P&O Cruises is offering its largest ever cruise programme next year, including fly-cruise holidays to the Mediterranean on new small ship Adonia joining the fleet in May 2011 and the first full year of cruising for 3,100 passenger ship Azura.
International opera star, Russell Watson, and a host of other famous British faces will perform for passengers on the maiden voyage of the latest and most sophisticated addition to the P&O Cruises fleet, Azura.
Marco Pierre White will be travelling on board P&O Cruises superliner Ventura at various dates throughout the year and will be offering the chance for passengers to get up close and personal.
P&O Cruises is offering free on board spending money and discounts of up to £1,000 per couple, for bookings made between 28 December 2009 and 31 January 2010.
P&O Cruises is bucking the industry trend towards ever larger vessels by introducing a ship to its fleet that will accommodate just 710 passengers and will be able to visit the “off the beaten track” destinations that are inaccessible to some of the bigger ships of today.
One of the small ships of Princess Cruises, the 710-passenger Royal Princess, will depart the line’s fleet in spring 2011, transferring to sister company P&O Cruises in the U.K. The ship will be renamed Adonia.
The number of Brits taking cruises this year increased by 5% despite the downturn in the economy, according to the latest figures from the Passenger Shipping Association. More than 1.5m Brits took a cruise this year compared to last – and this trend is expected to continue next year with a projected 6.5% increase to more than 1.6m passengers.
Get to know Australia’s latest superliner, Pacific Jewel, by following a new blog launched by P&O Cruises, at pacificjewel.pocruises.com.au.
Cross-channel ferry services to France are carrying more passengers than last year as Britons head south in search of the al fresco summer lifestyle being denied to them by UK downpours.
Carol Marlow, the current Line President at Cunard, is set to replace Nigel Esdale as managing director at P&O Cruises. This is also good news for Esdale who is to be moving into a senior commercial role with their parent company Carnival UK as part of a wide range of management reshuffling.
The prospect of a summer of travel chaos has been raised a notch after several airlines, led by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, have started refusing to check-in holidaymakers suspected of suffering from swine-flu like symptoms, unless they can provide a “fit to fly” note from their doctor.
Whale watching trips led by conservation experts have been scheduled on four special mini cruises with P&O Ferries this summer.