Oriana's last P&O cruise X913

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Oriana's last P&O cruise X913

Post by allatc » 31 Dec 2018, 16:39

Anyone going on Oriana's last P&O cruise ?

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Post by Kenmo1 » 31 Dec 2018, 17:19

Yes, yes, yes. Just got to hope they are not dismantling everything around us.

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Post by silver surfer 2010 » 31 Dec 2018, 17:57

We are on her last cruise as well, and looking forward to it as we have never been so far North before

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Post by Kenmo1 » 31 Dec 2018, 18:21

silver surfer 2010 wrote:
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We are on her last cruise as well, and looking forward to it as we have never been so far North before


We did Spitsbergen (a bit higher up) a few years ago and loved it. There is just a scientific research station there but I think Longyearbyen is more of a settlement and should have more of interest. I can remember getting off Arcadia with the brightest, bluest sky with the sun shining and I was wearing a coat but a local man was up on a roof in a T-shirt! I looked overdressed but within an hour the temperature plummeted and standing in the queue to get back on the tender, the wind just cut through you like a knife. I was glad of my coat with a hood but was surprised at how many others were inadequately dressed.

I absolutely loved that holiday and am so thrilled to get the chance to go that far north again. It is stunning. And watch out for the Arctic Terns and their lovely fluffy babies. Don't get too close like my husband did as he took a photo and he got dive-bombed by the adult bird. Maureen


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Post by Dave and Marian Melton » 21 Jan 2019, 15:43

We are also going on Oriana's last ever cruise. We did the Maiden so thought we must be on her last cruise.
We love going right up North the scenery is stunning. We are hoping to see quite a few friends we have met
over the years we have been cruising, see you all on board....
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Post by Kenmo1 » 21 Jan 2019, 15:57

Dave and Marian Melton wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 15:43
We are also going on Oriana's last ever cruise. We did the Maiden so thought we must be on her last cruise.
We love going right up North the scenery is stunning. We are hoping to see quite a few friends we have met
over the years we have been cruising, see you all on board....
Dave and Marian....
Really looking forward to this cruise. Hope PO put on some really excellent entertainment and hopefully give us some little memento of the last cruise. Am I expecting too much from PO ???

Maureen

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Post by david63 » 21 Jan 2019, 16:23

Kenmo1 wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 15:57
hopefully give us some little memento of the last cruise
Just help yourself to anything that is not bolted down ;) - nobody will notice (and probably not care :silent: )


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Post by Whynd1 » 21 Jan 2019, 16:59

Wasn't that what happened on Artemis.

I remember a cruise report mentioning Christine Noble telling passengers to take what they wanted.

Sadly I don't think P and O laid anything extra on for being the last cruise.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 21 Jan 2019, 17:10

david63 wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 16:23
Kenmo1 wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 15:57
hopefully give us some little memento of the last cruise
Just help yourself to anything that is not bolted down ;) - nobody will notice (and probably not care :silent: )
Good idea, David. I'll start collecting the small things from day 1 so that I can hide them in our small inside cabin and then towards the end of the cruise I will see how many of the bigger items I can squeeze in. :oops: :oops:

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Post by colin parry » 21 Jan 2019, 17:34

I think it was one of my posts that referred to being able to take home the binoculars, atlas bath robes etc. In reply to Lyndsey, the cruise was overloaded with guest stars. We enjoyed Petula Clarke, Lionel Blair, Tom O Connor and it was also a music festival. It was the last time I experienced fireworks at the sail away. I do miss Artemis and later Adonia.
We were also presented with a commemorative Wedgewood plate to remember Artemis. Incidentally, it was the last time I saw DTM on a cruise. Regards to him and his wife if he happens to read this, still have a chuckle about ‘ Sicknote goes cruising,


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Post by silver surfer 2010 » 14 Apr 2019, 10:41

Excursions are now available on Cruise Personaliser, I think we will wait until on board and then think about them


