Piano Land

Former name: P&O Oriana

Piano Land Review and Specifications

Specifications of Piano Land

Year built1995  /  Age : 24
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Building costUSD 320 million
OwnerChina Travel Services International (CTS)
OperatorTwinkle Travel Cruise International Co (via Well Star Travel Cruise Line China)
Speed26 kn / 48 kph / 30 mph
Length (LOA)260 m / 853 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage69840 gt
Passengers1882 - 1882
Crew800
Passengers-to-space ratio37
Decks13
Cabins941
Decks with cabins6
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesP&O Oriana
Christened byHM Queen Elizabeth II (P&O UK)

Current itinerary / position of Piano Land

Piano Land current cruise is 18 days, round-trip Norway. The itinerary starts on 22 Jul, 2019 and ends on 09 Aug, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position

Review of Piano Land

Launched in 1995, P&O Oriana cruise ship was the oldest in the PandO UK's fleet, and also one of company's "adult ships" - together with the fleet mates Arcadia and Aurora (since April 2019). MS Oriana (MMSI 310529000, Bermuda-flagged) leaves the P&O fleet in August 2019.

In June 2018, the vessel was sold to the new Chinese (state-owned) cruise company "Well Star Travel Cruise" - a joint venture of CTS (China Travel Services International) and COSCO Shipping Group. The new cruise line plans short-break roundtrips from homeports in China to ports in Japan and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia). The liner (renamed "Piano Land") is homeported in Xiamen China. As of 2019, China's other two 1-ship brands are "Bohai Ferry" and "Diamond Cruise".

History - construction and ownership

P&O Cruises is a subsidiary company and two brands owned by Carnival Corporation - P&O UK and P&O Australia. In 2000, P&O Cruises became subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which merged with Carnival Corporation in 2003. PandO is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.

PO Oriana cruise ship

The 69,840-ton, 1,882-passenger cruise ship Oriana is the oldest but the fastest cruise ship in the P&O fleet. At the time of her debut, PO Oriana was among the biggest cruise vessels in the world and the biggest ever built in Germany. MV Oriana was christened by HM The Queen of the UK and Commonwealth on April 6, 1995. The ship underwent a couple of major drydock refurbishments. The first one, in December 2006, was for GBP 12 million. P&O Oriana was re-registered from Britain to Bermuda to allow onboard weddings. The second drydock was in late 2011 when the vessel received 27 new staterooms and two new venues for dining. P&O Cruises' Oriana cruise ship will undergo a 3-week refurbishment at Blohm+Voss Shipyard (Hamburg) at the end of November 2016. The refit resulted in a complete renovation of all restaurants, bars, passenger staterooms, public spaces, outdoor decks.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Oriana itinerary program was based on cruises from Southampton, including Caribbean Islands voyages, annual “World Cruise” (roundtrip from the UK), roundtrip from Southampton to the Canary Islands, British Isles, Norway Fjords, Iceland, Baltic, Mediterranean, also Transatlantic repositioning crossings. Next is listed ship's last PandO cruise, before the transfer to the new Chinese owner.

18-day "Norway and North Cape"

Date / TimePort
22 JulDeparting from Southampton, England
25 JulTorshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
27 JulLeknes-Gravdal, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
29 JulHonningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway
31 JulLongyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway
03 AugTromso, Norway
05 AugAlesund, Norway
07 AugBelfast, Northern Ireland
09 AugArriving in Southampton, England

The Chinese cruise liner Piano Land is homeported in Xiamen (China), starting operations in mid-October 2019.

Cabins

Oriana has a total of 941 cabins (of which 24 Suite, 106 Balcony, 331 Inside rooms) in 20 grades. Most Oriana staterooms are 150-sq.foot Oceanview rooms (480). The largest aboard Oriana is the Suite (415 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Oriana emerged from a month-long dry dock in late 2011, during which a pair of new dining venues were added. The first new restaurant, Marco Pierre White's Ocean Grill, provides cuisine described as new British; menu options include choices like Thai fishcakes, cheese souffle, grilled lobster and wild boar burgers. The 2nd, Sorrento, is an Italian restaurant which is offering pizza, pasta, and seafood. Versions of both dining venues are found on Adonia (now Azamara Pursuit) and Arcadia (kids-free vessel). Cover charges fluctuate by the length of the cruise. For the Ocean Grill, it's 12.95 pounds per person on a route of 8 or more days, 17.95 pounds for 3 to 7 days and 22.95 pounds for 1 to 2 days. Supplements do apply for some items, but in actuality, pretty well everything on the menu is engaged. Sorrento costs 5 pounds (route of 8 or more days), 7.50 pounds (route of 3 to 7 days) or 10 pounds (routes of 1 to 2 days) and also has supplements for some items.

