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Cruise with P&O Iona over Christmas and they'll fill your time with festive cheer New Year, you’ll find them ready and waiting to help you celebrate into the small hours. 2020 will put P&O Cruises in the history books once again. Iona will offer the next generation of guests the holiday of a lifetime on the next generation of P&O Cruises ships.

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Arrive in Southampton and check in. 

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Enjoy days at sea as you sail towards your first port of call.  Explore this beautiful new ship and everything she has to offer.

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So it is hardly surprising that large and colourful flower markets are one of the most arresting features of Funchal, Madeiras capital. Cruise visitors here will discover that the market town is easily walkable although, the further inland you explore, the steeper and narrower some of the streets become. Locally made wicker furniture, lacework and tapestries all make good buys along with the ubiquitous Madeira wine. Funchal is also the base for tours to the islands botanical gardens; the fishing village of Camara de Lobos where Churchill went to paint; Camacha, the wicker centre; the levada walks, part of an ancient irrigation system; and to Reids Hotel for traditional afternoon tea, making cruises to Madeira a must see.

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Enjoy Christmas Day relaxing at sea as you sail towards Gran Canaria.

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Those same attractions now draw modern travellers keen to explore the atmospheric cobbled streets and leafy courtyards of its old quarter, Vegueta. Cruises to Gran Canaria also bring you close to Playa del Ingles, the liveliest and best-known beach in the Canaries. You can explore the stunning desert scenery of Maspalomas, or tour further afield to explore peaceful old towns like Arucas - famed for its lush banana plantations - and Teror, with its fine collection of traditional houses with intricately carved wooden balconies. Other highlights of our Gran Canaria cruises include lovely Palmitos Nature Park - set in a canyon inland from Maspalomas and famous for its vivid tropical plants, birds and fish - and Bandama, an extinct volcano set 1,900 feet above sea level, which offers panoramic views over the island.

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The mix of trade winds and Atlantic Ocean swells offer the perfect mix for watersports enthusiasts, so it is no wonder that they are attracted to the island all year round. Like its near neighbours, Fuerteventura has a rugged charm found only in the bays and volcanic slopes of the Canary Islands. However, unlike the busier islands of Tenerife and Lanzarote, Fuerteventura has managed to avoid over development and still offers a great deal of tranquillity and stark beauty.

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Make the best of your Lanzarote cruise, tear yourself away from your sunbed to explore the island's spectacular moon-like volcanic landscape, best seen from the Fire Mountain in the Timanfaya National Park and famous for the fantastical shapes created by solidified volcanic lava. Camel rides are available in the park, and tours here will also take you to the lush wine country of La Geria to sample the heady local vintages. Head north instead of southwest and you will discover wonderfully verdant Haria - 'the valley of a thousand palms' and can enjoy panoramic views from Mirador del Rio. Equally fascinating is a visit to Jameos el Agua cave, an oddly shaped volcanic cave overlooking a saltwater lagoon where you will find a colony of white crabs unique to the island.

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At Sea

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Although small for a European capital, this city does sprawl a little so you would do best to concentrate on three districts - Baixa, Bairro Alto and Alfama, each with its own distinctive style, making Lisbon cruises a must see. Baixa has busy streets of inviting shops, cafes and restaurants while Alfama is the atmospheric old town with narrow cobblestone streets, medieval and Moorish-style buildings, wrought-iron balconies with trailing flowers and a mix of small shops and bars. Bairro Alto is another historic district with narrow streets and is a steep climb from Baixa so look out for the 100-year-old lift (Elevador do Carmo) near Rossio Square. With such a variety of destinations to explore, cruises to Lisbon bring to your holiday a balance of both modern and historical grounds.

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With two days at sea - enjoy New Year's Eve and New Year's Day celebrating on board. as your journey nears completion.

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You have welcomed in 2021 on a fabulous cruise - welcome back to the UK - have a good year!

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The Limelight Club - Get cosy beneath the low lighting of The Limelight Club as you prepare yourself for a show-stopper of an evening. Featuring entertainment by one of Britain’s best-loved musical talents, this exclusive show is bound to dazzle and delight. Paired with a sumptuous three-course supper that’ll have your taste-buds tingling, the limited capacity of this exclusively-for-adults venue makes for an intimate atmosphere. We recommend booking in advance to avoid losing a place in this sought-after hotspot. More than just an event, The Limelight Club is a feast for the senses, an experience you can take away with you. How’s that for a souvenir? (Extra charges may apply)

Headliners Theatre - Headliners introduces a new era of on-board entertainment.  With its stunning LED backdrop, her theatre offers dynamic shows and the slickest of production values.

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Iona's dining experiences

In collaboration with Local Food Heroes, P & O are bringing the taste of the fjords and the thrill of the tapas trail to Iona. You can enjoy dishes on board with menus created by local chefs.

With a large choice of complimentary and speciality restaurants you will be spoilt for choice!!

