P&O ferries not only offer short hops to the continent and various places across Europe, they also offer mini cruises, short cruises, and city cruises for people who want a hassle-free trip. In just a few days, you’ll be able to cram in more holidaying than you’d think, especially with the timetables on offer. There are a number of destinations available, and various lengths of cruise depending on your timescale and budget. The mini cruises start from just two nights away, and are a great idea for a weekend away. Longer options are 7-day cruises. Not only will you have the final destination to look forward to, there’s also some great entertainment on board and some excellent opportunities to wine and dine, as well as exciting social events, so you can really make the most of your journey there. Your holiday begins as soon as you climb aboard the ship.

Destinations

So where do you want to go? If the answer is an exciting place in Europe, then P&O ferries will have a cruise for you. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway with a loved one, one of the most popular destinations is a cruise to Rome.

Rome
When in Rome…the ship docks at Civitavecchia, which is the closest you can dock to the city itself. During your time there, don’t miss the Sistine Chapel in the Basilica St Peter, one of Rome’s most famous landmarks. After this, try taking tea in the Babington Tea Rooms, then just wander around this beautiful city. There are some stunning Piazzas where you can people watch. Don’t forget to take a trip to the Parthenon and the Collosseum before re-boarding the ship.

Venice
Another great destination on offer from P&O is Venice. The whole city is listed as a World Heritage Site. Once you’ve docked, put your walking shoes on and explore. There are no cars allowed in the city centre, so the only way to get around is by foot or by boat through the never-ending canals. There are over five-hundred bridges to see during your time here. You probably won’t have time to see them all, but make sure you visit the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge. Your next port of call should be St. Mark’s Square and the Basilica, at the centre of the city. From here, you can explore the winding cobbled streets, kitsch shops, and beautiful cafes.

Bruges
For a cruise a little closer to home, you can take a mini-cruise to Bruges. The ship will dock in Zeebrugge, which is only ten miles away from the city centre. If Venice seems a bit too far away, Bruges might be the perfect getaway, as it’s commonly known as the Venice of the North because of its abundance of canals and bridges. However, Bruges has its own special character. Although here are lots of modern additions to the city, such as restaurants, boutiques, and bars, there’s also a wealth of history to be seen. It’s a great place to explore and take in the traditional architecture. The city is also famed for its chocolate making, lacework, and local beers. If you opt for this cruise, you’ll also be able to go on an excursion to Ypres and Ghent.

Amsterdam
Another popular mini-cruise from P&O ferries is the trip to Amsterdam. It’s a laid-back place to visit, and it perfect for exploring by foot once you’ve docked. There are many winding streets to get lost in, all of which have great cafes, bars and restaurants. There are plenty of sights to see during your time here, including the Van Gough Museum and the Stedelijk Museum for the art lovers. The Anne Frank Museum is a must-see, but make sure you go first thing in the morning or last thing at night to avoid the long queues. The National museum (Rijksmuseum) is another place to visit, as well as the Bloemenmarkt, a flower market that takes place every day of the week.

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Even if these few examples haven’t whetted your appetite, P&O ferries offer plenty of other destinations, including St. Petersburg, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Bilbao, and Lisbon, Norway and Denmark, as well as East European destinations.

The Experience

A lot of people who have never been on a cruise think it might not be the right option for them. Why waste a holiday cramped up on a ship? However, they underestimate the facilities on board and the experience as a whole. It’s an extraordinary way to go on holiday. After settling into your cabin, you can take the opportunity to explore a large, beautifully made ship. Every morning when you wake up, you’ll be greeted by a different spectacular view, and you can explore a number of destinations during just the one holiday.

The service on offer from the P&O staff is second to none. The restaurants (where the meals are inclusive in the price of the cruise) are exclusive, some of which were created by Marco Pierre and Gary Rhodes, and are a great place to meet other passengers. And it’s not just about waiting for the next meal. P&O offer talks and lectures during the journey, from companies such as the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern, as well as artistic workshops. If you’re travelling with the family, the kids will be entertained by the Mr Men show.

P&O have seven different ships depending on your choice of destination. You can tailor your holiday to suit your needs, whether you enjoy a modern short break, or a longer, more-traditional cruise.

Cruise Duration

You can choose whichever length that is going to suit you best. If you only have a weekend to spare, there are two-night cruises or three-night cruises. For longer trips, you can choose a four- to six-night cruise. Most of the cruises depart from Southampton, with a few exceptions. It’s an easy city to reach with over one-hundred and twenty cruises leaving each year, so there will always be something to choose from. Simply get yourself to Southampton and hop on the ferry. There are few restrictions for your luggage, and less queues than at the airport. And unless the weather is very bad, there are few delays and cancellations.