Sunday, 23 September 2012

P&O Grand Event

Now that Autumn is here, it is time to reprise some of my summer experiences. In early-July, I went to Southampton for P&O Cruises' 'Grand Event', celebrating the 175th anniversary of P&O - or, at least, one of the stumps remaining of that once vast shipping empire. On 3 July, the entire P&O Cruises fleet - seven ships - was in port and, that evening, they all sailed in procession. Unfortunately, the weather was terrible all day but, even so, it was possible to take a few nice photographs of 'Les Anglais' doing what they do best - determinedly having a good time in the rain.

Mr Whippy van: prime feature of summertime England:

Here comes Balmoral:


Daytime fireworks in P&O houseflag colours:

Raincoats - also in P&O colours:

Dinner on the Princess Caroline:

Shieldhall steaming upriver:

One of the trip's other great highlights was this outstanding pie, lovingly cooked by a friend in London. She wins huge plaudits for her pie-making - it was unctuous:


  1. Dear Bruce, you gave us the best photographic coverage of P&O's great event. Better than the official stuff. Soon I'm sure Carnival PR will find another grand celebration. In fact P&O first "cruise" passenger sailed on one the early Peninsular steamers running away from English winter to Madeira Island. They were rescued the next Spring when a steamer did the Lisbon to Funchal voyage again. William Tackeray was not on board...

  2. Thanks for the post. You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the webp&0 cruising