Head to The Quays for informal dining options to suit every mood; ideal for morning breakfasts through to dinner. This multi-venue dining piazza offers an array of eateries, and is a lively hub for socialising over food and watching the world go by. There’s a fun street-food atmosphere, and outdoor dining is available too. The Conservatory - Take your pick of self-service snacks such as satisfying sandwiches, fresh salads, and light yogurt and fruit pots. Ideal for when you’re looking for a relaxed grab-and-go option; giving you more time to make a splash in the pool and soak up the never-ending sea vistas from deck. Iona's main restaurant venues - Chatter and laughter fills the main restaurant venues, with friendly waiters to greet guests and prepare tables ahead of a tasty breakfast, relaxed lunch, or sublime evening meal. Expect to find British classics on the menu as well as exotic flavours for the more adventurous. On every cruise you’ll also be wowed by an extra special, five-course Gala Dinner devised by the legendary godfather of British cooking, Marco Pierre White.



Speciality Dining Venues

The Glass House - Experience an authentic tapas menu on holidays to Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands. Created by acclaimed chef José Pizarro, you can taste the native ingredients that bring this unique cuisine to life.

The Epicurean - The flavours of the fjords will spring to life in The Epicurean with a six-course taster menu created by award-winning chef Kjartan Skjelde. Using seasonal, local produce, you can experience Nordic fine dining on board.

The Beach House - Inspired by South American, Caribbean and Stateside cuisines, The Beach House menu offers hearty dishes and comfort-food favourites. Highlights include the steaks, ribs, grills and burgers, hanging kebabs and a range of sharing dishes. Save space for the decadent and delicious desserts too.

The above are just some of the choices on offer (extra charges may apply)

Air-conditioned inside cabins have two lower beds that are convertible to a king-size bed with wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom has a shower plus a hairdryer. There is a vanity/writing desk, and a TV for your enjoyment, , telephone, safe and tea and coffee making facilities with mineral water on arrival.

Air-conditioned Sea view cabins have two lower beds that are convertible to a king-size bed with wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom has a shower, or shower over bath, plus a hairdryer. There is a vanity/writing desk, and a TV for your enjoyment, plus a radio, telephone, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Sea view cabins may have a window or portholes with mineral water on arrival.

What’s included:

  • Inside cabin
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Porterage & Port Taxes
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Self service tea & coffee 

What’s extra:

  • Cabin upgrades available on request
  • Gratuities for onboard staff
  • Shore excursions.
  • Insurance see here


  • Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.



Useful Information

How much luggage can I bring:

When sailing roundtrip from Southampton, you can bring as many pieces of luggage as you can comfortably fit into your cabin, as long as each item weighs no more than 23kg for safety and handling purposes.
If an individual piece of luggage exceeds 23kg at embarkation you will be recalled to the terminal and asked to remove items or repack your bags. Your baggage may also be delayed at disembarkation if you exceed this limit.

Suit Carriers
We would suggest you carry your suit carrier to avoid any accidental damage during the loading process along conveyor belts where straps, handles or the bag itself may get caught and tear.
Please note, suit / dress carriers form part of your flight luggage allowance where applicable.

Coach Transfers
Cruise Connect restrict guests to a luggage allowance of two 'medium' cases weighing no more than 23kgs per piece plus one item of hand luggage per person. For further details, please contact Cruise Connect directly on 0843 374 2246 (Calls cost 3p per minute plus your telephone company’s network access charge) from 8.30am - 8pm, 7days a week or visit their dedicated website -

Fly Cruises
When flying to meet the ship, both the charter and scheduled flight luggage restrictions vary, but are usually between 20 and 23 kilograms per person. Please visit the Flights page of your Cruise Personaliser online to confirm. If your airline allowance is greater than 23 kilograms, we ask that no individual item of luggage weighs more than 23 kilograms, in order to be safely handled by the ship’s crew.

Luggage Courier Service
For convenience, you may wish to arrange to have your luggage sent to the ship if you are departing from Southampton.
The Baggage Handling Company is providing a lighter way to travel for all cruise-goers who depart from Southampton. The service offers a convenient service collecting your luggage from your home and transported to the port up to 96 hours before your cruise leaves, so you don't have to worry about your luggage until you reach your cabin. Safely sealed and stored in a secure facility before departure, the service guarantees complete peace of mind over the security of your luggage.
On return from your holiday, you will be met by a representative in the terminal, who will reseal your luggage and return it to you on the date agreed. The service is available from *£36 per bag each way, dependent on location.

To find out more about luggage collection from The Baggage Handling Company, you can book this service before your next cruise,call on 02380 873 111 or email to arrange this service.
*Prices subject to change

What happens to my luggage at the end of my cruise:

On your final night on-board you will be asked to pack your luggage and leave it outside your cabin.
We recommend that you do not pack valuables, fragile items and medication. Your luggage will be taken from outside your cabin and will be waiting for you to identify and reclaim in the cruise terminal.

In the Cruise Terminal
Arriving into Southampton:
Your luggage will then be transferred ashore and will be placed in deck order making it easy to locate. There will be porters available to assist you and there will also be trolleys for you to use.

When travelling on a back to back cruise:
The Deck Manager will co-ordinate with you and provide assistance to move your luggage from one cabin to another. Your clothes from the wardrobe are transferred on a clothes rail so that there is no hassle of packing and unpacking.