PO Oriana cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Oriana restaurants and food bars.

  • Peninsular Restaurant (498-seat forward Dining Room; club dining venue with large windows; offers Breakfast 8:00 - 9:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 4:00 - 4:45 p.m., two fixed seatings for Dinner at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.)
  • Oriental Restaurant (500-seat aft Dining Room; club dining venue, with large windows, dinners only, with two fixed seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The menu is the same as at the Peninsular’s)
  • Ocean Grill Restaurant and Bar (speciality dining by celebrity chef Marco Pierre-White; dinner only 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., reservation-only; also serving Suite guests Breakfast)
  • Tiffany Court (complimentary restaurant; serves lite Breakfast and Lunch)
  • Tiffany’s Lounge and Bar (patisserie with speciality coffee bar by “Costa Coffee”; serves light snacks for breakfast and lunch)
  • Sorrento Restaurant and Bar (Italian; speciality dining; Sorrento Bar)
  • The Conservatory Restaurant and Bar (buffet-style; provides indoor/outdoor seating; open for Breakfast 6:30 - 7:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 - 3 p.m., Afternoon Tea and snacks 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., and Dinner 6:30 - 9 p.m.; features themed buffets and self service, complimentary Pizzeria; Conservatory Bar)
  • Al Fresco Pizzeria (complimentary indoor/outdoor restaurant).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Evening entertainment starts at 6 p.m. with options like pianists tickling the ivories in the Crow's Nest and Tiffany Lounge and more live music in Lord's Tavern sports pub. The Crow's Nest is the perfect spot to watch passing scenery at sunset over a reasonably priced cocktail of the day (around £3.75). The nightly shows in ship's Theatre Royal, at 8.30 p.m. and 10.30 p.m., are excellent and well supported. The resident Headliners Theatre Company stages a variety of well-choreographed performances. Oriana's Pacific Lounge is more intimate and generally hosts solo singers. The Harlequins venue alternates between ballroom dancing and disco music. The casino with gaming tables and slot machines open at 7 p.m. Additional amenities include Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi access, laundry/self-serve laundromats.

Oriana entertainment

Follows the complete list of Oriana lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Oriana Atrium (4-decks central open floor area and social hub)
  • Knightsbridge (duty-free boutique shop);
  • Emporium (general store for candies, chocolate, sweets, books, etc.);
  • Florist Desk (special occasions flower shop);
  • “Duty-Free” shop (alcohol, cigarettes, tobaccos)
  • Anderson’s Bar (named after the P&O’s founder); Lord’s Tavern (sports bar)
  • Harlequins Disco and Nightclub; Pacific Lounge and Dance Club
  • Theatre Royal (650-seat, featuring large scale shows by “Headliners Theatre Company”)
  • Chaplin’s Cinema; Wedding Venue (vow renewals; weddings)
  • Monte Carlo Casino; Art Gallery; Photo Gallery and Shop; The Library (with Internet computers); Cyb@Study Online Centre; Medina Room (chapel); Thackeray Room; Crichton’s Card Room
  • Terrace Pool; Crystal Pool; Riviera Pool; 4 jacuzzis
  • Oasis Spa complex (Treatment Rooms, Steam Rooms, Sauna, Beauty Salon)
  • Gymnasium (complimentary equipment, Fitness classes; Yoga and Pilates at surcharge)
  • The Crow’s Nest Lounge (dance floor, a stage for live music; with floor-ceiling windows for panoramic views; hosts art classes, quiz games, cooking demos during the day)
  • Jogging Track; Traditional deck games area (Deck Chess, Deck Quoits, Shuffleboard); Sports Court (football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, cricket); Table Tennis; four Golf Net cages.

