How much does a P&O cruise cost?
After all, if you don’t know how much your cruise is going to cost, how can you plan?
First the Bad News
Before we look at the real numbers, we need to know that it’s one of those typical “how long is a piece of string?” questions.
Well… it depends on factors such as
- how long the cruise lasts
- time of year
- what sort of cabin
- what’s included in the package
Many people choose a cruise which lasts a couple of weeks.
But some like a short 2-day or 3-day cruise.
And there’s always the 99-day world cruises too!
But I’ll try to give you a decent guide to…
How Much Your P&O Cruise is Likely to Cost
Most of our cruises have been with P&O, and we’ve usually got a good deal.
So I hopped over to their website at pocruises.com.
Let’s have a look at some of their October 2018 brochure prices.
P&O Cruise Prices
I’m looking at their cheapest rates here (which will be for an inside cabin). The prices are per person, and include accommodation, all your meals, entertainment, and so on.
For £629, you can have…
- A 9-night Baltic cruise in December.
- A 12-night Canary Islands cruise in December.
Want to go when it’s a bit warmer? How about in May?
- A short 2-night cruise to Guernsey is £199.
- A 12-night Canary Islands & Iberia cruise is £799.
- 14 nights of cruising around Spain and Italy is £920.
Want to splash out?
- A 99-day world cruise will cost you £9.999
Tipping on P&O
In addition to the cost of any cruise, you’re normally expected to pay tips to your cabin steward, waiters, etc.
So, when comparing cruises, remember that some cruise companies include these tips in the price of your cruise, some add them onto your bill at the end of the cruise, and others totally leave it up to you how much you pay your cabin steward and waiter in cash.
Currently, P&O charge a ‘discretionary’ £7 per person per day for tips. But after May 2019, they’ll be dropping this. And rumour has it that they won’t increase the price of their fares when they drop this surcharge. Happy days!
Any Other Costs on a Cruise?
Everything you need is on the ship. So in theory, you won’t need to spend another penny.
But you’ll probably want to visit some historical sites on land, book an excursion or two, buy souvenirs and have a drink or two (unless drinks are included in the price).
So you’re going to need a little spending money.
But as you can see, the price of a cruise can be quite cheap when you compare it with two weeks on a package holiday.
And if you book it via a cashback website, it works out even cheaper. Here’s our article and our video about how to do that.
So are you convinced that a cruise doesn’t have to be expensive?
Great! All that remains is for you to book it and enjoy seeing the world.
But hang on… let’s first compare P&O with an entirely different sort of cruise: P&O versus Hurtigruten.