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View Poll Results: What's your favourite P&O ship?
Adonia (current) 0 0%
Carthage (launched in 1931) 0 0%
Ventura 11 14.47%
Canberra 17 22.37%
Arcadia (current) 10 13.16%
Aurora 6 7.89%
Himalaya (launched in 1948) 2 2.63%
Azura 17 22.37%
Carthage (launched in 1931) 0 0%
Oriana (current) 11 14.47%
Strathnaver 0 0%
Oceana (current) 7 9.21%
Victoria 1 1.32%
None of the above (I'll elaborate below) 2 2.63%
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Old June 29th, 2012, 04:19 PM
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Default What's your favourite P&O ship

As we look back at P&O's amazing 175 years of history (you've undoubtedly heard that the line will celebrate that milestone with a series of events in Southampton on Tuesday, July 3), we're wondering: What's your favourite P&O ship, past or present?

Please vote below (you can vote for multiple ships if you like). If we haven't mentioned your favourite, please let us know what is. And feel free to elaborate on your choice, whether on the list or not!

And for more information on the 175th anniversary festivities, check this out: http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/news.cfm?ID=4877.

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Old June 29th, 2012, 05:13 PM
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I voted Canberra and Aurora. Canberra is my favourite ship of all time and which I wished I'd sailed on. Aurora is my favourite in service which I'd live on if I had the money.
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Old June 29th, 2012, 05:18 PM
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Loved Artemis. Not my first ship but once I had sailed on her I fell in love. She was the perfect size for me, beautiful teak decks, tiered stern, forward unobstructed observation decks. The crew obviously loved her as well and that was reflected in the on-board atmosphere and service.
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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

Ships visited:
Independence of the Seas, Azura, Artania, Prinsendam, Maasdam, Crystal Symphony, Saga Sapphire, Saga Pearl II


To come:

Funchal - Canaries 2014
Braemar - France 2014
Zaandam - South America & Antarctica 2015
Anthem of the Seas - Maiden Paris & Bruges 2015
Queen Victoria 175 voyage May 2015
Oriana - central Med Sept 2015
Norwegian Escape - 2015

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I was tempted to vote Canberra, which was a lovely ship, very seaworthy in bad weather, lots of public rooms with nothing going on - anyone remember the Bonito Lounge? - but the shared bathrooms put me off. Arcadia gets the vote as (to me) its nearest modern equivalent.

If I'd been on the new Adonia, which I haven't but my mother has, I might have voted for that. But probably not, because it doesn't have a cricket net.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 10:54 AM
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Only have been on the Azura, so that gets my vote. Loved it.
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Hi!
We've been on a number of P@O and Princess ships and have always had a great time. Our favorite is Azura. The added extra was all the extra dinning options. Sindu and Glass House for dinner, lunch and a wonderful birthday celebratory meal in 17 and for a change of pace the Italian Trattoria.
I diet all year so can enjoy my food on holiday!!!!!!
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I travelled from Vancouver to London through the Panama Canal on the (old) Arcadia in June 1965, with stops in San Fran, LA, Acapulco, Panama Canal, Cartegena, Trinidad, Lisbon & Le Harve.. I was 16 years old and the trip took 26 days! What fun I had..I will never forget it. The Arcadia was a great old ship and I still correspond with some friends I made while on that trip.
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Seriously, no votes at all for Adonia (current), and Stratnaver and Carthage (past)?

Sad.

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Default The greatest P & O Ship

In my book there is only one: Canberra (the great white whale) that set a benchmark for cruise ship design, bought so many Europeans to Australia and was there at the Falklands where she went in "harms way". We were privileged to sail on her many times.
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Seriously, no votes at all for Adonia (current), and Stratnaver and Carthage (past)?

Sad.

