Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by Gill W » 07 Jan 2019, 16:19

Thanks for the reports, have a good time on the next one
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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by Suekersh » 08 Jan 2019, 18:19

Sunday 6 January 2019 - Southampton

We had docked before midnight so a it was like sleeping on land but I missed the ships swaying movement.

We were up early as breakfast started at 06:30 in the main dining room. It was fairly quiet in there but had got busier as we left. Passengers still didn’t seem to realise that disembarking was going to be much earlier than normal.

We disembarked and waited in the visitors room for a phone call before meeting Steve our taxi driver who was collecting another couple who had been on our cruise and had parked at cruise park. We passed him our duty free and other things we wouldn’t need on the next cruise for him to pass to Ben to store in the boot of our car. Great service Ben thank you.

P & O had laid on a shuttle for transit passengers to the West Quay shopping Centre. Great but as it was a Sunday it was closed. We had arranged to meet friends at Asda. The are from Australia and were embarking Arcadia today for the cruise to Brisbane. We arrived at the same time and after lots of hugs we set off to find somewhere open to get a coffee and get warm. Luckily it was bright but very cold and poor Brendan and Rob were feeling it after leaving 40 degrees heat in Brisbane. The only place we could find open was Burger King. The coffee was dire but it didn’t matter as we chatted and caught up with their news and plans. Time just flew by and all too soon we had to say our goodbyes as they left to join Arcadia for their cruise back to Brisbane.

We bought the cabin essentials for the next cruise and then went to West Quay for some shoe shopping and a quick lunch in M & S before heading back on the shuttle to Oriana. It all worked out perfectly and we followed the crew on the shuttle to the crew gangway. We were back in the cabin before 2 p.m.

Main embarkation started just before 2:30 pm and the Priority drinks and Canapés at 2:30 p.m. We saw many familiar faces from both the Arcadia World cruise in 2017 and the Aurora South America cruise last year. The bubbles flowed well and my glass kept being filled up by the attentive waiters.

Our new cabin steward is James and is very friendly. It is his first contract as cabin steward but he appears very professional and nothing is too much trouble for him.

Our new Waiters are Nestor and Santosh and we were pleased to meet Sentil again as our diet waiter. Mario is our new wine waiter, so all change except we have kept the same dining table.

At the Welcome on board show Alex the entertainment manager introduced his team. There are 4 new members as Alejandro and Anthony finished their contract and were replaced by Sam, Sarah, Joe and Carl. The team must have been two members down last cruise but they all worked so hard we didn’t notice.

A new group called Protocol have replaced The Nauticals and the excellent news for Oriana dancers is that Caravan have jumped ship from Aurora .

We now have six sea days crossing the Atlantic before we reach Bermuda our first port of call.

Monday 7 January 2019 - 1 st Sea Day to Bermuda

The clocks went back an hour overnight which meant it was no hardship getting up for the early morning exercise class. I was amazed that the gym was full at 7 a.m. not only the exercise class but passengers using the equipment as well. Officially the gym doesn’t open until 8 a.m. but unless anyone in the cabins below complains then they may overlook it.
The second exercise class was a bit quieter but still over 100% busier than last cruise.

Whilst I was at breakfast Garry caught up with the laundry and then I ironed his shirts. We wandered around for a while chatting to various passengers we had met on previous cruisers. Garry saw Taryn the senior loyalty manager and enquired about our Peninsular luncheon. She said that there were so many Ligurian members on board that there was going to be one lunch just for our tier. Luckily it is not on a formal and not until later in the cruise.

The Guest speakers today are Joanna Hall who was also the speaker last year on Auroras South America cruise and Chris Walker who we have also seen on previous cruises. Both are excellent and interesting speakers. The third guest speaker is Paul Cook talking about Afghanistan, Heroin and the Silk Road. Unfortunately he clashes with the Battle of the Sexes.

The sea was very calm as we skirted the BOB heading South West and it was a bright sunny day and many passengers were walking the deck.

I went to the Battle of the Sexes where the ladies started very well and are in the lead. Joe the new Ents Officer had some difficulty with the electronic equipment and there were so many passengers in the Lords Tavern that he had a difficult job keeping control. He did really well for his first time. I only attend this event when the sun isn’t hot enough to sit outside.

My stalker Manuel Martinez has shown up again and as we haven’t attended his show for a long while we decided to give it a go. The best part of the show was the lady he chose to get up on stage who gave as good as she got and was more entertaining than him. It will be even longer before we go to see him again.

