Festive and Christmas Cruises

Whether you’re treating the family, your partner or simply yourself, a festive cruise could be the best present you’ve ever given.

A P&O Cruises festive holiday is filled with cheer and extraordinary experiences

As soon as you step on board your P&O Cruises ship, you’ll know you’re in for an extraordinary holiday. From the huge, sparkling tree to the dazzling decorations decking the halls and the feeling of Christmas cheer in the air, there’s plenty to get you into the spirit.

Festive cruise highlights

What makes a festive holiday the perfect gift?

So much to offer on board

Included in all our festive cruises are:
A sparkling Christmas tree and decorations throughout your ship, a children’s grotto with a chance to meet Father Christmas, special festive-themed activities and entertainment, Christmas films in the cinema and on your cabin TV, plus a dazzling New Year's Eve party and pantomines on applicable holidays.

Celebrations around the clock

If it's relaxation you're after in the evening, spend some time in one of our bars and indulge in a festive cocktail or two. For those who prefer a party atmosphere, you might catch a show-stopping performance in the theatre, soak up some live music or hit the dance floor and lose yourself into the early hours.

Find your Christmas holiday

Christmas Cruise highlights

When 25 December arrives, P&O Cruises will make it an unforgettable day of laughter, celebration and relaxation

Relax, we'll take care of everything

Sometimes the best present is a well-earned break – whether you’re treating the family or yourself. So, this Christmas, why not let us do the hard work so you can concentrate on enjoying every moment? Just think, the decorations, cooking and dishes will all be magically taken care of while you sit back with a glass of wine and spend quality time together.

Enjoy the festivities your way

The most fantastic thing about Christmas Day is the freedom you have to celebrate your way. So, after a chilled glass of buck’s fizz in the morning, feel free to join in the carol service hosted by your captain, pull up a pew for a traditional church-style service, catch a pantomime performance in the theatre, or head to the Christmas-free zones if you need a break from all the festivities. Of course, there’s your delicious Christmas dinner, as well as an exciting visit from Father Christmas who brings presents for all the children on our family-friendly ships.

You and your family will be well and truly spoilt

If you're lucky enough to be sailing with us on Christmas Day, you can enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner (turkey or veggie) with all the trimmings, a gift from P&O Cruises to you plus a gift for each child from Father Christmas, a decorative Christmas Cake display and an intricate gingerbread village display to marvel at.

Add more sparkle with extra on board spending money

With extra on board spending money, you can spoil someone special with all kinds of added treats. Perhaps you’ll choose a pampering treatment, a fresh haircut or a makeover in the Oasis Spa and Salon? Or, indulge in festive-themed cocktails from the bar, a decadent meal in a stunning speciality dining venue, or browse the on-board shops for designer clothes, gifts and more. Don't forget, you can use the money to book our exciting shore experiences – perfect for making lifelong festive memories.

"The Christmas dinner is gorgeous – and this can be followed by a great show in the theatre. Every guest receives a present and a Christmas card. What a wonderful way to spend Christmas with one huge family" - Angela Mabbett

"Fun and games on Deck and Santa's grotto on Christmas Day – all in the warm Caribbean sun. Unforgettable!" - Wendy and Richard Cole

One more thing... sun or snow?

Sunny destinations

There’s no greater gift than time together. A P&O Cruises festive holiday offers you that, plus the chance to have fun in the sun and get a great tan. This year you could swap Christmas cracker hats for sun hats in the Canary Islands, or sip rum punch (rather than eggnog) on a paradise Caribbean beach.

Wintry destinations

Immerse yourself in the winter traditions of some enchanting destinations. Imagine browsing local craft markets, strolling through twinkling medieval towns and sipping warming mulled wine.

Destinations at a glance


New Year cruises

Raise a toast

Toast good health with a glass of bubbly. Or don your dance shoes and see in the New Year with a shimmy. Wake up the next day to a new destination - the perfect start to a promising year ahead.