P&O have already been in the news this month and now another story relating to that line might be of interest to you if you prefer to travel without children on the passenger list. Some of us like to get away from children for a break and this move by P&O will certainly attract childless couples, teachers who wish to escape their charges and parents who desire some ‘couple’ time without reminders of their responsibilities back home. This ship is a place where grown-ups can relax and not feel guilty.
After spending a month in dry dock at the Blohm+Voss yard in Hamburg, Germany, the Oriana has emerged from its refit more adult-friendly than before it went in. Children’s areas have been done away with and one of the facilities to replace the former small persons’ areas includes a new, premium Marco Pierre White restaurant – The Ocean Grill. The décor in this new restaurant is overly opulent with swagged curtains, lozenge-back, carver dining chairs, intimate tables to seat four, stylish down lighting and chic chandeliers. Rich gold upholstery, curtains and carpet along with crisp, white table linen and mellow brown wood make the room spacious and luxurious. Swirls and curves in the patterns on the window dressings and flooring are echoed in the etched glass dividers and give a sense of movement to the surroundings. You’ll just want to sashay and swagger to your table and sit down to exquisite cuisine without a highchair or a child in sight.
In the Sorrento Terrace Bar and in the refurbished Al Fresco restaurant, never will you hear the pitter patter of tiny feet. There might be the clip clop of elegant kitten heels or the firm tread of deck shoes, but wherever you go on the new Oriana – it’s adults only.