I've just gleaned the following news report from the "m.v. Oriana 1995" website. It illustrates perfectly, the ridiculous Carnival policy of dry-docking and refitting the ships only once in every five years. Combined with the now non-existent 2-3 day stayovers in Southampton two or three times a year, plus the ever-earlier sailing times on cruises (16.30 now, instead of 18.00-19.00 when I was at sea), the ships are effectively flogged to death for five years solid, with no let-up. Not surprising that problems are thrown up. A ridiculous way to run a shipping line and all in the cause of money-grubbing the last possible half-penny!
ORIANA to return to Drydock
In a surprise announcement yesterday P&O revealed that ORIANA will be returning to Drydock in the new year to undertake three weeks of technical maintenance with the the planned 50 night USA & Caribbean cruise being cancelled to allow the work to take place.
In their on line statement posted on their social media page P&O's Senior Vice President Paul Ludlow stated
"We apologise to those guests due to travel on ORIANA's X801 but our technical team has advised us that it is necessary for ORIANA to undergo a three week technical maintenance from January 6 2018. As a result we will be cancelling this cruise.
We have contacted all those affected guests today and we are extremely sorry for the late notice and disruption.
It is presently unknown what the issues are which will be addressed however when asked if they are related to technical problems ORIANA experienced with her boiler plant earlier in the year P&O responded that the maintenance is not related to any previous technical problems.
There has been as expected quite a lot of activity on P&O's social media pages relating to the news on the company's Facebook page many of their past passengers have been critical of their decision to withdraw her from service for 3 weeks and the effect it is having on the passengers who were booked to sail while others were more concerned if other sailings will be affected to which P&O replied -
" this cancellation is due to the dry dock facility becoming available and so we are taking the opportunity to undertake a range of technical work on her. This will not affect her other sailings."
With the sudden change to ORIANA's schedule it is no surpise that also has been a certain amount of speculation around the reason with several even suggesting that the work was in prepration for the ship being sold this was quickly dispelled as P&O replied "rest assured we have no plans to sell ORIANA at present. We are simply to take this opportunity to undertake a range of technical work on the ship as the dry dock facilities are available."
As of writing it is not confirmed where ORIANA is to drydock but it is very likely that she could return to the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg where she was refitted last November and December."
Where are you from: Ringwood, England
Hi Alan. An interesting observation and conclusion, however, the “Flogging” of the ship has nothing to do with the reason and necessity to Dry Dock her. As per the poster in my office onboard her when I was Chief, “All will be revealed in the fullness of time”.
Where are you from: Ringwood, England
Ships operating today, use a multitude of differing maintenance regimes. Including greater use of diagnostics, and reliability centered maintenance. The equipment manufacturers have as a result upped their game, and maintenance periods are extended, with 'opening up' sometimes fully avoidable. Engine room crews of some container ships I have been on actually never open anything up for a look see, and shore gangs do it all. Opening up and lay periods also may cause more issues as a result of opening up (dirt/putting it back together wrong) Shit still happens !!! Don't know reason for Oriana nipping into dry dock in this case and would not want to speculate.
Where are you from: Southampton
"We will find out in the fullness of time".....apparently.
Where are you from: BARROW
The ship has experienced a failure which if it progressed could lead to issues with the watertight integrity of the ship. It has nothing to do with the propulsion equipment. The ship has a condition of class from Lloyd’s as a result. In order to resolve the ship has to be taken out of the water. Unfortunate, but as we all know, these things happen. I find it amazing to read all the speculation as to why she has to be taken out of service!
We were booked for that 50 day cruise and were looking forward to finally having a trip on the old girl, so we are very disappointed. However, what was much more dissapointing was the manner in which it was handled, we were offered a very limited list of alternative cruises none of which came close to the original itinerary at a very small discount which didn’t get the replacement options down to the original per day value. Our overall feeling was that they didn't give a rats about their customers.
Where are you from: Sydney now living in Emsworth UK
Three weeks in dry dock? Luxury!
We only ever got a miximum of two
Where are you from: Originally East Barnet, Hertfordshire, now Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Dry Dockings were among the worst experiences of my life, no Heating/Cooling, no on board toilets, bad food and lunatic dock staff wrecking the ship and laughing about it.
Where are you from: Land of Jock