P&O Cruises covers globe as Britannia heralds new era in UK holidays

P&O Cruises covers globe as Britannia heralds new era in UK holidays

P&O Cruises will operate its largest ever programme next year featuring eight ships, 211 cruises, 81 different ports in 61 countries, covering 662,000 nautical miles and sailing 25 seas.

From Flamborough head to the Fjords, Orinoco to New Orleans and Gozo to Guyana, 2015 marks a new era for P&O Cruises.

The 2015/16 launch programme opens for pre-registration on March 20 until April 2, 2014. The cruises then go on general sale from April 7.

New Ports for 2015/16:
·      15 new destinations including Belem, Bonifacio, Fort William, Fredrikstad, Gozo, Haugesund, Jacksonville, Killybegs, Sevastopol, Tobermory, Georgetown, Gijon, Porto Santo, Villagarcia de Arosa and Wismar
·      10 “ports of special interest” brought back for 2015 including Charleston and New Orleans, USA; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Hamilton, Bermuda; Hvar, Croatia and Manaus, Brazil

Britannia
Britannia promises to be the most ‘awe inspiring’ interpretation of the P&O Cruises experience yet. Combining the excitement of cruising with the sophistication of a luxury hotel, Britannia isn’t just the biggest ship ever built for the British market – she’s the most glamorous too.

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Brimming with famous faces that make food fabulous, P&O Cruises has signed the talent of the British culinary scene, to enhance its dining experience on Britannia. These ‘Food Heroes’ bring their own brand of valuable expertise into the mix to offer a variety of cuisine to suit all tastes and style of dining.

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White will create the menus for the gala evenings, Michelin star holder and ‘master of spices’, Atul Kochhar will feature in Sindhu fine dining restaurant, TV wine expert Olly Smith will hand pick wines by the glass in The Glass House bar and grill and, new to the fold, Britain’s favourite TV chef, James Martin, will feature in the new Cookery School. Award-winning master patissier ‘Cake Boy’ Eric Lanlard will be part of the new Market Café and create Britannia’s new Champagne afternoon tea.

P&O Cruises marketing director Christopher Edgington said: “We are determined to attract those people who want an effortless holiday and who have not considered a cruise whilst still retaining fresh appeal for regular passengers. We hope that the spirit of Britannia will capture the imagination of all those who are looking for the best of the best from a holiday. We pride ourselves on delivering authentic, lingering happy memories which stem from exemplary service, attention to detail, and shared experiences with family and friends.

“Every detail on Britannia from sumptuous linens to the £1million art collection, from the wines from around the globe to the provenance of our ingredients, everything is chosen with care. Those long held myths and perceptions about cruising would be banished if more people realised that this is the holiday they have been looking for…”

Britannia’s maiden season will see the ship sail from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords, Canary Islands and the Baltic Sea, as well as offering a range of short breaks and a special round Britain cruise. The ship will then transfer to the Caribbean for the winter season sailing a range of 14 night fly cruise itineraries from Barbados.

Britannia highlights Include:
·      Maiden season of new ship Britannia including Round Britain cruise taking in the “Best of the British Isles”
·      Cruises with the new ‘Food Heroes’ throughout the maiden European season

Themed cruises:
·      Four Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises
·      Three music festivals at sea

Oceana to take up fly-med in 2015
From late March to October, Oceana makes the warm waters of the Med her home, offering seven and 14-night cruises including up to nine destinations including; Genoa, Florence/Pisa (tours from Livorno), Naples, Dubrovnik, Venice, Kotor, Corfu, Rome (tours from Civitavecchia) and Monte Carlo. 

New for the 2015 programme are full day and evening calls in Dubrovnik and calls at Monte Carlo allowing passengers to experience the best of the French Riviera. All Mediterranean fly cruises include flights from/to London, Birmingham and Manchester with Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Easyjet and British Airways. Transfers between the overseas airport and ship are also included. Prices from £699 per person for seven nights