This morning, brought by friends Ann and John to the Southampton Cruise Liner terminal, we embarked on P & O’s “Oriana” for a 14 day cruise round the Canaries. (Yes – we know we’ve just come back from there!) This time we’ll visit all the islands on a little ‘birthday treat’ for Doug.
After the ferocious storm we had at home last night, the thought of another 14 days in the sunshine is rather appealing, and our first glimpse of the “Oriana” this morning was very welcome.
At the very well appointed City Cruise Terminal we were “processed” and in our cabin 45 minutes after being dropped off.
We had lunch in the self service cafeteria and then a walk around the ship to familiarise ourselves. Before sailing at 4:45 this afternoon we can enjoy the far-reaching of Southampton Water, Fawley Oil Refinery and Ikea.
The ship, although older, is similar in feel to the “Aurora”. It’s very clean and well presented and, although we booked late for this trip (yesterday in fact!) and expected an inside cabin, we’ve actually got an outside, disabled room ……..
……… which is twice the size of a normal cabin and a lovely big wet room and, at the moment, a view of a sunny Southampton Water.
With the current weather systems barrelling around this part of the world we may be in for a bit of choppy ride down the Canaries. That said, we’re sure we will have good time!