P&O Cruises has announced that the Oriana will be joining the list of adult-only ships in November 2011. With the Artemis retiring in May and the Adonia (next year's new ship) being much small in size, the number of adult-only cruises has been significantly reduced and P&O Cruises have moved to counter this.
The cruise line feel that with their largest ships, the Ventura and Azura, offering a fantastic selection of family friendly cruises the move over to adult-only cruising for the Oriana was a natural one.
P&O Cruises are already making arrangements for those who had previously booked the Oriana. Passengers who have booked without children will be sent a letter explaining the new changes (through their agent when appropriate) and those booked with children will be contacted by the customer services team (again through the agent where appropriate) to discuss the changes and to offer alternatives.
The P&O Cruises family will comprise of four family friendly ships in the Aurora, Azura, Oceana and Ventura and three adult-only ships, the Adonia, Arcadia and Oriana. The cruise line hope this will offer the right balance in cruises and variety for all their previous and new customers.
Written by Stephen Adam