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Cruise memories


Peninsular Club members share their onboard stories

Gill Emery from Staffordshire

Gill Emery toasted the birth of Prince George

Welcoming Prince George

Gill (pictured) and Mick Emery, Staffordshire

'My husband and I have sailed with P&O Cruises for many years and have travelled on most of the fleet at some point. We enjoyed a particularly memorable trip around the Mediterranean at the time of the royal birth. Captain Paul Brown did an excellent job of keeping us up to date. When he announced that a new prince had been born, he invited guests to toast HRH Prince George Alexander Louis with a complimentary glass of champagne! We will now always have such fond memories of where we were when our future king was born.'


For every generation

Beryl Salter, Stockport

'When I was growing up in the 1930s, cruising was something that only existed in books and films. When I met my husband-to-be, he had recently been demobbed from the RAMC in India. He had been repatriated to England on a former P&O liner, which had been converted to a troop ship. He was full of enthusiasm about the experience. Years later, when we were married and had two children, we managed to save enough to go on a cruise. I still remember the excitement of it all, having never travelled abroad before. To my joy, I was introduced to curry for the first time, too!'


Congratulations from the HRH

Mona and Bernard Edwards, Camarthenshire

'My wife and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary onboard Azura. We were invited to join Captain Paul Brown and his Senior Officers for a champagne breakfast on the morning of our anniversary. To our amazement, the Captain produced an anniversary card from the Queen with her photograph and her written congratulations. It seems that it had been sent to him directly from Buckingham Palace. I‘d like to express our gratitude to Captain Paul Brown, his Senior Officers and especially Food and Drinks Manager Natalie, who organised the occasion. It was a morning we’ll never forget.'


Prints charming

Duncan Nicholson, Newcastle upon Tyne

'My late father is the marine artist John Nicholson. He was commissioned to produce a number of postcards of P&O liners in the 1950s as part of a series of many ocean liners. His paintings were featured in books and magazines, and he received commissions from shipping companies as well as many individuals. His interest in ships led to my own apprenticeship in the Merchant Navy. I also paint some of the ships I have sailed on including several P&O Cruises ships that my wife and I have travelled on over the past 10 years.'