quarta-feira, 21 de março de 2018

ORIANA in search of the Northern Lights

 For her fourth cruise since returning to service ORIANA returned to a destination unlike any other: Norway, from the deep fjords to the North Cape it is truely a destination few can rival, in the summer it is called 'The land of the Midnight Sun' and in winter when the days are at their longest, it becomes the go to destination for those looking for one of natures breathtaking displays, The Northern Lights.
It has become something of a custom for ORIANA to head north during February/March taking her passengers in search of the often elusive Aurora borealis.
Among the ports visited during these 'northern adventures' is Alta which is said to be the Northern most settlement with over a population ofover 10,000.

ORIANA docked in Alta, Norway, 3rd March 2018, Photo Copyright: Paul Crane
Other ports of call ORIANA made during the cruise included Åndalsnes where she called on the 28th Feb as shown below and Tromsø the third largest urban area inside the Arctic circle.

ORIANA alongside in Åndalsnes
Two modes of transportation, ORIANA contrast with a passing charter train, Photos: Leif Johnny Olestad

quarta-feira, 21 de fevereiro de 2018

ORIANA meets fleetmate OCEANA in Funchal

It is a meeting that happens more often in Southampton, but on this 15th February it occured in the port of Funchal instead, where P&O cruise ships call in a regular basis, happening so for the second time, as both ORIANA and OCEANA have already met here 4 years ago, on 30th July 2014, but still with the old company livery at time.
Having arrived precisely from their home port early morning, almost at the same time, both remained in port until the afternoon, with ORIANA leaving first and thus starting a true horn festival in Funchal, as either one seemed very determined in having the last "word"!
Afterwards, ORIANA continued with her Canary Isles cruise bound to La Palma, while OCEANA departed approximately 1 hour later, westbound to St. Kitts, on her current Caribbean Transatlantic itinerary.
It is possible to check in the video above who won this great horn fight, and we also share bellow another video, this one recalling the first time that ORIANA met with OCEANA in Funchal.
We also wish to extend our appreciation to Francisco Correia and José António Silva, for their precious contribution to our most recent video.

segunda-feira, 5 de fevereiro de 2018

First port of call after the 2018 refit

ORIANA seen departing after yet another call in the port of Funchal, Madeira bound to La Palma, in the afternoon of 3rd February 2018, very fresh from the recent refit at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg.
As published last week in our blog, ORIANA finished a 22-day period in dry dock on 29th January, and departed homeward bound to Southampton, to embark for this 12-night itinerary around the Canary Isles, being Funchal the first port of call.
After the present cruise, ORIANA will once again head south to this Atlantic region for a similar itinerary, of the same duration, and this time she is expected to meet in Funchal with fleetmate OCEANA, on the 15th February.

segunda-feira, 29 de janeiro de 2018

ORIANA departs Hamburg

Yesterday amidst grey skies ORIANA departed from Hamburg sooner than was expected and is now en route to her home port Southampton ready to re enter service tomorrow.
With a tug at her stern ORIANA edges out of dock.
After 21 days in dry dock ORIANA finally afloat in the River Elbe. 
Members of ORIANA's crew on her terrace decks Photos: Jens Hagens
At an average speed of 17 knots ORIANA is due to arrive in Southampton at around 8:45PM where she will be docking at the Mayflower Cruise Terminal.
With ORIANA returning service earlier than expected she will depart tomorrow on a 12 night cruise to the Atlantic Isles and Portugal calling first in a faviourte port of her's Funchal, Madeira before heading down to the Canary Islands full details on the cruise can be found here: http://www.pocruises.com/x801p/
Two further replacement cruises will see ORIANA heading back on the same itinerary for a further 12 nights http://www.pocruises.com/x801q/  and a 2 night city break cruise to Bruges, Belgium, http://www.pocruises.com/x801r/
ORIANA looking as good departing Hamburg as new Photo: Schiffe,Mx & Co

quarta-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2018

More images of ORIANA

Straight from Germany we share some more images of ORIANA from her drydock.
 ORIANA with the wintery Hamburg behind serveing as her backdrop, Copyright P&O Cruises/Carnival UK
Alongside the technical work taking place as seen below ORIANA is also undergoing some more cosmetic 'treatment' seen here with her bow crest.
ORIANA with her anchors lowered and work being carried on her crest
ORIANA towers over a crewmember
 And as with other photos taken during the drydocking  there is pleanty of time for posing underneath ORIANA's stern with her mighty propellers as seen below.

ORIANA once again provides a dramatic backdrop
 With even her current Commander, Captain Derek Gray stopping for a photo or two.
Captain Derek Gray and Food & Beverage Crewmember Rijil Madhav
Photo Copyrights: Rijil Madhav

quinta-feira, 18 de janeiro de 2018

ORIANA in drydock

Continuing with images from ORIANA's crew today we share some images from the drydock floor focusing these photos from crew member Aquilino Chavez.
Normally below the water line ORIANA's port rudder and propellor serve as backdrop to some of her crew
Far from the biggest but ORIANA's propellor still makes quite the impression
From this point of view which is rarely seen it is easier to see the form of ORIANA's steering and propellor arrangement.
ORIANA's starboard propellor and stern thruster. Photos Copyright: Aquilino Chavez
With work continuing apace ORIANA looks set to return to service on schedule ready for her Northern Lights cruise, which has become something of tradition for her over the past 4 years.
ORIANA in Andalsnes during a previous Northern Lights cruise. Photo Copyright:Paul Crane

sexta-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2018

Images of ORIANA in drydock

Today we take a quick dockside look at ORIANA from Hamburg's drydock 17 as we share some images of the ship undergoing maintenance.
ORIANA illuminated in Dock 17
 While looking at ORIANA 'high and dry' in the dock it gives something of the sense of scale and work involved with ship maintenance.
Views fore and aft below the waterline. Photos Copyright: Bharat Yogi

With over a month remaining until ORIANA returns to service her crew have been moved from their own cabins into the passenger accommodation for the duration of the drydocking.
ORIANA looms as cleaning progresses on her bow, Copyright: Julius De Lima Turallo
ORIANA towers above Dock 17, Copyright: Hamburg Blider