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Overview...........................................................Page One

Pools, Spa, and Outdoor Facilities....................
Page Two

Shops and Other Public Areas...........................Page Three

Bars, Lounges, Nighttime Entertainment.............Page Four

Dining.................................................................Page Five

Accommodations................................................Page Six

Exterior Photos...................................................Profile Page
ORIANA
PHOTO TOUR
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COMMENTARY
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Guests entering Oriana
usually come through the
ship's four deck high
Atrium.  
At its top is a Tiffany-style
glass skylight (above).  Along
one wall is a quiet waterfall
(below).
Left:  The Reception Desk.
Below: Also in the main lobby are the
Future Cruise Desks along with some of the
numerous plaques and awards that have
been given to Oriana.
 
A flower display at the base of the
atrium stairs.
Oriana's public spaces are contemporary yet
restrained.
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The Tours Office arranges
shore excursions for the
guests in the different ports of
call.
 
OVERVIEW

 Oriana is one of those ships that becomes almost legendary in her own
lifetime.  When she was built in the early 1990s, she was the first large
passenger ship that had been built for the British market in a considerable
time.  She was named by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and quickly became
quite popular in Britain.  While she may not be well-known outside of the
market she was built to serve, she is a household name in Britain.

   This ship is the second P&O ship to be called Oriana.  Her predecessor
served from 1959 to 1986 and was also quite popular.  The name is usually
said to mean “golden dawning” and was the name of a poetic character who
was the heiress to the throne of Britain.  Accordingly, Queen Elizabeth I was
called Oriana by her contemporaries.

   The ship’s interiors are contemporary.  Restraint is a watchword with
subtle lighting, clean lines and soft muted colours.  Oriana is free of glitz.  
Rather, she is elegant and graceful.

   Several of the public rooms consciously strive to make themselves British
environments.  The use of furniture and styling reminiscent of a country house
or of a gentleman’s club on Pall Mall give those areas a tasteful British feel.  
The sports bar recalls cricket in its decoration while the casino forgoes Las
Vegas for the style of a London gaming club.  It is not tourist Britain but
rather an environment in which conservative British people would feel
comfortable.

   Similarly, the dining offerings are geared to British tastes.  British cuisine
is featured both in the main dining rooms and in the ship’s celebrity chef
specialty restaurant.  However, there is also an Italian pizzeria and pasta
restaurant for variety.

   The ship offers a traditional cruise experience.  However, superimposed
on that is an enrichment program that includes music festivals at sea and talks
on art by the staff of London’s Tate Gallery.  There are also classes about
computers and digital living.  Oriana has a large cinema and a theater that is
equipped like a West End theater.  Thus, it is an enhanced traditional
experience.

   When she entered service in 1995, Oriana was considered a large ship - -
she was only a few thousand gross tons smaller than the Queen Elizabeth 2
(QE2), then the flagship of the British merchant marine.  However, due to the
vast increase in the size of cruise ships in recent years, Oriana would now be
considered a mid-sized ship.  As a result, she has a relatively more intimate
atmosphere but still has many of the features of large ships.

   Oriana has a long bow, good for slicing through the waves as well as an
above-average service speed.  Consequently, she can do long distance
cruises including round-trip voyages from Southampton into the Central
Mediterranean as well as longer voyages to the Americas and the Caribbean.  
She also sails to the Canary Islands, the Norwegian fjords, the Baltic and on
short voyages to Belgium
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