Our cruise ships

On board every cruise ship you'll enjoy the same P&O Cruises experience. But what you'll also find is that each cruise ship has a number of unique features and facilities. Family friendly or exclusively for adults, larger or a little more modest - we've a ship for every occasion and style.

Find the right ship for you

Our fleet of ships epitomises the best of modern British cruising and offers an unrivalled holiday experience.

Iona’s eagerly-anticipated sister ship, Arvia is heading for the sunshine. Like Iona, Arvia is another Excel class ship, with even more freedom, innovation and variety in store than ever before. So get ready for your ultimate P&O Cruises holiday.

With her luminous glass-roofed SkyDome, on-board gin distillery and whole world of dining and entertainment on board, Iona has a host of surprises in store.

Inspired by our past. Designed for the future. There has never been a more stylish way to see the world! Nothing beats the feeling of stepping on board a new ship for the first time. Whether you're new to cruising, or a veteran of the high seas, your moments on board Britannia are sure to be truly memorable.

Azura offers an incredible choice of bars, restaurants, sports and spa facilities, entertainment, plus lots of other exciting and unique features.

There’s always something happening on Ventura, enjoy delicious fine dining, a tranquil spa, many quiet spaces to unwind, great sports facilities and four pools. Evenings are particularly memorable, with the lavish two-deck theatre where you’ll witness elaborate shows and stand-up comedy.

Exclusively for Adults ships

All of our ships are fabulous for adults, because we provide plenty of opportunities for tranquil moments whilst children, if they are on board, are being kept fully entertained in their own clubs and activities. And out of school holidays, you will find few children travelling anyway. Having said this, we do reserve a few of our ships exclusively for adults.

Exclusively for adults - Arcadia combines the chic with the classic, a relaxed pace, stylish surroundings and more than a hint of extravagance. 

Exclusively for adults - Mid-sized Aurora is a world-class ship, bringing the joys of classic cruise travel to all. 

Why sail with us?

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Our fleet epitomises the best of modern British cruising and offers an unrivalled holiday experience. We have seven spectacular ships, each with its own appeal, unique features and itineraries that take you to a variety of exciting destinations. Whether it’s a family-friendly ship or one exclusively for adults, larger or a little more modest, we’ll help you find the right cruise ship for you.

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The second you step on board, your holiday begins. You can sink into a spa treatment, sip cocktails by the pool, savour a delicious meal in a chic restaurant, soak up some live music and more, all while sailing leisurely to your first destination. A cruise combines the best parts of a holiday – such as fascinating destinations and getting under the skin of new cultures – with the excitement of exploring a luxury ship.

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From a simple space to lay your head, to something a little more luxurious, there’s a range of accommodation on our ships to suit everyone’s individual needs. Along with a comfy bed, ample wardrobe space and an en-suite bathroom, all cabins come with a little magic in the form of your own cabin steward (and butler in Suites), to keep everything ship shape. And of course, you’ll have essentials such as a kettle and a stock of tea, coffee and biscuits which is replenished daily. 

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Your holiday experience is effortless with P&O Cruises. If you like, you can organise all your activities, entertainment and dining arrangements on your phone with our free My Holiday online planner and we’ve thought of every little detail to make your time away as relaxing as possible. All prices on board are in pounds sterling, plug sockets are standard British ones and your cabin steward will make sure the beds are made every day. Sailing on a round trip from Southampton? There are no luggage restrictions, so feel free to bring all your holiday outfits!  

Ship-page-1.pngCruise ships for families

There are five P&O Cruises family cruise ships and each one is packed with amazing things to do. From escape room experiences and aqua zones to tranquil spas, infinity pools and cinemas, there’s something for everyone. The Reef children’s club offers zones for different age groups on each family-friendly ship, and there’s a world of dining and entertainment to enjoy, plus glittering stage shows, live music and even silent discos. 

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If you’re looking for an adult-only cruise, P&O Cruises has two beautiful ships offering all the ingredients for a dream holiday. That means varied itineraries visiting a mixture of classic destinations and hidden gems; tranquil spas and relaxing pool areas; a choice of restaurants with mouth-watering menus inspired by the places you visit (as well as British favourites); and spectacular entertainment. So, will you choose Arcadia or Aurora – both exclusively for adults – to take you on your next adventure?

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Frequently asked questions

Which is the largest P&O Cruises ship? 

Our newest ships, Arvia and Iona, are the largest in our fleet. At 344 metres long, each of these family-friendly Excel class ships has 15 guest decks and a normal operating capacity of 5,200 guests and 1,800 crew. Of course, the bigger the ship, the more there is to experience. Both Arvia and Iona boast over 30 places to eat and drink, six theatre/lounge venues and five pools – and that’s just a hint of all the entertainment and relaxation available on board.

Which is the smallest P&O Cruises ship?

Aurora is our smallest ship and has a suitably intimate feel. Exclusively for adults, she’s 270 metres long and has nine guest decks and a normal operating capacity of 1,874 guests and 850 crew. Some people believe the best things come in small packages, so it makes sense that Aurora has many loyal guests who return time and again to enjoy her classic cruising atmosphere. Her size also means she can visit some ports that larger ships can’t, and with 18 places to eat and drink, three theatre/lounge venues and three pools, she offers plenty of choice in dining, entertainment and relaxation.

Which P&O Cruises ships are family friendly?

Arvia, Iona, Britannia, Azura and Ventura are our family-friendly ships. Each one is packed with a huge variety of dining, entertainment, activities and relaxation options for all ages.

Which P&O Cruises ships are adult only?

Arcadia and Aurora are our two ships that are exclusively for adults.

Where do P&O Cruises ships go?

The short answer is: almost everywhere in the world! From the Mediterranean, Canary Islands and the Caribbean to the Norwegian Fjords, USA and Canada, and the Southern Hemisphere, you can choose from a variety of exciting regions. We offer Short Breaks to captivating European destinations as well as holidays taking in the best of the British Isles, and of course we have World Cruises for the ultimate adventure.

Where do P&O Cruises ships sail from?

Southampton is our home port and all our holidays that start in the UK sail from here. We also offer fly-cruises, though, so you might jet to a sunny destination such as Barbados, Valletta, Sydney, Tenerife or Dubai and set sail on your adventure from there.

What can you do on a P&O Cruises ship?

Each of our ships has a unique selection of things to do, but all of them offer fantastic venues for eating and drinking, swimming pools, spectacular shows, a spa and salon, a gym and sports court, live music and comedy, a cinema, a casino, places to dance, fitness and well-being classes, shops, an art gallery and so much more. Our family-friendly ships all include children’s clubs with zones for different age groups. And if you look in more detail, you’ll notice the individual features that each ship has. For example, Arvia has an outdoor activity zone, Arcadia has Marco Pierre White’s Ocean Grill and Britannia has the buzzing Live Lounge venue.