Q. What activities are available on board?

P&O Cruises offers the very best in cruise entertainment. Days can be filled with as much or as little as you want, whilst evenings are no doubt the social highlight. When the sun goes down your ship begins to come alive with the hum of conversation and music, and you can be sure of a memorable night.

With a range of activities taking place throughout the day, you’ll struggle to fit everything in. From pub quizzes, to sports tournaments, dance lessons, informative talks and interactive demonstrations you’ll be spoilt for choice. Thankfully, you don’t need to remember when and where everything is taking place – Horizon; your ship’s daily newspaper is delivered to your cabin and contains a full list of activities. Of course, some days you just want to relax with a good book and do nothing at all. On these days you’ll find plenty of comfortable sun lounges outside and soft chairs inside to simply relax and do nothing at all.


We cannot confirm exactly which activities will be available on your particular cruise, however we can guarantee there will always be plenty to do.

You may find the following question interesting: What facilities are available for children on-board? 


Craft, Dance & Other Classes

As a general rule the following classes are available:

  • Dance classes take place on all cruises with days at sea which are hosted by coupled dance instructors. A variety of complimentary dance lessons are available with the main type of dance offered being ballroom and Latin. It may be possible to arrange 1 to 1 tuition; - a fee will be charged to your on board account for this service. (Iona will not feature any dance hosts)
  • Watercolour art classes (excluding Britannia ) take place on all cruises with 6 or more full days at sea. Art materials can be purchased on-board or you may bring your own art materials to participate in the classes. 
  • Bridge classes hosted by an instructor will take place on all cruises with 7 or more full days at sea (they do not need to be consecutive days at sea). Britannia will offer Bridge without an instructor which can be played in the Marlow suite. Azura and Ventura do not offer bridge.
  • Guest speakers will be on-board cruises of 7 nights or more (if over 20 night duration - 2 speakers share the cruise)
  • Language instructor teaching *Spanish feature on Round the World Cruises only.
  • Clergy at Easter and Christmas
  • Special Guest Speakers on all world cruise sectors
  • Deck quoits - weather dependant
  • Shuffleboard - weather dependant

* Subject to change

Full information, including any associated costs, times and locations will be available on-board.


Fitness Classes

There are a range of fitness classes available in the gym, Please see question: Is there a spa and gym on-board?



If pampering is a pleasure in which you like to indulge, then our spa and salon is the place for you. 



If you’re feeling a bit more active, our ocean-view gymnasiums, personal trainers, sports courts, running/jogging tracks, swimming pools and a comprehensive well-being programme are designed to help you do just that.

Sports you can enjoy include:

Basketball (Aurora and Azura)
Table tennis (Not available on all ships)
Tennis (Deck tennis, with a smaller court than normal tennis, available on Arcadia, Aurora, Oceana and Ventura). Rackets will be provided on-board.

The tennis, football and basketball courts can be found in the sports court areas on Sky deck (Sports deck for Ventura).


What's included in the price of your holiday

Our fully equipped, state-of-the-art gyms; sports courts for football, deck tennis, basketball etc; choice of swimming pools, whirlpool spas, saunas and steam rooms are all included in your fare.



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