P&O increases Med options for 2011


P&O Cruises will next year run its biggest programme, including the introduction of Mediterranean fly-cruises. The programme has been boosted by the addition of small ship, Adonia, in May 2011, which will offer ex-Southampton cruises between May and October, and the first full year of cruising for Azura, the next ship to be launched. For the first time, family friendly ship Oceana will operate winter itineraries from Southampton to the Western and Eastern Mediterranean, Atlantic Islands, the Caribbean and US.Cruises will also feature ‘Spotlight’, a new programme of daytime events for passengers wanting to learn a skill, develop their knowledge or find hobbies. P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow, said: ‘P&O Cruises offers the British cruiser the greatest amount of choice tailored to their needs, with more departures, more ports of call, more choice of ships and more holiday durations suited to them than any other line. ‘This is our biggest ever programme launch, with 156 cruise holidays to 270 destinations in 90 countries.‘The introduction of Mediterranean fly-cruising is an exciting step forward for P&O Cruises, and one that we know will make many of our existing passengers very happy. We listen to our customers and always try to give them what they want. ‘At the same time, we hope this will attract new customers who have previously chosen a holiday in a Mediterranean resort.’New ports of call for 2011/12 include Liverpool, Jersey, Foynes in Ireland and Bourgas in Bulgaria. In addition, P&O will return to some ports of call that have not been visited for several years, including Tangiers in Morocco and Trieste in Italy.