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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 food and 24 hour buffets. Room service breakfast and afternoon tea are also included in the price of your holiday. 

Freedom and Club Dining

Our ships have their own unique Freedom and Club restaurants where you can explore flavours from around the world, along with favourites from home, at almost any time of the day. An excellent choice in breakfast, lunch and dinner is fully included and you can even enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea each day. At least once every holiday, soak up the atmosphere of a special Celebration Night. These elegant occasions feature an exquisite five course dinner menu devised personally by Marco Pierre White.


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. Available on board Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, Britannia and Ventura.


Freedom dining is flexible, where you can arrive at the restaurant at any time between 18.00 and 21.30. 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. Available across the whole P&O Cruises fleet. 

Freedom Dining will be held in the following restaurants:

  • Arcadia - The Meridian Restaurant (Lower tier)
  • Aurora – The Medina Restauran
  • Arvia – Zenith and Meridian Restaurants
  • Azura - The Meridian and Peninsular Restaurants
  • Britannia - The Meridian and Peninsular Restaurant
  • Iona - Coral, Pearl, Opal and Aqua Restaurant
  • Ventura - The Cinnamon and The Saffron Restaurants

Speciality Dining

Speciality Dining is our wonderfully flexible alternative giving you even more choice 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. 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. oom service is available 24 hours a day and items are priced individually. A room service menu will be available to you in your cabin. There is a small delivery charge on board Iona and Arvia.

Regardless of which option you choose, you are welcome to use the Speciality Dining or self-service restaurants at any point during your cruise.

Fare type

  • Guests who book on the Select Fare may choose their dining time (except Iona and Arvia, where only freedom dining is offered).
  • Guests on the Early Saver Fare/Late Saver will be allocated a dining time. This will be confirmed to them by a note in their cabin upon embarkation.
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