P&O Cruises is launching two new initiatives, the My Holiday app and a pre-holiday video guide, to enable guests to maximise every moment of their holiday.

P&O Cruises series of UK sailings resume June 27, 2021 on Britannia with new Excel-class ship Iona sailing from August 7, 2021.

The My Holiday app, available to use free of charge once on board, enables guests to pre-book dining time, restaurant and entertainment * from comfort of their cabin, sun bed or anywhere else, from their mobile phone or tablet.

Through the My Holiday app guests will be able to queue virtually for dining, needing only to arrive at their chosen restaurant at the exact time of their requested booking.

In a further move to help guests make the very most of time on board, ahead of their holiday a new video presented by Food Hero Olly Smith can be viewed here.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said:

“We cannot wait to welcome guests back on board from the end of June and we are committed to providing peace of mind and reassurance at every stage of a holiday with us. We want guests to enjoy every moment of these highly anticipated sailings so Olly Smith’s video on our website helpfully guides guests through what to expect this summer. Then while on board, the My Holiday app is the tool for guests to plan their activities from anywhere on the ship. Precious and longed-for time on board can therefore be spent getting the very most out of the P&O Cruises holiday experience.”

All the elements that make P&O Cruises special including speciality dining, shops, gym, spa, pools casino and gala evenings will be a fixture of Britannia and Iona’s breaks.

Guests on Iona can experience the first gin distillery at sea, over 30 places to eat and drink and four swimming pools including an infinity pool and 18 whirlpool spas. Tapas from Spanish chef Jose Pizarro, burgers and steaks in the Keel & Cow gastropub, fine dining and the very best Indian fusion in Sindhu.

All restaurants on Iona and Britannia will feature table service and guests will just need to pre-book or join a My Holiday app virtual queue.

If preferred, guests can visit the My Holiday desk on board to assist with bookings or to receive guidance on how to access and use the app.

Ahead of Britannia’s return to service, in line with Chamber of Shipping guidance, the ship has achieved external validation of its health and wellbeing protocols from Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification. Iona’s inspection will be undertaken shortly.

Bureau Veritas, president marine and offshore, Matthieu de Tugny said:

“Our passenger ship experts have been supporting P&O Cruises with the verification of health and wellbeing standards to enable a return to service in line with the UK Chamber of Shipping’s guidance

and Bureau Veritas guidelines. The ship was exceptionally well prepared and we give full credit to the entire ship’s crew and management. It will be good to see Britannia back in operation.”

New well-being measures to protect guests and crew will also be in place for P&O Cruises series of UK coastal cruises, starting June 27, 2021 which will be for UK resident Covid-19 vaccinated guests only.

To ensure the well-being of all guests complimentary Covid-19 testing will be carried out upon arrival at the cruise terminal with boarding subject to achieving a negative test result.


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