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Post by silver surfer 2010 » 17 Apr 2019, 19:10

After £100 deposit it was quite a shock to the bank balance to pay the balance this week. however it's done now and it feels a lot closer to the sail away. Quite looking forward to this cruise/

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Post by Kenmo1 » 26 Apr 2019, 12:15

colin parry wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 17:34
the cruise was overloaded with guest stars
I read somewhere that Claire Sweeney is appearing on the last cruise but can't remember where I saw it. Also on our recent cruise on Oriana there was an excellent duo called Sounds of Simon, a Simon and Garfunkel tribute act who were very good, and they said they are appearing on the final cruise.

Anyone know of any others ?

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Post by silver surfer 2010 » 29 Apr 2019, 11:41

The "4 Tunes" are listing the Oriana on their web site from 3rd to 9th August and they are good.
It was P & O that told us about Claire Sweeney.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 29 Apr 2019, 16:07

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The "4 Tunes" are listing the Oriana on their web site from 3rd to 9th August and they are good.
Great - things are sounding a bit more promising. Thanks for that info. Not too long now, yippee !!!

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Post by Suekersh » 12 May 2019, 14:10

I thought I had posted on this thread weeks ago. Apparently not, but yes we are booked on this cruise. I never thought I would cruise so far North being a sun worshipper but as it is a Oriana’s finale I decided to bite the bullet. We are cruising with friends who we first met on Arcadia in 2006 and have cruised with them regularly since then.

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Post by silver surfer 2010 » 15 Jun 2019, 11:32

Tickets and Luggage Labels now available for printing. getting closer

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Post by Kenmo1 » 15 Jun 2019, 19:37

silver surfer 2010 wrote:
15 Jun 2019, 11:32
Tickets and Luggage Labels now available for printing. getting closer
Thanks for the info, silver surfer. All printed off. Cruise showed as sold out last time I looked.


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Post by silver surfer 2010 » 15 Jun 2019, 20:54

Kenmo1 wrote:
15 Jun 2019, 19:37
silver surfer 2010 wrote:
15 Jun 2019, 11:32
Tickets and Luggage Labels now available for printing. getting closer
Thanks for the info, silver surfer. All printed off. Cruise showed as sold out last time I looked.
All travel agents are showing "Call" so may be they are hopeful that some cabins may come available once all documents have been issued

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Post by Kenmo1 » 15 Jun 2019, 21:04

silver surfer 2010 wrote:
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may be they are hopeful that some cabins may come available
Well they are not having mine!!!

I suppose there is always the risk that some people have to drop out at the list minute due to illness etc.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 30 Jun 2019, 09:51

Having moaned I was too hot yesterday, this morning I decided to look up the current weather in Longyearbyen. I don't want all you X913ers to get too excited but it is due to get to a 'balmy' 8 degrees later this week. :o :lol:

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Post by Whynd1 » 30 Jun 2019, 11:20

The bar manager was telling us that a past passenger named Marg is going on this last cruise. She has done over 30 world cruises and is 100 years of age. Hope she doesnt need medical assistance is Spitzberben. She must be okay to get the insurance. Judging by the average on our cruise over 80 is the norm.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 30 Jun 2019, 11:34

Whynd1 wrote:
30 Jun 2019, 11:20
The bar manager was telling us that a past passenger named Marg is going on this last cruise. She has done over 30 world cruises and is 100 years of age. Hope she doesnt need medical assistance is Spitzberben. She must be okay to get the insurance. Judging by the average on our cruise over 80 is the norm.
Oh good, I shall feel quite young then :lol:

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Post by Gill W » 30 Jun 2019, 17:10

Whynd1 wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 16:59
Wasn't that what happened on Artemis.

I remember a cruise report mentioning Christine Noble telling passengers to take what they wanted.

Sadly I don't think P and O laid anything extra on for being the last cruise.

