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I have a feeling that the scale of Oriana’s refit has grown since it was first announced.

Here’s some of the text of the original P&O press release back in March:

Oriana will undergo a transformation which will see the addition of 27 new cabins, including balconies and singles, in place of the current children’s areas. Sorrento, a stylish new, light and airy Italian restaurant with ocean views and an outdoor dining area will be added, the Oasis Spa will be updated, and the deck 8 aft children’s pool will be replaced with a relaxing seating area complemented by the existing deck bar.

Ocean Grill by Marco Pierre White will debut on board Adonia in May and also be added to Arcadia during refurbishment in late 2011.

I found a website called ‘The Motorship’ which seems to be a resources for maine engineering professionals in the ship repair industry, and this is what they said on 18 November when Oriana arrived in Ha,burg:

….. Blohm + Voss Repair in Hamburg has docked P&O Cruises’ 69,153gt Meyer-built Oriana in its Floating Dock 11 for a month of technical maintenance and interior renovation up to December 17th.

 B+V spokesman Michael Brasse told The Motorship“the work is extensive and covers widely different sectors”. It includes the installation of a duck-tail for added stabilisation and passenger comfort. That means that more cabins can be added and some public areas are also being converted into new interior and exterior cabins.

Brasse said maintenance work included the removal and overhaul of the ship’s stern drive shaft as well as the overhaul and unspecified renewal of engines, machinery and piping, electric and control systems. No further details of that were immediately available.

Vey much an engineers description, of course, whereas the P&O press release is aimed at the public. Nonetheless, I have a definite feeling that the job has got bigger as the year has continued. Wasn’t Oriana’s return into service delayed?

Here’s the link to the P&O press release from March, and here’s a link to the story on the The Motorship.

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