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What dining options are available on board?

Our cruises are all full board and include breakfast, lunch and dinner, meals and snacks, poolside grills, deck barbecues and 24 hour buffets. Room service breakfast and afternoon tea are also included in the price of your holiday. 


Every evening we’ll set a place for you in our main dining room and when booking – depending on your ship and fare - you can chose to dine at a set time or one that will fit around your day to day plans. We call these two options club and freedom dining.


Select Dining is our wonderfully flexible alternative dining where for a small charge you can enjoy restaurants by chef Marco Pierre White and TV’s wine expert Olly Smith. We’ve also developed a few of our own speciality experiences to whet your appetite.


Club dining

Club dining is a fixed seating plan operating on 2 sittings, either 1st sitting at 6.30pm or 2nd sitting at 8.30pm. We will reserve a table for you at the same time each evening with the same waiters and fellow diners for the duration of your cruise.

This option will not be available on board Iona.


Freedom dining

Freedom dining is a flexible style of cruise dining, where you can arrive at the restaurant at any time between 18.00 and 21.30 and ask to be seated.

There are tables sizes ranging from two to eight, which are provided on a first come, first serve basis dependant on the type of booking you have made*. If the table size you require is not available, you will be given a pager that will notify you once a table becomes available. Freedom dining offers you the opportunity to be seated with different people every night on different sized tables and with different waiters serving you.

Freedom dining is available on Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, Britannia, Iona, and Ventura. Iona will operate as solely freedom dining in the Main Dining Restaurants. 

Freedom Dining will be held in the following restaurants:

Arcadia - Upper tier of Meridian Restaurant
Aurora  – The Medina Restaurant
Azura - The Meridian Restaurant and The Peninsular Restaurant
Britannia - The Peninsular and Meridian Restaurants
Ventura - The Cinnamon Restaurant and The Saffron Restaurants

Iona - Guests on board Iona will have the opportunity to experience all of the Main Dining Restaurants during their holiday giving them the chance to enjoy Coral, Pearl, Opal and Aqua Restaurants from evening to evening.

* Please note P&O Select Fare bookings will take dining allocation priority over Early Saver or other promotional fares.

Guests on Early Saver fare bookings have the option of advising us of their preference up to five days prior to departure. You may submit your preference at the end of the booking process if booking on line, via the Cruise Personaliser or My P&O Cruises after booking or via the link above.

You will not receive confirmation of your preference and will be notified of your allocation once on-board. Guests on other promotional fares will have dining allocated once on-board. 


Select Dining

Select Dining in a speciality restaurant gives you even more choice, many of which are inspired by Michelin-starred chefs such as Marco Pierre White. A Select Dining Cover charge applies in these restaurants. You may also find the question How much are the cover charges in the alternative restaurants? useful.


Other Dining Options 

There are also other dining areas which provide 24 hour service ranging from buffet food courts, pizzerias and daytime grills. In all instances, the cost of your meal is included in your fare.


You can also take advantage of room service for light bites and/or full meals. Room service is available 24 hours a day and most items incur a charge. A room service menu will be available to you in your cabin. 


Regardless of which option you choose, you are still welcome to use the Select Dining or buffet restaurants at any point during your cruise.



When it comes to dining we lay on a special early tea (time and location will be confirmed once on board) with children’s favourites to suit younger tastes. If you prefer the relaxed, informal buffet is available from early morning to late evening and has a wide selection of dishes. Or if you’d rather all dine together in the main restaurant, that’s great fun for families too.


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