Will I need a visa:

Together with our preferred visa provider CIBT we are pleased to provide you a simple online solution to all your World Cruise visa requirements at 

The online portal will provide you with:

Detailed visa information specific to your cruise

Details of required documentation needed to support your applications

Application forms available for you to print out and send to CIBTPlease note the online portal will replace our previous postal information pack and this information applies to British passport holders who reside in the UK at the time of the application. Your visa requirements may differ if you do not hold a British Citizen passport, should this be the case, you can contact the relevant embassy or consulate for advice. Alternatively you can contact our recommended visa service CIBT on 0207 620 6487. Be sure to advise that you are travelling by sea, as your visa requirements may be different to the standard advice supplied for air travel.

Fines may be imposed if you travel without the correct documentation and it is important we point out that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documents prior to travel or when in transit to the countries included in your itinerary. Failure to have the correct documents will result in denial of boarding or repatriation, in line with government regulations. Please be sure to check your itinerary and obtain the visas required for the specific countries you will be visiting during your cruise. Visas are required when embarking/ disembarking or staying on board.

Visa requirements for British Citizens in possession of a full British Citizen Passport
The below is correct at time of publishing and pertains to UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) passport holders and should be used for guidance only. Please note, some "British Isles" passports issued in the Isle of Man or the Bailiwicks of Jersey or Guernsey, do not have the same visa exceptions as a full UK passport and guests holding either of these passports should check this with CIBT specifically for the countries they are visiting on their itinerary.
CIBT are experts in visa and passport arrangements and can provide visas online at or by phone 0207 620 6487.
Any visa that is obtained on board are charged in dollars, this will be converted to Pounds Sterling (and charged at the conversion rate of the day) to your on board account.

Visa Information - Your Responsibilities

Please note that there may be a visa requirement for your cruise and it is the responsibility of each guest to ensure that they are in possession of all travel documents required for their itinerary. Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship or from entering a country. In some cases this may lead to large fines which you will be required to pay and/or immediate repatriation to your home country at your own expense. Please ensure you check your requirements carefully before you travel to avoid unnecessary expense and inconvenience. Please also ensure you read the Important Information below:

Important Information

When applying for your visa you must ensure that all guests' full names are exactly the same as they appear as in their passport. If there is any difference, you may be refused entry onto your flight/cruise.
Passport and visa requirements may change and vary by destination. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any flight, cruise or into any country, or otherwise suffer any difficulties or incur any costs as a result of not having the correct passport and/or any required visa(s).

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. You must pay all costs incurred in obtaining such documentation. Certain Port Authorities may require photo identification when you depart the ship during the cruise. We strongly suggest that you take photocopies of your passport information page with you in addition to but separately from your passport itself and that you carry the photocopy with you each time you depart the ship in order to minimise any inconvenience this may cause and to provide an official means of identification whilst ashore in case it is required or due to loss/theft of your passport.

The information is correct at time of publishing and is subject to change at any time. UK passport information applies to British Citizens, holders of another UK passport must check with the relevant authority. There is often a stipulation on having a minimum amount of validity left on your passport and a number of clear pages in order to gain entry, which can be up to a 6 month requirement. Again, please check with the relevant authority.
With the exception of Russia (St Petersburg), please note that if there is requirement to obtain a visa prior to travel for a particular country, and a guest chooses to not disembark the ship, then the guest is still required to obtain the necessary visa.

Schengen Visa - Non-European passport holders may require a Schengen Visa for entry into Continental Europe. The United Kingdom is not a Schengen State member*. British Citizen passport holders do not require a Schengen Visa. Please ensure you check your entry requirements for Europe prior to embarkation.
* Schengen State members are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

For all other countries, please contact the relevant embassy for details.

Visas obtained on arrival:
Country Approximate cost (where applicable)

Egypt No charge
UAE No charge

Visa application time scales
Visa time scales may be longer during periods such as Christmas and/or when embassies are closed. In addition, your own personal circumstances may affect timescales quoted. We recommend that you obtain your visa as early as possible.

Visa and passport information can change so it is important that you recheck your passport and visa requirements no later than 3 weeks prior to your holiday departure. The information provided on this site was correct at the time of publishing and is subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to travel with the correct travel documentation.

If your itinerary includes Australia, you will be required to obtain an e Visitor or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Whether you are staying on board, going ashore, in transit, embarking or disembarking. You must ensure your Australian visa is valid for your entry into Australia.
Please note - the Australian Government require the majority of guests over the age of 75 years to partake in a medical before issuing any visa. Our recommended visa service, CIBT are unable to assist you in your application if you fall into this age group and you will therefore need to send your passport and medical reports directly to the Embassy.

British citizen passport holders who travel to Canada by AIR will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed. If you are travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada, therefore this will not apply to our guests calling at Canada on one of our cruises.
However, if you are joining in Canada and arriving by air you should visit the dedicated website ( to check if an eTA will be required.

Cape Verde
If arriving by sea no visa is required for the visit to Cape Verde as the ship is classed as 'in transit'. If you are embarking/disembarking in Cape Verde you must obtain a visa prior to travel.

