P&O Cruises Oriana to retire in August 2019

The 1,880-passenger ship Oriana will officially retire from service in August 2019, P&O Cruises has announced.

It first joined the line in April 1995 after being named by The Queen in a special ceremony at Southampton Port.

P&O recently confirmed that an 18-night cruise around Norway and the North Cape will be the Oriana’s final voyage.

While it’s not currently known what will happen to the ship following its retirement, it’s set to be replaced with a new 5,200-passenger ship Iona and another as of yet unnamed vessel in 2020 and 2022 respectively.

The departure of the Oriana coincides with a range of planned multi-million-pound “enhancements” for P&O Cruises's other mid-sized and large ships. 

A number of brand-new excursions and theatre shows are planned along with a complete refitting of the Aurora where new cabins, fixtures and furnishings will be added ahead of its relaunch as an adult-only ship. 

"Oriana will be with us until August next year so there will be plenty of opportunity to celebrate her time with us,” said senior vice-president of P&O Cruises Paul Ludlow.

“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.”

Source: TTG Media