P&O Cruises have confirmed that Oriana is to leave the fleet in August 2019.
The 1,880-passenger cruise ship joined the fleet in 1995 and will retire after her final Norway and North Cape cruise, departing Southampton on 22 July 2019.
P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said:
“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.”
P&O Cruises are planning three key areas of investment in shore excursions, dining and entertainment across their mid-sized ships Arcadia and Aurora and Oceana as well as the larger ships Britannia, Azura and Ventura from summer 2019 – find your 2019 P&O Cruises deal here.
Aurora will be refitted next spring, prior to becoming a ship exclusively for adults. New cabins will be added during her refit as well as fixtures, fittings, soft furnishings and enhancements to public spaces.
Ludlow also went on to say:
“Oriana is an original, and a much loved P&O Cruises ship. 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.”
Details of P&O Cruises Oriana final sailing will be announced shortly.
All of those with affected bookings will be notified in the coming days directly and advised on available options.