(6:30 a.m. EST) -- P&O Cruises will launch its first ever fly-cruise holidays to the Mediterranean next year and will also introduce the first single balcony cabins to its fleet.
The line will launch seven- and 14-night cruises to the Med. on Ventura, in addition to the ship's fly-cruises to the Caribbean.
The two new single balcony cabins will be on Arcadia, which also get four new single inside cabins after a refit in December this year.
Other highlights in the 2014/15 itineraries include:
17 new destinations, including Antwerp, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Galway, Kiel, Mykonos, Seville, Skagen, Denmark; and St Nazaire, France
35 short-break cruises -- the line's highest ever
More themed cruises following on from the huge success of its Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises
More celebrity chefs and wine experts
Unique itinerary cruises, including Adonia's river cruising to Seville and Bordeaux; a visit to Kiel during the Kiel Week festival and a cruise around Britain
Dining choices broadened, with Freedom Dining option available across six ships
P&O's managing director Carol Marlow said: "This year we're excited to announce Ventura's fly-cruising programme to the Mediterranean. She'll spend the summer visiting some of the Med's most iconic destinations, sailing from and to Italy's Venice and Savona. With fewer days at sea and a more relaxed atmosphere on board, these Fly-Med holidays are sure to appeal to families, friends and couples alike."
-- by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor