Make the most of your ship

One of the best things about a cruise holiday is the double exploration. You’ll encounter unforgettable destinations but also discover all the venues, decks and quiet corners of your ship. Each ship in our fleet is designed with you in mind. You’ll find plenty to choose from, allowing you to do as much or as little as you like. From catching the latest releases in our on-board cinemas to winding down in a whirlpool spa, you can make the most of everything your ship has to offer.

Why not opt for one of the quintessential holiday days – the pool day? Pick a sun lounger, pack a good book and settle in. If hunger strikes, head to the poolside grill where you can grab a juicy burger made to a special recipe exclusively for our grills; savour a handmade pizza, stone-baked to perfection; or make a hot dog even more delicious with your favourite tasty toppings. Or how about cooling off with a delicious Jude’s ice cream, or, if you’re on Iona, a Snowflake gelato? You’re on holiday after all!

If you’re travelling as a family, with the Ultimate drinks package we’ll include the Children’s package at no extra cost – perfect for summer days on deck.

If splashing about isn’t quite enough activity for you, we have sports courts on each ship. Choose football or tennis, golf or basketball – even archery. Perhaps you’d rather tick off your 10,000 steps with an invigorating walk or run around the deck? Or take advantage of our well-equipped gyms, often featuring floor-to-ceiling windows so that you can enjoy the views as you burn off the holiday ice creams.

If you’ve got a competitive streak, we’ve plenty more activities to keep things interesting including quiz shows and our brand-new Sofa Wars, created exclusively for P&O Cruises guests. Two teams take a seat on the sofa and battle it out over exciting challenges. You’ll find we have something new each year, from familiar faces to new activities. You’ll never be bored on board.

The Reef is our free on-board programme for 2-17 year olds, available on our family-friendly ships. It is split into four distinct age groups, so that the needs and level of play in each group can be met and to ensure children have the chance to make friends of their own age. There’s a whole host of exciting activities available, all organised daily by our qualified and enthusiastic DBS-checked Reef rangers.

Splashers for ages 2–4

Little ones can enjoy soft play, outdoor play areas and fun activities such as parties and creative play.

Surfers for ages 5–8

Children will want to keep going back to Surfers for imaginative play, soft play, outdoor play, table-top games and active games such as mini Olympics.

Scubas for ages 9–12

Fun times will be had at Scubas with music, games consoles, arts and crafts, game shows, after-dark discos and karaoke.

H2O for ages 13–17

Teenagers can gather for computer games, discos, table tennis and, during the school holiday season, activities such as sports coaching and talent shows.

We’ve highlighted our school holiday cruises on our itinerary pages with an icon. As term breaks can vary by school, make sure you do your homework before you book. Access to the children’s club is on a first-come, first-served basis. During certain periods of the year it may be necessary for the age groups to be merged to 2-8 years and 9-17 years.









Please note: activities and facilities vary by ship and cruise; this information is for guidance only. Additional prices may apply to some items featured.

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Every adventure demands a little R&R. Your ship is a spa break, boutique shopping trip, state-of-the-art gym and more. There’s so much to do on board, you’ve your pick of the activities that spell ‘holiday’ to you. From gentle relaxation to adrenaline-infused fun, to enrichment and learning new things – each day can offer something completely different.

Spas and gyms

All of our ships offer their very own spa and salon, some with thermal suites and hydrotherapy pools. Some ships are also home to The Retreat – our alfresco spa terrace, exclusively for adults. You can choose from all your favourite spa treatments or simply enjoy the serenity of the private spa facilities. If you prefer to relax and refresh with a workout, take advantage of our hi-tech gyms. We offer classes like aerobics, spin, yoga and Pilates. You can even book a solo session with a personal trainer.

Boutiques and art galleries

Are you the type of traveller who likes to leave a little space in your suitcase for the inevitable holiday purchases? Our on-board shops offer a wide range of designer brands like Dior, Radley and Citizen. Clothes, jewellery, beauty products and more – you can even browse in Whitewall Galleries where the on-board experts can help you select from a range of art collectibles.


Your holiday will be full of so many amazing moments, we want to help you remember them forever. During your trip you’ll see our friendly photographers around the ship. This is your chance to capture a moment, so don’t be shy – ask for a photo. You can view your snaps any time in the Photo Gallery and choose if you’d like to buy. Why not opt for an exclusive Spotlight Photoshoot? It’s not every day you’re blessed with dreamy backdrops and a professional photographer on hand…


Holidays are a chance to spend time doing the things you really love, and all too often neglect in your busy life. Maybe you have a fondness for food, desire for dance or love exploring the path less travelled? We offer a selection of cruises that allow you to tap into the things that matter most to you.

Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises

If you’re a fervent fan of fab-u-lous Strictly, our Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises are sure to dazzle and delight. Not only will you be wowed by the slick and sizzling dance displays, but you can also enjoy private one-to-one lessons, enter our on-board competition, get up close with the glittering costumes and even enjoy dinner with a pro dancer. Whether you want to enjoy the action from a seat in the audience or don your dancing shoes, it’s a Strictly fan’s dream. Look out for selected holidays on Azura, Britannia and Ventura.

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Food Heroes

Seize the opportunity to be inspired by the best in the business. On Azura, Britannia and our brand-new ship Iona, you can enjoy a holiday with our Food Heroes. Discover their tips and tricks, hear tales from their impressive careers and enjoy exceptional quality food and wine at these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Enjoy Olly Smith’s sparkling personality at exclusive wine tastings in The Glass House. Exclusive to Britannia, get hands-on in The Cookery Club kitchen under the superior guidance of Marco Pierre White and meet Eric Lanlard to talk all things sweet at Market Café.

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Discovery cruises

Our Discovery cruises give you hand-picked ports that are lesser known yet rich with interest. They’re holidays between 12-23 nights on board Arcadia and Aurora, ships dedicated exclusively to adults. Calling at hidden-gem destinations, you’ve the chance to immerse yourself in new sights, try the local specialities and enjoy a detour off the beaten track.

Christmas and New Year

Start a new Christmas tradition... of only enjoying your favourite traditions. Delicious food, festive fizz, feel-good movies, sparkling decorations. And best of all? You’ve time to relax and enjoy (without having to peel a single sprout!). Whether you fancy a winter wonderland or a sun-baked beach, you can experience a fabulous holiday alongside all of your festive favourites. And if you’re joining us for New Year? You’ll find us ready and waiting to help you celebrate into the small hours.

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