P&O Cruises adds seven new round-trip cruises from Southampton in 2012
Increasing demand for cruise holidays that start in and return to the UK has encouraged P&O Cruises to add seven new cruise itineraries in 2012, all departing from and returning to Southampton.
The cruises range from a three-night cruise break on Ventura to a 28-night Caribbean cruise on Adonia. Also included are itineraries to the Canary Islands, Western Mediterranean and Atlantic Coast.
The seven new cruises which are included in the new Winter 2012/2013 brochure are part of the P&O Cruises 175th Anniversary Sale, which offers up to 10 per cent discount on all 249 cruises in the Summer 2012 and Winter 2012/13 brochures on bookings made by February 29, 2012.
Oriana will be offering more round-trip cruises from Southampton in 2012
It means that from winter 2012, Oriana, Adonia and Oceana will sail year round from Southampton on cruises of two to 35 nights duration.
Research conducted by the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) found that in 2010, ex-UK cruises outperformed the UK cruise market growth overall, growing by 10 per cent and accounted for 40 per cent of the cruises taken by British Passengers.
And a recent survey conducted by P&O Cruises on their Facebook page supported these findings with 40 per cent of respondents stating they preferred cruising from Southampton due to the fact the “holiday starts as soon as you arrive”.
A further 20 per cent favoured cruising from Southampton because there are no baggage restrictions, 12 per centselected “ease of embarkation” as their favourite thing about cruising from Southampton, while 6 per cent like that no flying is involved.
The new, ex-UK cruises
Three-night cruise break, July 20 - 23, 2012
Southampton, Zeebrugge, St Peter Port, Southampton
Prices from £349 per person
Four night cruise break, July 23 – 27, 2012
Southampton, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, St Peter Port, Southampton
Prices from £449 per person
15-night Western Mediterranean cruise, October 7 - 22, 2012
Southampton, Alicante, Barcelona, Sete, Livorno, Alghero, Port Mahan, Gibraltar, La Coruna, Southampton
Prices from £1,649 per person
13-night Canary Island cruise, October 22 – November 4, 2012
Southampton, Madeira, La Palma, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Tangiers, Lisbon, Southampton
Prices from £1,349 per person
28-night Caribbean cruise, November 4 - December 9, 2012
Southampton, Madeira, Virgin Gorda, St Maarten, Antigua, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba, St Vincent, St Lucia, St Kitts, Tortola, Ponta Delgada, Southampton
Prices from £2,599 per person
14-night Atlantic coast cruise, December 9 - 23, 2012
Southampton, Madeira, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Casablanca, Cadiz, Lisbon, Southampton
Prices from £1,329 per person
24-night Caribbean cruise, January 6 - 30, 2012
Southampton, Ponta, Delgada, St Maarten, Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, St Kitts, Horta, Southampton
Prices from £1,999 per person
All prices are per person and based on two adults sharing on a full board basis including all main meals and entertainment.
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