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Oriana going...

Post by GillD46 » 29 Jun 2018, 09:33

So she goes in August 2019.
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Post by CaroleF » 29 Jun 2018, 09:36

Just had an email from P&O saying that Oriana is to leave the fleet in August 2019! I suppose now we know why Aurora was made Adults only.

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Post by CaroleF » 29 Jun 2018, 09:40

Sorry Gill, didn't see your post. Yes, the rumour has been going round for so long, now it seems it's going to happen, wonder where she's going.
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Post by Whynd1 » 29 Jun 2018, 09:48

I have a cruise booked on her for June that year, so not sure now wether to go ahead with ignore swop to something else. They will be running the ship down so it may affect your expectation of the cruise.


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Post by GillD46 » 29 Jun 2018, 09:57

Lindsey that happened to us on Adonia in 2005. We were booked on the very last cruise and were advised - by P&O via our TA - to swap, so we did. But you are far enough ahead to possibly be ok.
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Post by daib GC » 29 Jun 2018, 09:59

Whynd1 wrote:
29 Jun 2018, 09:48
I have a cruise booked on her for June that year, so not sure now wether to go ahead with ignore swop to something else. They will be running the ship down so it may affect your expectation of the cruise.


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I suspect cruises next summer on her will fill up very quickly with people wanting to say good bye.

A sad day.

At least we got our two cruises in this year.

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Post by ShirleyT » 29 Jun 2018, 10:53

Lots of upset people commenting on Facebook. Someone asked where Oriana was going. P&O replied that she was going to a company operating in the Chinese market.

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Post by allatc » 29 Jun 2018, 11:19

It was a two night City IT event on Oriana that first attracted me to cruising.
Sorry to see her go but last time we were on she was feeling her age.
Sadly all the new ships are these huge megasized monstrositys.


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Post by Whynd1 » 29 Jun 2018, 11:35

That's the problem isn't it, these extra large ships can only dock in major ports. You don't seem to visit so many nice places or if you are a regular cruiser you have done them anyway.
I loved the Adonia last year we docked at Bordeaux and Honfleur really nice .

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Post by Jan Rosser » 29 Jun 2018, 11:51

Fond memories of Oriana - first P&O ship my late husband and I sailed on and I have been on her several times since but as I now usually cruise with my son and family the bigger ships do have more for them. Incidentally when my son heard that Aurora was becoming adult only he was upset because the family really loved the ship and by the time the girls are old enough to sail on her again will they want to - I think not.

I agree with Lindsey about the restrictions on big ships docking and let's face it tendering in with 5000+ passengers sounds a nightmare however I must admit I won't be saying no to trying out Iona - I personally like Britannia and we will be spending Christmas and New Year on her again this year in the Caribbean :D
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Post by david63 » 29 Jun 2018, 11:57

The biggest problem that Oriana has is a lack of balconies resulting in the ones that she has being in short supply and expensive. Since Oriana was commissioned the style of cruising has changed but I have to admit that there are some things on Oriana that would work well on other ships - such as Andersons (probably the best bar in the fleet), Harlequins and Chaplins, however the vibration will not be missed.

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Re: Oriana going...

Post by GillD46 » 29 Jun 2018, 12:17

david63 wrote:
29 Jun 2018, 11:57
The biggest problem that Oriana has is a lack of balconies resulting in the ones that she has being in short supply and expensive. Since Oriana was commissioned the style of cruising has changed but I have to admit that there are some things on Oriana that would work well on other ships - such as Andersons (probably the best bar in the fleet), Harlequins and Chaplins, however the vibration will not be missed.
It was partly that awful vibration that made us dislike Oriana so much. Ever the Captain said it was bad - though part of her character! Character maybe, but it made me constantly sick!

I am really sorry for those affected, but would never have booked on her myself.
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Post by emjay45 » 29 Jun 2018, 12:54

GillD46 wrote:
29 Jun 2018, 12:17


It was partly that awful vibration that made us dislike Oriana so much. Ever the Captain said it was bad - though part of her character! Character maybe, but it made me constantly sick!

I am really sorry for those affected, but would never have booked on her myself.
I agree Gill,we last cruised on Oriana in 2014 and vowed never to cruise on her again mainly down to the vibration. I know people will miss Oriana and the main worry is that eventually only the huge massive ships will be available and they don't appeal to us at all.


