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Four fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors on board


Holiday memories are made even sweeter with the wind in your hair and the sea as your backdrop. Here are four of our favourite ways to spend time al fresco on board

Sail Away party

Enjoy one of our Sail Away parties

A holiday isn’t a holiday without time spent outdoors, and a P&O Cruises holiday provides you with a particularly unique view of Mother Nature – it’s not often you’re surrounded by fresh sea air and miles of blue ocean, stretching as far as the eye can see.


While you’ll have every chance to explore outdoors on shore, there are plenty of ways to enjoy life al fresco while on board too, whether you want to get active, pamper yourself in the spa or simply kick back and admire the views. Read on for a few of our favourite ways to spend time on board in the open air.


1. Get active in the fresh air

One of the most delightful things to do on board is to walk the promenade deck. All our ships except Britannia have a deck that runs the circumference of the ship, offering breathtaking views in all directions. Lace up your walking shoes, stroll the ship and breathe in the sea air with the sun (or stars) above you. If you’re after some heart-pumping exercise, you can also jog or run the deck.


Feeling competitive? Deck games will be right up your alley. Gather friends (or make some new ones) and try your hand at deck quoits or shuffleboard, which can be found across the fleet. All our ships also offer outdoor sports courts, where you can enjoy football, basketball, tennis, golf and more.


When the sun is shining, there’s no better place to be than by the pool. All of our ships have outdoor swimming pools – head out early in the morning for a peaceful, refreshing dip, or cap off a busy day with a cooling evening swim. Ventura even has an ‘endless pool’, with a current you can swim against, if you’re after a workout.


2. Relax under the sun

Exercise done, it’s time to relax and soak up the sun. The Retreat is the perfect place for a spot of pampering. Found on Azura, Britannia and Ventura, our al fresco spa terrace is exclusively for adults and offers sun loungers, airy cabanas for spa treatments, personal waiter service and of course, gorgeous panoramic views.


At the end of a busy day on board or on shore, there’s no better way to unwind than with a drink on deck. All our ships offer outdoor bars serving up refreshing cocktails. Indulge in a classic like a piña colada or a French 75, or try out P&O Cruises specialities such as the 1837 Collins, named for the year in which the company was founded.


For a pastime that never gets old, find a peaceful place on deck, grab a pair of binoculars and try your hand at spotting marine wildlife. Whales, dolphins and porpoises are frequently spotted on the routes we travel, so for the eagle-eyed, your chances of spotting them are pretty good.


3. Dine outdoors

Food tastes that much better when served with sea views. The Beach House on Aurora, Oceana and Oriana is our fun and informal Select Dining restaurant. It boasts indoor/outdoor seating and a menu full of mouthwatering American classics, so make the most of those al fresco tables on sunny days.


The Epicurean on Ventura celebrates fine dining traditions, combining them with contemporary presentation and the best ingredients. Book a table on the terrace and take an unforgettably luxurious dining experience to even greater heights.


For coffee lovers, Britannia’s Java Café has an open-air terrace with comfy seating and a tempting selection of pastries and cakes.


Additionally, many of our ships offer poolside snacks for when you’re feeling peckish after a swim. For the ultimate indulgence, chill out with a tub of Jude’s Ice Cream by the pool. Treat yourself to a taste of Very Vanilla, Truly Choc, Salted Caramel, Ginger Spice and more.

Azura SeaScreen

Watch a film under a starry night sky on Azura's SeaScreen

4. Have fun al fresco

Imagine watching a film under a starry night sky, en route from one fabulous destination to another. Azura’s SeaScreen is just the ticket – set above the swimming pool, it shows a variety of classic films, family favourites and the latest blockbusters. Add in cinema snacks of your choice and you’ve got a truly special night out. We also show sports matches on the SeaScreen, so you can soak up the sun while staying up to date on the scores.


Britannia offers fabulous entertainment, indoors and out. Our deck show, Britannia Rocks, is an explosion of light, colour and sound, using the latest technology to create dazzling entertainment under the night sky. You can also enjoy dancing beneath the stars, as well as entertainment such as professional dancers, DJs and live bands.


And of course, don’t miss out on our famous sail-away parties on deck – the perfect way to say so long to the incredible destinations you’ve just visited.


For more on all the things to see and do outboard, explore our daytime activities.