Posted August 31st, 2015
What You Need To Know About The P&O Cruises and Cunard 2017 World Cruises Launch
This week, P&O Cruises and Cunard announced their magnificent world cruises for 2017, set to go on general sale on the 9th and 10th of September respectively. Although we are still less than three quarters of the way through 2015, there are some great deals to be had when you book early and it’s always hard not to get excited about these mammoth itineraries.
Here’s what you need to know about the launch.
There Are Six Different Options
P&O Cruises and Cunard have each announced three world cruises for 2017. All three of Cunard’s luxury ships will be embarking on round the world trips, along with Aurora, Arcadia and Oriana from P&O Cruises. Particular focuses include Queen Elizabeth visiting the Seychelles and Mauritius, Arcadia travelling to some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders and Queen Mary 2 stopping at multiple Australian and Far Eastern ports. The full itineraries can be found here and here.
Aurora Will Celebrate 180 Years Of P&O Cruises
That’s right, in 2017 P&O Cruises will celebrate their 180th anniversary and so Aurora’s world cruise will help to commemorate this. The 104-night trip will by themed on the cruise line’s heritage and will visit many of the destinations that were part of the historic trade routes. The onboard festivities will include gala dinners, elegant balls, quizzes and gifts.
Both Queen Victoria And Oriana Will Sail The Amazon
These two world cruises will offer something a little bit different which has never been done by either operator before. Part of Queen Victoria and Oriana’s itineraries will include sailing inland, down the Amazon River, to the jungle city of Manaus. This destination is in the heart of the largest part of the Amazon rainforest and is sure to include plenty of chances to do some wildlife spotting. Oriana’s 50-night cruise will even include an overnight stay in Manaus to give you more time to explore this unique location.
You Can Book Sectors As Well As The Whole Cruise
If an entire world cruise is outside of your budget, or you don’t have the free time to travel the world for upwards of 100 nights, you can always book a sector instead. All of the cruises, except the one on board Oriana, have shorter sections available to book. This means that you would fly out to meet the ship, sail to a string of destinations that interest you, and then fly back home. This is a great way to enjoy an extended cruise without having to visit places you have already been or have no interest in seeing. You can see some of the sectors available on the P&O Cruises and Cunard pages of our website.
There Are Deals Available When You Book Early
If you want to be prepared and are thinking about booking your 2017 world cruise early, there are plenty of offers to tempt you into doing so. P&O Cruises are offering a saving of up to £4,000 to anyone who books a full world cruise on board Aurora or Arcadia before the 30th of November 2015. You can also benefit from anything up to £4,400 worth of onboard spending money if you cement your place before that date.
Cunard are also offering some appealing deals to early birds, especially those who have sailed with the line before. They are giving away thousands of dollars in onboard spending money, depending on which cruise you choose and which grade of accommodation you stay in. Also, if you book an outside stateroom on Queen Mary 2’s 118-night east to west loop, you can look forward to a balcony upgrade.
P&O Cruises will begin sales of these itineraries for Peninsular Club members on the 8th of September 2015 at 8am. They will then go on general sale the following day (9th September), also at 8am.
Cunard will open sales on the 9th of September 2015 for World Club members and then on the 10th of September for everyone else. Phone lines will open at 1pm on both of these days.
For further details about these exciting 2017 world cruises, and to read the full terms and conditions, please visit the pages for P&O Cruises and Cunard on our website.