Secure a Spot for the Nautical Event of the Year

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P&O Cruises can trace its roots back to 1837 and this year is celebrating 175 years of heritage. The Grand Event on Tuesday July 3 is part of these celebrations, with all seven ships in Southampton for the first time.

Thousands of people are expected to line the shore to witness this historical occasion, joining the 14,000 passengers and 6000 crew on board the seven ships.

A map showing all the best vantage points and times to witness The Grand Event sailaway has been released. Starting with the sailaway from Southampton, the map charts the progress of the seven ships out into the Solent, meaning that onlookers and well-wishers can secure themselves a good spot to observe the historical event.

P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow, said: “This day is one of the most significant days in our history, as all our seven ships gather in their home port on the same day for the first time ever. As we look forward to exciting plans for our next new ship in 2015, it is fitting to be celebrating our past as it has helped us become known as Britain’s trusted cruise experts.”

As each ship departs on its own Grand Event cruise, passengers on board will enjoy a special deck party to see them off in style. The ships will then form a procession as they leave Southampton and head down the Solent. Where the channel widens, the ships will move into a formation to be photographed from the air before they sail onwards to their various destinations.

Departing on July 3, 2012, all seven cruises will be heritage themed with special on board entertainment including a 175th Anniversary Gala dinner, heritage display, guest speakers and more. There will also be a prize draw on each cruise for one couple on each ship to win a full world cruise of their choice in 2013.

Limited availability remains on the following Grand Event cruises:

  • A 17-night Central Mediterranean cruise on Ventura (N216) priced from £1,999 pp. Calling in Malaga, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Venice, Split, Palma, Lisbon and Vigo.
  • A 17-night Baltic cruise on Aurora (R208) priced from £1,995 pp. Calling in Gothenburg, Copenhagen (two full days), Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg (two full days), Tallinn, Riga, Oslo and Hamburg (overnight and full day).
  • A 21-night Central Mediterranean cruise on Adonia (D208) priced from £2,673 pp. Calling in La Coruna, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Venice (full day and evening), Koper, Durres, Corfu, Tunis (from La Goulette), Malaga and Huelva.

For more information visit http://www.pocruises.com/175 or call 0845 3 554 444.

The Grand Event is part of a year of celebrations in 2012, marking the 175th year of heritage for the brand. P&O Cruises can trace its roots back to 1837 when the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company was awarded the lucrative Admiralty contract to carry mail to the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. Not long afterwards the concept of cruising was born and since then has evolved into a popular holiday choice. Today, as trusted cruise experts, P&O Cruises has a fleet of seven ships offering holidays tailored to British tastes combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail, ensuring passengers have the holiday of a lifetime, every time.

About P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises can trace its roots back to 1837 when the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company was awarded the lucrative Admiralty contract to carry mail to the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. Not long afterwards the concept of cruising was born and since then has evolved into a popular holiday choice and now P&O Cruises carries more British cruisers than any other line. Today, as trusted cruise experts, P&O Cruises has a fleet of seven cruise ships offering holidays tailored to British tastes combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail, ensuring passengers have the holiday of a lifetime, every time. Azura was launched in April 2010 – officially named by Godmother Darcey Bussell CBE. Small ship Adonia was added to the fleet in May 2011, named by Dame Shirley Bassey, DBE, and a new 141,000 ton as yet unnamed ship will be added to the fleet in spring 2015. P&O Cruises offer passengers the most stylish and contemporary holidays afloat including cruises to the Caribbean, cruises to the Mediterranean, & luxury short cruises. P&O Cruises offer direct Southampton cruises or fly-cruise holidays from many regional airports. Don’t miss your chance to book a cruise online today, with plenty of cruise offers from P&O Cruises.

For further press information please contact:
Michele Andjel, michele.andjel (at) carnivalukgroup (dot) com 023 8065 6653/07730 732 072
Kate Rist, kate.rist (at) pocruises (dot) com 023 8065 6652/07730 732 065
Jess Reid, jessica.reid (at) pocruises (dot) com 023 8065 6650 / 07795 052 973

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