One of the smaller and older ships in P&O’s fleet, Oriana was launched in 1995 and totally refurbished in 2016. The large resort-style ship is for adults only and attracts mature cruisers. Oriana combines comfort with classic features such as teak decks, a tiered stern and a stunning atrium with a Tiffany glass ceiling. The 69,153 tonne ship can accommodate 1,870 passengers and 760 crew.
Oriana has 941 cabins with five different categories. The largest are Suites which are 415 square feet. There are eight cabins and two inside single cabins with wheelchair access. All cabins are spacious and well-appointed with ensuite bathrooms. Superior cabins have larger bathrooms with separate baths.
Oriana has six dining venues and seven bars. The main restaurants are Peninsular and Oriental, which offer the choice of Club Dining (same table at the same time each evening) or Freedom Dining (no fixed seating or times). Other options include Marco Pierre White’s Ocean Grill, which offers dishes preferred by British cruisers (cheese souffle, Thai fishcakes, grilled lobster and boar burgers) and Sorrento, which serves Italian pizza, seafood and pasta.
Oriana has a large Oasis Spa, offering the latest alternative therapies and treatments, and a gym with high-tech muscle-toning machines. There is a unisex sauna, steam room, aerobics room, several massage and body treatment rooms and hot tubs for relaxation. For dance enthusiasts, there are four dance floors and professional dancers who act as dance hosts and teachers.
Oriana is an adults-only cruise ship. There are no facilities for children.
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– Cruise Critic
Overall the ship appeared to be well run and maintained. My wife and I were a little surprised by this as the ship was due to go into dock in a month or so for a major refit, yet apart from some rather worn areas of carpet the ship looked to be in excellent condition. We have been on many ships which were not due for refurbishment, but were in a much worse condition than the Oriana. We have already booked another Oriana cruise. – Deck Cargo
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