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The Oriana - Owner P & O Cruises

We have made two trips on the Oriana, both return New Year trips from Southampton to the Canary Islands. The first was in 2004 and the second in 2010 On both trips we stayed in Cabin F153. Pictures of this cabin and the ship facilities can be viewed in the Oriana's photo gallery.

The Oriana was classed as a medium sized family friendly ship of 69,000 tons but in 2011 it underwent a refit and emerged as an adult only ship. We have not sailed on her in this guise but have no reason to believe the facilities for the disabled have changed. Cabin F153 was suitable for a full time wheelchair user, it will sleep three because there is also a drop down bunk available. We had the bunk bed stowed for the voyage and the two beds pushed together to form a king sized double. Storage was ample with all draws and cabin fridge accessible. The dresser although small had easy access and the mirror was the right height. The wardrobe had a low rail but the cabin safe was not really accessible from the seated position of a wheelchair. The en-suite bathroom provided plenty of hand rails, a wheel in hand shower but a fixed shower seat which could be a little slippy when wet. There was good access to the wash basin. However, the toilet seat was low. Public wheelchair accessible toilets are available in some areas

Oriana only has 8 wheelchair accessible cabins all on "F" deck and, as with other ships, these are very much in demand and are very often fully booked as much as 12 months in advance. If you require one of these it is advisable to book very early.

The food and service were good and all dietary needs can be met if they are given notice of requirements before sailing.

Cruises taken on the Oriana:

Canary Islands 2004 and 2010