Cruise ships these days need to work hard to distinguish themselves from their rivals that offer quality packages and trips to exceptionally delightful parts of the world at various times of the year. For P&O and particularly the Oriana, the unique selling points are the rarefied atmosphere that you will tend to find on-board. There’s nothing to say that you can’t relax, kick back and thoroughly enjoy yourself on-board but there is also an undeniably dignified air of sophistication that pervades the vessel in the evenings. There is often in fact a real sense of occasion at certain times and when guests get together to enjoy what tends to be some extraordinarily tasty foods.
The ship was initially launched back in 1995 but it has of course been quite extensively overhauled at certain times since then, most recently in 2011 when it was given a multi-million pound refurbishment. But the basic spirit of quality and refinement remains and the Oriana is still among the UK’s most popular adults-only cruise ships. Of course, it isn’t all about what’s going on on-board that make the Oriana or any cruise ship a hit with discerning consumers because everyone wants the chance to see somewhere spectacular during their trip. For the Oriana that can mean visiting anywhere from North America to the Scandinavian fjords. Excursions on land are always great fun if you’re ever in the mood to explore and you’ll have every encouragement to let down your hair and have a good dance in the evenings.
However, if P&O’s cruises aren’t quite your cup of tea then you should perhaps look into the options you can choose from this year and next about the various Celebrity Cruise vessels that are setting sail. Prices aren’t nearly as high as you might imagine on what tend to be exceptionally sophisticated cruise experiences.