Great food lies at the heart of a great holiday

Food Heroes cruises

We know that great food lies at the heart of a great holiday. That's why we offer dining to suit every mood and work with the brightest lights of the British culinary scene to bring you innovative and delicious menus. Our Food Heroes are helping us to raise the bar with fantastic food and wine that celebrates Great British and global traditions. Their unique characters, skills and expertise shine through in the dishes they create for us. Simply put, we love food. If you do too, now's the time to savour a P&O Cruises holiday.


Meet Marco Pierre White


Known the world over, Marco Pierre White has pushed the boundaries of cuisine for over 30 years. In the 1980s, he took the restaurant scene by storm, becoming the youngest ever chef to be awarded three Michelin stars. Over the years, Marco has been the chef of choice for royalty, world leaders and celebrities, all hungry for his sensational cooking.

Today, Marco's passion for using fresh ingredients of sound provenance continues with P&O Cruises. Marco’s innovative Gala Evening menus are a treat for all, and he’s also the mastermind behind Ocean Grill restaurant on Arcadia – a classic steak and seafood eatery given the Marco twist, with dishes skilfully prepared and presented with his incredible trademark flair. What’s more, Marco is the patron of The Cookery Club on Britannia, hosting masterclasses and dinners when on board, and bringing his spirit to the whole experience. As patron, Marco is keen to share his skills and recipes with guests even when he’s not travelling with us. How? Unmistakably Marco classes and dinners. Led by The Cookery Club team, these feature recipes personally created by Marco so more guests can learn to cook and present his delectable dishes.

Cruises featuring Marco Pierre White
On-board activities with Marco Pierre White

Exclusive new wine tours developed by Olly Smith

Passionate about wine? Try the new Taste of Madeira tour, developed by TV presenter extraordinaire and much-loved wine expert Olly Smith. You’ll learn behind-the-scenes secrets of the craft of winemaking at the world-famous Blandy’s vineyard, and taste the delicious varieties. This exclusive experience is only available during selected P&O Cruises holidays visiting Madeira and if you choose a cruise when Olly is on board, he’ll host your tour personally. Book through your Cruise Personaliser.

Cruises featuring the new Taste of Madeira tour

Meet Olly Smith


The irrepressible, award-winning wine expert and passionate foodie, Olly Smith heads up The Glass House restaurant and bar on board Aurora, Azura, Britannia and Ventura. In 2015, he was the UK's Drinks Ambassador to China and listed in Debrett's 500, a celebration of Britain’s most inspiring and influential people. His passion for wine was sparked at a free tasting at university. He went on to work for a wine merchant and won the internationally acclaimed Wine Idol award. In The Glass House, he brings the world of wine to you – varieties from all four corners of the globe, by the glass, by the bottle and, if you fancy, right by a plate of fabulous food. There are also helpful suggestions in the menu on how best to match your chosen wine with the food you order.

Cruises featuring Olly Smith
Cruises featuring tours developed by Olly Smith
On-board activities with Olly Smith

Meet Eric Lanlard


Master pâtissier Eric Lanlard has earned himself an international reputation for superlative baked creations for an impressive A-list clientele. He is, according to Vanity Fair magazine, one of the best pâtissiers in the world. Visit The Market Café on board Britannia and sample his luxury fine pâtisseries and you'll see why. Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard is also an experience not to be missed. The playful reinvention of this quintessentially British tradition takes teatime decadence to a new level on board Arcadia, Azura, Britannia and Ventura. Expect the unexpected with porcini and pancetta éclairs, curried crab tartlets, saffron and mango verrines and marble swirls red velvet cake pops, beautifully presented in elegant surroundings.

Cruises featuring Eric Lanlard
On-board activities with Eric Lanlard

Our Food Hero themed cruises

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