What’s Included in a P&O Cruise?

When you’re planning your first cruise (or your first cruise with P&O Cruises at least) it can be tricky to know what you’ll get for your money and what you’ll need to budget extra for.

I regularly get asked via my Instagram about what’s included in a P&O Cruise, so I noticed that this information can be tricky to find online.

Cruise Mummy with P&O Cruises ship

Plus, as P&O Cruises have three fares – Select Price, Saver and Early Saver – you’ll also need to know what’s included in each so that you can decide which fare offers the best value for money.

I’ve created this simple guide that will show you exactly what’s included in P&O Cruises’ fares and what costs extra. I hope that this will help you plan your cruise and save money.

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What’s Included in P&O Cruises and What Costs Extra..?

1. Accommodation

When you book a P&O Cruise, you can choose to stay in one of several different cabin types:

  • Inside cabins – The cheapest cabins with no windows
  • Sea view cabins – Include a window or porthole
  • Balcony cabins – With a private balcony to step outside
  • Suites – VIP accommodation with added perks

You’ll find specific cabin types such as mini-suites, superior deluxe balcony cabins, and single cabins within these types.

Inside cabin p&o cruises
Four berth inside cabin on Britannia

Whichever cabin type you choose, you’ll enjoy the following comforts:

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Toiletries pack

If you stay in a suite, you’ll also get lots of included extras in your room, such as fresh fruit, Champagne, chocolates, and a bathrobe and slippers, to name but a few. You can see a full list of P&O Cruises suite perks here.

When booking your P&O cruise, you’ll have two main decisions to make:

  1. What type of cabin would you like? E.g. inside, outside, balcony or suite
  2. Do you want to pick your cabin number or not?

If you want to choose your cabin number, you’ll need to book the Select Fare. If you don’t mind which cabin you get, then the Saver or Early Saver Fare will be cheaper.

Select Fare

Choose the exact cabin you would like.

Saver & Early Saver Fares

Choose the cabin type you would like, and your cabin number will be assigned to you.

So, should you choose your cabin number or book what is known as a ‘guarantee cabin’ and have it assigned to you a few weeks before your cruise?

Well, that really depends on whether you want a cabin in a certain location (such as a low deck if you get seasick or near the lifts, if you can’t walk too far).

To help you decide, take a look at my P&O Cruises cabin guides for the ship that you’re interested in…

Booking the Select Fare doesn’t just allow you to choose a cabin number, you’ll also get some other perks, which we’ll discuss further in this guide.

Sometimes, free upgrades are given. This can mean that you pay for an inside cabin but get upgraded to a balcony for no extra cost. Upgrades are first offered to Select Fare guests, then Extra Saver Fare guests, then Saver Fare guests.


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2. Food

P&O Cruises include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and snacks in a choice of venues. Each ship also has speciality restaurants where you can dine for a set fee.

The P&O Cruises menus change every day and special diets are always well catered for.

Included food on P&O Cruises:

  • Main Dining Room – For breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Buffet Restaurant – For breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus an early tea for kids
  • The Quays – A multi-venue food court (only on Iona and Arvia)
  • Casual Snack Bars – Sandwiches, salads, fruit, cakes etc
  • Poolside Grill – Burgers, hot dogs, chips, pizzas etc
  • Poolside Pizzeria – Handmade stone-baked pizza slices
  • Afternoon Tea – Finger sandwiches, scones, tea and coffee
P&O Cruises salad from Grab & Go
A free salad from the ‘Grab & Go’ bar

Food that costs extra on P&O Cruises:

  • Speciality Dining – Restaurants offering global cuisine with a cover charge
  • Market Cafe – Crepes, waffles, cakes and biscuits
  • Ice Cream – Outside of mealtimes, ice cream has an extra charge

The speciality dining venues vary by ship, with some favourites, such as Sindhu Indian restaurant, appearing on every P&O Cruises ship.

The cover charges are reasonable, ranging from £7.50 per person for dinner at The Beach House to £30.00 per person for dinner at The Epicurean.

Although children are welcome in the speciality restaurants, there are no children’s menu and no children’s prices. I prefer to take the kids to the earlier kids tea in the buffet restaurant and then leave them at the kids’ club while we enjoy an adult-only dining experience.

There’s really no need to pay any extra for food on your P&O Cruise, especially if you’re cruising for less than a week. While it can be nice to dine in a speciality restaurant for a special occasion, you really don’t need to budget anything extra for food if you don’t want to.

