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A British cruise liner in the P&O Cruises Fleet.

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Cruise X818 2009 Deep South & Caribbean wedding cruise

  • Feb 18, 2010
well! where do i start!!

check in at mayflower was quick with no problems we arrived at midday with a queue already fairly long,considering there was no priority check in for the 800+ goldies it was quick with plenty of desks. straight onto Oriana, up to the conservatory for a snack and a stroll round the ship.

wow! loved this ship! like Aurora! we spent most of our time in Lords, Harlies, conservatory and terrace bar!

have nowt bad to say about this ship at all! we spent a few hairy days at force 10 on the way back and i really have to say that i didnt notice any corkscrew motion nor did i feel sick at all.( we were forward, deck 10) Ship is in very good order and wouldnt hesitate going on her again tomorrow!!

our table waiters Santosh & Anthony in the Peninsular were fab as was our wine waiter Maciel (who also served the champagne at our wedding)
Jo was our cabin steward and may have been a butler for all that he
did for us, he was great and soon caught on that he only needed to service our cabin at night!! ;0) our balcony stateroom was more than adequate and the new LCD TV was nice! the single duvets that were poppered together and put in a double duvet cover drove us mad for the 1st week but then we wanted to take them home!!! LOL!!!

not much to mention here! food was as good as ive experienced before and me and steve both agreed that the fillet steak we had at the Terrace Grill was the best we'd ever had! (thanks Jane!)
must admit that i was fed up of the room service menu after 1 month, although im sure youre not really supposed to use this service as much as we did!lol!
we probably spent 40% of our evening meals in the restaurant 30% at the conservatory themed buffets and 30% eating ashore which for us was the correct mix and stopped us from getting sick of the rich food! we never ate lunch in the restaurant and had toast and cereal in the cabin for breakfast.


Didnt get off at La coruna, was only a 1/2 day and we didnt get up til 1130

Nassau, didnt think much of the bahamas at all, appeared quite poor with people harrassing you as soon as you got off the ship! spent about 30mins and went back to the ship. Hot with showers

Port Everglades, we went to Sawgrass Mills shopping mall and spent some money!!! ;0) great if you like shopping like me! boiling hot!

Key West
my fave port without a doubt!!! it was a difficult tender port and we couldnt get off til 2pm! we walked to the southernmost point and back, It was the veterans parade for remembrance sunday and it was amazing! we sat outside Hard rock cafe and watched it with some drinks! boiling hot and sunny!

New Orleans
Much nicer and safer than i anticipated as we had an overnight stop the 1st day we went on the Louisiana swamp tour which was good fun, saw some alligators and i held a baby one.
we walked from the ship to the french quarter and down Bourbon St which was an experience and quite seedy!! went out for a meal and drinking in the evening. 1st day was hot and sunny and the 2nd day was showery but hot

Grand cayman
did our own thing and went to the beach! hot!

we were booked to go to xelha lagoon paradise but it was very windy and we didnt fancy the choppy ferry crossing to the mainland so we just went into cozumel! we had great mexican food and margeritas. warm and windy!

soooo glad we had a tour booked i would have never gone alone ever!!
as it turned out it was the best tour weve ever done! the day started off rainy and we were asked if we wanted to cancel our tour but we had booked the catamaran to the dunns river falls "cool runnings" really really recommend this tour if you go to jamaica. and thought we going to get soaked climbing the falls anyway so we'll just go! choopy journey there, amazing time climbing the falls and got sozzled on rum punch dancing on the way back!! warm & wet!

our fave caribbean port, so picturesque and the locals were really friendly! spent most of the day in the pussers bar ;0) hot!

steve was ill so it was a quick walk ashore. warm!

cold and rainy so stayed on the ship


we had the headliners theatre co onboard but unfortunately we never made it to a show (sorry Ben)
Tom O'connor
Peter Foggitt-classical pianist
The Batchelors
Louis Hoover
John James Trio
Chris Walker Swingtet
Chris Watkins-electric violinist
Natural high

we really listened to what was ever in Lords! tried to get to see Indiana Jones in the cinema but it was heaving!
made good friends with Peter, chris, louis, stevie from rebound and a couple of the officers and colin the art director and we became a regular sight in Harlies til late!!

The wedding

8th November-sea day
The ceremony was at 330pm so we had most of the day to ourselves. we were collected by Natalie, our witness and loyalty manager and were ushered into the captains lounge. present was me, steve, Captain Pembridge, Natalie, Hannah F&B assistant manager (also a witness) and Lesley, the captains partner. it was a small but lovely ceremony and we had some nice crystal champagne flutes as a gift and comemorative certificate.
After the ceremony we had champagne and then photos starting at the bridge which lasted 1hr 1/2! the photographers were amazing and they made our day! we had a ball. after retiring to the cabin for an hour it was dinner, we ate at our table for 2 in the peninsular. we were clapped in and our table was decorated with wedding balloons and confetti.....clapped out and then we went up to the riviera where it was tropical deck party, steve got changed and i stayed in my dress we were clapped into the riviera also!!! it was the perfect end to a perfect day! it was like a massive wedding reception!!!

we really were treated like VIPS during our whole time onboard, fresh fruit baskets every few days, canapes on formal nights, invites for drinks, trips to the bridge and engine room etc.....

a month is perfect for us, interesting ports and lots of sea days!

it was lovely to meet Chris & Dave, Lesley, Elaine and a few others from cc i think i was well recognisable!!!

just like to say thanks to everyone who tuned into the webcam and i apologise for keeping you all waiting!!!!lol and thanks for the webcam grabs and cards and gifts i received in my cabin on arrival x
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MV Oriana is a cruise ship owned and operated by P&O Cruises. She was built by Meyer Werft shipyard , Papenburg, Germany in 1995, and entered service in 1995 after being christened by the Queen at her home port of Southampton. She is the second ship to carry the name 'Oriana', in tribute to the long serving SS Oriana, which served for Orient Line and P&O from 1959 until 1986.

After a lengthy campaign, P&O Cruises were permitted to allocate the new Oriana with the call sign 'GVSN', which is the same call sign as her namesake. However, the call sign was changed to ZCDU9 in 2006, when she was re-registered to Bermuda.
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