A 15 day free visa stay is available to all in transit guests (guests who sail in and out of Shanghai on the same vessel). Please note that restrictions apply:
Guests have to participate in a tour (at least 2 people) organised by travel agencies that are legally registered in China. These can be ship organised tours or independent tour agencies. The ship will apply for the 15 day free visa stay for tours booked on-board. If you have booked an independent tour please ensure your travel agency applies on your behalf. Please note: guests are not allowed to leave the tour group (even to join another vehicle) and special approval will have to be obtained in case of an emergency.

The visa free stay is valid for the duration of the tour(s) and you will have to leave Shanghai on the same day with the vessel.

If you wish to go ashore independently in Shanghai a Chinese visa is required. Guests without a valid Chinese visa and without an organised tour booking will be detained on-board for the duration of our stay in China.

Hong Kong Land Tours - Guests embarking or disembarking in Hong Kong after (or before proceeding with) an overland excursion into China must apply for a Chinese tourist visa prior to arrival.

Coastal guests who travel from Hong Kong to Shanghai only (starting their holiday in Hong Kong and finally disembarking in Shanghai) are required to obtain a Chinese visa and are not able to make use of any visa waivers.

All guests must bring a photocopy of the photograph/personal details page of your passport.
Please note: China has introduced the collection of fingerprints for those guests wishing to obtain a Chinese visa, therefore a visit to the Chinese Embassy is required when obtaining a Chinese visa.
Those guests (of 51 different nationalities) starting their cruise or ending their cruise in Shanghai are entitled to make use of the 144 hour Chinese visa exemption but only if the following conditions are met:
Your stay in China is within Shanghai city, Jiangsu province or Zhejiang province, and not exceeding 144 hours (6 Days). You either have an onward flight confirmation to a 3rd country (outside China) or a cruise ticket confirming that the next port of call is outside China

Your arrival/departure is via one of the below mentioned entry/exit points and you are able to hand-over a copy of your onward travel arrangements to the Chinese Officials on arrival or the Ship staff when finally disembarking (Ship staff are required to present documentation 48 hours in advance to our Shanghai agents)

Shanghai Pudong international airport
Shanghai Hongqiao international airport
Shanghai railway station
Shanghai Wusongkou international cruise terminal
Shanghai port international cruise terminal
Nanjing Lukou international airport
Hangzhou Xiaoshan international airport

Remember that the 144 hours is from the moment you arrive in China to the moment you leave Chinese Territories. If you have any pre or post cruise hotel stays booked in China or your onward itinerary includes additional Chinese ports, you will need to make sure that your time shoreside, and on board does not take you over the 144 hour limit, if it does you will require a visa.

Please note: If you are not staying in one of the above mentioned areas or not arriving/leaving from the mentioned exit/entry points you will need to obtain a Chinese visa.

Also this exemption does not apply to guests travelling in and out of Shanghai on the same vessel. (In transit guests) as those guests will be able to make use of a 15 day free visa stay, but only when booked on an organised tour.

Dominican Republic
If entering Amber Cove by sea there are no visa requirements. If entering the Dominican Republic via air, a tourist card must be obtained.

A Quick Stamp visa for Egypt will be issued upon the ship’s arrival in Egypt. Therefore you are not required to obtain an Egyptian visa in advance of your cruise. There is currently no charge for the Quick Stamp Egyptian visa.

Guests visiting India by ship are required to have a valid Indian visa, whether you intend to go ashore or remain on board the ship. India has introduced electronic visas (E-visas) which are now accepted at the ports visited by P&O Cruises. To obtain your E-visa, please visit

Please bring a print out of your E-visa confirmation showing ‘GRANTED’ at check-in for immigration purposes. You will also be required to show the print out when attending immigration checks on arrival into India. Please ensure the information on your E-visa confirmation matches your passport information. Guests who arrive without a valid Indian visa will be denied boarding.
Please note: P&O Cruises require all guests visiting India to obtain a visa in advance whether they intend to go ashore or remain on board the ship. This position has been taken to protect guests from any restrictions that are imposed by the Indian authorities, in the unlikely event of having to disembark the ship in India due to an emergency or for any other reason.

An Indian tourist visa (sticker in passport) is also acceptable should you wish to obtain this instead, however the E-visa is easier to obtain and less expensive.
Please be aware that visas will be processed by Indian Immigration officials on arrival into your first Indian port which may delay going ashore. Please allow time for this when planning your day.

Visa stamps for Oman are compulsory and will be issued upon the ship’s arrival by the local Port Authorities, whether you are staying on board or going ashore. There is currently no charge for the visa stamp.

South Africa
Although visas are not required please note that your passport should contain two blank passport pages for the South African entry and exit stamps. Prior to applying for visas for other countries, please ensure you have adequate blank pages to allow for these stamps. Should you have limited blank pages, P&O Cruises strongly suggest you obtain a replacement passport before applying for your visas.
Parents travelling with children into or out of South Africa will be asked to show the child’s unabridged (full) birth certificate. Where only one parent is accompanying, parental or legal consent for the child to travel (e.g. an affidavit from the other parent, a court order or – if applicable – a death certificate) will be required. Further requirements for children travelling unaccompanied or with adults who are not their parents may apply, for more information; contact the South African High Commission or the South African Department of Home Affairs.

