In line with the Adults-Only changeover in November, P&O have just revealed a few onboard transformations which will take place during it's refit:
- A new select dining restaurant - "Ocean Grill" by Marco Pierre White
- 27 new cabins, including balconies and singles (in place of the current children’s areas)
- A new Italian restaurant called 'Sorrento' which will have ocean views/outdoor dining area
- An updated Oasis Spa
- A new relaxed seating area (in place of the current children’s pool)
Ocean Grill by Marco Pierre White will also debut aboard Adonia in May, and Arcadia during refurbishment in late 2011 (I guess that means farewell to Gary Rhodes). The menu will include Marco’s signature dishes such as 'classic crayfish cocktail' and ‘Sherry Trifle Wally Ladd’.
P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow, said: “All of these enhancements have been made following feedback from our passengers and we can’t wait for them to enjoy these changes on board. We’re delighted that with these changes Oriana will become even more elegant and very well suited to passengers seeking a sophisticated environment exclusively for adults.
“Recent research has shown that passengers want an entirely different Select dining experience to that offered elsewhere on the ship and they also want a contemporary style. Marco Pierre White has proved to be a huge hit with our passengers so we have asked him to work his culinary magic on board Oriana, Arcadia and Adonia.
“These ships offer longer itineraries and Ocean Grill by Marco Pierre White will provide an evolving menu to offer a different choice of cuisine throughout the cruise.”
Marco Pierre White said: “Dining is about the complete experience and this comprises the surroundings, the company, the service and of course the food. Each element is as important as the other and the Ocean Grill will offer these in equal measure.”
Are you looking forward to an Adults-Only cruise on Oriana? What do you think of the changes?
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Oriana refit reveals new cabins, restaurants & spa...
It's great to see an older ship getting a major refit (well not that old, being built in 1995). At 69,000 tonnes she is now starting to look intimate compared to most new ships.
Oriana and Aurora are the last two P&O ships that were specifically built for P&O. The design of the P&O new-builds are based on Carnival (Vista) or Princess (Grand Class) ships.
Last edited by Malcolm, Essex; 7th March 2011 at 02:14 PM.
7th March 2011, 02:11 PM #3Able Seaman Member
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- Apr 2010
are there any more disabled cabins, vsince this refit? there arent many on oriana.
7th March 2011, 02:43 PM #4First Mate Member
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- Aug 2009
Looking forward to trying this ship now adult only.
Keep smiling and keep sailing
Pleased to hear this, We had our first cruise on Oriana last year and were very happy with her as she was
then, this will only add to our enjoyment with any further cruises we take her.
Much prefer her as a ship compared to many others we have sailed on...
It's comforting to hear good reports about Oriana. We shall be on board her in just under 2 weeks time. The introduction of Marco Pierre White's restaurant later this year during her refit is good news... we thoroughly enjoyed dining at his restaurant on Ventura.
We too enjoyed Oriana very much on a two way Transatlantic....although she did move about a bit in the Atlantic swell!!! we particularly liked the aft decks and spent many an hour sitting there ! the idea of her being Adult only appeals very much!
7th March 2011, 09:02 PM #9
7th March 2011, 09:16 PM #10Warrant Officer Member
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- Jun 2009
We should find out for certain when the new brochure drops through the door anyday now