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Solar eclipses, Northern Lights and the Arctic Circle: P&O’s summer 2026 sailings revealed

P&O Cruises has today revealed its hotly anticipated collection of sailings for summer 2026. Here’s what we’re most excited about. 

Witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse from a glamorous deck bar or in the rugged landscapes of Iceland. Chasing down the Northern Lights in Norway’s Arctic Circle. Sailing into Rome for an exclusive viewpoint of the Eternal City. These are just a few of the myriad experiences P&O Cruises has revealed today as part of its summer 2026 programme onboard its seven ships.

What’s more, holidaymakers who are quick off the mark and book before June 4, 2024 will receive an enticing 10 percent discount off your booking. Race you there!

Sailings will depart between March 20, 2026 to October 31, 2026 and range in length from seven nights up to epic, 30-night voyages. 

While most itineraries depart from Southampton, England, a number of Fly-Cruise options will also be available, departing from Malta every Thursday.   


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What are the new P&O Cruises Special Events for summer 2026?

With eclipses being the talk of the moment thanks to the recent eclipse in New York, P&O Cruises’ new series of ‘Special Event’ cruises for 2026 provide an awesome opportunity to see this natural phenomenon.

On board Ventura, sail a leisurely 14-night itinerary along Spain’s Atlantic coastline, stopping off in the fishing town of Ferrol, where travellers will have the chance to watch the total solar eclipse on August 12, 2026.

If cooler climates appeal more, a voyage to the open terrain and towering glaciers of Iceland awaits on board Arcadia – one of P&O Cruises’ adults-only ships. The mesmerising itinerary will call on the village of Isafjördur, Northwest Iceland where a total eclipse will be visible to holidaymakers in prime position on August 12, 2026. An overnight stay in Greenock, Scotland during the sailing also aligns with the annual ‘Edinburgh Tattoo’ – a spine-tingling spectacle of human achievement that celebrates Scottish heritage. 

Staying in Europe’s Northern reaches, a spectacular journey to Norway onboard P&O Cruises’ second adults-only vessel, Aurora, promises a unique opportunity to track down the elusive Northern Lights. The itinerary will include calls on Tromsø – the ‘Arctic Capital’, as well as to the culturally-rich Norwegian city of Bodø, amid voyagers’ quest to witness the world’s greatest light show. 


– READ MORE: Guide to Northern Lights cruising in Norway

What else is new for P&O Cruises in summer 2026?

A smattering of new ports of call and itineraries invite a host of new experiences for cruisers. 

New for summer 2026, Arvia will set sail to Rome as one of its six ports of call during a series of Western Mediterranean itineraries, for the ultimate Roman Holiday. Alternatively, partygoers may be tempted by a new 21-day Croatia-intensive itinerary, calling at the vibrant cities of Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar.

A fresh opportunity to become immersed in the ancient world awaits, with new port calls in  Northern Africa and Greece. The addition of La Goulette, Tunisia is now available on the best-loved 21-night Eastern Mediterranean sailing, as well as Athens, Greece to the Central Mediterranean itinerary. 

For the first time in over a decade, Istanbul has returned to P&O Cruises’ itineraries, with an overnight call to the city. Holidaymakers can take advantage of an array of overnight stays and late calls in destinations all over Europe with the new 2026 collection, allowing time to really explore each port.


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Published 16.04.24