Suggested read: P&O Arvia Restaurants Guide

3. Drinks

There are some drinks on P&O Cruises that are always available free of charge. For other drinks, you can either add these to your bill individually and pay for them at the end of your cruise, or you can buy a drinks package that will make your cruise all-inclusive.

Included drinks on P&O Cruises:

  • Glasses of water
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Cordial
  • Milk
  • Fruit juices (at breakfast)
drinks by the pool on P&O Britannia

When you book your cruise, you’ll need to decide whether to buy a drinks package or to pay for your alcohol and soft drinks individually. There are five different drinks packages to choose from, and which one is best depends on what you like to drink.

To help you decide whether to buy a drink package or not, I’ve put together this thorough guide: P&O Drinks Packages Guide.

If you’d like to take a look at the drinks menus to get an idea of prices, you can see those here: P&O Cruises Drinks Menus.

I’ve also made a calculator to help you decide if you’ll pay more with or without a drink package. You just enter how many of each drink you plan to have, and it will work out your expected bar bill for you so you know if you’ll break even on the package or not…

4. Room Service

On P&O Cruises, room service is free of charge at breakfast time (7 am to 11 am), but there’s a charge at all other times.

Included room service breakfast on P&O Cruises:

  • Fruit juices and smoothies
  • Yoghurt
  • Cereals
  • Fruit and compotes
  • Croissants, muffins, Danish pastries, pain au chocolat
  • Toast
  • Panini with sausage, bacon and tomato

To order the free breakfast room service on your P&O cruise, just mark what items you want on the card along with your preferred delivery time and hang it on the outside of your door.

P&O Cruises room service breakfast menu

After 11 am, the room service prices on P&O Cruises are very reasonable.

P&O Cruises room service prices:

  • Baguettes with salad and crisps – £2.25
  • Wraps with fries and tabbouleh salad – £2.75
  • Speciality sandwiches with fries – £5.95
  • Kids sandwiches with orange juice, yoghurt and brownie – £2.95
  • Soups and salads- £1.95
  • Small plates (starters) – £2.50
  • Large plates (mains) – £5.95
  • Sharing plates – £7.95 to £12.50
  • Healthy salads and omelettes – £3.95
  • Desserts – £3.50
  • Cookies, brownies, muffins and doughnuts – £1.75

Below is the full P&O Cruises room service food and drinks menu…

You can also order drinks via room service. See the menu with prices above.

Read more: P&O Cruises Room Service Menu & How To Order

P&O Cruises Minibar

There is an extra charge for items from your minibar on P&O Cruises. The mini bar is not included in the drinks package either.

You can see P&O Cruises mini bar price list below…

I usually ask our cabin steward to empty the minibar. That leaves the fridge free so that we can store our own drinks.

P&O Cruises lets you bring up to one litre of wine or Champagne plus unlimited non-alcoholic drinks on board with you. You can also bring on extra non-alcoholic drinks in each port of call and keep them in your minibar.

The cruise line did used to let you bring spirits onboard too, but that policy changed in May 2024.

5. Entertainment

Your P&O cruise will include a range of entertainment throughout the day and evening at no extra cost. Each evening you’ll receive a daily programme called Horizon which will have the details of all of the activities and entertainment for the following day.

Headliner's Theatre on Britannia
Headliner’s Theatre

Included entertainment on P&O Cruises:

  • West End-style theatre performances
  • Cinema
  • Comedians
  • Live music and tribute acts
  • Cabaret, musicians and acrobats
  • Nightclub

There’s no charge to watch any of the shows on P&O Cruises’ ships.

6. Activities

On P&O cruises, the whole family can enjoy a wide variety of activities at no extra cost…

Included activities on P&O Cruises:

  • Swimming pools and hot tubs
  • Gym and fitness classes
  • Running track
  • Sports court with football, basketball and tennis
  • Golf nets
  • Deck quoits and shuffleboard
  • Darts
  • Table tennis
  • Dance classes
  • Card room and bridge classes
  • Pub quizzes
  • Family discos
  • Sports tournaments
  • Seminars with guest speakers
  • Library
  • Kids’ bingo
Kids playing shuffleboard on Britannia
Playing shuffleboard

Some activities do have an extra charge. These are activities done in small groups such as cookery classes or behind-the-scenes tours, as well as activities where you get to take something home such as photos or souvenirs.

