Want to see where P&O Cruises are going in 2015? Now you can! It’s our pleasure to announce P&O Cruises largest ever cruise programme for next year including 211 sailings taking in 81 different ports of call in 61 different countries. The cruise lines fleet of eight ships will cover a combined distance of 662,000 nautical miles covering all four corners of the globe.
There are plenty! 2015 will mark a new era for P&O Cruises as the new livery design will be unveiled. The Union Jack flag design will be added to all members of the fleet and will be proudly on display as P&O Cruises make their way into ports all over the world.
Destination is key for P&O Cruises in 2015 and the cruise line has unveiled 15 brand new ports of call. The 15 new destinations include Belem, Bonifacio, Fort William, Fredrikstad, Gozo, Haugesund, Jacksonville, Killybegs, Sevastopol, Tobermory, Georgetown, Gijon, Porto Santo, Villagarcia de Arosa and Wismar. The cruise line has also included what they are calling 10 “ports of special interest”, which they have brought back for 2015. These ports of call include stunning destinations such as Charleston and New Orleans in the United States; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Bermuda; Hvar, Croatia and Manaus, Brazil.
Of course the major highlight for 2015 for P&O Cruises will be the arrival of new ship Britannia. You may have noticed we, just a little, that we have put the spotlight on this wonderful new addition to the fleet a lot over recent weeks and that is for no other reason than the fact that we are just as excited about her arrival as you are. We have visited Monfalcone Shipyard in Trieste, Italy and followed her progress from her keel laying ceremony right up to her recent floatout and will continue to do so along the way to her maiden voyage. Britannia will become the largest ever ship to be designed for the British market and following her recent launch event in London, we can honestly say, she is going to be truly spectacular.
What makes Britannia so special?
Where do we start? There is so much to look forward to on board this ship that there will literally be no time for boredom, that’s just on board, we haven’t even begun to discuss where she will take you. Britannia promises to be the most ‘awe inspiring’ interpretation of the P&O Cruises experience yet and we cannot wait for her arrival. P&O promised a “modern classic” and in Britannia they have achieved just that. She will embody all things new and fresh about P&O Cruises while maintaining the grace, glamour and heritage of the ships that have passed before her. New entertainment additions include the incredible theatre on board with a full LED screen backdrop to enhance shows like never before. Britannia will also boast the five “Food Heroes’ in Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar, James Martin, Eric Lanlard and Olly Smith. She’ll combine wonderful sophistication reminiscent of the world’s most glamorous hotels with exciting innovation and freshness guaranteed to provide an inevitable wow factor. Bringing the famous faces of the British culinary world to the seas enables just that and the valuable expertise these masters of their trades will bring will certainly enhance the cuisine and dining style on board.
‘Food Heroes’ Assemble!
Let’s start with Mr Marco Pierre White, now a regular favourite amongst P&O passengers that won the hearts of many guests with his superb restaurant, The White Room on board Ventura. This elegant and charming venue became incredibly popular from the moment Ventura set sail and Marco now oversees an array of restaurants throughout the fleet including Aurora’s Café Bordeaux, Oceana’s Café Jardin, and will now create the menus for the gala evenings on board Britannia. Atul Kochhar is another man that has become a recent favourite with P&O Cruise’s passengers, most notably for his sensational restaurant, Sindu. This gorgeous venue was a huge hit when unveiled on board Azura, so much so that Kochhar also took control of the menu for Ventura’s East. Now the Michelin star holder and ‘master of spices’ will feature his biggest and grandest Sindhu to date on board Britannia. Olly Smith’s loveable and charismatic character never fails to provoke a smile and Olly will once again bring his exuberant talents to the P&O Cruises fleet on board Britannia. Olly will hand pick the wines by the glass in the The Glass House bar and grill on board.
Now for the newbies, well to P&O Cruises anyway. The cruise line was extremely excited, and understandably so, to announce the additions of Eric Lanlard and James Martin to the roster of celebrity chefs on board Britannia. Award-winning master patissier ‘Cake Boy’ Eric Lanlard will be part of the new Market Café and create Britannia’s new Champagne afternoon tea. James Martin, Britain’s favourite TV chef will bring his culinary wisdom to Britannia at the new Cookery School, giving passengers the opportunity to learn from the best.
Britannia’s maiden season will see her based from Southampton sailing to stunning destinations including the Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords, Canary Islands and the Baltic Capitals. She will also offer a range of cruise breaks, providing shorter cruise itineraries for those looking for a getaway or restricted on time, or perhaps even looking to sample a cruise for the first time. During the winter of 2015/16 Britannia will head for the warm weather of the Caribbean sailing a great selection of 14 night fly cruise itineraries from Barbados.
Oceana Fly Cruises 2015
For 2014 P&O Cruises unveiled plans for their first fly cruise itineraries. These would be aboard Ventura sailing from Venice and Genoa. Now, for 2015, the cruise line has announced they will continue with fly med sailings. Oceana will take centre stage for these cruises commencing from late March to October. Oceana will make the warm waters of the Mediterranean her home, offering guests a great range of 7 and 14 night itineraries taking in up to nine destinations. Ports of call include Genoa, Florence/Pisa (tours from Livorno), Naples, Dubrovnik, Venice, Kotor, Corfu, Rome (tours from Civitavecchia) and Monte Carlo.
Oceana will pick up where Ventura leaves off in 2015 but she will do so in style. Oceana will enhance the offerings of fly med cruises in the 2015 programme with full day and evening calls in Dubrovnik and also calls into Monte Carlo. This will allow passengers to spend more time in beautiful Croatian port of call and also experiences the best of the French Riviera. All Oceana’s fly cruises will provide flight options from/to London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Adonia Discovery Cruises
The intimate size of Adonia enables her to head off the beaten track and take in ports of call that larger vessels could only dream of. In 2015, Adonia will offer discovery cruises to destinations including river cruising in the Amazon or Orinoco River as well as sailing to the remote ports in Central American ports on the edge of the Caribbean. She will set sail from Barbados, departing on itineraries from November 2015 to March 2016. Adonia will alternate two itineraries in this time as well as offering her unique discover sailings.
Dates For Your Diary
From 3 April 2014 to 6 April 2014, the new 2015 programme will be open to book for Caribbean, Baltic and Ligurian tier past passengers. The cruises will go on general sale from 7 April 2014 BUT you can pre-register with us NOW! You can read all about the new P&O Cruises 2015 programme plus see every itinerary and pricing by clicking here.