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Our sensational summer 2019 cruise collection

15/09/2017

From brand-new ports to tried-and-tested favourites, exotic islands to scenic fjords, the world is yours to discover with our summer 2019 cruise collection

P&O Cruises new summer 2019 collection is out now

P&O Cruises new summer 2019 collection is out now

Earlier this month, we introduced our summer 2019 cruise collection. And in true P&O Cruises style, the programme offers you a world of wonder in a variety of destinations, both well loved and off the beaten track.

 

From north to south and east to west; from sunny skies and sandy beaches to towering fjords and deep blue seas; from iconic cities to under-the-radar destinations – our summer 2019 collection is sure to inspire some serious wanderlust. And don’t forget – Peninsular Club members receive a 5 per cent discount when booking selected cruises.

 

Check out some highlights of the new cruise collection below and start dreaming…

 

Exotic escapes

Leave the everyday behind and set sail for distant shores. Glamorous Dubai is a good place to start – with its heady mix of modern marvels and traditional architecture, it’s an excellent introduction to the Arabian Gulf. Ascend the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, then head out to the desert on a 4x4 safari for a true taste of this eclectic destination. Closer to home but no less exotic, the Azores are truly off the beaten track. The Portuguese archipelago lies in the Atlantic Ocean some 850 miles west of Lisbon and 950 miles from the coast of Africa. The cruise port of Praia da Vitória is located on the island of Terceira, a wild and unspoilt paradise packed with characterful towns, tranquil churches, springs, caverns, lakes and rolling patchwork pastures.

 

Maiden calls

For summer 2019, most of our ships will add new ports to their itineraries. Highlights include the Spanish port of Santander where Azura and Arcadia will both dock for the first time. The northern Spanish city promises plenty of excitement for history buffs, sun worshippers and gastronomes alike. Britannia makes a maiden call to the city of Rotterdam, home to a vibrant waterfront and incredible architecture. Oriana, meanwhile, stops in both Lerwick in the Shetland Islands – located more than 100 miles off the north coast of mainland Scotland – and Longyearbyen in Svalbard, Norway, where travellers can get a taste of life inside the Arctic Circle. We’re also bringing you two brand-new destinations that no ships in the fleet have ever visited before. Arcadia will be the first to visit Le Verdon in France, a gateway to the wine-growing region of Bordeaux. Wine lovers will be in heaven, of course, but Bordeaux offers much more – the UNESCO World Heritage city brims with historic churches, tranquil parks and graceful bridges, and the surrounding countryside is breathtaking. Arcadia will also head to Denmark to make a maiden call in Fredericia which offers a wealth of outdoor pursuits plus historic and cultural experiences. From here, guests can travel to Odense to visit the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, or to Billund and the original Legoland resort.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy – a classic holiday destination

Northern beauties

For dramatic landscapes and an abundance of natural wonders, it’s hard to beat the fjords of Norway and Iceland. Olden is a picture-perfect Norwegian village nestled at the southern end of one branch of the beautiful Nordfjord and at the entrance to the gorgeous Oldedalen Valley. From here, you can explore the Briksdal Glacier (part of the largest glacier on the European mainland) and Hornindalsvatnet, Europe’s deepest lake. Also in Norway, Flåm is a small town in a spectacular setting. You’ll reach this port on an unforgettable cruise through Sognefjord, the world’s longest and deepest fjord, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and cascading waterfalls. From Flåm, a world of epic scenery and adventure awaits: try the scenic railway or get a closer look at fjords on a boat tour. In Iceland, Isafjördur is the perfect starting point for exploring the magnificent natural beauty of the country’s West Fjords. Take to the calm waters by kayak, go on a whale-watching safari or discover the quirky town and its intriguing local culture.

 

Late stays

See the city lights twinkle on these overnight stays, which allow you to maximise your time in port and see a different side to some of your favourite destinations. Amsterdam is famous for its exciting nightlife. Take in the sights on an evening canal cruise or walking tour, or venture out on your own to explore the city’s myriad restaurants and bars. St Petersburg is as beautiful at night as it is during the day. With your extra time in port you could spend the evening at the Hermitage Museum (without the crowds) or get a dose of culture at the ballet. It’s said New York is the city that never sleeps, and with an overnight stay in this bustling metropolis you’ll find out why. America’s biggest city is a night owl’s dream: listen to live music at authentic jazz and blues bars, dine at some of the world’s best restaurants, be dazzled by the lights of Times Square or ascend to the top of the Empire State Building for unforgettable views over Manhattan’s skyscrapers and beyond.

 

The classics

Some destinations simply have it all. Whether you’re a first-time cruiser or an experienced explorer, it’s hard to go wrong with iconic European destinations that offer culture, history and fun in equal measure. Venice and its spectacular network of canals should be top of the list for any traveller. Discover its many highlights ­– St Mark’s Basilica, Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace, to name but a few – and take a gondola ride through the canals for the ultimate bucket-list experience. The walled city of Dubrovnik is another firm favourite. Whether exploring its beautifully preserved Old Town on foot or swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, you’ll never be short of things to do in this historic city. Culture seekers shouldn’t miss Florence, which can be reached from the ports of Livorno or La Spezia. The Italian city is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world and is host to such artistic masterpieces as Michelangelo’s David. For a taste of island life with European flair, Madeira is a must. The Portuguese archipelago is perhaps best known for its namesake wine, but there’s so much more to Madeira. It boasts great food, colourful gardens and a warm subtropical climate, but it’s worth a visit for the breathtaking scenery alone.

 

 

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