Oriana to leave P&O Cruises fleet in August 2019 - July 2018
GoCruise – P&O Cruises - 10/07/18
Weeks after announcing the name of P&O Cruises’ newest ship, Iona, the line has also outlined plans for further change in the coming years. With the construction of Iona well underway, along with a currently unnamed vessel which is set to launch in 2022, the line has a broad vision set in place for the future. Larger ships capable of accommodating in excess of 3,500 passengers, offering a wide range of amenities, entertainment venues, restaurants and more outline the future, while the fleet’s smallest and oldest vessels make way.
This year marked departure of the fleet’s smallest ship, Adonia, which was retired in March 2018 prior to being handed over to Azamara Club Cruises and sailing under the name of Azamara Pursuit. Weighing in at 30,277 gross tonnes and offering capacity for 777 passengers, the ship was previously the smallest and third oldest of the P&O Cruises fleet. Last month, it was announced that her departure will be followed by the retirement of Oriana in August 2019.
The 1,880-passenger, 69,153 gross tonne vessel is currently the oldest vessel in the fleet, having joined P&O Cruises in 1995. Interestingly, she is recorded as being the fastest vessel of the P&O Cruises fleet – a feat previously held by her predecessor, SS Oriana. She is able to reach a maximum speed of 30 knots and, upon launch, she became one of the largest cruise ships in the world. In recognition of these factors, the ship was awarded the prestigious Golden Cockerel trophy.
Upon her retirement, the Golden Cockerel trophy will be handed to one her sister ships although it is currently uncertain as to which ship will receive the accolade. The ship will embark on a special final sailing, offering a chance for cruisers to experience everything the vessel has to offer one last time prior to her departure from the fleet.
Following her departure in August 2019, Aurora – currently the second oldest vessel of the fleet - will receive an extensive refit. The 76,152 gross tonne vessel, which joined P&O Cruises back in 2000, with plans in place to relaunch the ship exclusively for adults. New cabins, fixtures, fittings and soft furnishings will be applied along with enhancements to public spaces.
The future points towards larger ships being built for the P&O Cruises fleet and this is further indicated when looking at the success of the fleet’s current largest vessel, Britannia. For more information about the full range of sailings available or to make a booking, contact our friendly GoCruise sales team via: 0800 121 8250 or complete the online enquiry form.