Wake up to a world of experiences ashore
Discover every destination, your way
Are you a sightseer, a mountain hiker, an art lover or a foodie? Perhaps you’re a sunbather, a paddle boarder, a wine taster or a photographer? Or maybe you like to mix things up – day to day, or even moment to moment? On a P&O Cruises holiday you can indulge all your different passions and try new experiences because, as you visit a variety of destinations, there are so many things to do ashore. When you sail with us, you’ll enjoy a full day in almost every destination. And on cruises with evening or overnight stays, you’ll have the chance to soak up the local nightlife and, in some cases, an extra day in a fascinating city such as Lisbon or New York. To help you get to the heart of each destination, we offer a huge range of shore experiences. Working with local experts, we look past the typical tourist trail to find the unique, authentic and unmissable things to do.
So, will you kayak along the sparkling, mountain-flanked fjord from Geiranger or laze on a sun lounger at a heavenly Aruban beach resort? Perhaps you’ll snorkel in Dubrovnik’s turquoise waters, or discover the secrets of Ibiza’s UNESCO World Heritage Site – 2,500-year-old Dalt Vila (Old Town). Of an evening, you might take the family for some eerie subaquatic sightseeing with a submarine experience off Barbados. On Tenerife – a world-famous stargazing spot – you could peer up at the fascinating night sky as an expert guide points out constellations and planets. Or in Barcelona, you might visit premium Cava producers, Codorníu and savour the bubbles alongside an authentic meal. Of course, there are those once-in-a-lifetime, pinch-me moments too. For you, it could be climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, soaring by helicopter above Reykjavik’s spectacular landscape, or an evening visit to the lavish Catherine Palace in St Petersburg.
Catherine Palace, St Petersburg
Snorkelling near Dubrovnik
Reasons to book with us
Book a year in advance
You can choose and book shore experiences online at my.pocruises.com up to 365 days before your holiday – we advise booking as early as possible so you don't miss out! Alternatively, if you choose to wait until you board, you can visit the Shore Experiences team or use the My Holiday app to book.
Freedom of choice
From once-in-a-lifetime adventures, to personalised and accessible experiences that help you explore the places you want to see most – we offer a huge range, with something for everyone.
In-depth local knowledge
As your trusted destination experts, our team works hard alongside local guides to offer a range of unique, authentic and exciting adventures with real value for money.
Complete peace of mind
We only work with the very best local providers to ensure the highest possible safety standards and, if you’re delayed on your way back to the ship, we won’t set sail without you.
All shore experiences are priced in pounds at the time of booking, and there are no hidden extras, ever!
Transferrable and refundable
If you can’t attend your booked shore experience we can help you find something suitable at a different time or day. Or, we can offer a full refund up to three days before your holiday departure, or up to 48 hours before your scheduled shore experience once on board.*
*Any exceptions to these timelines will be noted in the important information of the individual shore experiences on my.pocruises.com
Giving you yet more choice to enhance your days ashore, you can now search and book an additional selection of shore experiences with Musement. Just like the shore experiences we offer, these are tailored to the destinations you’ll visit on holiday. Book tickets and skip-the-line passes for top attractions like La Sagrada Família in Barcelona and Rome’s Colosseum, all in advance. Once you’ve booked your holiday, visit my.pocruises.com for your exclusive experiences.
Kayaking in Norway
Depending on when and where you sail, it may be necessary to join our organised and vetted shore experiences when exploring ashore to help us protect the health and safety of our guests and crew and the communities we visit. For our latest holiday information and guidance, visit pocruises.com/cruise-with-confidence
The imagery used on this page depicts typical locations and scenes that may be viewed on a P&O Cruises holiday but may simply reflect the ambience or theme of a location. Example shore experiences shown are typical for the destination, but are subject to change.
We advise choosing your shore experiences as early as possible, with the option to book up to 365 days before your holiday. Visit My P&O Cruises to browse and book everything on offer.