Sri Lanka
If you are starting or ending your holiday in Sri Lanka, an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) must be obtained online ( prior to arrival/departure. A fee will apply if obtaining a Tourist ETA.
If you are visiting Sri Lanka as part of your cruise itinerary (arriving and leaving Sri Lanka with the ship), you are required to obtain a Transit ETA online ( A Transit ETA is free of charge.

Please note, the Transit ETA confirmation states that you may only transit and are not permitted to enter Sri Lanka. This is acceptable for cruise lines as you are classed as 'in transit' providing you enter and leave Sri Lanka with the ship. This will not restrict you in going ashore during the call.

When completing your application, please note the following:
"Port of Departure" is the previous port you are scheduled to visit prior to arrival in Sri Lanka
"Final Destination" is the port where you will be ending your cruise
"Vessel Number" is the cruise number
"Address in Sri Lanka" is the ship name (if applying for a Transit ETA)

St Petersburg, Russia
If you are planning to stay on board whilst in St Petersburg or if you are participating in an organised P&O Cruises shore excursion, we will arrange a group visa to cover you for the duration of your excursion/time on board:

If you intend to go ashore independently in St Petersburg, a Russian visa is required. To apply for a Russian Tourist Visa, you must possess a visa support letter to accompany your application.
All persons now applying for a Russian visa, with the exception of those under the age of 12, will now be required to attend one of two application centres to have their bio-metric data (fingerprints) captured as part of the visa application process.This is not optional; any person refusing to undergo this procedure will not be issued a visa.
Bio-metric data will not be stored and subsequent applications for visas to this destination will unfortunately require the traveller to once again have to travel to have their fingerprint data captured.
Edinburgh and London are the nominated locations of the two Visa Applications Centres where bio-metric data will be taken. There is no formal appointment system and applicants will be required to turn up on a first come first served basis.
Russian Tourist visas can be obtained through the Russian embassy or through our recommended visa provider CIBT. To apply for your visa and / or support letter through CIBT please contact 0207 620 6487 or visit

Cruise ship guests who are joining the ship in Turkey or are leaving the ship in Turkey to travel home are required to obtain an e-visa prior to travel. If you are visiting Turkey as part of your cruise itinerary but are not joining the ship in Turkey or disembarking to travel home, a visa is not required.

To obtain an e-visa for Turkey please visit for further information and the official channel for applying for the e-visa

Guests of all nationalities are required to have at least 60 days validity on their passport from the day they enter Turkey.Guests who are either embarking or disembarking (beginning or ending) their cruise in Turkey and therefore require a visa, need to ensure their passports have at least 180 days validity otherwise the visa will not be issued.

United Arab Emirates
Transit Visa stamps for Dubai are compulsory and will be issued upon the ship’s arrival, whether you are staying on board or going ashore. You do not need to obtain these visas in advance of the cruise. If you are joining your cruise in the United Arab Emirates you may need to purchase a visa on arrival at the airport.

United States of America (and territories)
International travellers, who are nationals of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries, may enter the USA without a visa after completing an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) – please see the instructions for how to apply at the end of this section. You may check to see if you are eligible for this programme by visiting Some of the conditions for entry into the VWP are listed below, however if you do not hold a full British Citizen passport or a passport from another country eligible for the VWP, your situation may be different and you should check to ensure you have the correct documentation for your holiday.

Obtaining ESTA approval, for most travellers, will be simple and easy. To apply for your ESTA, please follow the link to the ESTA application website at A third party, such as a relative or Travel Agent, is permitted to submit an ESTA application on behalf of a VWP traveller. The cost of obtaining an ESTA is currently USD$14.00, this is subject to change at any time. All payments must be made directly to the official Department of Homeland Security ESTA website above using a credit card or debit card. Please do not use any other website as they may charge you a higher fee for the same service.
Please note a biometric passport is required when applying for an ESTA. Kindly present at check-in a copy of your ESTA confirmation as evidence for Immigration purposes. Please ensure the information on your ESTA confirmation matches your passport information.

British Subject* passport holders are required to obtain a full US visa prior to travel.
* These are mostly people who were born in British India before 01/01/49 and did not become citizens of India, or who were citizens of Eire and British subjects before 01/01/49 and have made a claim to retain British Subject

What Facilities are in my Cabin:

Standard cabin facilities in all accommodation:
Daily steward service, TV, radio and telephone, Hairdryer, Refrigerator, Safe, Tea/coffee making facilities, Air conditioning, Vanity/writing desk and chair, Wardrobe and drawer space, Toiletries pack, there is a retractable drying line in the shower of each cabin.

