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When Artemis leaves the fleet next May the number of exclusively for adults cruises available for P&O Cruises will be reduced as Adonia, her replacement, is a smaller ship.
Therefore P&O Cruises have added a third ship to offer this type of cruise. when Oriana comes out of her refit in November 2011 she will become a ship exclusively for adults
There are 5 cruises that are currently on sale which will now become “exclusive for adults” and P&O will let all passengers know who are effected by this change.
RCI Independence Of The Seas, Med Cruise Jan/Feb 2011
P&O Azura, Naming Ceremony, April 2010
Thomson Spirit, Pharoahs & The Promised Land, March 2010
P&O Oceana. Fjords, June 2009
P&O Ventura, An Indian Summer,Oct 2008
Great news for us - a refit and child free in time for our world cruise in January 2012. Didn't expect too many little ones on this cruise anyway but it looks as if P&O are in the process of redefining their ships to fit their varying clientel. Wonder if they have realised that "one size fits all" does not really work.
When Artemis leaves the fleet next May the number of exclusively for adults holidays available within the P&O Cruises programme will be effectively reduced as Adonia, her replacement, is a smaller ship. We therefore wish to add a third ship to offer this type of holiday. We are able to do this as Azura, the most recent ship to be added to our fleet provides additional holidays for families. Therefore, when Oriana comes out of her refit in November 2011 she will become a ship exclusively for adults.
P&O Cruises has seven ships in our fleet and after November 30th 2011 four will continue to welcome families (Aurora, Azura, Oceana and Ventura) and three, (Adonia, Arcadia and Oriana) will be “exclusively for adults”. We are totally committed to satisfying the holiday needs of both families and those travelling without children.
There are 5 cruises (X119, X120, X121, X122 and X201) that are currently on sale which will now become “exclusive for adults” we are communicating to passengers booked on these sailings as follows -
Passengers booked without children
All passengers are being sent a letter (via their agent as appropriate) which explains the changes to Oriana.
Passengers booked with children
All passengers are being contacted (via their agent as appropriate) by the Customer Service Team to discuss the changes and offer alternatives. If a suitable alternative cannot be found we will offer a full refund and protect agent commission.
We look forward to sharing with you our plans for Oriana. Full details will be included in our 2012/13 brochure but we will also make reference to the change in the 4th edition 2011 brochure which will be published on 1st December this year.
Since 2006: Ships sailed on: P&O Arcadia (x3), Aurora (x3),
Azura (x2), Ventura(x2), Oceana (2), Oriana(2), Celebrity Equinox, Ship visits: P&O Artemis, RCI Independence of the Seas, HAL Prinsendam, Cunard Queen Mary 2
I see that the gap in Oriana's schedule is currently from 16 November (end of X118) to 30 November (beginning of X119). That's not especially long. They could do a lot of internal refurbishment (new carpets, new cabin facilities, etc) but not a lot of structural work.
X119 is a three-night Channel cruise, and X120 is a 14-night Canary Isles cruise. I wonder if X119 will get cancelled?
I hope they change the Curzon Room back to it's original configuration.
Canberra August 1988, Canberra April 1991, Canberra July 1991, QE2 Oct. 1993, QE2 April 1995, Oriana August 1996, Arcadia Oct. 1998, Oriana April 1999, Aurora August 2000, Oriana April 2001, Aurora August 2001, Oriana May 2002, Aurora August 2002, Oceana August 2003, Adonia Oct. 2003, Oceana May 2004, Oceana August 2004, Arcadia May 2005, Oriana August 2005, Arcadia April 2006, Queen Mary 2 July 2006, Aurora August 2006, Oceana May 2007, Oriana August 2007, Oriana Nov 2007, Ventura April 2008, Oriana May 2008, Ventura August 2008, Queen Victoria April 2009, Oceana August 2009, Grand Princess May 2010, Queen Victoria August 2010, Queen Elizabeth Maiden Oct. 2010 Aurora Caribbean April 2011. Queen Elizabeth August 2011. Arcadia July 2012. QM2 Nov. 2012. Queen Victoria May 2013 Arcadia August 2013. QM2 Nov 2013. To Come :- Queen Victoria August 2014. QM2 Sept 2014. Queen Victoria Nov 2014.
Last edited by Stackerman; November 12th, 2010 at 01:16 PM.
Ships sailed on:
Vistafjord, Caronia, QE2, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth Maiden Voyage, Aurora, Arcadia, Oriana, Oceana, Artemis, Ventura, Balmoral, Adonia, Discovery, Royal Princess (2013 ship), Nautica
Also Rhine and Dutch river cruises
Independence of the Seas, Azura, Artania, Prinsendam, Maasdam, Crystal Symphony, Saga Sapphire, Saga Pearl II
To come: Adonia - Iberia and N Africa 2014 Zaandam - South America & Antarctica 2015 Queen Victoria 175 voyage May 2015 Oriana - central Med Sept 2015
This will leave P&O with 4 family ships, 2 "casual" and 2 "traditional", with a large and a mid size ship in each category. They will now have 3 adult ships, the existing 2 of which are "traditional". As not all adult cruisers favour "traditional", will P&O now make one of their adult ships "casual" to cater for those who prefer to cruise child free but prefer less formality? Some P&O stalwarts would not like it, but there could be good commercial reasons for doing so. This is, after all, what P&O originally planned for the old Adonia before they got cold feet!
Last edited by Denarius; November 12th, 2010 at 07:00 PM.
Reason: final sentence added.
Well that was lucky as we were thinking for a while which world cruise to do in 2012, Oriana or Aurora, with an almost 4 year old... going with grandparents too... they prefered the Oriana but we went with Aurora as it seemed to get more 'great for kids' reviews.
I guess had we picked Oriana we would be moved to the Aurora anyway
Last edited by Pobman; November 21st, 2010 at 08:35 PM.
Smoking on P&O is no different to many other cruise lines and there are 4 other ships for families at least P&O are listening to what their guests want.
Yes but you have to feel for anybody who booked the Oriana and was really looking forward to it with there kids... no doubt they will enjoy the alternatives offered, but nobody likes having their plans changed.