Au Revoir Oriana!
P&O Cruises have announced the withdrawal and sale of 1995 built Oriana. Oriana will be leaving the fleet in August 2019. Her next destination is unknown at the time of publishing but believed to be in China.
Following the exit of Adonia last year Oriana was the smallest fleet member. Built at Meyer Werft in Papenberg, Oriana is 260 meters long with a beam of just over 32 meters. She is 69,153 GT and has a passenger capacity of 1,928.
Named after the original Oriana of 1959, which ended its days as a docked hotel resort ship in Dalian but was destroyed in a storm in 2004.
The ship was designed as a modern evolution of Canberra, this is most evident in the funnel but also the ships continue the naming tradition and style of places on board.
Since 2006 she has been registered in Bermuda and in 2011 was refurbished as an adults only ship, a role which will be taken over by Aurora on her exit.
P&O has come quite far during Oriana’s 23 years of service. Entering into service in 1995 alongside Victoria (the former Kungsholm 1966) both ships joined what had been a fleet of just Canberra for some time.
Canberra was withdrawn in 1997, being replaced by Arcadia – today operating as Columbus for CMV. Soon joined by Aurora in 2000. Rapid fleet modernisation followed the creation of P&O Princess Cruises PLC, with Oceana and Adonia joining from Princess cruises (Adonia returning in 2005), Arcadia & Artemis in 2005, Ventura in 2008, Azura in 2010, another Adonia in 2011 (until this year) and finally Britannia in 2015. P&O has a further two ships on order, the 2020 LNG powered Iona to be followed by a near sister 2022.
Arguably without Oriana’s introduction and revival of P&O in the UK in 1995 the line would never have developed as successfully as it has.
Are you cruising on Oriana soon? Have you cruised on here before? Where would you like to see her next?
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Thanks & Regards,