CRUISE giant P&O today launches its longest Caribbean holiday ever – a FORTY night winter sun sailing.
And prices on the adults-only Aurora itinerary will start from less than £54 a night, including full board and entertainment.
The cruise line has created the marathon sailing because the Covid-19 pandemic has temporarily put paid to the traditional world cruise.
Caribbean winter sun
No flights are needed because it’s a round transatlantic trip from Southampton, also taking in a Spanish fan favourite and a couple of Canary Islands.
So Aurora will set sail on February 22 next year for what will be P&O’s most comprehensive Caribbean cruise yet.
Sixteen ports of call include most of the island staples but also a return to Dominica’s Roseau for the first time in a decade.
For the first time in four years, Aurora will visit Aruba, and ports of call include Guadeloupe, where TV’s Death In Paradise is filmed.
Ralf Little, Death In Paradise, BBC TV
The full itinerary reads: La Coruña; Madeira; St Kitts; Guadeloupe; St Lucia; Grenada; St Vincent; Barbados; Bonaire; Curaçao; Aruba; Dominica; Tortola; St Maarten; Antigua and Tenerife.
The Pitons, St Lucia
Prices start at £2,149 per person, and go on sale from 9am next Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
Shirley Heights, Antigua
Aurora underwent a comprehensive refit in 2019, and is able to welcome 1,874 guests.
Eateries include The Beach House, with South American, Caribbean and Stateside cuisine, The Glass House wine bar and restaurant, Indian fusion at Sindhu and two main restaurants.
She will also visit Portugal and the Canary Islands for 12 nights, departing April 1, 2022, with inside cabins from £599 per person. Departing from and returning to Southampton, ports of call are La Palma, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Lisbon.
Lanzarote’s volcanic landscape
A third guest in the same cabin can travel from £199 on both new Aurora holidays. Guests also have the opportunity to spread the cost monthly at no additional cost.
Aurora in Sydney
After the two cruises, Aurora will resume the already published Med itinerary before undertaking the 2023 world cruise. A new World Cruise for 2024 will be announced later this year.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow says: “Due to the global travel limitations still in place and the complex logistics involved in a world cruise, many months in advance, sadly it is just not possible to continue to offer this in 2022.
“We’re extremely sorry as we know how much our guests look forward to this trip of a lifetime. We’re delighted to be giving more options to enjoy some winter sun in early 2022 and on Aurora, our ship exclusively for adults.”
For more information or to book call P&O Cruises on 03453 555 111, visit www.pocruises.com or contact a travel agent.