Oriana’s final farewell
After 24 years of service, Oriana will soon be leaving the P&O Cruises fleet. Join us as we count down her final five cruises and find out about the special send-offs we have planned on board
Oriana has been a beloved part of the P&O Cruises fleet since her maiden voyage in 1995. Over the past 24 years, she’s won many admirers and clocked up countless nautical miles in our service. With her teak promenade and lido decks, tiered stern and classic features, Oriana is the very definition of cruising elegance and tradition.
Oriana will be leaving the fleet in August 2019, but we can’t let her go without a fuss. There’s still time for you to book to sail on her final five cruises, each of which visits unique ports that enchant and excite in equal measure. We count them down below. And of course, the fun continues on board, too – from deck parties to quizzes, we’re making sure we see this grande dame out in style.
The final five: Oriana's last cruises
5. Scotland, Ireland and Guernsey
15-28 Jun 2019, 13 nights, 8 ports
This cruise takes you on an island-hopping adventure to Ireland, Scotland, the Faroe Islands, the Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands and the Channel Islands. Your first stop is in Killybegs. Despite its small size, this charming town has lots to offer, from a world-renowned rug industry to spectacular scenery. The capital (and only town) on Scotland’s Shetland Islands, Lerwick punches well above its weight with a brilliant music scene and some of the best fish and chips you’ll ever try. Dublin, meanwhile, is a cosmopolitan capital that will delight you with its many charms, from its cobbled city streets to its breathtaking countryside.
4. France, Spain and Guernsey
28 Jun - 5 Jul 2019, 7 nights, 4 ports
Sail along the Iberian Peninsula, where beautiful beaches, fascinating history and total relaxation await. Dramatic twin towers protect the port of La Rochelle, and once you’re in you’ll be treated to a lively city full of great bars and restaurants. Bustling Santander offers excellent shopping and dining, outstanding beaches, great surf and interesting cultural attractions. El Ferrol on Spain’s northwestern coast has strong ties to the sea and has been both a fishing village and a military stronghold. From here you can visit the iconic Santiago de Compostela or get back to nature in Europe’s largest coastal Atlantic forest.
3. Ireland, Iceland and Faroe Islands
5-19 Jul 2019, 14 nights, 7 ports
Staggering natural beauty and buzzing urban charm combine on this one-of-a-kind holiday. Reykjavik is a perfect example of both: the Icelandic capital is a truly cosmopolitan city surrounded by breathtaking natural wonders, from glaciers to volcanoes. In Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, you can explore a unique land of steep mountains, idyllic villages and friendly people. Cobh, pronounced ‘Cove’, is the gateway to Cork. Stroll the waterfront with its colourful seaside houses, or kiss the Blarney Stone and be blessed with the gift of the gab.
19-22 Jul 2019, 3 nights, 1 port
Sometimes, a quick getaway is all you need. Take a long weekend and escape to charming St Peter Port, arguably the prettiest town in the Channel Islands. Fine Georgian and Regency houses, tumbling terraced gardens, winding streets and hidden leafy alleyways define this easily walkable town. In fact, the best way to discover the true beauty of Guernsey is on foot, exploring the Ruettes – the tranquil, quiet lanes that are dedicated to walkers, cyclists and horses. Or see a different side of the island on a countryside and coastal drive, where you’ll discover dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches.
1. Norway and North Cape
22 Jul - 9 Aug 2019, 18 nights
Oriana’s final cruise heads way up north to Norway and North Cape. The cruise takes in a number of unforgettable ports, as well as cruise-bys in destinations such as the epic Nordenskiöod Glacier, the abandoned mining community of Pyramiden, the magnificent Templefjord in Svalbard and the stunning North Cape, the northernmost edge of the European continent. Seizing the day is easy in Tromsø, Norway’s most northerly city, when the midnight sun stays up until the wee hours. Oriana’s final destination with P&O Cruises will be Belfast, where a compelling blend of history and modernity will capture your heart, from the otherworldly beauty of the Giant’s Causeway to the striking contemporary style of the Titanic Belfast museum.
More fun on board
During Oriana’s final cruises, you’ll be treated to a host of extra on-board events and activities* designed to give the ship a proper send-off and make your holiday that extra bit special. Look out for:
- Special Guest Star Claire Sweeney joins us on board for an evening to remember^. An award-winning actress, singer and TV personality whose career has seen her star in West End musicals such as Chicago and Guys and Dolls, Claire will treat guests to a fabulous performance, sending Oriana off in style.
- Evening deck parties Spend an evening celebrating Oriana with a party on the deck. Guest entertainers, house musicians and other crew members will be in attendance, and a special cake will be served.
- Celebration dinner Toast Oriana with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine at this special formal evening. A commemorative menu cover will also be yours to keep.
- Officer-hosted tables Throughout the cruises, a selection of officers will join guests at tables in the dining room on formal nights.
- Oriana memories board We’ll be setting up a notice board in Reception where you can share your favourite Oriana memories. Bring some photos or write down your stories and share them with your fellow guests.
- Nostalgic deck games and entertainment Oriana is all about classic cruising. To celebrate her heritage and style, we’ll have games to play on the open deck that hark back to the traditions of a bygone era.
- Heritage quiz How many miles has Oriana travelled in her lifetime? Who was her first captain? Test your knowledge with our themed heritage quiz.
*All events and activities are subject to change
^Claire Sweeney will be on board X913
Your Oriana memories
‘On a cruise around Cape Horn, we were upgraded to a Suite and had a wonderful experience. The captain, Hamish Reid, enjoyed sailing around the island so much that he did it again. He later took Oriana further south overnight and on the way back north he set a new speed record, making Oriana the fastest ship in the fleet.’
Andrew Russell, Hemel Hempstead
‘We first cruised on Oriana on her maiden Christmas cruise in 1995 and over 50 cruises later, we still love her.’
Christine Cunningham, Henley-on-Thames
‘I love Oriana’s size and, above all, the crew on board. My favourite memory is sailing into New York at dawn, passing the Statue of Liberty on my first-ever visit to the USA.’
Stephen Rolling, Hove
‘I’ll never forget being allowed on the bridge going in to San Francisco.’
M. Mitton, Wigan
‘When we berthed in Venice, we walked back in the evening to see Oriana lit up in all her glory. We were so proud to be stepping back on the ship.’
Jill Milburn, Yorkshire
‘In 1996 we were wowed by the sumptuous Oriental & Peninsular Restaurants and a Casablanca port of call – our first step into Africa.’
D. Little, Ruislip
‘I love the crew and guests. It’s like coming home every time I sail, as I know so many people.’
“Oriana George” Jewell, Chesterfield