Brand new P&O vegan menu is here!

In the last three short years that I have been vegan, supermarket provision has grown exponentially. The availability of vegan options has expanded, not only in shops, but in high street restaurants & pub chains too. Brands are responding to the increasing consumer demand for plantbased meals. Yet, if you are a vegan and choose to cruise on your holiday, you normally need to resort to amending existing dishes the night before. Or often your only option is the “chef’s choice” surprise dish. Vegan desserts can be lacking too, consisting of fruit or sorbet – so uninventive, and so very 90s. But to my delight, I have discovered that P&O have stepped up.  They have been very accommodating in the last few years based on feedback from other vegan cruisers. But I’m excited to tell you that P&O Cruises now offer separate vegan menu options – including desserts! You can cruise with P&O and select your vegan meals effortlessly off a menu, how fabulous is that?

(Do note the following applies to P&O Cruises UK only, not the Australian arm of the company)

P&O vegan menu blog post

P&O vegan menu availability

The new main dining room (MDR) menus are now available across all of the P&O Cruises fleet, with the exception of Oriana. The Vegetarian & Vegan menu is on a 28-day menu cycle. This is fantastic news to anyone on a sailing that is longer than a week or fortnight (not needing to order from the same menu again).

There is no need to pre-order your meals the night before, like in the past. This separate MDR Vegetarian & Vegan menu is available at both lunch & dinner, consisting of a minimum of two vegan starters, main courses and desserts to choose from.

I obtained a list of examples from the P&O PR team – how amazing do the following vegan menu options sound?

P&O vegan menu moroccan lentil tagine

P&O vegan menu – savoury examples

Salad of palm hearts, spring onions, cucumber, tomato and garden greens with dill dressing
Spiced quorn fajita wrap with avocado, alfafa sprouts and salsa
Roasted cauliflower with baby gem, carrot, broccoli and potato crisp
Roasted Jerusalem artichoke with truffle, radiccio, orange and preserved lemon
Sweet beetroot and candied walnut risotto with celery, fennel, and green apple salad and pickled onions
Sweet potato soup with edamame beans, onion ash and nori
Poached kohlrabi, baby gem and samphire with vegetable jus
Selection of vegetable futomaki sushi roll with sushi ginger, tamari dip and wasabi
Wild mushroom risotto cake with rocket, sicilian lemon and tomato dressing
Maple parsnip, carrot and lentil pate with ruby slaw, spelt toast and lightly smoked tofu mayonnaise
Miso grilled aubergine with sticky rice and pickled cucumber kimchi
Pumpkin and silky tofu with lemon gremolata
Pearl barley with cheese and portobello mushroom gratin and green leaf salad
Spiced lentil and bean chilli with jasmine rice and guacamole
Tempura of cauliflower, broccoli, and baby corn, tomato and quinoa with summer herb dip

P&O vegan menu – dessert options

Dark chocolate and olive oil marquise with orange sorbet, candied orange and spiced syrup
Chickpea meringue with strawberry compote, jelly and strawberry pearls
Chocolate brownie with raspberries, raspberry sorbet and violet crystals
Rosemary roasted pineapple with mango and pink peppercorn sorbet and banana jam
Tofu, banana and pecan pancakes with maple syrup
Steamed pear pudding with blackberry sorbet
Glazed almond rice pudding with amarena cherries and almond praline
Summer pudding with raspberry gel and yoghurt
P&O have kindly put up an example of a daily Vegetarian & Vegan menu up on their website and you can view or download that PDF here.

 

For photos of dishes from this new menu, please see Tasha92xo Instagram. Tasha kindy collated 54 of her vegan meals from this new menu into one helpful Instagram post! Please follow the link to the actual Instagram post in order to swipe through all the six separate collage images it contains.

 

Buffet dining onboard P&O ships will we improved with designated buffet counters and dietary trained staff who should be able to help guests with their dietary questions regarding meal provision (vegetarian, gluten-free, low sugar etc). In the past, I have already seen excellent separate buffet counters with dairy-free plant milk, cheese, and yoghurt suitable for vegans and those with dairy allergy/intolerance (see Veganolive1 blog post here for more images from a buffet onboard).

P&O funnel photo by Holidays At Sea blog

Vegan wine list onboard P&O ships

Whilst the P&O website no longer contains a list of vegan wines, by contacting customer services I was able to easily obtain one. As most cruise lines struggle to highlight even vegetarian wines, it is excellent to see P&O being proactive in detailing vegan wines on their ships. I am not expecting this to be an exclusive list either – do let me know if you know of any more wines on the standard wine list that should be highlighted as vegan-friendly. Wines start from an affordable £4.15 per 175ml glass, champagne for £7.85 and bottles of wine from £16.50. These are prices from January 2019 so are subject to change and availability.

Descriptor
Guide
Dietary^
Bottle
250ml
175ml
125ml
The Bon Viveur White
2
Vegan
£16.50
£5.65
£4.15
The Bon Viveur Rosé
3
Vegan
£16.50
£5.65
£4.15
The Bon Viveur Red
D
Vegan
£16.50
£5.65
£4.15
Taittinger Brut Réserve NV
2
Vegan
£39.95
£7.85
Taittinger Brut Prestige Rosé NV
2
Vegan
£43.75
£8.10
Taittinger Nocturne Sec NV
4
Vegan
£44.95
£8.25
Taittinger Brut Vintage
2
Vegan
£49.95
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Vintage
2
Vegan
£110.00
Corney & Barrow Claret, Maison Sichel
E
Vegan
£17.75
£5.95
£4.50
The Holy Snail Sauvignon Blanc, Domaine Joel Delaunay
2
Vegan
£17.95
£6.50
£4.75
Vinha Grande, Casa Ferreirinha, Douro
D
Vegan
£18.95
£6.75
£4.95
Unwooded Chardonnay, Devlin’s Mount, South Australia
2
Vegan
£17.75
£5.95
£4.50
Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, Barossa Valley
E
Vegan
£37.50
Merlot, Panul, Viñedos Marchiguë, Colchagua Valley
C
Vegan
£16.95
£5.95
£4.50
Malbec, Kaiken Reserve, Mendoza
D
Vegan
£18.95
£6.75
£4.95
Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Charles Smith, Washington State
Vegan
£22.95
£7.50
£5.50
Velvet Devil Merlot, Charles Smith, Walla Walla
C
Vegan
£22.95
£7.50
£5.50

P&O livery Union Jack photo by Holidays at Sea blog

Overall I am super excited for the new menu, not having been able to order off a menu for the last three years of cruising on mainstream cruise lines. This new P&O vegan menu offer convenience most do not and I am sure this is greatly welcomed by those who opt for vegan options, be it for ethical or allergen reasons.

P&O Britannia Norwegian Fjord cruise as vegan guest post Vegancruiser blog

If you sail on P&O Cruises UK and enjoy the menu, please do share your vegan dish photos and holiday experience with me and my blog readers! Do come back to find out how Alison, who sailed vegan on P&O Britannia last summer got on her holiday to Norwegian fjords – even before the vegan menu was available.

For general P&O insider knowledge, I can heartily recommend you the Holidays at Sea blog whose lovely authors Gav & Luke provided a selection of P&O photos for this post.

My thanks to P&O PR team for information on the new menu and photo of the Moroccan lentil dish.

Love, Sanna

 

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