Oriana To Leave P&O’s Fleet

(Courtesy P&O)

P&O Cruises have announced a new guest experience program for 2019 and that Oriana (1995) will leave its fleet in August 2019.

The company did not specify where the 1,822-guest ship would operate next (but it is rumoured that China has purchased her).

P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow, said: “Oriana is an original, and a much loved P&O Cruises ship. Whilst we will miss her, her departure will allow us to focus on our remaining mid-sized and larger ships as the fleet expands with Iona.

Meanwhile, the new fleet program will cover three key areas of investment in shore excursions, dining and entertainment across mid-sized ships Arcadia and Aurora and Oceana as well as the larger ships Britannia, Azura and Ventura.

Aurora will be refitted next spring, prior to her re-launch as a ship exclusively for adults, when new cabins will be added as well as fixtures, fittings, soft furnishings and enhancements to public spaces throughout the ship.

The final sailing on Oriana will be announced shortly.

(P&O)

Sister ship, ‘Aurora’ slide-show: HERE

Malcolm says: I’m always a little sad when a ‘classic’ (smaller) ship leaves a fleet, probably forced out to make way for the giant ‘Iona’ in this case, which is being delivered in 2020.  At 23 year old Oriana has at least a decade left in her, possibly a lot more.

In contrast to Oriana, Iona will carry a record number of passengers at 5,200 (lower berths).  Iona represents the new P&O brand, aimed at attracting multi-generational families onto a mass market resort.  Oriana is/was a favourite with P&O’s original more mature ‘socks & sandals’ brigade.

Oriana and Aurora (2000) were actually specifically built for P&O – the P&O ships since have been Carnival/Princess designs.

 

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One Response to “Oriana To Leave P&O’s Fleet”

  1. David Thomas Says:

    Thanks for the information. The Oriana is the one P&O ship I wanted to cruise in. We have not been on P&O since the Canberra which, obviously, was a while ago! It’s not possible to arrange a trip overseas for a cruise on the Oriana in the time remaining. I should have done so earlier.

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