Today P&O Cruises announced that Oceana will be leaving its fleet this month. This was a ship my husband and I called home many times over the years, with both of us having spent time working on board. We made some very good friends on the ship and have lots of happy memories.
I found Oceana (formerly Ocean Princess) to be one of the friendliest ships in the P&O fleet. I loved her elegance, her magnificent atrium (the best in the fleet) and the fabulous long Caribbean bound cruises we looked forward to each January when my husband was working for the company. My parents and my in-laws are also fond of Oceana and have cruised on her several times.
I think it’s safe to say there will be a lot of people that are disappointed by this announcement. However in this current climate, with the cruise industry paused, it’s not a surprise that cruise lines are starting to sell off ships. Last month Carnival Corporation announced that it will be getting rid of six ships, with the possibility of more to follow. You can read more about this here.
Below is the official announcement released by P&O Cruises today:
“Sadly we announce that Oceana will leave the P&O Cruises fleet this month. Whilst we will all miss Oceana, her departure will allow us to focus on our remaining ships and the delivery of Iona later this year, followed by Iona’s sister ship, scheduled for 2022.
“We know that many of you are very fond of Oceana and have very happy memories of your time on board. We hope that you will be able to find a similar alternative holiday, whether that is from Southampton or a fly-cruise itinerary.
We are so sorry to disappoint our guests who were booked on Oceana and we are pleased to offer a 125% Future Cruise Credit (FCC). There’s no need to contact us; once processed, your FCC will be automatically applied against each individual on the booking. If the FCC does not meet your needs and you’d like to request a refund, please visit our website, pocruises.com/request.”
I wish all of our friends and former colleagues who are on board Oceana the very best, wherever they may be redeployed to.Follow me on social media