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 P & O Cruises Cruise Line

The oldest British shipping company, the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company was founded in 1837. The company even claims that it "invented" cruising in the 1840s. Forced to concentrate on the leisure side of sea travel, P&O Cruises abolished passenger classes, acquired Los Angeles-based Princess Cruises in 1974, and Sitmar Cruises in 1988. Sitmar cruises was then merged with Princess Cruises. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Princess Cruises has embarked on a policy of growth through building new ships, bought and later built purpose-designed cruise ships and became one of the largest cruise operators in the world. In April 2004 P&O Princess plc, the parent company of P&O Cruises, joined together with Carnival Corporation, bringing together two of the best known and most successful organizations in the cruise industry. Already Britain’s market leading cruise company, P&O Cruises is now part of one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies.
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 Recent P & O Cruises Reviews

  • The Alexanders  Oceana  Med

    We will never return to P&O, not even to catch the ferry. The fact that there isn't even a customer service email address, nor has any P&O rep attempted to contact us about the issues we raised... read more

  • Sue Johnson  Ventura  Mediterranean

    FIRST & LAST CRUISE WITH P&O We have been on at least 10 other cruises with RCI, Celebrity and Seabourn and this was our first with P&O. We were extremely disappointed to say the least,... read more

    2 users found this review helpful.
  • Steve Cassidy  Ventura  Caribbean

    There is absolutely nothing "Special" about a P&O Cruise anymore. Standards have plummeted to an unacceptable level in view of the claims made in P&O Cruise Brochures. Now average unless... read more

    6 users found this review helpful.
  • denise  Ventura  canary islands

    it was absolutely fabulous, we all felt really pampered. we did it for two special birthdays combined and are thinking of doing a cruise again for my next big birthday, a few years yet....... read more

    7 users found this review helpful.
  • Mason  Oceana  W Med

    Car Park was a nightmare. Everyone assumes that you know where to go and what to do and when. We were told ALL our baggage would be taken aboard. What they didn't tell us was that we would have to... read more

    17 users found this review helpful.
  • Helen  Ventura  USA and Caribbean

    This was our first full cruise (our previous experience was more than twenty years ago with Carnival and was a 4 day trip around the Bahamas) We went with our 17 year old daughter and my parents... read more

    57 users found this review helpful.
  • Sarah Trevillion  Oceana  Caribbean

    Oceana is an amazing ship. The atrium is spectacular. It is all lit up at night. The itinerary was great. The photograhers were fantastic and with the onboard photo packages, I didn't think the... read more

    74 users found this review helpful.
  • Steve  Ventura  Caribbean

    Great ship well worth trying. few problems, though. Children jumping into pools and jacuzzis - not heeding of signs in the area. Formal night always meant formal wear in all public areas. On... read more

    73 users found this review helpful.
  • Isabel  Arcadia  Norwegian Fjords and North Cape

    This review gives my personal view only. I realize that all aspects are purely subjective and that others may have a very different opinion of things. I appreciate hard work and know that I am not... read more

    79 users found this review helpful.
  • Phil Harrison

    Oceana  Western Europe

      First of all some background. We were cruising as a family myself and my wife 3 children 17,15 and 5 and my mother in her late 70’s.we have cruised many... read more

    26 users found this review helpful.
  • Jonathan Baldrey

    Arcadia  Barbados/Panama Canal

    Have just returned from a two week cruise on Arcadia, "Tropical Delights" from Acapulco to Barbados via the Panama Canal. I found the other reviewer's comments really helpful,... read more

    13 users found this review helpful.
  • Paul Handel

    Arcadia  Baltic

    Well, just where do I begin? When I joined the ship in Southampton and found my cabin, it had 2 twin beds and not the double I requested. The card showing my meal seating plan... read more

    17 users found this review helpful.
  • Steven Walker

    Arcadia  Baltic

    This was our second P&O cruise and we chose the ship as it was new and had received considerable UK press. Previously we had used Oceana and in common with others on the cruise,... read more

    15 users found this review helpful.
  • Lindsey Baldwin

    Artemis  Canaries Explorer

    First of all there doesn’t seem to be many reviews about the Artemis, so I would assume the majority of P and O cruise goers prefer the larger ladies like Arcadia, Oriana and... read more

    30 users found this review helpful.
  • Keith

    Arcadia  Baltic

    Review of P&O Arcadia 7-night Fjord’s Adventure Cruise 30 July 2006 This was a cruise from Southampton to Eidfjord, Flam, Olden and Bergen with a day at sea on the first... read more

    9 users found this review helpful.
  • Mervyn Hancock

    Aurora  Canary Islands

    Passengers on the Spanish ship, moored in front of us in Madeira, probably already knew that the British are patriotic - and quite mad! Or, at least, that is what it must... read more

    43 users found this review helpful.
  • Gill Mortimer

    Arcadia  Caribbean

    Departed Manchester on the 13th January 2006 with Thomas Cook. I agree with previous review - good plane but too small for the long distance to Barbados. Good point :- we... read more

    7 users found this review helpful.
  • Dave and Mandy Spencer

    Arcadia  Southern Caribbean

    Hi. We have just had a cruise on P&O Arcadia. Our first cruise I must admit so not a lot to measure against although we are very well travelled. Launched in the spring of... read more

    3 users found this review helpful.
  • Janice Briggs

    Arcadia  Caribbean Castaway

    The Arcadia ship was everything we expected it be. Big and very clean and the staff could not have been more helpful. The only downfall was the Gary Rhodes Restaurant the... read more

    4 users found this review helpful.
  • Sandra Hedges

    Artemis  Canaries Explorer

    My husband and myself booked this cruise with another two couples, one of which we have cruised with three times previously and the other two were very old friends who. We had... read more

    32 users found this review helpful.
  • Lydia

    Oriana  Western Mediterranean

    This was our first cruise, we departed from Southampton, and sailed around the Mediterranean. There were four of us, me(13), my brother(10), and my mum and dad. We... read more

    22 users found this review helpful.
  • Gary Bembridge

    Arcadia  Mediterranean

    The short summary is that we LOVED this new ship to the P&O fold and we loved the cruise around the Mediterranean, finding nothing major to highlight as areas P&O could focus on... read more

    10 users found this review helpful.
  • Emma Boston

    Arcadia  Western Europe

    My husband and I decided to take a cruise on the Arcadia as it was a new ship and we were interested to see what it was like in comparison to the other ships. We booked... read more

    7 users found this review helpful.
  • Mark

    Oriana  Western Mediterranean

    We cast off onboard Oriana for a family holiday in 2004. We had been on a cruise the year before onboard Oceana and had a thoroughly good time. The cruising... read more

    9 users found this review helpful.
  • Anthea Caruana

    Oriana  Norwegian Fjords

    I had seen Oriana from the outside many times as I live in Gibraltar and she often visits here. We wanted a big ship and we chose this one as the Fjords is a place we wanted to... read more

    9 users found this review helpful.

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