See the 2015 total solar eclipse on Oriana

Following a large number of customer enquiries, P&O Cruises has adjusted Oriana’s schedule to allow her to be present in Torshavn on 20 March 2015 when the Faroe Islands will become one of the world’s best locations from which to witness the sun’s total blackout, which will last for two minutes and 22 seconds. The Faroe Islands eclipse will be the last total solar eclipse to be visible in Europe until 12 August 2026.

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon blocks out the sun completely, forming a shadow on the earth. For this to occur the sun, moon and the earth must form a straight line in their orbits.

In a total solar eclipse you will be able to see one of nature’s most amazing sights, Baily’s Beads, a phenomenon that occurs when the moon appears to graze the sun and flares of light shines through in some places and not others. When one ‘bead’ is left, a diamond ring shape is created. When the shadow of the moon totally covers the sun, this is known as totality and the sun’s atmosphere can be seen as a faint halo. Once the moon moves away from the sun again, onlookers will be able to see Baily’s Beads once more before the sun resurfaces.

Following the morning’s eclipse, the Faroe Islands are preparing an island-wide celebration of local culture, food and drink.

Passengers on board Oriana might just be lucky enough to see the elusive, magical (and highly sought-after) Aurora Borealis with a stop in Alta a few days later. Home to the world’s first Northern Lights observatory, the Norwegian town offers a fantastic insight into this incredible phenomena. 

Visit the Faroe Islands and view the total solar eclipse on board Oriana on a 14-night cruise departing 17 March 2015 

August, 2014

Multi-million pound makeover for Aurora

Aurora will become the first ship in the P&O Cruises fleet to receive the new livery design as a part of its £26 million pound makeover this winter.

As well as receiving the new-look design with a contemporary version of the Union Flag on her bow and new blue funnels with rising sun designs, Aurora will also undergo an interior overhaul, with new restaurants and children’s club updates in her refurbishment. All cabins will also receive new soft furnishings and flat-screen TVs.

Freedom dining comes to the Medina restaurant

Expect new and improved presentation of dishes as freedom dining is introduced to Medina Restaurant. There will also be more tables for two made available and Marco Pierre White dishes will be served at gala events.

Sidewalk Café makeover

The Sidewalk Café will become lighter and brighter, with an informal menu including burgers, wraps, hotdogs and freshly made pizzas and a Costa Coffee outlet. Passengers looking for breakfast or lunch on the go can make the most of its new Grab & Go counter, with a wide selection of hot and cold snacks from morning muesli to lunchtime sandwiches.

A new library location

A brand new library will be located on the site of the current cyb@study on Deck 13. Adjacent to the much-loved Crow’s Nest, it will provide the perfect opportunity to pick up a book and relax with panoramc views. The Crow’s Nest will also serve Costa coffee and light snacks, making it a wonderful option for a peaceful afternoon at sea.

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The Reef remodelled

The Reef Children’s Clubs will be refurbished and renamed.

-       Splashers for ages 2-4.

-       Surfers for ages 5-8.

-       Scuba for ages 9-12.

-       H2O for teens (as pictured).

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Sindhu

Aurora’s foodie experiences are at the heart of her new look. Indian fusion restaurant Sindhu, designed by Michelin-star celebrity chef Atul Kochhar, will replace the current library space on deck 8 at the top of the atrium for evening fine dining. Atul Kochhar’s signature menu will be refreshed with the usual delicious mix of authentic Indian dishes with a modern British take. During the day the area will provide extra seating for Raffles Bar, which will serve Costa Coffee and light snacks.

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The Glass House replaces Café Bordeaux

The area previously inhabited by Café Bordeaux will be refurbished in a new green colour palette and feature wine displays, including those selected by Olly Smith. As well as an all-new food and wine menu, there will also be a private room for wine tastings and dinners. Wines will be served via an Enomatic machine 

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Extensive buffet refurbishment

The buffet décor will be refreshed and refined with a lighter, brighter colour scheme that incorporates nautical-inspired artwork. As well as an increase in more tables for two, waiters will serve tea and coffee to tables at peak times. In the evening the current Pennant Grill menu will be replaced by The Beach House menu from Ventura, which is a great informal evening choice – think steaks and seafood in a panoramic setting - and soon to become a fleet-wide standard.

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Champions and Casino becomes Brodie’s

The refurbishment will transform the entire area into an open plan space, in keeping with the new Brodie’s theme. There will be new furniture in the bar area, new screens for showing sport and an improved stage area for entertainment, including live music and quizzes.  

P&O Cruises marketing director Christopher Edgington said: “This is a massive investment. It’s all part of our on-going commitment to ensure continuous improvement of our ships and consistency across the fleet."

