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Oriana – images from 24 years

Andrew Sassoli-Walker, whose photos I have featured here from time to time, has done a homage to Oriana on his website. It includes one image for every year it was in service (though the pictures may not come from every year). In particular there are images from her arrival at Southampton in 1995, and from […]

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Oriana

  Update: here’s a link to a YouTube video of Oriana’s arrival into what looks like a grey and windy Southampton this morning. It’s time to take note of Oriana’s forthcoming departure from P&O. She’s currently on her last day at sea as a P&O ship – she’s due to dock in Southampton tomorrow morning […]

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I’ve heard from a passenger who was on Oriana. He’s described the events as they appeared to him, and has given me permission to quote him. Here’s what he said: “Just after 8am on the 2nd Jan all power was lost – no engines, no electricity other than emergency lighting, no water on tap and […]

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Update: Oriana actually left at 7pm so it looks as if all is well. As I write this (7:55 pm) she’s in the Solent between Cowes and Ryde and heading towards the Nab Tower. According to the Port of Southampton’s Cruise Ship Schedule page, Oriana actually berthed at the QE2 terminal (berths 38/9) at just […]

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Update: Oriana rounded the Nab Tower at 9:30 this evening (5 Jan). She should be berthed by about 10:30. According to Marine Traffic, Oriana’s ETA into Southampton is now 9:45 this evening (5 Jan) instead of the early hours of tomorrow morning. Presumably the passengers will remain on board for the night and disembark as […]

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Oriana is on her way back to Southampton from Lisbon. A few days ago she lost power and drifted in the Atlantic for some hours on her way from the Canary Islands to mainland Spain. When power was restored she made for Lisbon where presumably inspections were made and possibly further repairs carried out. I […]

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Today has brought an interesting coda to the “Departure of Oriana” saga. Holland America Line (HAL), another Carnival Corp cruise line, has announced the sale of the Prinsendam, one of their ships. Indeed, they’ve already sold her, to Phoenix Reisen, a German deluxe cruise operator, but are chartering her back until July 2019. Prinsendam has […]

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Thoughts on Oriana

Oriana off Cowes, September 2012 Now that Oriana is leaving the fleet, it’s time for me to give my thoughts both on the ship herself, and on her departure. We did two cruises on Oriana, in 2008 and 2012. Both were just short affairs – just four nights each, I believe. The second was also […]

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I mentioned in an earlier post that I had stumbled across an internal P&O Question and Answer document, presumably to help their customer-facing staff in conversations with customers about Oriana’s departure. Here’s a copy of that document. I’ve retitled it so that it’s WordPress-compliant, but I haven’t edited any of the content. It’s four pages […]

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I’ve learned that Oriana is definitely going to China – specifically, “a company operating in the domestic Chinese market”, which sounds like a Casino ship operator. I learned this from an interesting P&O Q&A document I stumbled across. It’s 4 pages long. The first page is headed “Agent Version only” and has a section headed […]

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