P&O Cruises has just announced their decision for oldest ship in the fleet Oriana is to leave the line in August 2019.
The 1,880-passenger vessel joined the cruise line back in 1995 and has been widely known for providing guests with “traditional cruising at its best”.
Whilst we will miss her, her departure will allow us to focus on our remaining mid-sized and larger ships as the fleet expands with Iona and her sister ship in 2020 and 2022 respectively.
Oriana will be with us until August next year so there will be plenty of opportunity to celebrate her time with us.
“Those guests who have sailed on Oriana will then be able to enjoy holidays on Aurora and Arcadia, both of which are exclusively for adults and have a very similar on board feel, and experience the re-vitalisation taking place over the next year.”
Oriana is the smallest and oldest ship in the fleet and following its move, P&O fans have two 5,200-passenger ships to look forward to.
The first, named Iona, is due to enter service in 2020 and will run on Liquefied Natural Gas; the second and unnamed 180,000 tonne ship is set to join the fleet in 2022, giving a 50% hike in capacity in five years.
Meanwhile, Aurora will be refitted next spring before it is re-launched as a ship exclusively for adults.
New cabins will be also be added as well as fixtures, fittings, soft furnishings and enhancements to public spaces.
Ludlow continued: “With the introduction of Iona in 2020 followed by a similar ship two years later, it is also imperative that we continue to elevate the standards of the rest of the fleet.
Our research with current and prospective guests shows that their holidays need to give them a vital boost to their everyday lives – they tell us that they want ‘to live life at ‘100%’.
Cruising today is perceived as a contemporary and aspirational holiday yet it is still one which has very small penetration in the holiday market as a whole. Our vision is to break these barriers by listening to feedback from our loyal guests whilst expanding the audience of new cruisers.
The additions will include new excursions across our itineraries, new dazzling theatre shows and daytime activities which reflect today’s trends.
“We will be investing in Aurora’s refit next year; Food Hero Eric Lanlard has devised an entirely new afternoon tea for all the ships, which will be very special, as well as refreshed menus and cocktails across the fleet.”
A special final sailing by Oriana will be announced by the company shortly, along with details of new passenger experiences.
What do you think of the news? Did you ever sail with Oriana? Are you excited that P&O are keeping things modern and fresh? Leave us your comments!
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