P&O Cruises say that that from winter 2012 /13 Adonia will Oriana and Oceana to sail year round from Southampton. The three ships will sail on cruises of two to 35 nights duration; Adonia, which was introduced this year, currently operates fly cruises in the Mediterranean and is scheduled to sail around South America in the coming winter.
The news comes after Royal Caribbean International said earlier this autumn that it would reposition Independence of the Seas from Southampton to Florida for the 2012/13 winter season. The ship currently operates year-round from Southampton. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have also said that they will discontinue their fly cruise winter programme in the Caribbean in 2012/13 and base Braemar that has operated the programme in the UK instead. Royal Caribbean's sister company Celebrity Cruises has also announced a series of cruises, from September to December 2012, on Celebrity Constellation from Southampton, in addition to the April to October programme of Celebrity Eclipse.
“To cement its reputation as leader of ex-UK cruising, P&O Cruises can confirm that from winter 2012, Oriana, Adonia and Oceana will sail year round from Southampton. The three ships will sail on cruises of two to 35 nights duration,” P&O Cruises said in a statement.
“Reflecting an increased demand in cruise holidays that start in and return to the UK, P&O Cruises can confirm it has added 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 company said.
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% discount on all 249 cruises in the Summer 2012 and Winter 2012/13 brochures on bookings made between December 1, 2011, and February 29, 2012.
Research conducted by the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) found that in 2010, ex-UK cruises out-performed the UK cruise market growth overall, growing by 10% and accounted for 40% of the cruises taken by British passengers. A recent survey conducted by P&O Cruises on its Facebook page supports these findings with 40% of respondents stating they preferred cruising from Southampton due to the fact the ‘holiday starts as soon as you arrive’. A further 20% favoured cruising from Southampton because there are no baggage restrictions, 12% selected ‘ease of embarkation’ as their favourite thing about cruising from Southampton, while 6% state ‘no flying’ as a preference.
The new, ex-UK cruises are:
N217N, three night cruise break, July 20 - 23, 2012
Southampton, Zeebrugge, St Peter Port, Southampton
Prices from £349 per person
N217P, four night cruise break, July 23 – 27, 2012
Southampton, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, St Peter Port, Southampton
Prices from £449 per person
D215N, 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
D216N, 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
D217N, 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
D218N, 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
X301N, 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.