P&O Cruise Ships By Age, And Size, Newest To Oldest 2024


If you’re planning a cruise with P&O Cruise Line you might be wondering which cruise ship to book for your next cruise. Thus we have researched P&O Cruise Ships By Age and Size, Newest To Oldest, and also included a few interesting facts for P&O fans. Some because we are geeks and love a bit of history.

P&O Cruise Ships By Age, And Size

P&O Ships Newest To Oldest

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Notably, it’s also great to know not only the P&O Cruise Ships by age to help you decide if you want to stay on a newer P&O Ship, or indeed older. We have also included passenger numbers and P&O ship renovation dates. Some ships may be older, however, this doesn’t mean they haven’t been upgraded recently, they will have a small ship feel with all the latest innovations.

How Many Cruise Ships Do P&O Have?

P&O Iona in Norway
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie Cruising with Kids

P&O has 7 cruise ships in service the newest being Arvia which launched in 2022. P&O are a brand that celebrates all things British. As such has a huge British audience and following of cruisers who will only ever cruise with P&O. This also shows in the choice of godparent for each ship.

Which Are The Newest P&O Cruise Ships

Skydome Pool on P&O Iona
Photo Credit Sarah Christie, Cruising With Kids

The P&O fleet is quite a young and small fleet compared to a lot of other cruise lines. However, this also means there is a continuous investment.

  • Arvia, 2022, holds 5200 guests and is 184,700 tons.
  • Iona, 2021, holds 5200 guests and is 184,700 tons.
  • Britannia, 2015, holds 3647 guests and is 143,000 tons.
  • Azura, 2009, holds 3100 guests and is 115,055 tons.
  • Ventura, 2007, holds 3078 guests and is 116,017 tons.
  • Arcadia, 2004, holds 2094 guests and is 83,781 tons.
  • Aurora, 2000, holds 1874 passengers and is 76,152 tons.
Arvia202252001800Yes344m184,700 tons
Iona 202152001800Yes344m184,700 tons
Britannia2015201936471350Yes330m143,000 tons
Azura2009202031001250Yes290m115,055 tons
Ventura2007201830781205Yes291.4m116,017 tons
Arcadia200420172094866No289.90m83,781 tons
Aurora200020191874860No270.0m76,152 tons
P&O Cruise Ships By Age, Passenger And Crew Numbers And Size 2024

Which P&O Ships Are Adult Only?

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Although cruising is pretty quiet on the child front out of term time, some people want a guarantee their cruise is going to be child-free. The following ships are the child-free ships in the P&O fleet.

  • Arcadia
  • Aurora

Which Is The Biggest P&O Ship?

P&O Iona in Hellesylt
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids

Iona and Arvia are the biggest and newest ships of the P&O fleet. Offering innovative features such as the SkyDome, three-tier glass Grand Atrium or the brand-new Conservatory Mini-suite cabins, and a full cinema. Iona and Arvia holds 5200 guests, has a crew of 1800, is 344m long, with15 guest decks, and weighs 184,700 tons.

Which Is The Smallest P&O Ships?

The Atrium On Iona Has Bars And Restaurants On All Levels
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The smallest P&O ship in the fleet is Aurora, this child-free ship which was renovated in 2019 is a more intimate ship holding only 1874 passengers, has 860 crew, weighs 76,152 tons, and a length of 270.0m. This is tiny in comparison to her newest sister Arvia who is over double the weight at 184,700 tons.

Which P&O Ships Have Had A Refit?

P&O Ships renovation Dates
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As you can see P&O Cruise Line has invested a lot to keep their ships up-to-date and modern, hence why P&O has a loyal following. They know the standard and quality they expect from their cruise and when the last ship to be renovated was 2017 it’s pretty reassuring.

  • Britannia, refurbished 2019
  • Azura, refurbished 2020
  • Ventura, refurbished 2018
  • Arcadia, refurbished 2017
  • Aurora, refurbished 2019

Have P&O Sold Any Cruise Ships?

P&O Ships by Age
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising With Kids

Yes, P&O sold Oceania in 2020, Oceana was built in 2000 and holds 2016 passengers onboard. P&O’s oldest ship was sold to the Greek ferry operator Seajets and renamed The Queen of the Oceans.

Who Are The Godmothers For Each P&O Ship

P&O Ship Godmothers
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The christening of a cruise ship is a big deal, it’s considered to be good luck to both the ship and her crew to break a bottle of champagne over the bow of a new vessel before taking her maiden voyage. It’s also a great pr exercise, but also a part of maritime history for ships to have a sponsor (Godmother).

Traditionally The Navy used a silver goblet filled with wine, however as this became more expensive, the goblet was swapped for a bottle of wine, which later became replaced with champagne as we know it today.

  • Arvia, Nicole Scherzinger
  • Iona, Dame Irene Hays
  • Britannia, Her Majesty The Queen
  • Azura, Dame Darcey Bussell 
  • Ventura, Dame Helen Mirren
  • Arcadia, Dame Kelly Holmes
  • Aurora, HRH The Princess Royal

Also, Check Out The Princess Cruise Fleet

Princess Cruise Line Cancels The Inaugural Sailing of the Sun Princess
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See all the fleet and check out our Princess ships by age post.

Find Out All About The P&O Drinks Packages

Emerald Bar on Iona
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising with Kids

Do you need a P&O Drinks Package? Check out our guide with drinks prices and menus.

And Take A Look Around P&O Iona

Infinity Pool On P&O Iona, whats included on a P&O cruise
Photo Credit: Sarah Christie, Cruising With Kids

Take a tour and check out what’s on-board with our P&O Iona Photo Tour


  • Sarah Christie

    Sarah also writes for Mini Travellers Family Travel Blog and Extraordinary Chaos Craft and Lifestyle Blog. Both are award-winning blogs with a travel and family focus. She is married and has two boys, aged 18 and 22, who all love cruising as a family. Nothing is better than waking up every day in a new port with new and exciting things to explore. She aims to share how cruising as a family with young adults is the perfect choice for family travel. Her boys are sporty and love the activities, sports and dining options cruising offers. Sarah has worked with brands such as Walt Disney World, Mark Warner, Ikos Resort, Center Parcs, Laura Ashley, Belling and Next.

2 thoughts on “P&O Cruise Ships By Age, And Size, Newest To Oldest 2024”

  1. You have not mentioned Ariana what happened to her.Who was she sold to?
    She was a beautiful ship My daughter and I had a lovely cruise on her to Spain and Ireland in 2010.


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