P&O Cruises has launched its summer 2018 cruises that can be secured for a deposit of less than 30 pounds per person. “This is the earliest we have ever launched our summer holiday collection,” commented senior vice president Paul Ludlow. The cruises go on general sale Sept. 19.
The new program features more of P&O’s traditional itineraries including the biggest selection of year-round cruises from Southampton, seven and 14-night fly-Med cruises from Malta with an optional city stay extension, cruises to the Fjords, Northern Lights, Greek Islands, Food Heroes cruises, Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises and Music Festivals at Sea.
A seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise starts at 599 pounds per person and can be booked with a deposit of 28.50 pounds per person.
P&O said it is also offering 36 family holidays during Easter, summer and May or October half-term available across five ships with destination options including the Canary Islands, Iberia, Mediterranean (ex-UK or fly-cruise), short city breaks and the Norwegian Fjords. Itineraries vary between two and 17 nights.
The summer 2018 deliver seven new ports across five cruises. New destinations include Capri and Rapallo in Italy, Rovini in Croatia, Kristiansund in Norway and Gaspe, Sept Iles and Iles de la Madeleine in Canada.
The Arcadia will offer a new 30-night Canadian itinerary departing Sept. 3, 2018. The focus will be on lesser frequented ports such Saguenay, Sept Iles and Corner Brook, and the cruise will feature three maiden calls, two nights in New York and an overnight in Quebec.
P&O is also introducing 15 new so-called discovery cruises next year ranging from 14 to 19 nights. Discovery cruises are described as providing guests with the chance to explore lesser-known destinations and ports said to be packed with local charm along with a few classic cities all in the same holiday. These are available on mid-sized ships Oriana, Arcadia and Aurora.
Discovery cruises include: a 16-night Scandinavia & Russia voyage on the Aurora departing May 19, 2018, calling at Gdansk in Poland (tours from Gdynia), Visby, Klaipeda in Lithuania and Riga in Latvia. A 14-night Mediterranean cruise on Arcadia departing July 22, 2018, calling at Elba, Toulon and Ceuta. And a 9-night Central Mediterranean cruise on Oriana, departing October 5, 2018, calling at Corigliano Calabro and Catania in Italy and Kotor
P&O has increased its longer 12-night Norway Fjords cruises in 2018. Two options are available: a 12-night Fjords cruise on adult-only Arcadia, departing August 5, 2018, and a 12-night Fjords cruise on family-friendly Aurora departing June 4, 2018.
In addition, a 12-day Northern Lights cruise to Norway is offered in March.
More events cruises are also part of the program, including three programs taking in the Monaco Grand Prix in May.
Theme cruises include food, music and dancing.