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Add extra sparkle to your holiday

Our themed and star-studded cruises aren’t simply a chance to meet some of your celebrity favourites, they also give you a unique opportunity to enjoy intimate performances, hear top tips and ask them everything you’ve ever wanted to know.

Our themed cruises aren’t simply a chance to meet some of your celebrity favourites, they also give you a unique opportunity to enjoy intimate performances, learn top tips and ask everything you’ve ever wanted to know.

Foodie favourites

Feel like adding a little flavour to your break?

Meet our chefs! One is known as the ‘godfather of modern cooking’ and the other was the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star. Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochhar will be on hand to give demonstrations, masterclasses and host dinners in their own on board restaurants. Furthermore, oenophile and specialist sommelier Olly Smith will host wine tastings and wine dinners

You can also listen in to interviews, get books signed and join hosted shore excursions to vineyards, breweries, distilleries, restaurants and markets, depending on your itinerary.

Strictly Come Dancing

All the glitz and glamour of Strictly Come Dancing comes straight to P&O Cruises ships as we give you the opportunity for intimate performances with some of your favourite professional dancers and judges.

Every Strictly Come Dancing cruise will feature two of the show’s dancers and one judge (confirmed nearer the time), who you’ll be able to meet – and maybe pick up a move or two from! You’ll also be able to ask any burning questions, hear all about Strictly life and see incredible costumes in the flesh.

Thirty years of Music Festivals at Sea

Meet musicians with magical talents!

Internationally renowned opera singers, instrumentalists, quartets and famous hosts from the world of broadcasting are often on the programme of the perennially popular Music Festivals at Sea, which began in October 1984 with a focus on classical music. Over the years, it has evolved to include opera, operetta, quizzes, recitals, and ensembles, eventually becoming known as Music Festivals at Sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July, 2014

The Great Sail Away

There are thousands of holidays on offer and a whole heap of benefits to snap up in our new summer promotion, the Great Sail Away.

Choose from voyages departing between September 2014 and June 2015, as well as benefits that include free additional on board spending money on P&O Cruises Select Price holidays and free flights on exotic and world sector cruises this winter. Offers will also be available on our new ship Britannia, which launches in March 2015.

In addition, reduced Early Saver prices are being released for sailings starting from 1 September 2014 up to the end of June 2015.

There is a huge selection of child-friendly or exclusively-for-adults holidays and destinations, including short breaks to Bruges, and holidays to the Mediterranean, Atlantic islands, Baltic and Norwegian Fjords, Mediterranean fly-cruises and transatlantic Caribbean cruises, as well as world cruises and sectors of world cruises.

The offer covers departures over the school holidays of autumn half term, Christmas and Easter 2015. 

P&O Cruises marketing director Christopher Edgington said, 'This is our greatest summer promotion with thousands of holidays on offer across a huge spectrum of travel dates and destinations.

'Everyone can benefit; from families travelling during school holidays to those who want to be the first to experience all the glamour and excitement of our new ship Britannia.'

The Great Sail Away runs throughout July until the end of August. For more information, click here.

July, 2014

New roles and titles for the on board Hotel Team

From June 2014 the Hotel Team will be evolving with the addition of new titles and new roles as a part of a long-term initiative to improve P&O Cruises service and enhance the passenger experience. 

The changes mean that our crew will have more time to spend with our passengers, delivering an even better service than before because the processes behind the scenes will be improved. It will also make it easier for you to direct your query to the right person. Happily, we did not have to make any redundancies in rearranging the roles. 

The members of this team include those who look after you with such great service in the Hotel areas such as dining, bars, entertainment, services and accommodation. 

The key job title changes are as follows:

Customer Services

Titles of those that deal with customer requirements and issues will be changing. The Passenger Services Manager will become the Hotel Operations and Retail Manager.

Entertainment

The Cruise Director title is changing to Entertainment Manager. We have found that newer passengers found the previous title confusing and feel this is a much more descriptive term.  

Hotel Department

The Executive Purser will now be called the Hotel General Manager. As with the Entertainment Manager, we have altered the title for greater clarification with newer passengers. 

Both our existing Executive Pursers and Cruise Directors agree that this is a very positive step. 

The scheduled dates for the title changes are as follows: 

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June, 2014

P&O Cruises adds big cheese to Britannia's culinary line-up

P&O Cruises has enhanced its speciality culinary offering on new ship Britannia with the introduction of international cheese judge and expert Charlie Turnbull.

