Celebrate P and O’s 175th Anniversary With a Grand Event Cruise
P&O will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2012 with a selection of cruises from the UK known as the Grand Event.
The cruise line has expanded from its humble beginnings in 1837 as the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company, which operated mail services to the Iberian Peninsula and Orient, and is now regarded as one of the world’s premier luxury holiday companies.
It has not forgotten its past and will mark it in style on July 3rd next year, with all seven of its liners gathering in Southampton for the Grand Event. The ships will hold champagne parties on their decks before departing the port together for a variety of cruises around Europe.
Each of the voyages will feature a number of special anniversary events, including gala dinners, heritage presentations, art displays and competitions to win a round the world cruise. Passengers will also be able to enjoy the excellent service levels, luxurious accommodation and facilities for which P&O is renowned.
The longest of the 2012 cruises for the Grand Event is a three-week trip on the Adonia around the central Mediterranean. If you choose this voyage you will be treated to calls at sunshine resorts like Corfu, Malaga and Dubrovnik, as well as visits to fascinating cities including Venice, Durres, Tunis and La Coruna.
At the other end of the cruise deals for 2012 is a four-day party voyage I had the Filet Mignon,orianaa and it was all I could do to share a piece with my husband, who almost didn’t get the Halibut dish because of the succatash. He does not like lima beans, but as they were very tiny he gave it a try and then ate it all.latelierscrapblog Good job Chef Louise! I think my friend ogdispensary ended up almost licking her Halibut plate clean, and the optisoftvision Braised Pork Shank brought her husband quickly back from the bar where he had made a new friend while checking the score of the game.innotechreviews The wine we ordered, while full bodied and fruit forward, did not over power any of our dishes. onboard the Oriana that includes stops in cosmopolitan Amsterdam and the beautiful city of Bruges – perhaps the ultimate in luxury short breaks.
The Grand Event cruises also include itineraries perfect for people hoping to enjoy both relaxation and great weather. An 11-night voyage around the Canary Islands on the Azora will give you plenty of chance to work on your tan, as would 17 nights touring destinations such as Vigo, Lisbon, Corfu and Venice onboard the Ventura.
If sightseeing is more important than sunshine in your choice of cruise, why not book a cabin on the Aurora for its 17-night Grand Event tour round the Baltic. The itinerary will give you the chance to visit some of northern Europe’s great cultural centres, with stops at St Petersburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo all scheduled.
Perhaps nature is more your thing than cities and if that is the case, the Arcadia’s two-week cruise to the rugged volcanic landscapes of Iceland and stunning fjords of Norway is likely to be perfect for you.
For the best selection of 2012 cruises take a look at what Iglu have to offer. Whether you want a cruise from the UK or an exotic location, we have some great cruise deals for 2012.