|P&O's 69,153-ton, 1,822-passenger Oriana, specifically built for world voyages, is back in Southampton after undergoing a massive makeover in Bremerhaven, Germany.|
The most noticeable change is the new P&O logo that appears on the freshly painted hull; Oriana is the first ship in the fleet to display this recently redesigned insignia. But passengers can look forward to interior improvements, too, including:
An elegant new restaurant. Oriana Rhodes, located in the Curzon Room, is Oriana's new for-fee alternative eatery under the direction of British celebrity chef Gary Rhodes. The menu will mirror that of Arcadian Rhodes, his first restaurant at sea onboard Arcadia, with contemporary British cuisine.
Fully refurbished cabins. All cabins now feature new mattresses, duvets, pillows, Egyptian cotton linens and bed runners to match new sofas, cushions, curtains and headboards. The cabins have also been redecorated in blue and gold tones for a modern, boutique hotel feel.
Revitalized children's facilities. Completely renovated kids' areas -- Peter Pans and Decibels for younger children, and the Outer Space chill-out zone for teens -- have gone high-tech with the installation of plasma screens and PlayStation 2 gaming consoles.
Elsewhere, Lord's Tavern bar has been extended to accommodate more seating; Tiffany's bar features new lighting, fabrics and carpets; and the casino has been remodeled and renamed the Monte Carlo Club.
Oriana sets sail from Southampton for its 94-night 2007 world cruise on January 7.
--by Melissa Baldwin, Senior Editor