Turnbull, who runs an award-winning delicatessen and cheese shop in Shaftesbury, Dorset and writes regular magazine columns on the subject, will be consulting on the range of British and artisan cheeses in the atrium Market Café and in the fine dining Epicurean restaurant. Following the launch of the ship in March next year, Turnbull will also be travelling several times a year to host cheese and beer/ale tastings on board as well as hosting cheese-related shore excursions.

P&O Cruises Marketing Director Christopher Edgington said: 'Britannia will have a real emphasis on authenticity across all aspects of the ship, whether that relates to the design, the entertainment or the variety of dining and ingredients. In each of these areas we have consulted and worked with the experts in the field. Even a detail such as cheese is no exception and in Charlie Turnbull we have a recognised master cheesemonger.'

The P&O Cruises Food Heroes concept embraces some of the biggest talent in the British culinary scene, including James Martin, Eric Lanlard, Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar and wine expert Olly Smith.

'The Market Café will be the social hub of the ship with an informal café style atmosphere. Whether it is patisserie from Eric Lanlard, a plate of British charcuterie or a tasting selection of artisan cheeses chosen by Charlie, paired with a local British beer, we will showcase the best of the best from the best.'

Charlie Turnbull said: 'I am really very excited about choosing the best British and European cheeses for Britannia. In this World Cup year Britain would have every chance to win a Cheese World Cup with the cheeses being made here right now. Britannia is a unique opportunity for them to be seen and enjoyed.

'As Britannia will be the sailing ambassador of the best of British food, I am delighted to be the shepherd of her cheeses as she travels the world. I will also be taking advantage of ports of call in the Mediterranean to guest some local cheeses, as well as getting on shore with fellow travellers and seeking out local specialities to compare with our own.'    

The Market Café will offer tasting notes for all the cheeses and suggestions to pair with wines and beers, while cheese will also be served in the Epicurean restaurant, high up on deck 16. The Epicurean will be the place to go for a stunning, contemporary menu of molecular cooking, home smoking, ingredients with noted provenance and even flaming jellies. 

June, 2014

April Cruise Award Winners

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The Adonia winner was Harish Bhandari from HDLI

‘Patient, polite and friendly. Harish goes to great lengths to assist in any way he can. A great asset to Adonia.' Harish received several passenger nominations, particularly for fixing a complicated problem with a laptop. 

‘Without his help and patience regarding my ignorance of my iPad, my holiday would not have been as great’ and ‘He is always polite, patient and helpful, especially with internet difficulties. Nothing is too much trouble’, was just some of the praise Harish received.

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The Oceana winner was Kamal Jadav, laundry staff

He was nominated by a colleague for returning £250 left by mistake in a trouser pocket. Kamal happened to check the pockets and returned the money to the owner the next morning without being asked.

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The Arcadia winner was Sidhdesh Lad, accommodation assistant

Sidhesh received 17 Crew nominations for going the extra mile for organising the live telecast of T20 World Cup matches for all the crew in the mess during his own time. He also keeps the Crew Bar clean and tidy, which has been appreciated by all of the crew.

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The Oriana winner was Anna Cichecka, assistant crew manager

Anna was outside in Lisbon when she noticed a blind couple travelling without assistance rejoining the ship. Instead of assuming it was someone else's responsibility, she assisted them in boarding and took them to their cabin where she spent two hours explaining the cabin, the facilities, the activities, etc. This was really going the extra mile. 

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The Aurora winner was Sara Cobb

On 20th March, Sara organised a Macmillan charity walk-a-thon. She went the extra mile and encouraged both the ship’s company and the passengers to take part, raising money for this very worthy cause. Passenger comments included this: ‘Sara is friendly, efficient, sincere and a treasure to P&O Cruises. She remembers passengers’ names and faces year after year’.  

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The Ventura winner was Dennis Castillo, electrical fitter.

Dennis is an outstanding performer. He has gone the extra mile by fixing both tazzine coffee machine in and out of work time, and when Vitality were onboard, Dennis shadowed them to complete extra training, which was also completed in his own time. Dennis is always willing to help and he is a credit to Ventura.

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The Azura winner was Romel Duron, Waste Disposal Supervisor

Romel consistently provides a very professional and dependable service. He never turns away a job regardless of workload and always maintains a cheerful and polite disposition. His professional knowledge and skills are evident in the high standard of maintenance and safety in the waste disposal department. He and his team undertook the laborious task of breaking up 44 washing machines for scrap! Although largely unseen, Romel is a vital member of the operation onboard Azura. 

June, 2014