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P&O Cruises – take a look at the fantastic P&O fleet, every ship. Ship passenger area tours, cabin tours, chat sites, community areas to share, restaurant films and the entertainers you love. All here – chat site banners first, then ship menu after. Just click on your favourite ship.

The Chat site for P&O IONA – share the new news – Click Here

We remind guests that the terms of booking form a contract between parties, so it is important to look at all P&O terms and expected guest conduct.

DRESS CODE: P&O say – Dressing for dinner is one of the many highlights on a cruise and guests are expected to follow our dress codes, which change from night to night. There are two dress codes that can apply, effective in the majority of public areas after 6pm. A description of each is provided below. The only exception to these are the official P&O Cruises theme nights which may include 60s, 70s, tropical, Western, and black and white night, and seasonal events such as Halloween and Christmas. Children under 16 years and under are not included in this policy. (We have witnessed Abba themed dress leaving Stockholm but see below, new terms on fancy dress)

Evening casual: Stylish resort or leisurewear is ideal for Evening Casual nights, for example casual separates or dresses for ladies and open-neck polo shirts and casual trousers (not shorts) for men. A jacket and smart trousers can be worn but are not compulsory. Smart dark denim is also fine, but not trainers, football shirts or tracksuits. For a typical two-week cruise there are normally ten Evening Casual nights.

Black tie: Our Gala Evenings provide the opportunity for ladies to wear glamorous evening wear including cocktail dresses, ball gowns or smart trouser suits. For men, dinner jackets or tuxedos are the norm, but a dark lounge or business suit and tie can be worn as an alternative. You can also wear formal national dress. For a typical two-week cruise there are normally four Black Tie nights. Attire for Black Tie nights can be purchased on board (limited availability). 

Theme nights: P&O theme nights offer a great opportunity for guests to dress up in line with the theme. Themes can include the 60s, 70s, tropical, Western, and black and white nights. 

Chlldren: The dress code for children in the evening is Evening Casual, regardless of the adult dress code but they are welcome to dress to impress too. P&O do, however, ask that children don’t wear denim on Black Tie nights. When dining in the informal or buffet restaurants children can be casually dressed. If children are going to be with you in the evening in the formal restaurants and theatre, then they can still dress more casually adopting our Evening Casual dress code.

Fancy dress: P&O state not to dampen anyone’s fun but as of 1 January 2018 they no longer allow fancy dress, novelty items or inappropriate personalised clothing to be worn on board. Any clothing that features inappropriate or offensive language, including novelty clothing with printed images or slogans and accessories, will not be allowed on board. P&O reserve the right to deny embarkation to guests who are inappropriately dressed. This is a change from the policy wording printed in the back of our January 2018 – October 2019 brochure and pre-cruise brochures. This policy does not apply to children 16 and under.

SMOKING: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms, balconies or public areas, but is permitted in designated areas of the open deck. Electronic cigarettes which do not emit smoke are not permitted in public areas and can only be used in designated smoking areas.

Our experience is that the sun deck is slipt in two, but the smoke can over-power both sides. When smoking is allowed on one side of the promenade, it then eliminates the promenade deck for walkers as an option if they do not wish to be disturbed by smoke. Check the latest policy.

NOTE – Please note that the use and even the possession of electronic cigarettes is illegal in the United Arab Emirates. If you are arriving and/or leaving the country by plane, please be advised that any electronic cigarettes will be confiscated at the airport and you may face a penalty. If you are visiting any UAE ports as part of your cruise, please do not take electronic cigarettes ashore.

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Carnival has ordered multiple LNG Excellence Class / Helios Class ships. The Iona has arrived, two are to follow for P&O. The Iona has 5200 guest capacity whereas the Helios version offers circa 6,000 guests over 20 decks.

5,206 Passengers | 1,762 Crew | 2,612 Cabins | 16 decks, 3 sun decks | 4 Swimming pool | 16 Jacuzzis | 15 Restaurants & Cafes | 13 Bars & Lounges | Babysitting | Kids Club | Kids Pool | Show Lounges/Theatre | Cinema | Fitness Centre | Spa | Culinary Theatre | Library | Sports Court | 344.5m long | 42m beam | Speed 17 knots | 184,089GT | Excellence Class | Built by Meyer Werft | Cost $-m | Launched – 2021

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled ship, Iona is our greenest, largest and most innovative ship yet. With her luminous glass-roofed SkyDome, on-board gin distillery and a whole world of dining and entertainment on board. This ship does not have the swimming pool flumes or rollercoasters that other Carnival versions of this ship may have.  P&O web page for IONA

How do you cruise so much? I want to cruise more.

How can you cruise more? I saw this on the SAGA site

CARNIVAL MARDI GRAS – the Excellence Class ship evolves.

