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Britannia (Photo: P&O Cruises)
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  • Do I have to dress up on a P&O Cruises cruise?

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Who goes on P&O Cruises cruise ships?

The line is aimed squarely at Brits, and that's pretty well the only nationality you'll find abroad at any time of year, wherever the ship is based. The demographic varies drastically depending on the type of ship and time of year. The adults-only ships tend to attract couples of 55-years plus; the family-friendly ones will attract families during the holiday periods, and then revert to 55+ couples outside of school holidays. Age will skew lower on the mini-break cruises to Europe and the Channel Islands.

P&O Cruises is also aimed squarely at Middle England -- it's not upmarket and not "bucket and spade". The line is about as typically British as you can get.

Do I have to dress up on a P&O Cruises cruise?

P&O cruisers veer on the side of smart during the evening (not Cunard smart, but certainly not casual or scruffy), with casual during the day -- shorts, T-shirts, baseball caps and flip flops are perfectly acceptable day wear. On Gala nights passengers tend to make an effort and you'll see a range of clothing from ball gowns and black tie to and dark suits and long dresses and heels.

Is everything free on P&O Cruises cruises?

No, though tips are included in the price of the cruise and you won't find the rampant upcharging you get on US lines. You'll pay extra for speciality restaurants, adults-only relaxation areas, the spa (treatments and thermal suite access), alcoholic and soft drinks.

What are P&O Cruises’s most popular activities?

P&O Cruises does not go in for adrenaline-filled activities like the US ships, so you won't even find a climbing wall even on the largest ships, let alone simulated skydiving, dodgems or simulated surfing. Daytime activities across the fleet consist of Daily activities range from the old-time favourites such as deck quoits, shuffleboard and table tennis to line dancing and party dance classes plus plenty of quizzes throughout the day including a pub challenge.

Why go with P&O Cruises?

P&O Cruises Cruises Cruiser Reviews

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Myrrhanda

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Good entertainment, appalling food

We were able to try out only the non additional fee restaurants (the speciality we're fully booked after the first day of sailing) and even there the food was nothing special - just the presentation was little better - and the cakes were exactly the same that at the buffet.On top of this the menu felt plain, with no local speciality and even no special food for the celebration nights.Read More
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darknight74

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Simply a brilliant cruise from first to last

Arrival and departure at all ports was on time and getting on and off the ship was easy with no queues.Simply a brilliant two weeks with excellent weather, a great ship, crew and amazing places to visit.Read More
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Hollers

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Disappointed by trip that yet again has been compromised!

What a disappointment that we missed the last stop of our Norweigan fjord cruise, on Thursday.Sadly, for P & O the passengers who we spoke to around the ship were not impressed and didn't believe our captain's story of the imperative part that needed to be flown in from Italy that would mean we missed our last stopover...Read More
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Flamingoforever

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

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