quarta-feira, 8 de março de 2017

Still the Norwegian Fjords

As ORIANA is currently underway back to Norway and to the port of Andalsnes, we share some more images from her previous cruise, depicting her last call in the destination mentioned above on 25 February, where she is seen during a snow shower, and also a stern shot taken at dusk while berthed in Alta three days later. The author describes the temperature being -18º at that moment!
ORIANA is currently performing the exact same itinerary as the previous one, a 12 night cruise calling in Andalsnes, then Tromso, Alta and finally Stavanger, before returning to Southampton on the 18 March, where she will once again prepare to cross the Atlantic Ocean westbound to the Caribbean on a 24 night voyage.
Images: MattyBoy

quinta-feira, 2 de março de 2017

ORIANA's stay in Alta

Arriving on the afternoon of 28th February in the port of Alta often refered to as 'The City of the Northern Lights" in their search of the elusive light display.

ORIANA alongside in Alta
 With a full day and 2 nights in port there is no better place and plenty of time for ORIANA's come face to face with the Northern lights.
Although it was a highlight other activities on offer while ORIANA was in Alta included visiting or even staying overnight in a igloo style ice hotel, taking a ride on a huskey pulled sledge or for something a lttle different a chance to ride a snow mobile .
ORIANA departed Alta shortly after 3am this morning and is now on route to Stavanger where she will arrive on the 4th March.

domingo, 26 de fevereiro de 2017

ORIANA returns to Norway

Yesterday ORIANA made her first call of the year in Northern Europe Åndalsnes, Norway.
ORIANA docked in Åndalsense
Arrving fresh from her Caribbean adventure the snow capped mountains and landscape of Norway  offer a vast contrast to the ports she visited on the other side of the Atlantic where her passengers enjoyed swimming and sunbathing on her open decks while island hopping or sailing up the Amazon river.
Larger than any building ORIANA is still dwarfed by nature
Departing Åndalsnes ORIANA is now at sea and en route to the city of Tromsø inside the Arctic Circle.

Photos Copyright: Leif Johnny Olestad

quarta-feira, 22 de fevereiro de 2017

ORIANA returns to Southampton

After 50 nights, a firework send off, a west and eastbound transatlantic crossing and sailing up the Amazon River ORIANA has returned to her home port of Southampton.
ORIANA's webcam view
Having taken her passengers to exotic destinations during their 51 days on board ORIANA returned them during the early hours to a dark and windswept UK.
ORIANA alongside the Mayflower Terminal
Departing again at around 5:30pm ORIANA is now on route to a very different destination to those she has grown accustomed to recently as she heads Norway for a 12 night Northern lights cruise
Passengers brave the cold as ORIANA departs Southampton once mor

segunda-feira, 13 de fevereiro de 2017

ORIANA heads for Cape Verde

After exploring the Americas and the islands of the Caribbean ORIANA is now eastbound crossing the Atlantic on route to the island of São Vincente one of the Barlavento Islands which form the Northern chain of the island country of Cape Verde officially the República de Cabo Verde.
ORIANA, the only scheduled ship call this month, will arrive in the early morning on 15th and is due to depart late the same afternoon.
During her stay ORIANA will be docked at the port of Mindelo the largest city on the island.
View of Mindelo, Baía do Porto Grande and Monte Cara
First settled by the Portuguese in 1795 the port would later become a coal stop for the ships of the British East India Company in 1838 later still in 1850 for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company the future owners of the famed White Star Line.
Despite it's lack of rain and natural resoucrces the island would get caught up in a technological revolution when in 1874 it was connected via Madeira to Recife in Brazil by undersea cable laid by the famous GREAT EASTERN by far the largest ship in the world at that time.
 Departing from São Vincente ORIANA will spend 3 days at sea before reaching the last port of the cruise Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 

domingo, 5 de fevereiro de 2017

ORIANA heads up the Amazon

Following some 'island hopping' in the Caribbean ORIANA is currently heading up the Amazon River for several ports of call in Brazil.
Sailing by the city of Macapa on the way up river ORIANA is on route to Manaus a city whose fortune is built on its rubber plantations.
At 1000 miles (1609.34km) from the sea Manaus is the furthest navigable port on the river and after her long journey up river ORIANA will overnight in the port.
Webcam view as ORIANA makes her way up river
Following her departure from Manaus ORIANA will make two more calls before heading back to sea.
First at the city of Parintins which despite it's remote location is home to the Festival do Boi-Bumbá a local Folklore festival which is the second largest festival is Brazil.
ORIANA will then call at the city of Santarém a historic city which was founded by Portuguese colonists in 1661 on site of  the indigenous Tapajós settlement.
ORIANA continues her passage up river

segunda-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2017

ORIANA's Mexican call

Today finds ORIANA anchored off the Mexican port of Progreso in the state of Yucatán.
 Having spent a day at sea from her previous call in New Orleans ORIANA arrived at anchor at 7:01am local time and was joined around 20 miutes later by Carnival Cruise Lines' CARNIVAL TRIUMPH who anchored alongside ORIANA.
ORIANA and CARNIVAL TRIUMPH at anchor off the coast of Progreso
Venturing ashore via tender ORIANA's passengers are spoilt for choice how to spend their time ashore   from exploring the wharf which at 7km is the longest in Mexico, and reportedly the world, it bustles with the sound of locals coming to enjoy the white sand beaches and clear waters or enjoy the local cuisine in one of the many terraced restaurants.
However perhaps the jewel in the crown, certainly as far as history lovers are concerned are the nearby remains of Mayan cities of Uxmal and Chichen Itza, the mighty structures towering above the ground have for generations inspired all who gaze upon them from tourists like ORIANA's passengers to film makers, writers and even video game developers and each take something different away from these awesome structures.

El Castillo also known as the Temple of Kukulcan makes for an impressive sight when venturing inland.
Departing Progreso ORIANA will spend a day at sea before making her first Caribbean port of the cruise, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Photo Copyright: Manuel de Corselas