P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises can trace its colourful history all the way back to 1837. On 1st September that year, Arthur Anderson and Brodie McGhie Wilcox, founders of the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company, were awarded a contract from the British Government to carry mail from London to the Iberian Peninsula. At that time passengers were also carried on these routes, but initially it was more a case of business than pleasure.

It is commonly believed that Arthur Anderson first imagined deep-sea cruising two years before establishing the company. Arthur placed a dummy advertisement selling a mythical cruise to fill space in the first edition of his ‘Shetland Journal’ newspaper.

As the company picked up more contracts with more varied destinations, they also put Anderson’s idea for leisure cruise travel into action. They offered round trip tickets to some of the more exotic destinations along their routes like Malta, Athens and Egypt. Needless to say this new holiday phenomenon well and truly took off.

P&O Cruises set the standards for quality, service, reliability, comfort, safety and innovation. And this forward-looking approach ensures that we remain at the forefront of cruise holidays.

P&O Cruises' Ships

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Explore exciting destinations all around the world, with the comforts of being at home. We understand today’s cosmopolitan British tastes, with different style restaurants, from fine Indian dining, and restaurants by Marco Pierre White. Sophisticated bars with specially selected wines by TV’s Olly Smith. West End style shows, and comedians you can really have a laugh with. There’s even tea & coffee making facilities in your cabin for that early morning drink, with Twining’s tea of course.

395 Cruises · 8 Ships

Cruise Regions

  • Caribbean
  • East US/Canada
  • Far East
  • Mediterranean
  • Middle East
  • N Europe
  • N Europe/Med
  • Pacific
  • World-wide

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Reasons to Book

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 sure we’re cruise experts. The exceptional choices and service our cruises provide not only create memorable experiences, but are also great value for money. 

Guests can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime every time they cruise with us. P&O Cruises want to give passengers a holiday to remember, filled with special occasions and memorable moments. From the friendly greeting they receive as they step on board, to Black Tie nights where the entire ship dresses to the nines, or from a lazy afternoon of pampering in The Retreat, to a romantic dinner for two at a Marco Pierre White restaurant, everything about a P&O Cruises holiday will make guests feel special. And when the cabin steward knows your name, and the bar steward remembers your favourite drink, that’s simply how a P&O Cruises holiday should be.

Members Club

P&O Cruises Peninsular Club 
For each night guests spend on board a P&O Cruises ship, they'll be awarded 10 loyalty points applied at the end of their cruise. Once they have earned a minimum of 150 points they will automatically become a member of the P&O Cruises Peninsular Club. The tiers are named after oceans and seas of the world, each of them cruised by ships from the P&O Cruises fleet. They are arranged in order of size (in accordance with The Times World Atlas) with the smallest sea in the scheme, the 'Ligurian Sea', being the name for the most exclusive tier. 

The tiers are based on the number of nights spent on board which are then converted into points, with the Caribbean tier being the highest confirmed tier. The points required per tier are set as follows

  • Pacific: 150 - 500 points 
  • Atlantic: 501 - 1000 points 
  • Mediterranean: 1001 - 2000 
  • points Caribbean: 2001 + points