P&O UK comes to Southampton- All of it!

Posted on Monday, December 3, 2012 |
P&O Australia are hugely popular for the South Pacific cruises we know and love, but they also have a UK fleet of seven ships that sail mostly the northern hemisphere. They have been in business for 175 years, starting off as cargo steamers and becoming the well-loved cruise line of today. To celebrate, on the 3rd of July 2012 the fleet of seven will all gather in Southampton Harbour- a meeting of ships the size of which even Southampton has never seen before. The Adonia, Aurora, Oceana, Arcadia, Azura, Oriana and Ventura will dock together and take on a total of around 15,000 passengers for celebratory champagne deck party as they leave in procession for various Grand Event cruises around Europe and the Mediterranean, which will include heritage art displays, speakers, 175th anniversary Gala Dinners and Grand Event commemorative gifts.  Passengers on these cruises will also go in the draw to win Full World Cruises, with one drawn on each ship.

Space on these special cruises is at a premium, but P&O has decided to allocate the last few spots on Ventura's Mediterranean cruise to Australians, as the passenger roll is currently mostly Brits. If you are interested in cruising the Med with a special celebratory atmosphere, get in touch quick!

P&O's Ventura
by Marcin Chady Flickr Creative Commons

As part of the celebrations Down Under, P&O recently held a special event aboard the Oriana for 175 'Ten Pound Poms.'" P&O played a major part in post-WWII assisted migration program, bringing Brits to Australia on their cruise ships for only ten pounds. Over 1500 of these 'Ten Pound Poms' wrote in with their stories of the journey, and 175 were chosen for the celebration aboard the Oriana.

Author: Ryan Posa+

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