OMG, this has a rollercoaster and water slides. If you are an IONA fan

ROLLERCOASTER at sea on the new Excellence Class ship from Carnival.

Excited? Buckle up and ride because if you are an IONA fan

P&O IONA chat group on Facebook

Cruise Chat is the greatest way to share and discover. the P&O IONA group

IONA – Current position and Ship details.

MEYER WERFT is building the RINA classified ship, sometimes referred to as Excellence and/or Helios class ships for Carnival

Gary Barlow, brand representative and musical director of the new 710 club

The Limelight on the Britannia has been so successful that the Iona

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Carnival has settled on the Helios or Excellence Class ships.

This looks to be similar to the Iona with one major exception, it is considerably faster than the Iona according to figures on the Meyer Weft website.

5,206 Passengers | 1,762 Crew | 2,612 Cabins | 16 decks, 3 sun decks | 4 Swimming pool | 16 Jacuzzis | 15 Restaurants & Cafes | 13 Bars & Lounges | Babysitting | Kids Club | Kids Pool | Show Lounges/Theatre | Cinema | Fitness Centre | Spa | Culinary Theatre | Library | Sports Court | 344.5m long | 42m beam | Speed 21.5 knots | 184,000GT | Excellence Class | Built by Meyer Werft | Cost $-m | Launched – 2022  Builder’s web page Meyer Werft

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled ship, Iona is our greenest, largest and most innovative ship yet. With her luminous glass-roofed SkyDome, on-board gin distillery and a whole world of dining and entertainment on board.

P&O web page for ARVIA

How do you cruise so much? I want to cruise more.

How can you cruise more? I saw this on the SAGA site

CARNIVAL MARDI GRAS – the Excellence Class ship evolves.

OMG, this has a rollercoaster and water slides. If you are an IONA fan

ROLLERCOASTER at sea on the new Excellence Class ship from Carnival.

Excited? Buckle up and ride because if you are an IONA fan

P&O IONA chat group on Facebook

Cruise Chat is the greatest way to share and discover. the P&O IONA group

IONA – Current position and Ship details.

MEYER WERFT is building the RINA classified ship, sometimes referred to as Excellence and/or Helios class ships for Carnival

Gary Barlow, brand representative and musical director of the new 710 club

The Limelight on the Britannia has been so successful that the Iona

AidaNova

Carnival has settled on the Helios or Excellence Class ships.

Nine of these ships were ordered and it looks as if the last one now will go to Carnival as the Carnival Jubilee, not to the UK or the Aida German market as might have been possible. There is still time, the build has been committed so we will see what the future holds.

The Royal Class ships a Carnival ship, essentially operated by Princess Cruises. The lead ship is the Royal Princess and they have been hugely successful but it is unlikely there will be more of these as Carnival have now moved to a larger class of ship. The Excellence Class will become their main class of new family cruise ships across the brands although their are still two being built.

  • Royal Princess (2013)
  • Regal Princess (2014)
  • Britannia (2015)
  • Majestic Princess (2017)
  • Sky Princess (2019)
  • The Enchanted Princess will be in service 2020 and
  • the Final Princess in 2022

Britannia was built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. They are all 330 meters long, have 15 decks and carry 3,600 guests weighing approx 143,000 GT.

3,647 Passengers | 1,762 Crew | 1,807 Cabins, 1,438 with balconies | 15 decks, 13 guest | 4 Swimming pool | 4 Jacuzzis | 13 Restaurants & Cafes | 13 Bars & Lounges | Babysitting | Kids Club | Kids Pool | Show Lounges/Theatre | Cinema | Fitness Centre | Spa | Culinary Theatre | Library | Sports Court | 330m long | 38m beam | Speed 17 knots | 143,730GT | Royal Class | Built by Fincantieri | Cost $-m | Launched – 2015

Built by Fincantieri who built the similar and only slightly smaller Grand Class ships like Azura and Ventura this ship will feel familiar. Launched in 2015, the Britannia has a cookery club, and unlike her sister ships, a nightclub on deck 5 called The Limelight. On the main promenade deck, there is a theatre at the front, a nightclub at the back and a small ballroom in the middle called the Crystal Room offering more room for conventional partnered dancing and keep fit classes. Below on deck 6, there is a casino and pub. See our film guides below. P&O web site of Britannia

The Grand class is a Princess / P&O class for Carnival. The class has developed and therefore has sub classes but they are essentially the same ship. In the main they have been built by Fincantieri in Monfalcone and Trieste, Italy.

They are essentially 290 meters long, they have 17 to 19 decks, with 13 to 15 decks as passenger decks. Capacity carries from 2,600 to  first vessel, the Grand Princess, entered service in 1998.

