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This is the life: celebrating special occasions with
P&O Cruises


From weddings to anniversaries to milestone birthdays, life’s big moments should be celebrated in style. If you’re marking your special day by sailing with us, we’ve got all you need to take it from fun to unforgettable…

Celebrate special occasions with P&O Cruises

We’ll help make sure your big day is nothing but smooth sailing

‘Life is for living’

Karen and David Chapman know how to celebrate. The couple have commemorated many milestones on a cruise holiday, from their honeymoon to their 25th wedding anniversary to their 50th birthdays. Here, they tell us about some of their standout holiday memories and why a cruise is the best way to mark an occasion


‘We love to travel and have been fortunate to visit many exciting places in our 33 years together, from climbing the crater of a volcano in Hawaii to dining in the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. However, we choose cruises for our most special occasions as for us, no other holiday quite matches the variety of destinations and sense of occasion. We’re old romantics at heart and love the opportunity to dress up for formal nights. To sit on a beach in your swimwear by day and then slip into a tux or ball gown in the evening is like no other holiday experience.


To us, our cruise ship is an elegant travelling hotel that yields a new experience and a new country almost every day. Going to bed in St Kitts and waking up in Antigua – there really is nothing else quite like a cruise!


We’ve had so many standout experiences ­­that it’s hard to choose a favourite, but a catamaran trip to Mustique was certainly a highlight. Never in our wildest dreams would we have believed we could sip cocktails in Basil’s Bar – we understand why it was one of Princess Margaret’s favourite places and a recent summer holiday destination for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


We fell in love to the 1980s song ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’ by Jaki Graham and David Grant. On one of our cruises, the guest entertainer in The Limelight Club was Jaki Graham. My husband secretly secured our booking in advance and six months later, despite snow delaying all flights from England, the P&O Cruises team pulled out all the stops to ensure we made it to our seats just in time to be serenaded by Jaki in her finale of ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’. It was an unforgettable and most romantic experience.


Just being on board a P&O Cruises holiday for a special occasion is a delight in itself: enjoying an alfresco breakfast while on dolphin watch, a dinner menu designed by Marco Pierre White and dancing the evening away on the deck under the stars are the norm. There are also additional extras offered on board, and during our cruises we’ve enjoyed the most wonderful birthday cakes designed by Eric Lanlard. We always spend our special occasions in either The Epicurean or Sindhu. Both restaurants are first class, the service impeccable and the food amazing.


Our 30th wedding anniversary is on the horizon and we’re starting to consider our holiday options. It coincides with the inaugural cruise year for Iona, so that’s definitely on the wish list. P&O Cruises offers so many options to suit all tastes and budgets, so we’re also considering a shorter cruise where we could holiday with family and friends, sharing our celebrations with those who have been with us from the start of our journey or joined us along the way. We’re also contemplating some longer cruises. We are spoilt by choice!


A cruise offers so many different opportunities to meet all of our different desires. Life is for living and celebrating those special moments with the ones we love. There are so many “This is the Life” moments waiting for you to experience on a P&O Cruises holiday. Just go ahead and book one!’


Inspired to mark your own milestones with a cruise holiday? Read on for just some of the ways you can celebrate with us…

If you’re marking your special day by sailing with us, we’ve got all you need to make it unforgettable

Ceremonies at Sea

With a P&O Cruises Ceremony at Sea, relaxation, love and laughter are all part of the package. Be it a wedding, commitment ceremony or renewal of vows, we’ll help make sure your big day is nothing but smooth sailing.


Our packages for weddings and commitment ceremonies take the stress out of planning your day. From magnificent venues, flowers and Champagne to invitations, music and seating plans, we’ve thought of everything, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. If you’re a romantic at heart and are thinking of renewing your vows, P&O Cruises can also offer you the perfect package to make your special day just as romantic the second time around.


Commitment ceremonies and vow renewals are offered across the fleet, and most of our ships also offer weddings. Each ship boasts a sophisticated venue for your ceremony: Arcadia has the Viceroy Room; Aurora offers the Uganda Room; Azura, Britannia, Iona and Ventura have the Ivory Suite, and Oceana and Oriana have the Captain’s Lounge. When it comes to destinations, the world is your oyster. From the magical Mediterranean to the sunny Caribbean, you can choose the destination that suits you best.  


Click here for more info on Ceremonies at Sea.


Little luxuries

Whether it’s a birthday, reunion, anniversary or ‘just because’, we think life is worth celebrating. A cruise holiday is special enough, but if you want to make your occasion even more memorable, we have a great range of gifts and luxuries to choose from.


Why not start your day in the most luxurious way with a Champagne breakfast in bed, or indulge in some pre-dinner appetisers? Say ‘I love you’ with a fresh floral bouquet to your cabin, book a photography package to get the perfect memento, or choose a souvenir that’s exclusive to your ship. You can even give gift credits that can be purchased and spent in a number of venues across the ship, including the spa and shops, or on shore with a shore excursions credit.


We’ve also crafted a handful of decadent celebration packages. In each one, you’ll find indulgent treats and luxurious touches to enhance your holiday, from the Welcome on Board package, which includes Champagne, flowers and chocolates, to the Ultimate Celebration package, which includes a facial or massage, dinner for two in a Select Dining venue twice during your cruise and so much more.


To book a gift or package, call 03453 555111 (local call charges apply).


Click here to learn more about the little luxuries you can enjoy on board

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