Included in your toiletries pack in a standard cabin will be:
100ml Shampoo
100ml Conditioner
100ml hand and body moisturising lotion
40g P&O soap
Fixed 300ml bottle of bath and shower gel
Shower cap (on request only)

Iona specific:
300ml Shampoo (in dispenser)
300ml Bath & Shower Gel (in dispenser)
300ml Hand wash (in dispenser)
100ml Conditioner (on request only)
100ml Hand and body moisturising lotion (on request only)
Shower cap (on request only)

Bathroom Amenities:
Face cloths
Pool towels
A rubberised bath mat (on request only)
Towel bath mat
Fixed 300ml bottle of bath and shower gel

Is there a fridge in my cabin:
You will find a small refrigerator in all grades of cabin on board and are normally below four degrees Celsius. The dimensions of the fridges are approximately: Width 34cm Height 45cm Depth 25cm

What type of plug sockets/voltage are used on board:
Standard UK three pin plug sockets are used on all ships across the fleet. Shaver points are also located in the bathrooms. Oceana and Britannia shaver sockets have US 2 pin sockets (which require an adaptor) to be able to use a UK 3 pin plug.

The standard electrical supply in the United Kingdom is 50HZ (cycles) and 240V. The supply on board is:
Arcadia - 220V / 110V / 60HZ
Aurora - 220V / 60HZ
Azura - 230V / 115V / 60HZ
Britannia - 230V / 120V / 60HZ
Iona - 230V / 60HZ
Oceana - 220V / 110V / 60HZ
Ventura - 230V / 115V / 60HZ

The above voltage is sufficient to charge electrical equipment such as laptops and cameras.

Location of plug sockets:

Typical location of plug sockets on all ships are:
Bathroom Shaver 1 x socket (Multiple - 110 220v)
By the dresser table and near the telephone X 2 sockets (220v / 240v)
By the TV near the bed x 3 sockets (110v)
By the TV near the sofa x 2 sockets (110v)
By the tea tray set-up and near the fridge x 1 socket (220v)

Around the cabin 4/5 sockets - 230V
Dresser table 1 socket - 125V
Bathroom shaver socket - 120V / 230V

There are some variations on this depending on the ship and type of cabin.

Can I make tea/coffee in my cabin:

Yes, you will find a kettle, cups, saucers and teaspoons as well as teabags, various coffee sachets, sugar and milk in your cabin. This will be stocked up when necessary by your cabin steward. Complimentary tea and coffee is also available from the buffet area.

Are there swimming pools on board:

There will be four swimming pools on Iona, excluding the spa. In general, the deep end of the pool will be 94cm when at sea/140cm when in port. The shallow end will be 84cm when at sea/130cm when in port.
Beachcomber pool - (Outdoor pool) - 6.95 metres x 3.4 metres.
Panorama pool - (Outdoor pool) - 6.9 metres x 3 metres
Skydome pool - (Indoor pool) - 11.5 metres x 3.8 metres
Infinity pool - (Outdoor pool) - 8 metres x 3.8 metres
With the exception of the thalassotherapy pool, all pools are accessed via ladders (all pools are fitted with pool hoist sockets).
The Skydome pool will be covered for special staged events.

The temperature of the swimming pools are monitored and we maintain the pool temperatures at an average of 24°C. As with swimming pools ashore we use fresh water, although there is generally less chlorine in the pools found on board.

Opening Hours:
Pools and Jacuzzis opening hours will be confirmed on-board.
Please note during maintenance and heavy seas pools and Jacuzzis will be closed.

Is there are charge for using my credit card to clear my on board account:

No. Your on board account is charged in sterling and this will be the amount placed against your credit card.
If you are settling your account with a non UK account, e.g. in Dollars or Euros, then your credit card company will charge a conversion rate. Please contact your card issuer for how much this would be.

What do I need to do if I am paying my on board account in cash:
If you wish to settle your account using cash then please note that there are limits on the amount of cash that can be deposited on your account, which vary by cruise length. Please note that you will not be permitted to deposit cash as payment for any goods totaling €9,000 or more (equivalent in the ship’s currency) and these transactions must be settled using your registered card.

You still need to register a credit or debit card at check-in, even if you intend to settle your on board account in cash. Please note you will be asked to enter your 4 digit pin number for verification.

Your on board account must be kept in credit at all times.
Should your account no longer be in credit, any outstanding balance will be charged to your card unless further cash is provided.

P&O are unable to accept:
money transfers to the ship (other than gift credits, however these are non refundable and cannot be taken out as cash) either prior to embarkation or whilst on-board or personal cheques, traveller’s cheques or prepaid credit cards
Any unused cash on your account can be refunded back to you at the end of the cruise by you visiting the reception desk prior to disembarking. Any credit due to be returned to you will be clearly shown on you final statement which will be delivered to your cabin on the last night of the cruise.

Can I pay my on board account with Travellers Cheques:
No. Travellers cheques on board are not accepted on board


Guests who have their flights booked with us, have the privilege of staying on-board until nearer to their flight departure time.
You will still have access to all outlets on-board like the restaurants and bars however the shops will be closed.

You will then be picked up by organised coaches and taken to the airport.

Guests who have made independent flight arrangements will be required to disembark the ship in accordance with your disembarkation time which will be provided a few days prior to the end of your cruise.

Can you use electronic cigarettes on board:

Electronic cigarettes, including those which do not emit smoke, can be used in designated smoking areas only.

Although P&O recognise that electronic cigarettes are not covered by the UK legislation they have taken the decision to prohibit their use in all public areas and cabins in the same way as real cigarettes for the benefit of all guests.

