Recognised as the oldest cruise line in the world, P&O Cruises’ history can be traced back to as early as 1837 when Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company started a passenger and mail service from the U.K. to Spain and Portugal.

Founded in Southampton, they began taking British passengers to foreign destinations in the 1840s. Today, they pride themselves on their long history and British heritage, providing excellent customer service with traditional cruising. The ships sail from Southampton for half the year, and most of the cruises are about 14 nights in duration. However, each year its ships offer a host of shorter mini-breaks of two to seven nights. Arcadia, and Aurora, undertake longer cruises of 80 to more than 100 nights, some of which take them around the world.

With a range of ship sizes, each ship offers a variety of unique activities, experiences and facilities. 

The fleet of 7 ships calls at 225 destinations in 90 countries, over 6 continents. P&O’s traditional view on cruising and long history has made them not only an award winning cruise operator but one of the most popular cruise lines in the world.

Britannia, P&O Cruises biggest and newest ship was launched in spring 2015. Britannia is the largest-ever ship built specifically for the UK market. It was named by HM The Queen in Southampton on March 10, 2015.

Why cruise with P&O Cruises?


P&O Cruises can trace its roots back over 175 years to the formation of the Peninsular Steam Navigation company in 1837, so you can be rest assured that they are experts at what they do. Their exceptional service not only creates unforgettable experiences, but they are also great value for money.

There is no better way to escape from everyday life and to explore enriching destinations in the most relaxing way possible than on a P&O Cruises holiday. With so much choice and variety in their activities, facilities and entertainment on board there really is something for everyone. 

P&O Cruises want to give passengers a holiday to remember, it really will be the holiday of a lifetime. From the moment you step on board, to formal nights where the entire ship dresses to impress, your P&O Cruises holiday will certainly be filled with memorable moments. Whether you fancy a lazy afternoon of pampering in The Retreat, or a romantic dinner for two in Marco Pierre White's restaurant, you will receive a service like no other. Whether the steward knows your name or the bar staff remember your favourite drink P&O Cruises staff go over and beyond to make their guests feel special.


Meet the Fleet

Exclusively for adults, Arcadia offers relaxations and pampering in chic settings More Information
Brand new Britannia - a family-friendly, larger ship More Information
Launched in 2000, Aurora is a mid-sized resort ship More Information
P&O's largest cruise ship is a family friendly resort ship More Information
One of P&O's largest, family-friendly resort ships More Information
Launched in 2002, Oceana is a family friendly resort ship More Information
Part of P&O's fleet More Information
The smallest of P&O's eight ships More Information