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P&O Oriana

Capacity
1880
Crew
760
Tonnage
69,153
Length
260.00 m
First voyage
1995
Decks
10

MV Oriana is a cruise ship and ocean liner of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Meyer Werft at their shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. At over 69,000 GT, Oriana is the smallest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. She officially entered service with the company in April 1995 and was named by Queen Elizabeth II. Oriana holds the Golden Cockerel as the fastest ship in the fleet, replacing SS Canberra. She is the oldest, and longest-serving, ship in the fleet.

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P&O Oriana

Cruiseline: 
Capacity (DO): 
1880
Crew: 
760
Tonnage: 
69,153
Length: 
260.00 m
Beam: 
32.20 m
First voyage: 
1995
Decks: 
10

MV Oriana is a cruise ship and ocean liner of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Meyer Werft at their shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. At over 69,000 GT, Oriana is the smallest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. She officially entered service with the company in April 1995 and was named by Queen Elizabeth II. Oriana holds the Golden Cockerel as the fastest ship in the fleet, replacing SS Canberra. She is the oldest, and longest-serving, ship in the fleet.

Overview

When she was built in 1995, Oriana was the first new ship commissioned for P&O Cruises, and the first to be designed specifically for the British cruise market. She was also designed in the style of an ocean liner to facilitate long distance voyages and world cruises. She is the longest serving ship in the fleet, having been in continuous service with the company since she was launched. She is the second ship to carry the name Oriana, and is named in tribute to the SS Oriana, which served for Orient Line and P&O from 1959 until 1986. After a lengthy campaign, P&O Cruises were permitted to allocate the new Oriana with the call sign 'GVSN', which is the same call sign as the former SS Oriana.

From 1995 when she was built, until 2000, Oriana was owned by the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company. In 2000 P&O de-merged its cruise ship operations, with ownership of Oriana transferring to the new company, P&O Princess Cruises. In 2003 P&O Princess merged with Carnival Corporation. Despite these changes of ownership, Oriana has been operated by P&O Cruises throughout.

In 2006 she was re-registered to Bermuda so that weddings (in addition to paying international crew lower salaries i.e. less than UK minimum wage) could be conducted on board, and as a result, her call sign was changed to ZCDU9. From 30 November 2011, following a refit, Oriana became a ship exclusively for adults. Oriana and Arcadia are adult-only ships.

General characteristics

Oriana is 260 metres (853 ft) long, with a beam of just over 32 metres (105 ft), and a draught of 7.9 metres (26 ft), which varies up to 8.2 m depending on load. There is a 69,153 GT and a maximum passenger capacity of 1,928. Outside passenger deck space is 105,000 square feet (9,800 m2). Power is provided by four MAN B&W Diesels generating a total of 47,750 kW giving the ship a service speed of 24 knots (44 km/h).

Design and construction

P&O wanted the new Oriana to be built in the United Kingdom, but there were no longer British shipyards capable of completing such an order, so P&O Cruises looked overseas.

Two of the three main designers, Sweden’s Robert Tillberg and British designer John McNeece, spent a considerable amount of time on board SS Canberra investigating the needs of British passengers, so as to include as many of Canberra's features as possible into Oriana's design. Oriana's single funnel is designed to resemble Canberra's twin funnels. She has a single deck of balconies reserved for suites, mini suites and staterooms to cater for the growing desire for balconies on board.

John McNeece and his London-based team of designers were engaged by P&O to bring the British look to the high-revenue generating interiors of the ship, such as Anderson's, Lord's Tavern, the Knightsbridge Shops, the Emporium, Harlequins, the Casino, the Photo Gallery, the Pacific Lounge, and related public spaces, as well as on-board information graphics.

Service history

When she entered service Oriana was one of the largest cruise ships in the world, and the largest ship built in Germany since 1914. Since then tonnages have increased as economies of scale make larger ships more profitable to operate. Nowadays most new cruise ships have a GRT of around 100,000 tonnes. Annually undertaking world cruises with fleetmate Aurora, she normally operates cruises within the Mediterranean, the Canaries, Madeira and the Baltic seas.

In December 2006 the Oriana underwent a £12 million refit in Bremerhaven, Germany. Coinciding with the refit she was re-registered from Britain to Bermuda so that weddings could be held at sea. Due to the success of the 'Arcadian Rhodes' restaurant on board the Arcadia, a new Oriana Rhodes restaurant was introduced, replacing The Curzon Room. Oriana Rhodes was designed by chef Gary Rhodes, and can accommodate 96 passengers. Other modifications included the extension of the popular Lord's Tavern bar, festooned with cricket memorabilia, and refurbishment of the children's play areas. All her cabins were restyled to include one of four new colour schemes, new curtains, carpets, beds, linen and duvets.

In 2011 during a refit at the Blohm and Voss shipyard Oriana had a 'ducktail' stern fitted and the children's play areas were converted to cabins. Oriana was classed as an adults only ship when she re entered service.

In June 2018, P&O Cruises announced that Oriana would be leaving the fleet in August 2019.

In September 2018 the ship was advertised for sale at $130,000,000.

Golden Cockerel

MV Oriana holds the Golden Cockerel trophy for the fastest ship in the P&O fleet. Previously held by her predecessor SS Oriana it passed to SS Canberra on retirement of the first Oriana in 1986. On Canberra's final cruise in 1997 the Golden Cockerel was handed over to the new Oriana when both ships were anchored off Cannes and sent boats out to perform the handover.

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Attractions on P&O Oriana


Explorers

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For all your shore excursion needs, our staff is waiting for you here.
Photo by P&O Cruises

Chaplin’s Cinema

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This outstanding cinema offers excellent viewing from any of its 200 comfortable seats, and an exceptional sound system. Chaplin's Cinema is located towards the aft (back) of the ship on D Deck....
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Beach House (Evening)

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With seating inside and outside The Beach House is Oriana's informal Select Dining venue offering laid back dining with a coastal feel and international flavours. The Beach House is situated wit...

Royal Court

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Here's a spacious cozy area for relaxing, chatting and watching the ship's life.

Sunset Bar

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This is a casual place to socialise and relax in throughout the day and into the evening.

Terrace Bar

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Deck bar located on Lido deck, serving drinks and ice creams

Future Cruise Sales & Loyalty

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And here you'll find friendly staff ready to answer all your questions concerning future cruises and loyalty programs.

Whirlpool SPA

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Our ship's whirlpool spas were designed for your indescribable relaxing in!
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Crow’s Nest

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This classy cocktail bar offers Oriana's most spectacular panoramic views. During the day you can enjoy shimmering sea vistas in this comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, with seating on two levels...
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Anderson’s Bar

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You will find Anderson's, midships, on Promenade Deck, just aft of Royal Court and neatly and conveniently wrapped around Monte Carlo Club. The panelled walls, deep sofas, comfortable club chairs, ...

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