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P&O Cruises’ oldest ship Oriana, is to leave the fleet in August 2019. The 1,880-passenger vessel was christened by H.M. The Queen in 1995 and has offered British cruising at its best ever since. The venerable, adults-only Oriana will leave nothing but amazing memories in her wake as she takes her leave of the P&O Cruises’ fleet.


In the run-up to her retirement there will be five final sailings that have a range of itineraries. One thing’s for sure there will be plenty of nostalgia during these cruises with lots of celebratory dinners, deck parties with patriotic songs, flag-waving and emotional farewells.


On 15 June Oriana embarks on a 13-night ‘Scotland, Ireland and Guernsey’ cruise from Southampton which many will view as a final salute to British and Irish ports. The roster of ports is impressive: Killybegs (Donegal); Greenock; Torshavn (Faroe Islands); Lerwick; Kirkwall; Dublin; Cobh (Cork); and St Peter Port (Guernsey).


This is followed by a 7-night ‘France, Spain and Guernsey’ cruise departing Southampton on 28 June. Ports of call will be: La Rochelle; Santander; El Ferrol (Galicia); St Peter Port (Guernsey).


Certain to be a hit with nature lovers, there’s a 14-night ‘Ireland, Iceland and Faroe Islands’ voyage that departs Southampton on 5 July. Calls will be made at: Killybegs (Donegal) before the Icelandic ports of Reykjavik; Isafjordur and Akureyri become undoubted highlights of this cruise. Then it’s on to Torshavn (Faroe Islands); Dublin and Cobh (the historic port of Cork).


The penultimate trip is a 3-night mini-cruise which departs Southampton on 19 July and visits St Peter Port in Guernsey.


Setting sail on 22 July, the grand farewell voyage is an 18-night ‘Norway and North Cape’ cruise as Oriana’s bids adieu to Southampton for the last time flying P&O’s diagonally-quartered white, red, yellow and blue house flag. Ports include: Torshavn (Faroe Islands); Lofoten Islands; Honningsvåg; North Cape; Longyearbyen (Svalbard); Templefjord; Nordenskiold Glacier (cruise by); Pyramiden (cruise by); Tromsø; Ålesund and Belfast.

  • 13th March 2019

Gary Buchanan

Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.