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Extensive refit for Oriana to retain “unique charm and classical elegance”

P&O Cruises has unveiled details of the how Oriana will look after a three-week refurbishment in Hamburg at the end of November.

The adult-only ship, launched in 1995 and last updated in 2011, will receive a complete makeover of its cabins, restaurants, bars, entertainment areas and public spaces to provide a whole new elegant and sophisticated look.

cruise ship Oriana
How Oriana will look with her new livery

Details of changes include Oriana’s main dining rooms, the Peninsular and Oriental restaurants, which will each be updated with rich new colour schemes, replacing the carpets, curtain fabric and upgrading the lighting.

The passenger cabins will also be transformed with a new palette of natural creams, soft greys and teal. Chairs, sofas, tables and lamps will also be updated with newer classic styles as well as upgraded bathrooms.

Says P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow: “After listening to guests’ feedback, we are investing in updates to many areas of the ship, but what is key is that we are retaining her unique charm and traditional character. With her teak promenade and lido decks, we know that Oriana holds a special place in the hearts of many of our guests and so we will be keeping her most distinctive features, such as her Tiffany glass ceiling and other well-loved classic touches.”

P&O Cruises is collaborating with leading designers Richmond International, who also worked on the décor for Britannia and various luxury hotels across the continent, to provide a modern yet classic look and feel throughout.

Graphics detailing some of the dining area and cabin improvements onboard Oriana

Highlights include

  • Cabins and suites: replacing soft furnishings, repairing and replacing furniture, upgrading bathrooms and carrying out maintenance work on balconies
  • The Peninsular and Oriental Restaurants: a brand new colour scheme, replacing carpets and chairs
  • The Spa: the sauna, steam-room, whirlpool and changing areas will be uplifted with new tiling, modern furniture and contemporary equipment. There will also be relaxing heated loungers, soothing natural décor and a living plant wall
  • Theatre Royal: new sound and lighting equipment as well as re-upholstered seating will ensure the best and most comfortable entertainment experience
  • Other areas being refurbished include The Conservatory, Lord’s Tavern, Riviera Bar, Loyalty & Future Cruise Deck, the gym, Anderson’s and all public areas across the entire ship.

    The complete picture

    Graphics have been issued that clearly illustrate the upgrades to be carried out that will improve the overall cruise experience while staying true to its elegant and traditional design.

    The refit takes into consideration guest feedback on all aspects of the ship, from the public spaces and bars to the cabins and bathrooms. Public areas and cabins will be rejuvenated with a range of subtle upgrades that will have a big impact without losing any of the ship’s unique charm.

    Paul Ludlow says: “We want Oriana’s guests, both returning and new, to feel that they are sailing on the most elegant and charming ship. From what our guests have told us we know that retaining the traditional elements that are unique to Oriana is as important as rejuvenating the ship - so that’s what we’re aiming to do.”

    Following the refurbishment, Oriana will set sail on a two-night short celebration cruise to Zeebrugge round trip from Southampton departing 16 December followed by a 17-night Canary Islands cruise round trip from Southampton departing two days later.

    Posted on 26th October 2016 at 09:09 am in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | Cruise Lines | P&O Cruises |

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