Lindsey
Sounds like when we were made redundant because our office was being closed. Apart from computer equipment, we could take what we wanted. Towards the end, chairs and desks were going. I've only just used up the stash of A4 paper that I stockpiled - it's lasted 10 years!
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Having moaned I was too hot yesterday, this morning I decided to look up the current weather in Longyearbyen. I don't want all you X913ers to get too excited but it is due to get to a 'balmy' 8 degrees later this week. :o :lol:

Maureen
I still haven't made it up to Spitsbergen. We were booked on Arcadia for the 2008 cruise, but couldn't go as my mum died. I remember looking at the webcam, and it was beautiful weather in Spitsbergen. It was odd, knowing that we would have been there in other circumstances.

We hope to go to Spitsbergen in the next few years, but it'll probably be with Fred or Saga
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Post by silver surfer 2010 » 08 Jul 2019, 10:03

2 weeks to go!

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Post by Kenmo1 » 08 Jul 2019, 17:55

Weather for Longyearbyen for the day we call in is showing as 3 degrees on Accu weather so a medium sized case packed with coats/hats/gloves/thick socks etc. Hope we won't need most of it but better safe than sorry. Will sort normal clothes next weekend.

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Post by Dancing Queen » 10 Jul 2019, 16:29

I think if there was anything to have tempted me back to P&O it would have been Oriana's 'final' cruise as we have some lovely memories of our cruises on her - for us Oriana and Aurora are definitely the 'jewel' in P&O's crown :thumbup:

Wishing everyone on the last cruise a fabulous time and I hope P&O make it very special for you.

Maureen - fingers crossed for you in Longyearbyen, when we were there the weather forecast was dire but it turned into a very pleasant day.
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Post by Kenmo1 » 10 Jul 2019, 17:58

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Maureen - fingers crossed for you in Longyearbyen, when we were there the weather forecast was dire but it turned into a very pleasant day.
Cheers, DQ. Good to see you back on here more often.

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Post by Dancing Queen » 10 Jul 2019, 18:17

Kenmo1 wrote:
10 Jul 2019, 17:58
Dancing Queen wrote:
10 Jul 2019, 16:29
Maureen - fingers crossed for you in Longyearbyen, when we were there the weather forecast was dire but it turned into a very pleasant day.
Cheers, DQ. Good to see you back on here more often.

Maureen x
Thank you, I love the forum and do read a lot but we no longer sail with P&O so I don't have a lot to contribute on that front.
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Post by Whynd1 » 17 Jul 2019, 17:54

I see for the three night cruise this weekend that Oriana has some technical problems and is not now leaving until Saturday lunchtime.
If it's the prop it was absolutely awful when we were on so bad in fact that one night a lot of the tables had the most awful shakes.
Hope all is repaired for the final cruise.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 17 Jul 2019, 20:37

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Hope all is repaired for the final cruise.


So do I, Lindsey, so do I.

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Post by Ranchi » 17 Jul 2019, 20:45

That prop! Strange that there have been many scapegoats for the vibration. I remember one captain giving chapter & verse on it being something to do with the switch over from father to son motors.
Whatever the cause it won’t be P&O’s problem for much longer.
I remember seeing a tv prog or video about the construction and commissioning of Oriana soon after she had come into service. She returned to Germany for remedial work. The video showed lots of bespectacled and hard hatred engineers poring over screens showing lots of oscilloscopes etc. There was much pointing and nodding and then the camera panned out and an engineer with a truly massive sledge hammer came into view. The leading engineer pointed to a spot on the errant propellor and engineer i/c hammer took a massive swing at the offending propellor blade. I just thought it was really funny the High & Low tech coming together like that.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 17 Jul 2019, 20:56

Sounds just like the floating bridge ferry between West and East Cowes - fairly new, looks good but out of action most of the time.


