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First thoughts from Oriana (written before dinner on the first day): very attractive! So far we haven’t seen anything like all of the ship, of course. Our cabin (C288) is fine, perfectly comfortable and inhabitable, especially for just 4 days. Lots of drawer & wardrobe space, and roomy enough. And the bliss of having a kettle & tea-making facilities!


Other than the cabin, we’ve spent time at the Terrace Bar (for the sailaway & the obligatory glass of champagne), the Pacific Lounge (for the muster drill), on the Lido & Sun decks, and in the Crow’s Nest. The latter is exceptional – I’m happy to agree with all those who have sung its praises. And so different from the Stratosphere Lounge on Galaxy, which is the equivalent space on that ship – always deserted, very unfriendly. We sat in the Crows Nest after we passed Cowes and the wind drove us under cover and had a difficulty dragging ourselves away. (Actually, it was mainly difficulty dragging the wife away.)


Later this evening we may have a cocktail – well, we will have a cocktail, the question is simply ‘where?’ – before dinner, and then we’ll sit and enjoy our first P&O dinner.This cannot help but be an improvement on the quick lunch we ate at Rowney’s services on the M27. How a sandwich can be at once freezing cold and soggy beats me. And expensive!  a sandwich + a cuppa, for two = more than ten quid!


During the sailaway we left Southampton behind Independence of the Seas. Well, she’s probably not my ideal type of cruise ship, but she certainly looks impressive. She came past us – she was berthed at the Mayflower, we were at the QEII – and to be honest towered over us.


Anyway, more tomorrow about dinner tonight!

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