Activities on P&O Cruises that cost extra:

  • Spa with thermal suite, saunas and steam rooms
  • Hair and beauty services
  • Casino
  • Arcades
  • Cooking classes
  • Art auctions
  • Shopping e.g. Clothes, jewellery, perfume and souvenirs
  • Behind-the-scenes tours
  • Photo shoots
  • 1 to 1 dance tuition
  • Art classes

7. Kids’ Clubs

P&O Cruises offer The Reef Children’s Club which is free of charge at all times. It’s open from just after breakfast until late in the evening, with breaks for mealtimes.

The P&O kids’ club is split into four age groups:

  • Splashers: 2 to 4 years old
  • Surfers: 5 to 8 years old
  • Scubas: 9 to 12 years old
  • H2O / The Scene: 13 to 17 years old

On cruises outside the school holidays, when there are fewer children on board, the groups may be combined.

The activities on board P&O Cruises ships for kids in The Reef include arts and crafts, sports tournaments, soft play, games consoles, quizzes, karaoke and movie nights.

arts and crafts in P&O Cruises kids' clubs
Arts and crafts in the kids’ club

As well as the kids’ clubs, P&O Cruises offer a free night nursery service for children aged four and under. This is a group babysitting service for children who are asleep. It’s open between 6 pm and 2 am on a first-come-first-served basis.

8. Service Charges


While some other cruise lines mandate a daily service charge known as a gratuity, P&O Cruises includes this in the cruise fare, so you won’t get a bill for it at the end of your cruise.

Tipping staff isn’t required or expected on board P&O Cruises ships. There’s also no service charge when purchasing drinks on board.

If you’d like to tip certain staff members such as your cabin steward or waiter at the end of your cruise you can do, but you don’t need to and most people don’t as tips are included in your P&O Cruises fare.


If you bring your own wine on board with you, you may drink it in public areas subject to a £20 per bottle corkage fee. If you drink the alcohol in your own cabin there’s no charge.

9. WiFi

WiFi is available on P&O Cruises’ ships for an extra charge.

When your cruise ship is in port, you’ll be able to connect to the internet over 3G, 4G or 5G. However, when the ship is at sea, you’ll want to turn this off to avoid a huge bill. And I mean huge! Data roaming at sea is notoriously expensive.

p&O cruises wifi prices

If you’d like to stay connected to the internet at sea, P&O Cruises offers two WiFi packages:

  • My WiFi Essential – Web browsing, email, music streaming, social media, text, and images (no videos)
  • My WiFi Ultimate – As above, plus video streaming

You can purchase each package for 24 hours or for your whole cruise.

P&O Cruises WiFi prices

PackagePrice for 24 hoursPrice for full cruise
My WiFi Essential£18£12 per day
My WiFi Ultimate£24£18 per day

If you need internet access for medical reasons, such as a continuous glucose monitoring device for diabetes, you can get this free of charge on P&O Cruises. Just ask at the reception desk on board for a free 100-minute internet voucher.

Read more: P&O Cruises WiFi Guide

10. Laundry

P&O Cruises offers two options for laundry:

  • Self-service laundrettes – Free of charge
  • Professional laundry services – For a fee

Self-Service Laundry

You’ll find a laundrette on most cabin decks, take a look at the deck plan to find your nearest. Here, there will be washing machines, sinks, tumble dryers, irons and ironing boards.

The self-service laundrettes can get quite busy on sea days on longer cruises, so you may wish to do your laundry in the early morning or evenings to avoid the queues. The laundrettes close at 10 pm until 8 am so as not to disturb people in cabins nearby.

It’s a good idea to take your own 2-in-1 washing tablets. Otherwise, you can buy them from the onboard shop.

laundry room on Iona

Laundry Services

If you’d rather not spend your cruise holiday doing laundry, you can send items to be washed, pressed or dry-cleaned. If you hand laundry to your cabin steward before 10 am it will be returned the same day.

Professional cleaning is charged per item. On longer cruises, you may find special offers for multiple items.

Here is the P&O Cruises laundry price list…

11. Flights and Overseas Transfers

P&O Cruises offers cruise holidays as well as fly-cruise packages that include flights and overseas transfers.

If your cruise departs from a port outside of the UK, you will usually get flights and overseas transfers included in the cost of your package holiday.

If you prefer, it is possible to arrange your own flights or have a travel agent do this for you rather than travelling on the flight that comes as a package with your cruise. One thing to bear in mind with this option, though, is that if you travel on a P&O Cruises flight and it’s delayed, the ship will wait for you. If you book your own flight, it won’t.

