Great news for regulars: P&O ventures into new terrain for 2012

With a fleet of seven ships, from the brand new 115 ton Azura, launched in 2010 down, to the more intimate 30 ton Adonia joining the fleet in May 2011, you would think that P&O Cruise Lines have enough ports on their voyage list to last a cruising life-time.

P&O Cruises have added two new French ports to the line-up, and new ship Adonia will be paying a visit to them both in 2012. Honfleur has been described as the port of impressionist painters, and it’s easy to see why, as landmarks such as the old Norman dock, the historic castle and Sainte Catherine’s Church are all worthy subjects for a painting. Alternatively, the port of Sanary Sur Mer is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Southern France, where cruise passengers will be able to sit in the restaurants and bars and admire idyllic views from the bustling sea front.

Adonia will be calling in on two other Mediterranean newcomers to the P&O itineraries in 2012; San Sebastian, Spain has two lovely beaches for sun worshippers, or alternatively, visitors may wish to sample some tapas in the old town. The cosmopolitan port of Portimao in Portugal, meanwhile, enjoys a rich heritage, and is known for its fine golden beaches, lush pine forests and mountain backdrop.

Fans of all things Italian are in for a bumper season, as there are four new Italian ports featured on the P&O cruise agenda, all scheduled to receive a visit from newcomer Adonia in 2012. The port of Ancona was founded by Greek settlers from Syracuse in about 387 BC, and has plenty of ancient Roman monuments to explore, while the port of Trapani is situated on the West coast of Sicily, and was originally a medieval fishing port that has expanded to city status.

Brindisi is a city in the Apulia region, and of major importance on the Adriatic Sea, whilst visitors to the picturesque port of Rapallo, situated between Portofino and Chiavari may be interested in exploring the Castello sul Mare (Castle-on-the-Sea), erected in 1551 to counter the frequent pirate attacks.

Adonia will be paying a visit to the Croatian port of Pula in 2012. Situated at the tip of the Istria peninsular, visitors could enjoy a trip to The Arena in Pula, a 1st century Roman amphitheatre which is the 6th largest in the world. Also in Croatia, and due to receive a visit from Oriana in 2012, is the port of Rijeka, which is a natural harbour situated on Kvarner Bay on the coast of the Adriatic Sea.

Still in the Adriatic, Adonia will also be calling in on Durres in Albania in 2012. The city was colonised by the Greeks in 627 B.C., and cruise guests could enjoy a stroll along the Medieval Town Wall alongside the harbor and Venetian tower. The nearby amphitheatre (capacity 15,000 spectators) dates back to the 2nd century AD. and contains an early Christian Crypt with a rare wall mosaic.

New ports outside of Europe are Charlottetown in Canada, the Capital City of Prince Edward Island. Arcadia and Aurora will be adding the port to their itineraries in 2012, and cruise passengers will be able to sample some Canadian country living, take a stroll along National Historic Great George Street and enjoy some of the cleanest air in Canada.

Cruise guests aboard some of Adonia’s Baltic itineraries will be able to visit Kalmar, Sweden. Originally a Viking trading post, the port lies on the Kalmarsund, which separates the island of Öland from the mainland, and has been added to P&Os itineraries for 2012.

This fascinating mix of new cruise destinations is sure to keep regular cruise guests on their toes.