Travelling to the United Arab Emirates
Please note that the use and possession of electronic cigarettes is illegal in the United Arab Emirates. If you are arriving and/or leaving the country by plane, please be advised that any electronic cigarettes will be confiscated at the airport and you may face a penalty. If you are visiting any UAE ports as part of your cruise, please do not take electronic cigarettes ashore.

What is the smoking policy on board:

For the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all guests, and in view of the UK legislation banning smoking in public spaces, the policy on smoking on board the ships is as follows:

Smoking is not permitted in cabins, on cabin balconies or in public rooms, but will be permitted in designated areas of the open deck. E-cigarettes, including those which do not emit smoke/vapour, are permitted in designated smoking areas only.
E-cigarettes are illegal or banned in some countries and governments are changing their laws as new research is revealed so always check where you can use them before you sail.

Can I drink the tap water on board:

The tap water on the ships is drinkable however, should you prefer, there is also a variety of bottled water available to buy on board.

Dress Code:

We have two evening Dress Codes on-board all our ships; Evening Casual and Black Tie. We also host Theme Nights where guests are invited to dress up in line with the theme.

Details of dress codes can be obtained via My P&O Cruises.

As a general rule, there is approximately 2 Black Tie nights during a 7 night cruise and 4 during a 14 night cruise. This can vary from cruise to cruise. Full details will be provided to you before you travel.

To help you with your packing, Cruise Personaliser will let you know how many nights of each dress code you can expect during your holiday. Please check in advance so you’re ready for each occasion.

Evening Casual
Stylish resort or leisurewear is ideal for Evening Casual nights, for example casual separates or dresses for ladies and open-neck polo shirts and casual long trousers (not shorts or 3/4 length trousers) for men. A jacket and smart trousers can be worn but are not compulsory. T-shirts are also acceptable but should not have any offensive symbols or language on them. Smart dark denim is also fine, but not trainers, football shirts or tracksuits. Please see below examples/ideas.

Black Tie
Black Tie nights foster a rather special atmosphere on-board and we know that our guests adore dressing up and it has long been a part of the P&O Cruises experience, adding a touch of glamour and a real sense of occasion to evenings at sea. Seeing an entire ship full of people transformed into their finery is quite something to behold. Ladies wear glamorous evening wear including cocktail dresses, ball gowns or even smart trouser suits. For men, dinner jackets or tuxedos are the norm, but a dark lounge or business suit and tie can be worn as an alternative. You can also wear formal national dress and military uniform.

During the day you can wear exactly the same as you would on any other holiday. Casual shirts, shorts, trousers and beachwear are ideal. For going ashore and walking on deck, flat comfortable shoes are a must. You will also need a lightweight jacket or coat for cool evenings and occasional showers. Don't forget sun protection cream, a sun hat and sunglasses as the sun is much stronger at sea.

The Dress Code is applied in most restaurants and bars for guests over 18 years of age, from 6pm. Please wear the appropriate attire to the ship’s bars and restaurants; blue or worn denim, sandals (for men), sleeveless tops (for men), flip flops and shorts are not permitted in ship's public areas during the evening.

Swimsuits are not permitted in the lounges, interior bars, restaurants or reception area at any time. A shirt and suitable footwear are required while indoors and when using the buffet restaurants.

Travelling to the United Arab Emirates
Modesty in clothing is to be respected in this region, so make sure you pack plenty of light and loose clothing that covered the tops of your arms and legs. We advise ladies to avoid wearing any shorts or tight-fitting clothes and to take a head covering ashore.

Which diets do you cater for:

All ships can cater for the following diets;
Pescetarian fish
Low /no fat
Low salt /no salt
Lactose intolerant /dairy free
Gluten /wheat free /coeliac
Low cholesterol
Should you require any of the above diets please call the Customer Contact Centre on 0345 355 5111 or please visit the website for contact details, prior to sailing.

Can I bring alcohol on board to use in my cabin and restaurants:

Each guest aged 18 years (21 years in United States of America and United Arab Emirates ports) and older may bring up to 1 litre of wine, Champagne, beer, spirit or liqueur on board as they embark the ship for the first time only. Alcohol over the 1 litre limit will be stored and returned to the guest prior to the end of the cruise.
Wine brought on board may be consumed in the dining rooms, bars, restaurants, or lounge areas, but will be subject to a corkage fee of £20 per bottle*, per occasion which will be charged to the guests' on-board account. Spirits or liquor brought on board can only be consumed in guests' cabins.
*Price subject to change

You’re welcome to buy bottles of alcohol at ports along the way, but you won’t be able to drink it while on board. We’ll look after it until your cruise comes to an end and return it to you.
If a bottle of wine/Champagne has been bought for a guest through P&O Cruises gifts, guests will need to ensure they carry the gift card with them to avoid having the corkage charge applied to their on-board account.

On eligible cruises, guests are welcome to buy duty free alcohol to take home via the on-board shops. It will be stored until the end of their cruise.

Should guests wish to enjoy a drink in their cabin, they will be able to refer to the in-cabin directory which has a selection of spirits and wines which can be purchased by the bottle, as well as our extensively-stocked mini bars in all cabins.