We finished the night in a Harlequins and talking to the lady who had been on stage during the show. She was great fun but admitted that she wouldn’t have done it except for the wine she consumed at dinner.
Caravan were playing the dance music and the floor was very busy.

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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by Suekersh » 09 Jan 2019, 11:26

Tuesday, 8 January 2019 - 2 nd Sea Day to Bermuda

The Gym was very busy again for the 7 a.m. Stretch Class but again quietened down slightly for the Abs class.

The Sea is very calm and the temperature around 12 degrees.

After breakfast we went to the Atrium area to see the Food & Beverage show case. Sindhu chefs were showcasing one of their chicken starter dishes and passing out small samples. It was delicious. I picked up a leaflet giving dates of the various tastings going on from Gin, wine, whiskey and champagne.

Most of the later morning was taken up by my hair. My butler changed heads and put on his rubber gloves to tackle my roots. I do wonder what went through our cabin stewards mind when he brought the ice bucket and Garry answered the door in blue rubber gloves.

I didn’t have time for lunch which won’t do me any harm. The Battle of the Sexes was better organised today but the ladies lost the day but are still in the lead. Some unhappy pax because the format is completely different to how it usually is. They will get over it but I just wish they would stop whingeing. We are on a fantastic holiday and I see no point in getting hot and bothered about a quiz.

Vouchers were delivered to the cabin from the shop entitling passengers to buy 1 bottle of alcohol for in cabin consumption. We had experienced this on the World Cruise when every sector a voucher was delivered.
When Garry collected a statement to check that all of the On board credit was correct he also noticed that payment was being taken part way through the cruise. This means there will be 2 Financial sectors so we may get more vouchers later in the cruise.

It was the 1 st formal night and the Captains Welcome on board party. Our invite was for the Pacific Lounge and the Captain arrived out of breath after first doing his speech at the Crows Nest Party which is just about as far away from the Pacific Lounge that you can get on this ship.
There were lots of waiters around handing out drinks and the bubbles flowed well.

We both opted for the Marcos Beef Wellington for dinner which was excellent as usual and there was my favourite Port Marinated Cheese to finish.

Caravan were playing in Harlequins for early evening dancing which we took advantage of as the venue was quiet. Later in the evening they hosted the Formal Night Ball.

Headliners were in theatre performing Stage door and Protocol were in the Lords Tavern.

We opted for the Big Band night with Chris Walker in the Crows Nest which was excellent and the Crows Nest was virtually full.

We noticed when we were returning to the cabin that the sea was getting rougher and we could hear the wind howling.

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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by Suekersh » 11 Jan 2019, 17:19

Wednesday 9 January - 3 rd Sea Day to Bermuda

The ship certainly handled the overnight storm well but the cabin was quite noisy with drawers opening with the motion and the clothes in the wardrobe moving around. I slept through most of it but as the clocks had changed again overnight I was up and about very early.

I opened my birthday cards including one from the Captain and Garry opened the champagne. A great way to start the day with a glass of fizz. When it finally came light the sun was shining and the sky was clear. The sea was still choppy as there was a 30 plus knot wind hitting the ship.

After breakfast we returned to the cabin to find a beautiful birthday cake from the the F & B manager. It tasted even better than it looked as the sponge was so light and moist.

The weather worsened during the day and the wind rose to 50 knots and a force 10. The decks were closed other than the space out side The Lords Tavern for the smokers.

The Battle of the sexes was supposed to start at 1 p.m. but it was running late due to the number of passengers playing the interactive bowling as there were no deck sports.
The ladies were triumphant once again but there isn’t a huge difference in the scores.

We had a light lunch in Al Frescos before returning to the cabin for more champagne and birthday cake. A plate of chocolates arrived from the ship for my birthday.
It was getting increasingly hard to stay upright so we stayed in the cabin and caught up with the port talks on Bermuda and Freeport.

Captain Alan did his usual early evening broadcast. He has such a sexy voice that it didn’t matter that the news wasn’t the best with the rough seas and wind to continue until tomorrow.

We had dinner in Sindhu and our Officer friend Ken joined us. It was a fabulous night with wonderful food, wine and great company.

The sea was still very choppy after we had finished dinner so we gave dancing in Harlequins a miss and instead opted for the Pacific Lounge where Caravan were singing Motown Hits. I couldn’t have wished for a better birthday.

Thursday 10 January 2019 - 4 th Sea Day to Bermuda

The sea and wind didn’t let up overnight and it was too rough for me to risk the gym. The sun was out and if only the wind would ‘do one’ it would have been a lovely day.
I gave the gym a miss had an early breakfast in the main dining room which gave me chance to catch up with two ladies I met on Arcadia in January 2017.