“Both Ventura and Arcadia underwent huge multi-million pound refits last year and Aurora is the next in line with Azura planned for 2015."

Aurora’s refit will take place between November 29 and December 18 2014 before she departs on her Christmas and New Year cruise and the South America & Pacific Adventure world cruise itinerary, departing January 8 2015. 

August, 2014

Add extra sparkle to your holiday

Our themed and star-studded cruises aren’t simply a chance to meet some of your celebrity favourites, they also give you a unique opportunity to enjoy intimate performances, hear top tips and ask them everything you’ve ever wanted to know.

Our themed cruises aren’t simply a chance to meet some of your celebrity favourites, they also give you a unique opportunity to enjoy intimate performances, learn top tips and ask everything you’ve ever wanted to know.

Foodie favourites

Feel like adding a little flavour to your break?

Meet our chefs! One is known as the ‘godfather of modern cooking’ and the other was the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star. Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochhar will be on hand to give demonstrations, masterclasses and host dinners in their own on board restaurants. Furthermore, oenophile and specialist sommelier Olly Smith will host wine tastings and wine dinners

You can also listen in to interviews, get books signed and join hosted shore excursions to vineyards, breweries, distilleries, restaurants and markets, depending on your itinerary.

Strictly Come Dancing

All the glitz and glamour of Strictly Come Dancing comes straight to P&O Cruises ships as we give you the opportunity for intimate performances with some of your favourite professional dancers and judges.

Every Strictly Come Dancing cruise will feature two of the show’s dancers and one judge (confirmed nearer the time), who you’ll be able to meet – and maybe pick up a move or two from! You’ll also be able to ask any burning questions, hear all about Strictly life and see incredible costumes in the flesh.

Thirty years of Music Festivals at Sea

Meet musicians with magical talents!

Internationally renowned opera singers, instrumentalists, quartets and famous hosts from the world of broadcasting are often on the programme of the perennially popular Music Festivals at Sea, which began in October 1984 with a focus on classical music. Over the years, it has evolved to include opera, operetta, quizzes, recitals, and ensembles, eventually becoming known as Music Festivals at Sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July, 2014

The Great Sail Away

There are thousands of holidays on offer and a whole heap of benefits to snap up in our new summer promotion, the Great Sail Away.

Choose from voyages departing between September 2014 and June 2015, as well as benefits that include free additional on board spending money on P&O Cruises Select Price holidays and free flights on exotic and world sector cruises this winter. Offers will also be available on our new ship Britannia, which launches in March 2015.

In addition, reduced Early Saver prices are being released for sailings starting from 1 September 2014 up to the end of June 2015.

There is a huge selection of child-friendly or exclusively-for-adults holidays and destinations, including short breaks to Bruges, and holidays to the Mediterranean, Atlantic islands, Baltic and Norwegian Fjords, Mediterranean fly-cruises and transatlantic Caribbean cruises, as well as world cruises and sectors of world cruises.

The offer covers departures over the school holidays of autumn half term, Christmas and Easter 2015. 

P&O Cruises marketing director Christopher Edgington said, 'This is our greatest summer promotion with thousands of holidays on offer across a huge spectrum of travel dates and destinations.

'Everyone can benefit; from families travelling during school holidays to those who want to be the first to experience all the glamour and excitement of our new ship Britannia.'

The Great Sail Away runs throughout July until the end of August. For more information, click here.

July, 2014

New roles and titles for the on board Hotel Team

From June 2014 the Hotel Team will be evolving with the addition of new titles and new roles as a part of a long-term initiative to improve P&O Cruises service and enhance the passenger experience. 

The changes mean that our crew will have more time to spend with our passengers, delivering an even better service than before because the processes behind the scenes will be improved. It will also make it easier for you to direct your query to the right person. Happily, we did not have to make any redundancies in rearranging the roles. 

The members of this team include those who look after you with such great service in the Hotel areas such as dining, bars, entertainment, services and accommodation. 

The key job title changes are as follows:

Customer Services

Titles of those that deal with customer requirements and issues will be changing. The Passenger Services Manager will become the Hotel Operations and Retail Manager.

Entertainment

The Cruise Director title is changing to Entertainment Manager. We have found that newer passengers found the previous title confusing and feel this is a much more descriptive term.  

Hotel Department

The Executive Purser will now be called the Hotel General Manager. As with the Entertainment Manager, we have altered the title for greater clarification with newer passengers. 

Both our existing Executive Pursers and Cruise Directors agree that this is a very positive step. 

The scheduled dates for the title changes are as follows: 

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June, 2014