  • Grand Princess (1998)
  • Golden Princess (2001)
  • Star Princess (2002)
  • Diamond Princess (Gem sub class) 2004
  • Sapphire Princess (Gem sub class) 2004
  • Caribbean Princess (Caribbean sub class) 2004
  • Crown Princess (Crown sub class) 2006
  • Emerald Princess (Crown sub class) 2007
  • Ruby Princess (Crown sub class) 2008
  • Ventura (Ventura sub class) 2008
  • Azura (Ventura sub class) 2010

3,100 Passengers | 1,250 Crew | 1,557 Cabins | 14 decks | 4 Swimming pool | 6 Hot Tubs | 11 Restaurants & Cafes | 12 Bars & Lounges | Babysitting | Kids Club | Kids Pool | 2 Show Lounges | 1 Theatre | Sky Cinema at pool | Fitness Centre | Spa | Library | Sports Court | 290m long | 38m beam | Speed 17 knots | 116,000GT | Royal Class | Built by Fincantieri | Cost $-m | Launched – 2010

April 2020, Azura received an extensive multi-million-pound refit. This was inside and out. Open decks with their alfresco bars and food experiences have been updated. There is new deck furniture. And it appears she has put on a little weight! Must be the 3,616,000 cups of tea a year. We will need to do a new ship tour, but in our experience, little changes visually would mean the 2019 film is irrelevant. We will film again next time on board.

P&O web site of Azura

3,078 Passengers | 1,205 Crew | 1,556 Cabins | 19 decks, 14 guest decks | 4 Swimming pool | 6 Hot Tubs | 10 Restaurants & Cafes | 10 Bars & Lounges | Babysitting | Kids Club | Kids Pool | 2 Show Lounges | 1 Theatre | Sky Cinema at pool | Fitness Centre | Spa | Library | Sports Court | 288m long | 36m beam | Speed 23 knots | 116,117GT | Royal Class | Built by Fincantieri | Cost $-m | Launched – 2006

P&O web page of Ventura with deck plans

This was a popular class of ship built between 2001 and 2010 and comes in may forms, from the Arcadia to the Queen Victoria at Cunard. The class being lead by the H&A ship MS Zuiderdam in 2002. The Spirit and Radiance class ships are similar. What varies is the inside which the Arcadia and Queen Victoria together can show. When the Arcadia was being built it had no central ballroom, which is why is was moved away from being the Queen Victoria and another was ordered with the ballroom interior. Amazing how the same ship can be so different. They are all around 290 meters, 1850 to 2350 guests, these are Panamax cruise ships, almost liners. To confuse matters Carnival now have a new Vista Class (Carnival).

  1. 2002: MS Zuiderdam
  2. 2003: MS Oosterdam
  3. 2004: MS Westerdam
  4. 2005: MS Arcadia
  5. 2006: MS Noordam
  6. 2007: MS Queen Victoria
  7. 2008: MS Eurodam
  8. 2009: Costa Luminosa
  9. 2010: MS Queen Elizabeth
  10. 2010: MS Nieuw Amsterdam
  11. 2010: Costa Deliziosa

The fifth Vista Class ship as ordered by Holland and America, the contract was switched to Cunard. She was meant to become the Queen Victoria, but there were concerns about the ballroom design which was of huge importance. The Arcadia as she is known now, ended up with no ballroom, 83,781 tons. 2,384 guests. 866 crew and exclusively for adults. The Arcadia had a huge refurbishment in 2017. Powered by Six Wärtsilä diesel engines, she attains nearly 52kw of power and 22 knots. The Arcadia has a theatre at the front, the middle of the ship sees the art gallery in widened corridor sharing the other side with a nightclub. That is used for classical recitals on many days at around 5 pm. Marco Pierre White has his Ocean Grill on board. See our ship tour in the film section. The Arcadia is famous for its approx 99-day world cruise every year. P&O web site of ships

How do you cruise so much? I want to cruise more.

How can you cruise more? I saw this on the SAGA site

P&O AURORA chat group on Facebook

Cruise Chat is the greatest way to share and discover. the P&O AURORA group

P&O Aurora – Ship tour. Aurora is an adult only ship.

Built by Meyer Werft at their shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, this was the first P&O ship we went on,

P&O Aurora snowed in and Northern Lights on last cruise as family ship

The Aurora’s very last cruise as a family ship saw it covered in snow with many guests staying inside.

New England YouTube Channel – inc Canada to New York to Charleston to Bermuda

What a great Playlist!

Adriatic Cruise Route – the Venice back to Southampton Cruise

We found ourselves asking, on this special route, did Dubrovnik make Game of Thrones, or

Maurice Grumbleweed – a master craftsman on stage

Maurice will not have wanted to be listed as a comedian, but he’s one of the funniest men

Aurora sails up the Hudson River, under the bridge past The Statue of Liberty into New York

Sailing up the Hudson River into Brooklyn is quite a spectacle