P&O Cruises Laundry Guide

Whilst getting ready for your cruise with P&O Cruises, laundry may not be top of your list. You don’t want to be spending too much precious holiday time doing laundry. Here’s the complete guide to P&O Cruises Laundry with tips and tricks to save you time and money.

Laundry Services on P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises offers two main laundry services on all of its ships:

  • Professional laundry services
  • Self-service launderettes

Let’s take a look at both options in more detail in this guide.

Professional Laundry Services

If you don’t fancy to do your own laundry on your P&O cruise (or you have a garment that needs specialist cleaning), you can use the onboard laundry service. To do this, simply complete the form and leave it in your cabin for your room steward to collect.

There are three options available depending on the item and the type of cleaning required:

  • Wash and press
  • Specialist cleaning
  • Press only

Laundry will be returned to your cabin within two days as long as you leave it for your cabin steward before 10.00am.

laundry services

Please note that these prices are subject to change and it’s best to refer to the laundry form found in your cabin.

GarmentWash & Press Price
Dress shirt£4.40
Regular shirt£3.85
Polo shirt£3.30
Regular skirt£3.85
Day dress£4.40
Undergarments x 5£2.75

Specialist cleaning involves a small amount of water and no solvents. Not all types of clothing is suitable and therefore it’s best to check with your cabin steward beforehand.

GarmentSpecialist Cleaning Price
Regular skirt£4.95
Pleated skirt£6.60
Evening dress£16.50
GarmentPress-only Price
Dress shirt£2.20
Regular shirt£2.20
Regular skirt£2.75
Pleated skirt£3.85
Day dress£3.85
Evening dress£8.80

P&O Cruises Laundry Deals

On longer cruises, you may find special deals on laundry, for example, five small items cleaned for £10.00 or ten items laundered for the price of five. Keep an eye out for special offers on your cabin TV, leaflets delivered to your cabin and your Horizon newsletter.

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P&O Launderettes

As with some other cruise lines, such as Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises offers guests access to self-service launderettes. The best thing about the launderettes on P&O Cruises is that the machines are free to use! You will find them on your stateroom deck so there should be one near your cabin. If you don’t want to return home to a pile of laundry, this is a handy option.

Each launderette has washing machines, dryers, a sink and an ironing station. Machines and irons are totally free of charge. Machine cycles last approximately 45 minutes. It’s best to check the duration so you don’t leave your clothes in a machine after the cycle has finished. You may return to find your clothes have been removed for the next person to use it.

P&O Cruises laundry on Ventura
A launderette on Ventura, credit: globalmousetravels.com

Washing tablets can be purchased from the onboard shop (2 washing tablets for 50p) or alternatively, you can bring your own.

The ironing station is useful if you just need to do a few items that are creased from your luggage. Please be aware that irons cannot be removed from the launderette for fire safety reasons.

The launderettes are closed from 10.00pm every evening to (understandably) reduce the impact of noise to nearby cabins.

Top P&O Cruises Laundry Tips and Tricks

  • Firstly, when choosing a cabin, avoid any near a self-service launderette as the machines will be noisy and there will be lots of traffic
  • Consider bringing your own washing tablets so you don’t need to worry about buying less familiar ones from the onboard shop
  • Choose your times to visit the self-service launderette wisely. At 8.00am (when it opens) and after 7.00pm are known to be quiet times
  • Avoid doing laundry on sea days as it’s notoriously busy
  • Set an alarm for yourself to get back in time to remove your clothes from the machine, you don’t want to return to find your clean clothes in a pile on the floor!
  • If your clothes are a little creased after unpacking your suitcase, it’s easy to pop down to the laundry to give them a quick iron
  • If you know when formal night is planned, send any laundry you need as early as possible to avoid delays
  • Try to avoid visiting the laundry on the day of a formal night, when it’s likely to be busy with people ironing
  • Be weary of sending any delicate or expensive items to be cleaned. P&O Cruises does not take responsibility for colours running, fading or shrinking
  • Pack a foldable laundry basket or bag if you’re planning to do a significant amount of laundry yourself
  • You can wash smalls and swimwear in your cabin and use the small drying line in the shower cubicle, just don’t be tempted to dry clothes on your balcony – big no-no.
  • Alternatively, pack enough clothes so there’s no need to do any laundry and have maximum enjoyment of your P&O cruise!
A complete guide to P&O Cruises laundry services, including prices and launderette tips to save time and money.

Laura is a UK cruise blogger based in Cornwall, UK. She founded Cruise Lifestyle in 2016 to share useful advice about cruising, destinations and food.
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  1. December 7, 2020 / 8:11 pm

    As far as laundry goes, P&O was the best ocean crossing we’ve ever done because of the free self serve laundries. So many other long cruises we’ve taken have involved hand washing in the cabin sink because they want a fortune for the crew to do your laundry and those ships had no launderettes. We liked a lot of other things about P&O too besides the laundries.

    • cruiselifestyle
      December 16, 2020 / 7:16 pm

      It was a pleasant surprise to discover P&O offered free launderettes on our cruise in January. We only used the iron but our friend made full use and washed clothes before going home.

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