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Oriana retires- but what does the future hold for the P&O fleet

4th July 2018

It came as a surprise to many when P&O announced the retirement of another of their much loved, intimate adult-only cruise ships; with Oriana’s service scheduled to come to an end in August 2019.

 

 

Given that she was only refurbished as recently as 2016, the news sent ripples throughout the cruise world. Possibly, Oriana will follow her sister ship Adonia who was sold to Azamara Cruises and now sails under the name Azamara Pursuit. However, these two departures do not mark the downsizing of the P&O fleet. In fact, exactly the opposite is the case. Not only are there two new ships replacing this pair, but these new additions are bigger and better than any P&O - and many other cruise lines - have ever seen before.

 

 

The two new ships take P&O up to another level when it comes to onboard cruising experiences. Already proudly hosting shows such as Stephen Mulhern’s magic show “Astonishing”, Strictly Come Dancing themed cruises and P&O Food Heroes with your favourite celebrity chefs , as well as once hosting Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Live onboard Britannia , P&O have always strived to bring the best of British entertainment onboard their shops. This charming British feel is built on more than everyone enjoying getting dressed up, bingo, karaoke and Afternoon Tea. On the contrary, on Iona you can wine and dine al-fresco enjoying the view, or take in a show in the fantastic Skydome, with the feel of the best bank holiday weekend imaginable while at sea. In addition, the future - unnamed ship - will roll out in 2022 to bring even more choice to the P&O fleet, and give them two vessels capable of hosting 5,200 passengers each.

Take a look at our cruise deals for P&O Iona and see what adventures she could take you on. Meanwhile, if you were a fan of Oriana and Adonia’s intimate adult-only atmosphere and sailings, never fear as Aurora will be converted to an adult-only vessel alongside Arcadia. This means P&O cruisers have the best of both worlds, whatever your cruise holiday tastes and group size or situations. From mighty cruise ships hosting whole floating cities, jam-packed with fun and facilities to cosier cruise itineraries where one can truly unwind, it’s never been more true that there’s a cruise and ship for everyone onboard P&O.


Everything you need to Know about P&O Iona’s Construction

18th June 2018

More information about P&O Cruises’ new ship, Iona, is being released all the time, and as the largest ship to ever have been built for the UK market, cruise fans everywhere are eager for every little detail. So with this in mind, why not read on for all you need to know about the P&O Iona’s construction?

 

 

First of all, how has Iona been designed?

 

P&O Cruises intend to make Iona the largest ship for the UK cruise market, accommodating an incredible 5,200 guests. This means that utilising space in the best way has been a big priority, as was avoiding a congested, city atmosphere. Because of this, much attention has been given to ensuring the sea itself is a big focus, to ensure that guests don’t lose sight of the fact that they’re on a cruise holiday exploring the world’s magnificent oceans.

With guest experience at the height of concern, modern technology has also been greatly considered throughout the design of Iona. Much thought has been given to the best ways to make the most of today’s fast-paced technological developments, which has led to the addition of a number of exciting features; one of which being The Dome. This venue is a pool area with retractable stage and roof, which will be used for poolside fun, entertainment, dining, and even aerial performances.

With an eye on environmental responsibility, P&O Cruises have ensured that Iona is designed to have a minimal impact in this respect. Using liquefied natural gas, she will be the cruise line’s most environmentally-friendly ship, giving fewer exhaust emissions than the rest of the fleet.

 

Who has been involved in the design of P&O’s Iona?

 

To help develop Iona into the ship that P&O Cruises’ visualise, the nation’s favourite cruise line has collaborated with some of the most highly-esteemed experts in the world;

 

  • Meyer Werft – a German ship-building company with ample respect in the industry, they are known for working on luxury ships for Disney Cruise Line, Saga, Celebrity Cruises, and more.
  • Partner Ship Design – also based in Germany, this company offer expertise in maritime architecture as well as developing the guest experience. Previous clients include Costa Cruises and Carnival Cruises.
  • Richmond International – this London-based firm are well-known for their interior design and architectural work for leading hotels, including Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, and The Four Seasons in Moscow.
  • Jestico + Whiles – also located in London, this company has been involved in the design of prestigious locations such as the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, and London’s The Shard, Aqua Shard restaurant.
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    Where are we now, in the construction process?

     

    The first piece of steel was cut to mark the beginning of construction on April 25th, 2018. This glamourous occasion took place in Papenburg, Germany, at the aforementioned ship builder’s yard – Meyer Werft. Iona will be the first ship Meyer Werft have built for P&O Cruises in 20 years.

    To mark the occasion, the steel-cutting ceremony was attended by Paul Ludlow- P&O Cruises’ senior vice president, Josh Weinstein – Carnival UK’s president, and Tim Meyer – Meyer Werft’s managing director. With construction underway, P&O Cruises’ Iona is expected to set sail in 2020, with cruises going on sale later this year, in September 2018.

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    Watching the World Cup on a Cruise

    6th June 2018

    World Cup season is right around the corner once again, and football fans that are due to be cruising during the month-long season have probably begun wondering how possible it will be for them to watch the games. If you’ll be on a cruise during the world cup, rest assured that most of the mainstream lines will be screening the matches onboard.

     

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    The nation’s favourite cruise line will be showing world cup games onboard on their sports channel – Sports 24. Not only this, but they are actually offering an exciting Baltics cruise which includes a stop in St Petersburg while games are held there.