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Adonia is nice but lacks a few P&O favourites like a wrap-around prom deck, in fact deck space period. It's all in the middle - no view forward, and not even a view of the wake except from the Conervatory terrace.
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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

Ships visited:
Independence of the Seas, Azura, Artania, Prinsendam, Maasdam, Crystal Symphony, Saga Sapphire, Saga Pearl II


To come:

Funchal - Canaries 2014
Braemar - France 2014
Zaandam - South America & Antarctica 2015
Anthem of the Seas - Maiden Paris & Bruges 2015
Queen Victoria 175 voyage May 2015
Oriana - central Med Sept 2015
Norwegian Escape - 2015

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Oriana has been our favourite ship since its launch in 1995. We have cruised on many of the other P & O ships including the wonderful Canberra and also on various others such as Cunard's Q.E.2 and Q.M.2.
However, as keen dancers, we find that Oriana has the best dance floor and the best dance music in the P & O fleet. Also, such facilities as the Crow's Nest and the Theatre Royal would take some beating. In fact both of these are superior to their equivalent on Cunard's Q.M.2.
Of course, Oriana is regarded by some as being rather dated but, as experienced cruisers, she suits us. There's no ice-skating rinks and rock-climbing walls but who needs them? If you are looking for a traditional British style cruise experience, pleasant formal nights, good food and entertainment then Oriana should fit the bill for most people.

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Seriously, no votes at all for Adonia (current), and Stratnaver and Carthage (past)?

Sad.

Carolyn
People will (or should) only vote for ships which they have sailed on and thus had the opportunity to evaluate. Adonia is a fairly new addition to the P&O fleet, and a small one to boot. Relatively few will have sailed on her. Similarly, very few current cruisers will have sailed on Stratnaver or Cathage; I have been sailing with P&O for 20 years and have never heard of either of them!
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I was tempted to vote Canberra, which was a lovely ship, very seaworthy in bad weather, lots of public rooms with nothing going on - anyone remember the Bonito Lounge? - but the shared bathrooms put me off. Arcadia gets the vote as (to me) its nearest modern equivalent.

If I'd been on the new Adonia, which I haven't but my mother has, I might have voted for that. But probably not, because it doesn't have a cricket net.
Canberra gets my vote, she was our first cruise and sailed on her 8 times. The first cruise was really a last minute, booked Thursday sailed Saturday. Got tickets on arrival and on boarding walked down flight after flight of steps. Finally got to F deck where the carpet disappeared replaced with lino. The portholes were welded up (?) in the whole two weeks I never saw anyone else in the shared bathrooms or loos. A really great time tho'. I remember the Bonito Lounge and there was always somewhere to sit quietly and read somewhere on the ship). A different curry on the menu every lunch in the MDR and best of all the Crow's Nest !!!
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My favourite was Artemis, then Arcadia (new) Will be trying Oriana in 12 days time. Tried Adonia but the small bathrooms put me off anything longer than a 7 day cruise.
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The old Arcadia, a classy ship and the friendliest we have been on.
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Canberra gets my sailed on her as a crew member great memories, have been on the Oriana brought back a lot of happy days
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Canberra and the old Arcadia get my vote. I just don't care for the new big ships such as Ventura and Azura.
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Default ships of the past for P&O

I loved the Oronsay and Arcadia ships from the early 1970's.
They were small and the ships were fun.
I enjoyed the Artemis as well, just prior to it's last sailing with P&O, again, smaller than some, and enjoyable. Great service too.
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P&O Arcadia...1972--42 days-Vancouver to Sydney
P&O Arcadia...1974--23 days-Sydney/Vancouver
P&O Arcadia...1974--4days-LAX to Victoria BC
P&O Oronsay...1975--28 days-Vancouver to UK
Carnival's Jubilee 1989--7 days-Caribbean
Holland America 1993--coastal
Island Princess..2006--15days- Hawaii
Sapphire Princess...2008--coastal
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We love Artemis and did two cruises on her. We sail on Oriana this September so will see how she compares.
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