Anyone under the age of 18 (under 21 when in United States of America waters) will not be served alcoholic beverages on board and must not be in possession of alcohol. Please don’t be offended if we ask you to verify your age. It is prohibited to attempt to purchase alcohol for those under 18 in the bars and shops on board 16 and 17 year olds may be bought beer, cider or wine to drink with a meal in the restaurants when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

We believe that responsible drinking is a valued and enjoyable part of a cruise however, ask that our policy for the responsible consumption of alcohol is adhered to at all times. We reserve the right to deny access to the ship to anyone who appears to be heavily under the influence of alcohol. We may also confiscate alcohol in the terminal and at the gangway.

We encourage you to read the Code of Conduct:

Fly Cruise
If you are taking a flight prior to your cruise, the litre limit bottle applies.

For details of duty free limitations at destination airports please click here
You can purchase duty free tobacco and liquor on board.

Can I access the internet on board:

All of the ships are Wi-Fi enabled so you can access the internet on your own devices or via the PC terminals in the Library. Satellite internet packages are available to purchase pre cruise or once on board. Pay As You Go is available to purchase once on board.

You can also use your roaming partner - when near shore - or the Telenor Maritime network - when at sea. Charges for these connections will be added to your mobile bill rather than your on-board account. Please contact your normal service provider for data allowance and costs.

Our satellite internet puts you in complete control of the services you use, with a connection that's available 24/7 (satellite reception permitting). There are three packages to choose from, alongside Pay As You Go:

> The Connect Package - Stay in touch with family and friends. £6.75 per 24 hours with a full Cruise Plan. £7.75 for a single 24 hour period (internet messaging, social media)
> The Browse Package - browse as you would usually (with the exception of video streaming), plus email and social networks. £10 per 24 hours with a full Cruise Plan & £12.50 for a single 24 hour period. (web browsing, email, internet messaging, social media).

Additional savings can be made on The Browse Package when purchased pre cruise see How to purchase Satellite Internet below for further details.
> The Works - stream YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music, video call, browse, email, and share via social networks. £20 per 24 hours with a full Cruise Plan. £24.95 for a single 24 hour period.
> Pay As You Go - a flexible alternative to a 24 hour package. 65p per minute (To help keep an eye on costs, we'll automatically log you out after 30 minutes)

With the packages, you can upgrade any time you like. If you try to use a service from an alternative package, a prompt will appear to point you in the right direction. Then, it's just a few clicks to upgrade, and you're away.
You can purchase per 24 hours, for your full cruise or on a remainder of cruise basis. There is no activation fee.

On-board, there are two ways to buy a satellite internet package. Open a browser on your device, log on to the ship's Wi-Fi and type ''; into your browser. Alternatively, pop along to the Library; a good option if you need a little help.
You can use your satellite internet package on any device, but not simultaneously on multiple devices. It is not possible to wire your device into an internet connection on-board.

How to purchase Satellite Internet
When you buy The Browse Package before you sail, you can save up to 15%*. You are able to purchase pre cruise on a single 24 hour period basis and as a full Cruise Plan. Multiple purchases of the single 24 hour option can be made should you require a shorter duration than your full cruise.
> Daily Internet Browse Package - £10 per 24 hours
> Full Cruise Plan Browse Package - From £28 for a 3 day duration up to £246 for a 30 day duration.
To purchase and to find out more, please visit the P&O website for contact details. If you would prefer to use The Connect Package or The Works, these can be purchased on board your ship.

Internet questions....... here are the answers!

Connection speed
Being able to access the internet in the middle of the ocean is quite the technological accomplishment. However, due to the fact that the internet signal has to travel via satellites over 20,000 miles above the earth, service speeds are significantly impacted. Even the geographical location of your ship (mountainous landscapes in particular) and the weather can affect the on board service. To maximise your satellite internet service speeds, you will find the strongest Wi-Fi signal in public venues. You may also find that off peak periods - early morning, late evening and port days - provide a better service.

Access to email
Access to email services are available though both The Works and The Browse satellite internet packages, available to purchase pre cruise and once on board. Should your email service provider have enhanced security processes in place such as validation of your account via text, an alternative email account or a series of pre-determined questions, please familiarise yourself with these before you board to ensure ease of access once at sea.

Printing and scanning
Should you wish to print pages in the Library, this will be charged at 30 pence* per black and white page. If you require a document to be digitally scanned, please speak to reception. (*Prices are subject to change)

How much should I pay for tips:

With no tipping needed on board, you can relax in the knowledge that the P&O Cruises standards of service you’ve come to expect are all part and parcel of your holiday.


Choose a cruise holiday with confidence. All our cruises will operate as shown - irrespective of the number of bookings taken and subject to the Cruise company’s schedule. If necessary our itineraries may be subject to change, and in the event of adverse weather/sea conditions that prevent the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made where possible. All cruises that include a flight will be ATOL protected.


Please contact us for further information 0208 951 2800.

What’s included:

  • Inside cabin
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Porterage & Port Taxes
  • Full Board: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Self service tea & coffee 

What’s extra:

  • Cabin upgrades available on request
  • Gratuities for onboard staff
  • Shore excursions.
  • Insurance see here


  • Please note that regardless of group sizes our cruises will still operate.



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