P&O Cruises offers flights from the following UK cities:

  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • East Midlands
  • Glasgow
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle

There is often a supplement for regional departures outside of London. You may also choose to pay extra to upgrade your flight to premium economy, business class or first class.

12. Transfers to Southampton

Depending on whether you choose P&O Cruises Select Fare, Saver Fare or Early Saver Fare, you may be able to enjoy included transport to Southampton cruise terminal. This is an option on cruises of seven nights or more that depart from Southampton.

Select Fare

Option to have return coach travel to Southampton from a local pick-up point

(You can instead opt for free parking or on-board credit)

Saver & Early Saver Fares

Make your own way to Southampton

As I live in the north of England, I usually book the Select Fare because the free coach travel alone is worth the extra cost. In the past, I have paid as little as £1 for kids’ places, which includes a seat on the coach!


You’ll find more information about the coach to Southampton here: Guide to Coach Travel to Southampton Cruise Terminal.

If the coach to Southampton isn’t for you, you can instead choose free car parking in Southampton or some extra on-board spending money.

For cruises departing from Southampton, P&O Cruises can book internal flights from regional UK airports for an extra cost.

13. Shuttles Buses in Port

Another advantage of choosing P&O Cruises’ Select Fare is that it entitles you to ride the shuttle buses for free. These offer a constant service running between the ship and the city centre.

Select Fare

Free shuttle buses in port from ship to city centre

Saver & Early Saver Fares

Shuttle buses are available for around £5 per person each way

The shuttle buses aren’t available in every port. This is because in some ports your ship will dock very close to the city centre so there is no need for one.

Some ports are working cargo ports where it’s not safe or possible for passengers to explore on foot. In these ports, a free shuttle bus will be provided for everyone.

P&O shuttle buses

In some ports, you’ll find independent buses and taxis which can work out to be a similar price to paying for the P&O shuttle bus.

14. Shore Excursions

On P&O Cruises, shore excursions are available for an extra charge. After booking, you can see which shore experiences are available for your cruise on the My P&O Cruises planner.

The excursions are usually a little pricier than doing your own thing and they can feel a little rushed sometimes. But, if you prefer to step off the ship and onto a coach rather than planning your day ashore yourself, then it can be a stress-free way to explore.

shore excursion
Enjoying a shore excursion with my family

P&O Cruises On Board Credit

When you book a Select Price P&O cruise, you may receive some free on board credit to spend on the ship. You’ll also get onboard credit if you’re a Carnival shareholder, as I am.

Many people wonder what to spend this free money on, and you may wish to plan this before you go.

You can spend P&O Cruises on board credit on:

  • Drinks (individually or as a package)
  • Speciality dining*
  • Shore excursions*
  • Spa services, hair and beauty treatments*
  • Items from any of the onboard shops
  • Photographs
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Internet and telephone charges
  • Artwork from the gallery
  • Celebration packages*

*To use your on board credit, you must book these on the ship, not before embarkation

You can not use P&O Cruises on board credit to buy:

  • Shore excursions, speciality dining or spa services that are booked before embarkation
  • Visas
  • Medical charges
  • Cashback
  • Future cruises
  • Flight upgrades
  • Foreign currency
  • Casino and arcades
  • Charity donations
  • Shore excursion cancellation charges

There is no refund or cash alternative for any on board credit that’s not spent before disembarkation. So if you have any left at the end of your cruise, be sure to head to the souvenir shop to spend it.


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To Conclude

P&O Cruises offers great value for money as there’s so much included. Are P&O Cruises all inclusive? No, but very few cruise lines are, and those that are tend to charge a lot more for the privilege!

While many other cruise lines charge extra for gratuities, service charges on drinks and breakfast room service, these are included in the ticket price with P&O Cruises.

The free late-night babysitting for under-fives is something that you also won’t find on any other cruise line.

It’s possible to cruise with P&O without spending anything at all on top of your cruise ticket price. That said, most people do leave with something on their bill, even if it’s just drinks.

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Jenni Fielding is the founder of Cruise Mummy. She has worked in the cruise industry since 2015 and has taken over 30 cruises. Now, she helps over 1 million people per month to plan their perfect cruise holidays.

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41 thoughts on “What’s Included in a P&O Cruise?”