At 11 a.m. P & O had advertised a meet up for Facebook users. There was around 16 of us there and a chance to put names to photos. Garry stayed there chatting longer whilst I left him to it as the Battle of the sexes was at the earlier time of noon. The Ladies were victorious again but can still easily be caught with the many sea days on this cruise.

During the afternoon the wind dropped to 15 knots and as the sun was still shining I risked a walk outside. The decks had reopened and many passengers were taking the opportunity to get some air.

The Captains announcement had slightly better news re the weather but with still 1300 miles to go to Bermuda it could change again. The wind speed was down to 8 knots but tomorrow more wind to come and it could be back up to 30 knots and 4/5 metres sea swells. The Oriana is a great sailor and handles it very well.

It was our 2 nd formal night and Canapés and more chocolates arrived. Not a Marco menu but another excellent meal.

The entertainment was the Headliners in the Pacific Lounge with their Top of the Billboards show and violinist Craig Halliday in the theatre.

We went to the Crows Nest to listen to Protocol singing 60s & 70s music. They are an excellent duo and always draw a good crowd and have many followers on board. He was a member of the group Sweet and she was one of the voices on the song Startrekking around the Universe.

Another 2 sea days before we reach Bermuda.

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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by Suekersh » 12 Jan 2019, 13:32

Friday 11 January 2019 - 5 th sea Day to Bermuda

The hour had gone back again over night so now we are three hours behind the UK. I went to both exercise classes as although the ship was still moving around it was much better than yesterday morning. It is still very busy up there and passengers were using the machines much earlier that the 8 o clock start time. One lady arrived and complained saying she had a cabin underneath the gym. Bryan the instructor found the culprits and hopefully sorted the problem out.

Another sunny day with clear skies but still the strong wind persisted.it was pleasant enough for a walk outside and I was amazed to see people sat on the aft deck reading. They had found a sheltered spot and were making the most of the 18 degrees temperature.

Battle of the sexes and although the ladies lost the round by 10 points we are still in the lead. What we need to know though for future reference is when did Colchester move to East Anglia. I am sure it was in Essex last time I looked. We lost 20 points on that question and the men stole 10 points. Poor Joe got a barracking but all he could answer was well that’s what it says in the book and you can’t argue with a book! It is all in jest though and a fun way to spend an hour until the sun gets stronger and the wind drops.

The Captains early evening broadcast informed us that we are still 830 miles from Bermuda and tomorrow the winds will drop to force 3 and the sea swell will be 3 to 4 metres. He did qualify this statement by saying he had got the info from the afternoon watch and they could be related to Michael Fish. Ha Ha Captain Alan.

My stalker Manuel Martinez was back in the theatre and as Si had wasted 45 minutes of my life a few nights ago I wasn’t going to repeat the experience. Chris Walker was playing with the John James trio in the Crows Nest.

60s & 70s night in the Pacific Lounge was very well attended no doubt down to the duo Protocol performing.

Tomorrow is the final Sea day before we finally reach Bermuda.


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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by silver surfer 2010 » 12 Jan 2019, 19:19

Current weather for you Sue, enjoy your cruise


"Current weather in Hamilton (Jan 12, 2019)
Current weather in Hamilton
18 °C
64 °F
Current wind conditions in Hamilton
360°, 4,1 m/s
(3 Beaufort)
The report was made 22 minutes ago, at 18:55 UTC. The wind was blowing at a speed of 4,1 meters per second (9,2 miles per hour) from north (360°). The atmospheric pressure was 1025 hPa (30.27 inHg). The relative humidity was 63,6 %. There were scattered clouds at a height of 1097 meters (3600 feet) and scattered clouds at a height of 1920 meters (6300 feet). The overall visibility was greater than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). Currently showers of in the vicinity.

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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by Suekersh » 13 Jan 2019, 20:02

Hi all arrived in Bermuda around 2 p.m.. We let the crowds go and Garry finished watching the football. Sunny but chilly when the sun goes in. Yesterday’s report.

Saturday, 12 January 2019 - Final Sea Day to Bermuda

There was another hour change over night which now puts us on Bermuda time. The early morning exercise class continues to be popular with a queue forming from around 6:40 am every morning. The Gym and Al Frescos are next to each other and unusually the gym queue is longer than the food queue.

The wind had calmed down considerable and it was another bright sunny day with temperatures around 18 degrees and much more warmer in the sun. The decks were all open and the walkers were out in force. The sun decks started filling up during the day as passengers soaked up their first rays of the cruise.

