'Astonishing' is the revolutionary magic and illusion show produced by performer Jonathan Wilkes and BAFTA-winning presenter and entertainer Stephen Mulhern. It has proved such a huge hit that
P&O Cruises is to roll it out across three more ships this year. Originally premiered on Britannia, Azura and Ventura in 2018, the show will premiere on Oceana on 16 April, Aurora on 12 May and Arcadia on 19 July this year and then be on every cruise on all six ships.
P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Feedback from guests who have seen the show has been, quite literally, astonishing, with many saying that it’s the most extraordinary and entertaining show that they have ever seen. This game-changing show from Jonny & Stephen takes entertainment to an entirely new level and I’m delighted that even more of our guests will have the opportunity to experience this dazzling display of magic, dance, illusion and mystery.”
Using the latest technology in the theatres, this captivating show features dazzling dance moves and seemingly impossible feats. www.pocruises.com
A highlight of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines 2020/21 ocean programme is its inaugural 14-night Authentic Japan fly-cruise from Tokyo aboard Boudicca. The itinerary features three maiden calls in Japan – Beppu, Hiroshima and Nagoya – and focuses on the themes of authenticity and taking guests closer as part of Fred. Olsen's range of new Community & Way of Life cruise experiences. This enriching adventure around Japan's islands is awash with immersive experiences enabling guests to discover this country's fascinating way of life.
Visit Kamakura, the place where the Samurai originated; don a traditional Kimono as part of a traditional tea ceremony in Kobe; be captivated by Geishas as they dance to Japanese music in Tokyo; sample Sake rice wine and sushi and relax in the thermal hot springs at Beppu. This exotic fly-cruise finishes off in style with a visit to Taipei, capital of Taiwan.
More information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines www.fredolsencruises.com
P&O Cruises new ship Iona is already proving popular with younger guests, more than a year before she sets sail on her maiden voyage. Advance bookings for the biggest cruise ship built for the British market show that 49% of Iona’s guests who are new to P&O Cruises are under the age of 45.
The new ship is also attracting large numbers of family newcomers to P&O Cruises. One in three guests who are choosing Iona for their cruise in 2020 are doing so for a family holiday. The figures are even more pronounced in the peak summer period, which shows 52% of newcomers to P&O Cruises booking to travel on Iona in August are families.
P&O Cruises has been specifically targeting younger travellers and families in a new cinema and TV advert starring Rob Brydon. The commercial shows Rob and his ‘son’ getting to grips with a wide range of exhilarating experiences and adventures on a Norwegian Fjord cruise. Zip lines, high speed boat rides and mountain biking are new additions to the shore excursion schedule, along with land based food adventures hosted by P&O Cruises celebrity food heroes.
The strength of bookings in younger age segments is seen across the fleet, but especially on the larger ships. During the 2019 Wave sales period, 53% of all newcomers to P&O Cruises were under 55 years of age.
There has been a marked 2% rise in the number of those under 45 taking their first holiday with P&O Cruises. A third (34%) of new guest bookings during the Wave sales period are in this younger age group.
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