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Post by colin parry » 29 Jun 2018, 14:10

I will be sorry to see her go having done more than a dozen cruises on her, two this year. I notice comments that it may be running down next year but I for one will try to be on her farewell voyage. One of the best cruises we have ever done was the farewell voyage on Artemis. Superb well known entertainers and also a music festival. Christine Noble was CD and at the end of the cruise she said not to leave anything for the Germans. We had the binoculars, atlas, bath robes added to our home going luggage!

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Post by Kenmo1 » 29 Jun 2018, 15:07

So far this year we have done 3 cruises on Oriana and loved every one but on the most recent one the Captain spoke to my husband and at the end of the conversation he said I must go an catch up with my boss. We later saw him showing a group of people around. After all the rumours which were circulating including one saying that it was being sold to the Chinese as it would be too expensive to convert the fuel system, we immediately said it looks like the rumours are true. The next thing we said was that we hoped it was going to be after our cruise booked for July 2019 to Longyearbyen. Phew !!! Mind you, I've just made the same remark to my husband that Lindsey has made about the risk of Oriana being a bit run down by then.

I feel so sorry for those who have had their cruises cancelled - I would be really cheesed off.

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Re: Oriana going...

Post by david63 » 29 Jun 2018, 15:37

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colin parry wrote:
29 Jun 2018, 14:10
Christine Noble was CD
Not heard anything about Christine Noble for a while - has she retired?


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Post by colin parry » 29 Jun 2018, 15:46

Yes. She now does the occasional guest appearance as a speaker about her time cruising. I first came across her over 20 years ago when she was a deputy to Ross Howard.

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Post by Gill W » 29 Jun 2018, 16:01

Well this is not a complete surprise, but many people are going to be very disappointed by this news.

I've only been on Oriana twice, in 2007 on a very nice 18 days cruise that included Port Said, Limmasol and Rhodes, and in 2016 Round Britain. She's not my favourite ship, but she does the type of itineraries that now interest me - longer cruises to ports that don't appear on the more standard itineraries.

We've already been on Fred Olsen this year and have booked with Fred for March 2020. Fred does the sort of itineraries that we want, so I think our general drift toward Fred will continue. It makes me sad, because some of my most precious memories happened on P&O. But nothing stays the same for ever.

I fully expect Aurora to leave the fleet within the next 4 -5 years, if not sooner. I will be disappointed when that happens,, as Aurora is my favourite ship. We've sailed on her more times than any other ship, including our first cruise, two legs of a world cruise last year, and coming up in September this year, the cruise we've wanted to do since we started - the 24 night USA and Canada cruise.
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Post by Kenmo1 » 29 Jun 2018, 17:31

I think we may well be looking elsewhere for future cruises (if we continue cruising) because I think the prices on Aurora and Arcadia will increase due to a lot of the current older cruisers on Oriana switching over to them.

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Post by barney » 30 Jun 2018, 09:03

Bit of a shame. We've done three on oriana and enjoyed all of them . Things move on though. I do feel for the folk that had already booked. I'd guess the P&O took bookings that they knew they couldn't complete for commercially sensitive reasons.


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Post by daib GC » 30 Jun 2018, 12:08

barney wrote:
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Bit of a shame. We've done three on oriana and enjoyed all of them . Things move on though. I do feel for the folk that had already booked. I'd guess the P&O took bookings that they knew they couldn't complete for commercially sensitive reasons.
That’s the problem with releasing your cruises two years in advance. I am sure the company did not know that they would get the sale of the ship rough when the cruises for 19/20 we’re leased or when the arrangements were made for the cruises a year or so before that.

Ideally of course the ship would be handed over the week after the last booked cruise. No doubt the buyer would not want to wait that long. If they could do it that way they they could do a big sell on the last cruises of a much loved ship.

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Post by barney » 30 Jun 2018, 13:38

I'm not talking about cruises booked two years ago , I'm talking about a month ago. They would have known some time ago that the sale was going through but continued to take deposits. Dodgy at best.

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 30 Jun 2018, 16:17

Oriana will always be special to us as our first cruise was on her. But in recent years we've outgrown her. We wouldn't book less than a balcony cabin these days and we like the choice of venues offered by the bigger ships.
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