalique-inspired waterfall also the centrepiece of her atrium. Aurora offers the Champions sports bar, a casino and Anderson’s to provide an ambience to fit every style. For entertainment there is the Playhouse cinema which shows recently released films and a show lounge and theatre. Treat your taste buds to the various dining options which include two main restaurants, a bistro by Marco Pierre White and an al fresco grill restaurant. For the active passengers Aurora is designed for walking or jogging and has a golf simulator and golf nets.

  • Azura: Set sail to the Caribbean on Azura; the largest ship besides Ventura in the P&O Cruises fleet. Put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away on a beautiful dance floor and continue the music and dance theme in ‘The Playhouse’ theatre with West End style shows and in ‘Manhattan’; Azura’s New York inspired show lounge. Beneath moonlit skies, kick back and enjoy ‘The Retreat’; an alfresco spa terrace or watch comedy classics, British film favourites and Hollywood blockbusters at SeaScreen which is an open air cinema. With fine dining on the menu Azura offers Sindhu; the first restaurant at sea from Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar, Seventeen and The Glass House wine bar and restaurant created in partnership with TVs Olly Smith.

  • Oceana: Sail through the Panama Canal or to the Caribbean on this mid-sized ship which showcases an array of bars, including the Magnums; a lively Champagne bar, Winners’ - the funky mid-ships bar and the Yacht and Compass bar which is a traditional English pub.  For dining, Oceana offers a bistro by Marco Pierre White and al fresco dining on deck at the Horizon Grill for great steaks and seafood.

  • Oriana: Visit the West Mediterranean on this typically British designed elegant ship Watch the world go by, while enjoying a drink at the Lord’s Tavern sports bar, Anderson’s or a panoramic Crow’s Nest bar. Enjoy a meal at the Oriana Rhodes restaurant by Gary Rhodes, The terrace Grill or the Al fresco pizzeria. Besides the ocean view spa, gym and three swimming  pools entertainment is taken to a new level as Oriana plays host to the ‘Music Festivals at Sea program where you can experience opera, operetta, and recitals all of which are presented by well-known names from radio, television and stage.

  • Ventura: Sail to the Caribbean on Ventura which is one of the most entertaining ships in the P&O fleet. With 11 restaurants on offer including a 24 hour buffet restaurant, tapas bar and restaurant, an Asian restaurant and the signature restaurant ‘The White Room’ by Marco Pierre White. Get the best of entertainment at the theatre with full production shows which doubles as a cinema, two lounges for cabaret, tributes, comedy and dancing and even Metropolis, an amazing bar with a panoramic video wall brought to life by a different city skyline each evening. A variety of sports facilities like a well equipped gym and spa, a large sports court and 4 pools as well as a fantastic play area, a circus skills school, Rock School and Noddy and Mr. Bump are present for children entertainment.

P&O Cruise Lines Ships Statisics

  Adonia Arcadia Aurora Azura Oceana Oriana Ventura
Gross tonnage 30,200 83,700 76,000 115,000 77,000 69,000 115,000
Passengers 710 2,016 1,870 3,100 2,016 1,818 3,078
Crew 300 880 850 1,226 870 800 1,226
Year ship entered service 2011 2005 2000 2010 2002 1995 2008
Passenger decks 8 11 9 14 10 9 14

P&O Cruise Lines Dining

  Adonia Arcadia Aurora Azura Oceana Oriana Ventura
Flexible dining in silver service restaurants (Freedom Dining)       OK OK   OK
Fixed dining times in silver service restaurants (Club Dining) OK OK OK OK OK OK OK
Alternative restaurants 2 2 2 3 2 2 3
Celebrity chef restaurant   Gary Rhodes Marco Pierre White Atul Kochhar Marco Pierre White Gary Rhodes Marco Pierre White
Poolside restaurants 1 1 1 2 2 1 2
Buffet restaurants 1 1 1 2 1 1 2
Room service 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours

P&O Cruise Lines Family Activities

  Adonia Arcadia Aurora Azura Oceana Oriana Ventura
Age specific children's club     OK OK OK OK OK
Circus school             OK
Interactive games room     OK OK OK    
Night nursery     OK OK OK OK OK
Rock school             OK

P&O Cruise Lines Special Occasions

  Adonia Arcadia Aurora Azura Oceana Oriana Ventura
Weddings at sea OK OK OK   OK OK OK
Renewal of vows OK OK OK OK OK OK OK