  1. Hello Jenni, thanks for all the very useful info. My wife and I are or 70s but fit and healthy and thinking of booking our 1st cruise, either Caribbean or Canaries on P & O.
    We’re confused about shore excursions though and were wondering if there was a charge just for going ashore and wandering about whatever port or town we would be docked at. We understand if we booked a specific activity there would obviously be charges but just for going ashore?
    We’d welcome any thoughts please,

    • Hi John. Yes, you can just get off the ship and walk about, no problem. Sometimes shuttle buses are available with P&O Cruises and these are charged at about £4 for saver fare guests or free for select fare guests. You don’t need to use them though. If a shuttle is ever needed because it’s not possible to walk (such as inside a busy cargo port) then the shuttle bus will be free. Jenni

  2. Hi, thank you for all information! We are going on our first cruise this December and wanted to double check some things if you can help please. I’ve read that we can use our on board credits for drinks packages, how do we purchase these when on board? And it says that when we arrive on the ship we need to connect to the WiFi to access our account. As the WiFi is chargeable is this the only way to access our account to book shows etc. Thanks

    • Hi Gen. When you get on board, head to guets services and they can boko the drink package for you, using your credit. You need wifi to access the internet, with the exception for the P&O Cruises website. You can use view this without having to buy the wifi. You can also book many of the shows online about 3 weeks before your cruise. I hope this helps. Jenni

    • Hi Gen, just been asked how much is it to get your hair blown in the Ladies hairdress’s?

  3. Brilliant. So informative and detailed.
    Answered all the questions.

  4. Hi, thank you for the information really helpful. Considering booking next May with a 10 year old and 6 month old in tow. Is a balcony worth it with children of that age? Also do the evening meals include your wine/beer or is that charged extra? Thanks

  5. Hiya,

    I’ve never been on a cruise before, this has been so helpful, thank you!

    I just want to make sure, as a complete noob, once you get to the destination and you go off for your day trip, you come back to the ship? You don’t have to book hotels at the destination, right? If so, is there a curfew to be back on the ship by?


    • Yes, that’s correct. The all-aboard time is usually a time between 4 pm and 10 pm. It will be printed in your daily schedule and also shown on screens as you leave the ship. If the ship has an overnight stay you can return at any time you wish. You don’t need any hotels. I hope that helps. Jenni

  6. Hi, I’ve just booked a cruise on Iona. When booking I paid for select option but then forgot to choose a specific cabin area, which was one of the reasons I went for the select fare! My fault but how can I now add a choice of cabin area so I’m not at the front of the ship which I’m not keen on? Tina

    • Hi Tina. Call your travel agent if you used one, of if you didn’t then call P&O Cruises and they will be able to help you. Jenni

  7. Hi Jenni, Thank you I found all the information you have given really useful.
    We are a middle aged couple taking our first cruise in June, it’s taken me years to convince my partner it’s not all tuxedos and dining with the captain lol.
    We are just going to go for 7 nights on the Azura in a room with a balcony.
    I’m just wondering if you have any tips on which is a quieter deck as I don’t want to be underneath a disco etc and I have slight mobility issues insofar as I can’t walk to far in one go.
    I would appreciate any advice you could offer
    Many thanks

  8. OMG Jenni – Thank you thank you thank you!
    I’m so so glad I stumbled upon this, I’m a complete newbie, never cruised and had no idea where to start. This site has answered so many questions I had. I look forward to our new adventure next Oct now with my family and feel better prepared on what to expect and what’s expected of us. Appreciated

    • Thanks so much for your comment. I’m SO pleased you found this useful. Jenni

  9. Firstly, thank you. I’m newish to cruises only been on a tui cruise so all this “drinks package” etc is new to me. I’m bringing my 27 year old daughter, she has special needs and ideally she needs 2 adults to support her. My problem is that I’ve been told accessible rooms are for 2 people only or if I want a double bed with a sofa bed then I would have to pay the extra for a balcony. I can’t afford this. I feel we are penalised because of her needs. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Alison

    • Hi Alison. The inside rooms are very small and the extra beds are just bunk beds that come down from the ceiling. Anyone needing a sofa bed would have to have a larger room such as a balcony room. The inside room with sofa bed that you desire doesn’t exist with P&O Cruises, unfortunately. Perhaps the TUI cruise was better suited to your needs. Jenni

  10. Great hints and tips!
    Are there any shore excursions you would recommend or is it better to go it alone? We’re doing the med cruise on Azura Sept 2023 and there’s soooo many to choose from that it’s a bit overwhelming. There’s me, hubby and 18 year old son, visiting Mykonos, Chania, Athens, Santorini, Ajaccio, Livorno, Rome and Naples. Thanks

    • I rarely ever take the cruise line excursions as it’s much cheaper to organise them yourself. But, if you don’t have the time to plan it and want to. step off the ship and onto a coach then the excursions could be worth it.