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Post by silver surfer 2010 » 20 Jul 2019, 10:26

Whynd1 wrote:
17 Jul 2019, 17:54
I see for the three night cruise this weekend that Oriana has some technical problems and is not now leaving until Saturday lunchtime.
If it's the prop it was absolutely awful when we were on so bad in fact that one night a lot of the tables had the most awful shakes.
Hope all is repaired for the final cruise.

Lindsey
She is on the move so looks as though everything is sorted, due to arrive in Guernsey early evening, looking forward to meeting everyone in Andersons on Tuesday at 10-00 am


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Post by Whynd1 » 20 Jul 2019, 17:53

Hope you all have a lovely last cruise on Oriana.
Bon voyage.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 20 Jul 2019, 20:46

Thanks Lindsey. Just about organised now as I have also had to sort clothes for a coach trip to the Edinburgh Tattoo 2 days after our return from the cruise. I will think of all of you enjoying the lovely weather due to come to the UK while we look as if we are going to have temperatures between 2 and 5 degrees in Longyearbyen. I'm just hoping we see some whales.

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Post by silver surfer 2010 » 20 Jul 2019, 22:37

Kenmo1 wrote:
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Thanks Lindsey. Just about organised now as I have also had to sort clothes for a coach trip to the Edinburgh Tattoo 2 days after our return from the cruise. I will think of all of you enjoying the lovely weather due to come to the UK while we look as if we are going to have temperatures between 2 and 5 degrees in Longyearbyen. I'm just hoping we see some whales.

Maureen
What about Polar Bears as well!
As far as the Tattoo is concerned just use the same clothes that you use for Longyearbyen and you can't go far wrong

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What about Polar Bears as well!
It is possible. Some years ago when we went up to Ny Alesund there was a photo in the local post office/shop window of a polar bear which had been caught on camera the week before our arrival sniffing around outside the shop in the early hours of the morning. There was also that awful tragedy a few years ago about 30 miles from Longyearbyen involving a polar bear. I think the whales will be enough for me.

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Kenmo1 wrote:
20 Jul 2019, 20:46
Thanks Lindsey. Just about organised now as I have also had to sort clothes for a coach trip to the Edinburgh Tattoo 2 days after our return from the cruise. I will think of all of you enjoying the lovely weather due to come to the UK while we look as if we are going to have temperatures between 2 and 5 degrees in Longyearbyen. I'm just hoping we see some whales.

Maureen
Hope you all have an amazing time - I remember well visiting Spitsbergen in July on Arcadia and yes it was cold and the ground was covered in snow. We were protected by guides with rifles but didn't actually see any polar bears !!!

One couple were doing a back to back - the following cruise was to the Med and they were definitely not dressed for the Arctic - don't think they had done much research on where they were going :crazy:
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Post by cruisin_duo » 22 Jul 2019, 12:07

Yes, hope you have a lovely time.

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Post by Dancing Queen » 25 Jul 2019, 16:46

I was rather hoping there would be some feedback on Oriana's final cruise ( anything taking place etc ) but I suppose there is still time and as we all know the ships Internet isn't that reliable.

I even looked to see if Crows Nest were reporting back as I know they are predominantly P&O but I can't even find their forum ?? does anyone know if it is 'out of action' again it did seem to get hacked a lot.
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Post by MaureenB » 25 Jul 2019, 18:22

Dancing Queen wrote:
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I was rather hoping there would be some feedback on Oriana's final cruise ( anything taking place etc ) but I suppose there is still time and as we all know the ships Internet isn't that reliable.

I even looked to see if Crows Nest were reporting back as I know they are predominantly P&O but I can't even find their forum ?? does anyone know if it is 'out of action' again it did seem to get hacked a lot.
Unfortunately Crows Nest closed down a few months ago. It does continue on Face Ache apparently but as I don't use it I can't give you any details.

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Post by Dancing Queen » 25 Jul 2019, 21:26

Thanks Maureen I didn't know that, I don't use FB but I do read a few groups but I haven't seen one for CN.
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