Piano Land wiki

MS Oriana was P&O's first newbuild vessel designed specifically for the UK market. Currently, the ship is P&O UK fleet's oldest. It was named after "SS Oriana" (1959-launched ocean liner operated between 1960-1986 by the "P&O Cruises" predecessors - "P&O Orient Lines", and later by "P&O Line".

Ship's christening ceremony was held on April 6, 1995, and featured HM The Queen of the UK as Godmother. Other PandO cruise ships named by British Royals are Britannia (March 10, 2015, by HM The Queen), Aurora (April 27, 2000, by HRH Princess Royal) and the ships Oceana and Adonia (now Azamara Pursuit) - both were named on May 21, 2003, by HRH Princess Royal and her daughter Zara Phillips.

PandO Oriana proudly holds the "Golden Cockerel" trophy (since 1997) for being fleet's fastest ship. The trophy was previously held by SS Oriana, then passed to SS Canberra (until 1997) when was handed over to Oriana. Both liners were anchored near Cannes France and each sent a tender boat out for the handover ceremony.

In 2006, the ship's flag state/registry was changed from UK (London) to Bermuda (Hamilton), as the Bermuda flag state allows onboard weddings. Oriana is one of P&O's adults-only vessels - together with Arcadia.

Next tables show the ports sequences of MV Oriana's last cruises for P&O UK (2019) - all roundtrips from homeport Southampton.

19-day Mediterranean and Adriatic (themed "Italy and Croatia")

Date / TimePort
11 MayDeparting from Southampton, England hotels
15 MayMalaga, Spain
20 MayVenice, Italy
21 MaySplit, Croatia
22 MayDubrovnik, Croatia
24 MayCagliari, Sardinia, Italy
26 MayGibraltar, UK
30 MayArriving in Southampton, England hotels

16-day "Azores, Canary Islands and Portugal"

Date / TimePort
30 MayDeparting from Southampton, England hotels
03 JunPonta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
04 JunPraia da Vitoria, Terceira Island, Azores
07 JunFunchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
08 JunSanta Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands
09 JunLas Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
10 JunArrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
12 JunLisbon, Portugal
15 JunArriving in Southampton, England hotels

13-day "Scotland, Ireland and Guernsey"

Date / TimePort
15 JunDeparting from Southampton, England hotels
17 JunKillybegs, Ireland
18 JunGreenock, Glasgow, Scotland
20 JunTorshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
21 JunLerwick, Mainland Shetland, Scotland
22 JunKirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland
24 JunDublin, Ireland
25 JunCobh-Cork, Ireland
27 JunGuernsey Island, St Peter Port, Channel Islands
28 JunArriving in Southampton, England hotels

7-day "France, Spain and Guernsey"

Date / TimePort
28 JunDeparting from Southampton, England hotels
30 JunLa Rochelle, France
01 JulSantander, Spain
02 JulFerrol, Spain
04 JulGuernsey Island, St Peter Port, Channel Islands
05 JulArriving in Southampton, England hotels

14-day "Ireland, Iceland and Faroe Islands"

Date / TimePort
05 JulDeparting from Southampton, England hotels
07 JulKillybegs, Ireland
10 JulReykjavik, Iceland
11 JulIsafjordur, Iceland
12 JulAkureyri, Iceland
14 JulTorshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
16 JulDublin, Ireland
17 JulCobh-Cork, Ireland
19 JulArriving in Southampton, England hotels

3-day mini-cruise (Guernsey)

Date / TimePort
19 JulDeparting from Southampton, England hotels
21 JulGuernsey Island, St Peter Port, Channel Islands
22 JulArriving in Southampton, England hotels

18-day "Norway and North Cape"

Date / TimePort
22 JulDeparting from Southampton, England hotels
25 JulTorshavn, Streymoy, Faroe Islands
27 JulLeknes-Gravdal, Vestvagoy Island, Lofoten Norway
29 JulHonningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway
31 JulLongyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard Norway
03 AugTromso, Norway
05 AugAlesund, Norway
07 AugBelfast, Northern Ireland
09 AugArriving in Southampton, England hotels

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The below listed Piano Land cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2019 Jul 05 14 days, round-trip Iceland Southampton
2019 Jul 19 3 days, round-trip Western Europe Southampton
2019 Jul 22 18 days, round-trip Norway Southampton

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