  11. Beautifully written and explained in detail. Lots of new and some already-known information.
    It was worthwhile reading the whole article.
    thank you

    • You’re most welcome! Jenni

    • Hi..your page is so good. I’ve never done a cruise before but in june we are going on Arvia for 14 nights. We are very casual dressers, so can we wear trainers of an evening with jeans? Is that just too casual? I’m confused what clothes we need . X thanks

      • Yes, smart trainers and jeans are absolutely fine.

  12. Hi Jenni
    My mum and I are travelling on the Britannia 4-18 Nov on a Caribbean Cruise. Do we need any additional injections other than a covid test prior to departure?

  13. Hi there
    Seems like daft question … Are there any differences between the Caribbean cruise on the B226 & B 226a except the obvious dates…thank you

  14. On P&O website it is written for a UK resident they need to add a travel medical insurance that covers up to £2million pounds.. which cost around £180 per person.. does this apply for a non UK resident aswel??? I am traveling on the 11th August.. trying to contact them for months with no reply

    • the insurance is very cheap, where did you find with £180? I paid £40 for a couple.

  15. Just missed an early saver deal with P&O for a Norwegian Cruise in May 2023 but hoping another deal might come round at some point.

    I am a complete newbie to the world of cruises, but there were a couple of things that made me stall my booking:

    Should I be adding the upgrade for shuttle buses? Not sure if they are needed for the Norwegian cruise or any cruise, I understand sometimes they would have to provide them, but it would be useful if P&O provided more information on how far from the port to the main destination is, and when they would be providing one. If you don’t book any shuttle buses, could you end up being miles away from the destination centre?

    I noticed wording in the cruise contract with P&O that they could add additional costs to the price of the package booking up to 20 days before the cruise date. With fuel prices at the moment, it felt like the advertised price of the cruise was just a guideline and not the price you could actually end of paying. Have you had any experience with this? The prices for the Norwegian cruise seems very reasonable at first glance compared to other cruise operators.

  16. I have just booked my first ever cruise, and even had the confidence to choose an exact cabin number thanks to all the advice on your website!
    We are with P&O in Sept and wanted to go ashore one of the days but do our own thing as it is a city we have visited before and we know what we want to do. However, did you say that currently, because of health and safety, we will only be allowed off the boat if we are on one of their own excursions?!

    • Hi Helen, so pleased you found it useful. I apologise, that info about excursions was out of date. You can get off independently in every port now. I’ve just updated it. Jenni

      • Hello, can my sister and I get off the Iona in Norway independently without booking the excursions?

        • P&O have lifted the restrictions on going ashore independently, but they do advise that some destinations may require you to book an official excursion. As far as I can tell, Norway won’t be one of those as they’ve lifted travel restrictions. So you should be fine to explore without an excursion – but check with P&O if you want to be certain.

  17. Jenni
    Are beach towels included?
    We have a select fare on P&O which my partner booked and didn’t seem to get option to select cabin at the time. P&O now saying need to wait for allocation- is there anything we can do?

    • Yes, beach towels are provided. They’re the pool towels but you’re allowed to take them to the beach no problem. That’s very strange with select fare, I would ask P&O or your travel agent if you use one as you can usually pick your room with that fare.


  18. What does; domestic purchase mean on your bill as I got this charged to my credit card on the morning of departure,yet never bought anything

  19. How much extra do you pay to go up a deck on adult break

    • I’m not sure I understand the question, sorry.

  20. Hi Jenni
    We’ve cruised for many years with P&O being the most.
    We are due to go on the Britannia at the beginning of December are first cruise since covid.
    I can’t believe where they have put all additional payments.On bars which were always free to go into and the additional restaurant price have taken a real hike in price. Plus one of the pool side bars as a charge on it.
    I feel that sadly covid has changed many things and appreciate they are as yet not running to full. However doing what they have I don’t think its a way to encourage people back on board

  21. Activities on P&O Cruises that cost extra:
    Spa with thermal suite, saunas and steam rooms‘

    The last 3 cruises we have been on were all P & O ships. Aurora September 2019. Ventura and Azura before that.
    On all these ships access to the sauna and steams rooms was part of the holiday cost / no additional fee.
    Has this changed in last couple of years?

    • Hi Alan. When I cruised on Britannia in summer 2019 these had an extra fee. Jenni

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