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P&O Cruises is a British cruise line based at Carnival House in Southampton, England, operated by Carnival UK and owned by Carnival Corporation & plc. It was originally a subsidiary of the shipping company P&O and was founded during a restructuring of P&O's operations in 1977. Along with P&O Cruises Australia, a sister company also founded by P&O, it has the oldest heritage of any cruise line in the world, dating to P&O's first passenger operations in 1837.

P&O Cruises was divested from P&O in 2000, becoming a subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, before coming under its current ownership in 2003, following a merger between P&O Princess Cruises and Carnival Corporation. In 2018, the company had a 2.4% market share of all cruise lines worldwide.

In 1834, Brodie McGhie Willcox, a ship broker from London, and Arthur Anderson, a sailor from the Shetland Islands, formed an association with Captain Richard Bourne, a steamship owner from Dublin.[8] In 1837, the trio won a contract and began transporting mail and passengers from England to the Iberian Peninsula, founding the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company. In 1840, the company merged with the Transatlantic Steam Ship Company and expanded their operations to the Orient, becoming the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O). In 1844, P&O expanded its passenger operations from transportation to leisure cruising, operating sailings from England to the Mediterranean that were the first of their kind. By the mid-1900s, passenger shipping for the purposes of transportation was threatened by the increasing affordability of air travel. Consequently, in the 1970s, P&O dedicated its passenger operations entirely to leisure cruising and, in 1977, relisted its passenger ships under the new subsidiary P&O Cruises.

P&O Cruises ships

Arcadia
Arcadia

Year built: 2005

Length: 935 ft / 285 m

Passengers: 2094

Overall Rating: 3.33 (place: #187)

Arvia
Arvia

Year built: 2022

Length: 1132 ft / 345 m

Passengers: 5206

Overall Rating: 4.84 (place: #11)

Aurora
Aurora

Year built: 2000

Length: 886 ft / 270 m

Passengers: 1874

Overall Rating: 3.33 (place: #186)

Azura
Azura

Year built: 2010

Length: 951 ft / 290 m

Passengers: 3100

Overall Rating: 3.66 (place: #136)

Britannia
Britannia

Year built: 2015

Length: 1079 ft / 329 m

Passengers: 3647

Overall Rating: 4.03 (place: #82)

Iona
Iona

Year built: 2021

Length: 1132 ft / 345 m

Passengers: 5206

Overall Rating: 4.71 (place: #24)

Pacific Adventure
Pacific Adventure

Year built: 2001

Length: 951 ft / 290 m

Passengers: 2636

Overall Rating: 3.32 (place: #189)

Pacific Encounter
Pacific Encounter

Year built: 2002

Length: 951 ft / 290 m

Passengers: 2596

Overall Rating: 3.49 (place: #163)

Pacific Explorer
Pacific Explorer

Year built: 1997

Length: 856 ft / 261 m

Passengers: 1996

Overall Rating: 3.40 (place: #182)

Ventura
Ventura

Year built: 2008

Length: 948 ft / 289 m

Passengers: 3078

Overall Rating: 3.52 (place: #156)

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