Sad news for the cruising world! P&O Cruises have announced that their oldest ship Oriana is set to leave the fleet in August 2019, after joining the fleet back in 1995. She has since been renowned for showcasing ‘traditional cruising at its best’.

What does this mean for the rest of the fleet?

One of the smallest in the fleet holding 1,880 passengers, it’s safe to say Oriana will be missed by P&O Cruises holidaymakers. The shocking news was announced after P&O Cruises revealed two new larger vessels are due to join the fleet in 2020 and 2022.

With improvements to the fleet ever-growing, it has been decided that Oriana will leave the fleet to make room for the enhancements of their mid-sized and larger ships.

P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “Oriana is an original, and a much loved P&O Cruises ship.”

Not to worry, both Aurora and Arcadia are exclusively for adults and boast similar features to Oriana for those who still want the same onboard experience.

Ludlow continued to state: “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%’.

Bringing you a new and enhanced experience

P&O Cruises fans can look forward to new and exciting features onboard as they prepare for the new arrivals to the fleet.

Ludlow said: “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.”

Jump onboard before it’s too late!

With just over a year until Oriana leaves the fleet, grab the chance while you can to jump onboard and take advantage of her one-of-a-kind features and traditional feel. Find your next P&O Cruises cruising adventure here!

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