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180 years of heritage celebrated in P&O Cruises' 2017 world cruise programme

180 years of heritage celebrated in P&O Cruises' 2017 world cruise programme

P&O Cruises launched its 2017 World Cruise Collection featuring two full circumnavigations offering a choice of east or west, a 180th anniversary celebration cruise on Aurora, exotic fly cruises and Australasian journeys, a 50-night cruise round-trip Southampton to the Caribbean, US and Amazon, Northern Lights cruises on Oriana with numerous overnight and evening calls.

P&O Cruises’ marketing director, Christopher Edgington, said: 'We spend a lot of time planning world cruises, based on extensive research and trends. Our round the world cruises are not a once-in-a-lifetime dream but a truly affordable and realistic holiday for “empty nesters” looking for long haul adventure and “this is the life” memories.'

In the year that P&O Cruises celebrates 180 years of heritage, Aurora’s circumnavigation will echo the trade routes of the British Empire, Aurora will sail a 104-night eastern circumnavigation from Southampton calling at 35 destinations in 21 countries and sailing nearly 30,000 nautical miles. Departing January 9 2017, this cruise will feature 23 new ports of call (compared with Aurora’s 2016 world cruise), four overnight stays in Dubai, Singapore, Sydney and San Francisco and seven evening calls. The cruise will also transit both the Panama and Suez canals.

Arcadia’s 114-night Polynesian and Asian Adventure is a full western circumnavigation from Southampton calling at 37 destinations in 21 countries and sailing over 36,000 nautical miles. Departing January 2 2017, the cruise will feature 22 new ports of call (compared with Arcadia’s 2016 world cruise), five overnight stays in San Francisco, Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore and nine evening calls. The cruise will also transit both the Panama and Suez canals.

Prices for the world cruises start from £10,299 per person Select Price (based on Aurora’s world circumnavigation) plus on-board spending money from £350 per person up to £1,000 per person depending on cabin grade.

Oriana’s 50-night Caribbean and Amazon Adventure round-trip from Southampton will call at 17 destinations in 13 countries in the Caribbean, the US and South America and will sail over 14,000 nautical miles including 1,500 nautical miles on the Amazon over six days. Departing January 3 2017, Oriana will feature 10 new ports of call, compared with her 50-night cruise in 2016. Highlights of the cruise include calls at Bermuda, New Orleans and Manaus as well as cruising the  Amazon.

Prices from £3,999 per person Select Price plus on-board spending money from £150 per person to £475 per person depending on cabin grade.

In 2017, Oriana will offer two 12-night Northern Lights cruises round-trip from Southampton calling at Andalsnes, Tromsø, Alta (overnight) and Stavanger as well as cruising in Romsdalsfjord. Highlights include the overnight in Alta and a late evening in Tromsø.

P&O Cruises' 2017 World Cruise Collection goes on sale for top tier Peninsular Club members on September 8. General sales start the following day.

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