Defunct Cruise Lines
MV Oriana is the flagship of the P&O fleet, The ship was built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany When she entered service in 1995 Oriana was one of the largest cruise ships in the world, Oriana is the oldest ship in the P&O fleet, she is also the fastest achieving over 26 knots (30mph) during her sea trials.
Oriana offers a good choice of cabins from exclusive Suites, complete with separate bedroom, guest bathroom, walk-in dressing area and many extra special touches to sizeable Mini-Suites, Deluxe Balcony Cabins - also available with a picture window instead of a balcony - plus standard Outside and Inside Cabins all cabins are equipped with Daily steward service, TV, radio and telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and safe, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning, picture window (outside staterooms) or picture mirror (inside staterooms), vanity/writing desk and chair, wardrobe and drawer space as standard.
Entertainment on the ship include a theatre, cinema, show lounge, nightclub and casino, passengers who are a little more active will find a state of the art gym, sports courts and golf nets.
Oriana has now become one of P&O’s adult only ships and children’s activities and facilities on the ship have now been removed.
Onboard Entertainment and Facilities
|Restaurants & Bars||Shops|
|Fast Food||Room Service|
|Nightclub or Disco||Lounge|
|Pursers desk||Excursion desk|
|Card room||Medical room|
|Laundry room||Sauna/steam room|
|Gym||Childrens activity clubs|
|Babysitting service||Video games room|
|Sports facilities||Outdoor movie theater|
Down the hatch - Here's a drinking expression that seems to have its origins in sea freight, where cargoes are lowered into the hatch. First used by seamen, it has only been traced back to the turn of the century.
Clean Bill of Health - This widely used term has its origins in the document issued to a ship showing that the port it sailed from suffered from no epidemic or infection at the time of departure
As the Crow Flies - When lost or unsure of their position in coastal waters, ships would release a caged crow. The crow would fly straight towards the nearest land thus giving the vessel some sort of a navigational fix. The tallest lookout platform on a ship came to be know as the crow's nest.
Violet Jessop: worked as a stewardess and nurse
she achieved fame by surviving the sinkings of both the RMS Titanic and the HMHS Britannic, she was also on board the RMS Olympic in 1911 when it collided with the HMS Hawke.
Hardtack: A sailor’s diet in 17th century included ships biscuit or hardtack made from ground floor water and salt these were baked till hard, the biscuit also included additional unintentional ingredients such as maggots and weevils.