As we had taken the Internet package I had downloaded some information on the Royal Naval Cemetery for a friend who was going in search of a relatives grave. I went to reception to get it printed off who after redirecting me to the library, and the library manager sending me back to reception were very helpful and Apple the young receptionist was extremely proficient.
Whilst I was there the Captain announced some bad news. Due to the weather conditions crossing the Atlantic Oriana will be approx 6 hours late arriving in Bermuda. This was not a big surprise as he had been announcing the miles left to sail for a couple of days and we knew that not only had the winds caused Oriana to decrease speed but also added more miles on due to sailing further South to miss the worst of a storm.

The Ladies didn’t do well in the Battle of the sexes but are still just about in the lead. Most of us are really enjoying the quiz but there are a few who just want to whinge and shout at Joe the entertainment officer all the time. It is getting tiresome and poor Joe although he shrugs it off must be feeling that he can’t do anything right. I was disgusted when one of the ladies shouted at him ‘We pay your wages’. If it continues I will not be participating again.

We have only been on board for a week and it was the third formal night. The entertainment was Il Destino in the theatre who are a Classical Crossover duo and were very entertaining, although after a bottle of wine I did feel my eyelids closing and my arm is bruised where Garry kept nudging me.

After the show we headed to the Crows Nest to listen to the excellent group Protocol and chat to Neil and Julie who we met at the Facebook meet.

Tomorrow, after six consecutive sea days , albeit later than scheduled, we will touch land in Bermuda.


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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by silver surfer 2010 » 14 Jan 2019, 10:04

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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by GillD46 » 14 Jan 2019, 11:26

Enjoy Bermuda. Having cancelled next year’s cruise, we STILL haven’t, nor will we, visited. One day - maybe!
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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by Suekersh » 14 Jan 2019, 14:02

Sunday, 13 January 2019, Bermuda.


Another sunny day but the temperature was still only 18 degrees and the wind although it had dropped it was coming from the North and made it feeler cooler.

The Battle of the Sexes finished the day as a draw as the men won the again. There was less barracking today and a happier atmosphere.

The sail into Bermuda was lovely and we picked the pilot up at around 11:30 a.m and sailed past St George’s and arrived at the dock yard and tied up by 13:30 which was earlier than anticipated.

It took a while for the formalities to be completed and as passengers were queuing around the ship itching to feel land beneath them we decided to leave them to it and Garry finished watching the football.

We wandered around the Royal Naval Dockyard and although it was warm in the sun it certainly wasn’t Caribbean weather. There were one or two touristy places open including the Craft market but the prices were eyewateringly expensive. The bars seemed to be quite busy but the majority of passengers were around the tourist centre trying to access the free WiFi. A bus driver was drumming up business offering a round trip to St George’s with an hour there to look around for 10 dollars. If we hadn’t been there in October we may have took him up on the offer but the bus did look a bit decrepit.

We ate in the Beach House with fabulous views over the DockYard. We saw some passengers venturing off after their dinner but not many as it was quite cold. We decided to eat inside but had a window table. We both opted for the Lava Rock fillet steak which was excellent.

The entertainment was Comedian Jon Courtenay in the Pacific Lounge. He was hilarious and it was so good to have a decent comedian on board. The theatre was being used to show the movie Mamma Mia Here we go again.
After the Comedian had finished we went up on deck to listen to the local artist Robert Symmons Bermuda’s own Steel Drummer. We didn’t stay long as it was quite cold on deck but always good to see a local act.

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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by Kenmo1 » 14 Jan 2019, 14:28

Suekersh wrote:
14 Jan 2019, 14:02
The entertainment was Comedian Jon Courtenay in the Pacific Lounge. He was hilarious and it was so good to have a decent comedian on board


Totally agree with you Sue about Jon Courtenay. We cried with laughter when we saw him a few years ago. Haven't been lucky enough to see him since.

Hope the weather picks up for you soon.

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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by Finker » 14 Jan 2019, 17:53

Very much enjoying your reports so thank you for the time you spend in writing them.

It is so uplifting to read them.

May I ask what vaccinations you needed for visiting the Carribbean?

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Finker wrote:
14 Jan 2019, 17:53
May I ask what vaccinations you needed for visiting the Carribbean?
You normally do not need any vaccinations for the Caribbean but the only definitive answer will be from your GP/Travel clinic.

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david63 wrote:
14 Jan 2019, 18:41
Finker wrote:
14 Jan 2019, 17:53
May I ask what vaccinations you needed for visiting the Carribbean?
You normally do not need any vaccinations for the Caribbean but the only definitive answer will be from your GP/Travel clinic.
We were advised that none were compulsory but that FIVE were advisable … visit your local Travel Clinic / Doctor for up to date advice.