     

     

    Cunard

    This traditional cruise line will also be screening world cup matches onboard, in cabins and in some public spaces on their sports TV channel.

     

    Azamara Cruises

    With two itineraries including up to three days in St Petersburg, Azamara Cruises are offering guests plenty of opportunities to get absorbed in the hype of the games. Enjoy the beauty and originality of the city as well as taking in a live game or two.

     

    Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises

    These three popular cruise lines will also have ships positioned in St Petersburg during the world cup games, during some fantastic Baltics itineraries.

     

     

    Pullmantur

    As a Spanish cruise line, it possibly won’t be a surprise to learn that Pullmantur are going above and beyond with celebrating the world cup and all things football in 2018. Two ships, Sovereign and Horizon, will offer screenings of the games in public spaces as well as in cabins, and Spanish games will be shown on the big screen in the theatre. As well as this, there will be a number of football themed activities on offer. These will include a mini world cup for guests to show off their skills, a football quiz, and face-painting for the kids. There will also be special arts and crafts workshops at which children can design their very own football kits.


    P&O Cruises' Iona: The Story Behind the Name

    25th May 2018

    P&O Cruises thrilled cruise fans everywhere on Thursday 24th May, by announcing the name of their next, 2020 cruise ship on Facebook with a live feed. Thousands of people tuned in to watch as British TV presenter Stephen Mulhern revealed the name; Iona.

    Stephen was aptly located in the beautiful Scottish Isle of Iona, and local resident Jane had the honour of choosing a winner from a group of people who had voted for the name; Mrs Gillian Crooks of Dundee was selected. She’ll receive two tickets for the ships naming ceremony, and gifts will be sent to everyone else who suggested ‘Iona’.

     

     

    The name itself has great significance for P&O Cruises, as senior vice-president Paul Ludlow explains, ‘it seems very fitting to highlight one of our most notable islands and celebrate the geographic diversity of the UK, especially as we can trace back our roots to the Scottish Isles’.

    Not only this, but the significance of the sea to Iona was a big consideration when deciding on the ship’s name. It’s possible to see the vast waters surrounding the island from most locations, and islanders have long depended on it for trade and tourism. Paul remarked that P&O Cruises had a similar outlook when designing the ship, wanting the world’s seas and oceans to always be in primary focus.

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    The Royal Wedding and the Couple’s Infatuation with Africa

    16th May 2018

    Once again the country is buzzing with excitement and curiosity, not only about the Royal Wedding, but also the Royal Honeymoon. As more details are released about the big day itself, so far there is only speculation about the honeymoon destination, but a few African countries sit at the top of the bookie’s favourites. Read on to find out how you can celebrate the Royal Wedding on your cruise, and why you should follow in the couple’s footsteps to Africa.

     

     

    Celebrating the Royal Wedding on a Cruise

    A number of cruise lines are embracing the merriment and thrills of the big day, and will be screening the event onboard. Some will also be celebrating with a few fabulous extras;

    Princess Cruises – 17 of the fleet will be showing the wedding on poolside screens, as well as bars and lounges. There will also be some Royal-themed parties, menus, and quizzes to take part in.

    Cruise & Maritime – 3 ships will screen the wedding proceedings, and there will also be quintessential British afternoon tea parties, quizzes, a 60s British music dance party, and more.

     

     

    Cunard - the wedding will be screened across the fleet, and guests can partake in a Royal Wedding afternoon tea, bespoke celebration cocktails and champagne, a themed dinner and keepsake menu, and a slice of cake which has been modelled on Harry and Meghan’s.

    P&O Cruises – in addition to screenings of the wedding, all ships will be decorated with flags and official bunting, and guests will have a glass of champagne to toast, as well as extra American and English foods with afternoon tea, and a Meghan Sparkle cocktail.

     

    From the Wedding to the Honeymoon

     

    It is thought that the newlyweds won’t embark on their honeymoon straight after the big day, however as clues come out about where they intend to go, we can’t help but feel inspired. Due to the love that both Harry and Meghan are known to have for Africa, there are several destinations in the continent that are thought to be in the running for the honeymoon, with Namibia taking the top spot.

     

     

    Why visit Namibia?

    The country gets its name from the vast Namib dessert, which is one of the oldest on earth. It stretches inland from the Atlantic coastline along the entire length of the country, and provides some truly incredible scenery. As well as this awe-inspiring attraction, Namibia offers some great wildlife-watching opportunities in the north. Etosha National Park, Damaraland, and the Caprivi Strip are all fantastic regions where visitors can see lions, elephants, and rhinos to name a few. As well as scenery and wildlife, in Namibia you’ll find friendly and welcoming locals, and some incredible new cuisine to try. Take a look at this fantastic chance to see Namibia on a cruise with Voyages to Antiquity.

    Where else in Africa could the Royal Couple be honeymooning?

    While Namibia is a firm favourite, both Harry and Meghan are known to have a fondness for many African nations. They’re both passionate about charity work, which has taken Meghan to Rwanda in the past, while supporting a clean water campaign, and has taken Harry to countries including Botswana, which is thought to be his home away from home. Here he’s worked with animal protection charities, as well as HIV/Aids projects.

     

     

    Africa is an incredibly rich continent with so much to offer. See the exciting wildlife on safari in Kruger or the Serengeti, try some delicious bottles in the wine regions of South Africa, and relax in the gorgeous tropical atmosphere of Madagascar. Explore this stunning part of the world on a cruise to Africa with MSC Cruises, or be transported on an African adventure with Princess Cruises.


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