P&O have made the difficult decision to pull the Oceana from her Winter 2019 and 202 Dubia and the Middle East Program amid concerns for British Flagged Ships in the region.
Farewell to an Old Friend!
Oriana has always been one of my favourite ships, I have been fortunate to have been on her a couple times and it saddens me to think I will not get on her again, well under the name Oriana! Oriana joined the P&O fleet back in 1995 so she is nearly as old as I am, but when she joined back in 1995, cruising seemed to be more about the cruising and the connection with the Ocean and the Ports of Call than it is today. Take for instance something like the Oasis of the Seas or the Norwegian Epic, you could literally go to sea for 7 days and still have plenty to do.
To tip or not to tip! This must be one of the most common questions we are asked. Are tips included? Do we need to tip? How much are tips? And I with good reason. A family of four on a 14 night cruise with say Royal Caribbean can set you back over £600.00 for the room which is a lot of extra cost.
Norwegian Cruises Lines, like they all seem to be at the moment is growing rapidly, with the launch of the NCL Encore this year and then a bit of a gap before they start launching the new Leonardo Class of ships. The new vessels will be 140,000 gross tons which I was pleasantly surprised to see as considerable smaller than the current Breakaway and Breakaway Plus class of vessels.
Royal Caribbean have always been known as a market leader, introducing many new and innovative features to cruising, from Rock Climbing walls to Ice Rinks, to Surf machines and Sky diving machines on board various of their ships. You could say they have their name in the History books for many reasons from new features at sea to having the biggest ships afloat with the Oasis Class.
Royal Caribbean this week has began construction on the fifth Oasis Class ship in the fleet which is set to join her sister, Harmony, Oasis, Symphony and Allure of the Seas in 2021. Royal Caribbean also announced in February this year that due to the demand and popularity of this class of ship they have ordered a sixth vessel. We are talking massive passenger numbers – Each ship can carry around 6000 Passengers normally – So that by 6 is 36,000 passengers on just these 6 ships alone.
Breaking news this week from Marella Cruises (Thomson/Tui) as they have announced plans to retire the ‘Classic Ships’ in the Marella Fleet. I am a huge cruise lover because of the diversity that it offers. If you want an all singing and dancing mega ship you can have it, but if you want something a little smaller and more intimate with more out of the way ports you can have that too.