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From the Grand Prix to Greek Islands… P&O Cruises has something for everyone with its 2016/2017 holidays

Posted 30 Mar 2015

P&O Cruises has unveiled its 2016/2017 holidays featuring brand new event cruises, exciting new itineraries, more evening and overnight calls in popular destinations; more Greek Island cruises and maiden calls in Corigliano Calabro and Crotone, Italy and in Tarragona, Spain.

New for 2016 is a 19 night cruise on Aurora (R619) departing November 1, featuring Athens, Naples and Rhodes as well as Kusadasi for tours to Ephesus.

More Evening and Overnight Calls
To allow guests to immerse themselves in a destination and experience the vibrant nightlife, P&O Cruises is offering evening calls in 33 ports and overnights in 13 popular destinations including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bridgetown, New Orleans, New York, Quebec, Reykjavik, St Petersburg and Venice.

Maiden Calls
• Corigliano Calabro, Italy – situated in the Plain of Sibari overlooking the Ionian Sea, this is a little-known part of Calabria, where ancient traditions and customs are still part of daily life. Highlights include an aqueduct, the ruins of the ancient city of Thurii and the nearby site of Sybaris. Available on Oriana X610.
• Crotone, Italy - founded around 710 BC, Crotone was long one of the most flourishing cities of Magna Graecia, an area of Southern Italy extensively colonized by Greek settlers. Today, visitors enjoy the fruits of this port city's rich history, including Cortone's medieval cathedral, the 16th century castle of Charles V, as well as numerous museums and art galleries. Available on Oriana X611 and X619.
• Tarragona, Spain – enjoy a mix of laid-back beach life and ancient history in this Catalonian city which boasts a handful of sandy beaches, a walled old town, and a collection of UNESCO-listed Roman ruins. Barcelona is just an hour’s drive away. Available on Oriana X612.

With its fleet of eight ships – including the newly-launched Britannia – P&O Cruises will continue to offer the biggest selection of year-round cruises from Southampton as well as seven and 14 night Mediterranean fly-cruises from Venice or Genoa on Oceana and 14 and 28 night Caribbean fly-cruises on Azura and Britannia.

For more information or to book call P&O Cruises on 0345 355 5111 (local call charges apply), visit www.pocruises.co.uk or visit your local travel agent.

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Note to Editors:
P&O Cruises 2016/2017 programme will also feature more scenic and popular themed cruises – whether it be cooking, dancing or music.

Scenic cruising
• Stromboli - Guests onboard Oriana (X610), Azura (A608 and A624) and Ventura (N614 and N619) will cruise past the smoking volcanic island of Stromboli which rises suddenly out of the azure waters and boasts a trickling lava trail. According to the US Geological Survey, Stromboli is the most active volcano in the world. It erupts explosively two to three times an hour, spewing lava, rocks and ash in a tight cone, as high as 3,000 feet into the air. The show is quite dramatic and best seen at a distance from the comfort of a cruise ship.
• Messina Strait – while cruising the Messina Strait onboard Arcadia (J608, J615 and J616), Aurora (R606, R613 and R616), Oriana (X604, X606, X610, X611 and X619) guests can stand on deck and admire the wonderful coastline of Sicily on one side and Calabria, Italy on the other.

Food Heroes Cruises
P&O Cruises is delighted to be working with some of the brightest lights of the British culinary scene: Atul Kochhar, Michelin-starred ‘Master of Spices’; Marco Pierre White, the godfather of British cooking; James Martin, Britain’s favourite chef; Eric Lanlard, award-winning patissier; and Olly Smith, authority on all things grape-related. These talented individuals – P&O Cruises Food Heroes - each bring their own brand of valuable expertise to the mix and will be sailing on specially selected cruises. Packed with cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, hosted dinners, book signings and Q&A sessions, these holidays are all about the food. And, as if that’s not enough, the Food Heroes will also be hosting food and wine related shore excursions in selected ports of call. Dates and cruises for Atul Kochhar and Eric Lanlard are listed below while dates and cruises for the other Food Heroes will be announced soon.

Atul Kochhar
• A 17 night Mediterranean cruise onboard Azura departing April 8, 2016 (A608)
• A 12 night Iberia cruise onboard Ventura departing October 30, 2016 (N630)
• A seven night Norwegian Fjords cruise onboard Britannia departing August 27, 2016 (B626)

Eric Lanlard
• A seven night Iberia cruise onboard Britannia departing May 2, 2016 (B612)
• A seven night Iberia cruise onboard Britannia departing August 20, 2016 (B625)
• A 12 night Mediterranean cruise onboard Britannia departing October 9, 2016 (B631)

Strictly Come Dancing Themed Cruises
Strictly Come Dancing is back on board for more dazzling performances from everyone’s favourite professional dancers and the outspoken judges everyone loves to hate. Guests can sit back and enjoy the sizzling shows, or get in on the action and try the Tango, Quickstep or Salsa for themselves. Four of the show’s professional dancers will perform on each cruise and guests will have an opportunity to meet them and see some of their amazing costumes. Then there will be Q&A sessions where they can get the inside scoop on the glittering world of Strictly. Available on four cruises in 2016:
• A 14 night Canary Islands cruise on Ventura departing April 22, 2016 (N611)
• A 13 night Canary Islands cruise on Britannia departing May 16, 2016 (B614)
• A 13 night Canary Islands cruise on Britannia departing June 5, 2016 (B616)
• A 14 night Mediterranean cruise on Azura departing July 22, 2016 (A619)

Music Festivals at Sea
P&O Cruises’ Music Festivals at Sea sailings feature some of the world’s most talented musicians and singers performing a range of recitals, opera and operetta. There will also be fun music quizzes, interviews and much more, hosted by well-known personalities from TV, radio and stage. Guests can even join the choruses, led by some of today’s leading choral directors. Available on four sailings in 2016:
• A 14 night Baltic cruise on Aurora departing July 2, 2016 (R608)
• A 14 night Canary Islands cruise on Oriana departing September 10, 2016 (X616)
• A 14 night Mediterranean cruise on Oriana departing October 3, 2016 (X619)
• A 16 night Canary Islands cruise on Aurora departing November 20, 2016 (R620)

Press information

For further press information please contact:
Michele Andjel, michele.andjel@carnivalukgroup.com 023 8065 6653 / 07730 732 072

About P&O Cruises

About P&O Cruises
Today, as Britain’s Favourite Cruise Company, P&O Cruises has a fleet of eight ships offering holidays tailored to British tastes combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail, ensuring guests have the holiday of a lifetime, every time. Azura was launched in April 2010 – officially named by Godmother Darcey Bussell CBE. Adonia was added to the fleet in May 2011, named by Dame Shirley Bassey, DBE, and Britannia was added to the fleet in March 2015, named by Her Majesty The Queen.

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