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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by Suekersh » 15 Jan 2019, 20:51

Monday 14 January 2019 - 2 nd day in Bermuda

The skies were very cloudy and threatening. We were in two minds on whether to get off or stay on board but knew we would regret it if we didn’t get off. We went on deck to test the temperature and soon went back inside to rummage out long trousers and fleeces. We had put these away not expecting to need them until on our way back home.
Some passengers were getting off in shorts and T shirts but the wind was very cold. It was fine in the sun as long as it was sheltered from the North wind.

We headed for the National museum which is also home to the Dolphin Quest. We have been here twice before but the trainers and carers of the Dolphins are so enthusiastic about their job and just love to chat to the public in between the feeding and training times of the Dolphins.

There is a small shop there and free wi fi with plenty of seats outside in the sun to watch the Dolphins perform. Last time we were here the Dolphins were being encouraged out of the Sanctuary and into the open water but today it was far too rough outside the walls.

We walked up to the Commissioners House and spent time in there where it was much warmer out of the wind. It is high up overlooking the whole Dockyard area and a great spot for taking photographs of the ship and surrounding area.

As the day was worsening we headed back to the ship and just about 200 yards away from the gangway the heavens opened. In the short space of time it took to get on board I was drenched even though I had a waterproof jacket on. We had a great few hours in Bermuda but it certainly wasn’t the temperatures we have had here in the past.

Sailaway was at 3:30 pm and had to be held in the Crows Nest because of the adverse weather conditions.

It was the Hollywood & The Kings in the theatre but as we had seen them previously and I hadn’t enjoyed the show we decided to give it a miss.
Anderson’s which is where we often go when the entertainment doesn’t appeal was closed due to a flood yesterday evening. Lords Tavern was heaving because Anderson’s was closed so after dinner we returned to the cabin to relax and read.


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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by cruisin_duo » 16 Jan 2019, 11:26

Enjoying reading your reports Sue. Thank you for posting.


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Current weather in Nassau (Jan 16, 2019)
Current weather in Nassau
19 °C
66 °F
Current wind conditions in Nassau
010°, 2,1 m/s
(2 Beaufort)
The report was made 26 minutes ago, at 11:00 UTC. The wind was blowing at a speed of 2,1 meters per second (4,6 miles per hour) from north (010°). The atmospheric pressure was 1020 hPa (30.11 inHg). The relative humidity was 72,8 %. There were a few clouds at a height of 549 meters (1800 feet) and scattered clouds at a height of 1219 meters (4000 feet). The overall visibility was greater than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

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Post by prefdavid » 16 Jan 2019, 17:01

Sue's having trouble posting on here so here's her latest report:-

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 - 1 st Sea Day to Freeport, Bahamas

It had been another Rock and roll night as the winds buffeted the ship.

We were hoping for warmer sunnier weather as we head South towards the Bahamas.

After breakfast I headed to the aft deck, the sun was shining but the pool was roped off because of the windy conditions. The wind was cool but the sun was hot. I got a bed and put layers on. The layers went on and off all morning as the clouds came over, then the sun burnt them off.

The range of temperature was huge.

I gave The Battle of the Sexes a miss as I didn’t want to leave the sun in case it disappeared again. However I met our Team Captain Lorraine and she informed that the ladies had stormed ahead of the men. I may have to miss it tomorrow as this was the best sea day we have had so far this cruise.

After dinner we went to see a new act for us called Wild Sax. A young lady from Liverpool who could certainly play that sax. (Editor's note, this has been amended from what Sue originally typed so as not to offend anyone #MeToo, #Snowflakes :lol: ) It was a wonderful fun performance to a packed house.

We walked past Anderson’s which was open except for the back area near the windows but it was very quiet so we moved on to Harlequins where Caravan were playing music for dancing. The dance instructors were hosting the dancing but I do prefer it when they aren’t there. It seems to flow better without them. Whereas Caravan announce the next dance whilst people on still on the floor the instructors wait for the floor to clear then announce the next dance. We have never come across this before either at sea or on land.

We called in The Lords Tavern hoping to see Protocol but it was packed out and Protocol had just finished their set.

Last sea day tomorrow before we reach Freeport in the Bahamas.


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Re: Oriana’s Final Christmas Cruise.

Post by colin parry » 16 Jan 2019, 19:45

Certainly agree about Gemma Wild. She was on Oriana in October and was excellent. She seems to do a number of shows locally and was at Storyhouse in Chester just before Christmas.

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