Join in the celebrations as P&O Cruises toasts 175 years of cruising
This year, P&O Cruises is celebrating its 175th anniversary, with a number of big events to mark the momentous occasion. Celebrations began in early July, when P&O Cruises sailed out to sea with all of its seven cruise ships in a beautiful flotilla from Southampton. Excited spectators lined up to watch and wave at the majestic white hulls of the seven ships as they sailed away to their destinations.
The company started life in 1837, when its founders were awarded with a contract from the British government for a weekly mail service to the Iberian Peninsula. The sailing industry was quite different at that time, with vessels principally used for cargo transport, and P&O Cruises passenger 'pleasure' cruises weren't introduced until 1904. The popularity of cruises has endured ever since, and nowadays passengers can enjoy trips to a whole host of fantastic, far-flung destinations, with world-class entertainment, dining and facilities.
Among the most popular P&O Cruises destinations is the Caribbean, offering travellers the opportunity to enjoy beautiful blue seas and flawless white beaches, as well as sampling the laid-back island lifestyle. Passengers who sail on the Ventura - one of P&O Cruises' largest and most luxurious ships - can enjoy Caribbean cruises taking in glorious islands like Barbados, Jamaica and St. Lucia.
The Ventura ship is famously family-friendly, with a variety of children's play areas, four swimming pools and the Cirque Ventura circus school, where kids can play with musical instruments and learn a few interesting circus tricks – and those daring adults can try their hand at the high flying trapeze. There's plenty more on offer for adults on this vessel, with gym and sports facilities, two comedy and cabaret lounges, a cinema screen and a stage for full theatre productions.
This remarkable ship also boasts a fully-equipped spa offering pampering treatments, and several bars and restaurants, including signature eatery The White Room, which is headed up by legendary celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, serving up food of the finest quality.
Of course, aside from the Ventura, P&O Cruises has a number of other fantastic ships in its fleet, taking passengers to destinations all over the world, from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and other European destinations. For a truly unforgettable holiday experience at an affordable price, take advantage of the cheap P&O cruise deals available online from Thomas Cook.