P&O Cruises cuts short Oriana Canary Islands trip for propeller repairs in Southampton

Daily Echo: Oriana needs repairs to its propeller shaft seals Oriana needs repairs to its propeller shaft seals

PASSENGERS on board a Southampton-based cruise liner will be returning to port three days earlier than planned after propeller problems forced the trip to be cut short.

P&O Cruises said it needed to carry out vital repairs to one of Oriana’s two propeller shaft seals.

Now holidaymakers will have the choice of spending their final three nights on board the vessel docked in Southampton, where they can continue to enjoy dining and entertainment – or go home early.

On top of that, all customers will have the choice of receiving a credit of 100 per cent of their current cruise to use on a future Oriana cruise in 2014 or 2015, or a 40 per cent cash refund. Bosses of the liner say the extent of the damage is not yet known but an underwater inspection by specialist divers will take place while the ship is docked in Tenerife today.

After docking in Fuerteventura the ship will begin its journey back to Southampton and will arrive on Wednesday.

Christopher Edgington, P&O Cruises director, said: “Our decision to bring the ship back early has not been taken lightly and I am sorry that our customers’ holiday plans have been impacted.”

P&O said passengers “will be able to remain on board and enjoy the dining and entertainment offering on Oriana while in Southampton until March 1, 2014, as planned”.

It is not the first time the ship has suffered problems. Hundreds of passengers were struck down with the winter vomiting bug norovirus which led to the ship’s captain pleading with the passengers not to storm the bridge in December 2012.

Civil unrest in Libya in 2011 forced the company to cancel a trip to Tripoli and in September 2011 the Oriana returned to Southampton with a large dent in her stern after colliding with the dockside in Norway. In December 2011 three pre-Christmas voyages were cancelled as refurbishment work took longer than expected.

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1:02pm Sat 22 Feb 14

loosehead says...

well here goes & I know I'll be attacked for this but YOU SHOULD HAVE BUILT IT IN BELFAST instead of cheap foreign built rubbish.
Right I'm ready let rip!
well here goes & I know I'll be attacked for this but YOU SHOULD HAVE BUILT IT IN BELFAST instead of cheap foreign built rubbish. Right I'm ready let rip! loosehead
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1:59pm Sat 22 Feb 14

espanuel says...

loosehead wrote:
well here goes & I know I'll be attacked for this but YOU SHOULD HAVE BUILT IT IN BELFAST instead of cheap foreign built rubbish.
Right I'm ready let rip!
The first Oriana was built in Belfast I believe. Or was it the Canberra?
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: well here goes & I know I'll be attacked for this but YOU SHOULD HAVE BUILT IT IN BELFAST instead of cheap foreign built rubbish. Right I'm ready let rip![/p][/quote]The first Oriana was built in Belfast I believe. Or was it the Canberra? espanuel
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2:08pm Sat 22 Feb 14

espanuel says...

loosehead wrote:
well here goes & I know I'll be attacked for this but YOU SHOULD HAVE BUILT IT IN BELFAST instead of cheap foreign built rubbish.
Right I'm ready let rip!
Yet again, the first Oriana was built at Barrow in Furness.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: well here goes & I know I'll be attacked for this but YOU SHOULD HAVE BUILT IT IN BELFAST instead of cheap foreign built rubbish. Right I'm ready let rip![/p][/quote]Yet again, the first Oriana was built at Barrow in Furness. espanuel
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3:10pm Sat 22 Feb 14

loosehead says...

espanuel wrote:
loosehead wrote:
well here goes & I know I'll be attacked for this but YOU SHOULD HAVE BUILT IT IN BELFAST instead of cheap foreign built rubbish.
Right I'm ready let rip!
Yet again, the first Oriana was built at Barrow in Furness.
It was a great ship wasn't it?
[quote][p][bold]espanuel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: well here goes & I know I'll be attacked for this but YOU SHOULD HAVE BUILT IT IN BELFAST instead of cheap foreign built rubbish. Right I'm ready let rip![/p][/quote]Yet again, the first Oriana was built at Barrow in Furness.[/p][/quote]It was a great ship wasn't it? loosehead
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3:14pm Sat 22 Feb 14

loosehead says...

espanuel wrote:
loosehead wrote:
well here goes & I know I'll be attacked for this but YOU SHOULD HAVE BUILT IT IN BELFAST instead of cheap foreign built rubbish.
Right I'm ready let rip!
Yet again, the first Oriana was built at Barrow in Furness.
i put down Belfast as Harland & Wolfe tendered a bid to build a Cunard Ship but the build was given to a continental shipyard(French/Ital
ian?) who were going to be subsidised to build it.
Tony Blair tried to get them to go to Belfast & offered to subsidise the bid but the EU said it was against competition laws yet did nothing to the country that did subsidise the tender?
[quote][p][bold]espanuel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: well here goes & I know I'll be attacked for this but YOU SHOULD HAVE BUILT IT IN BELFAST instead of cheap foreign built rubbish. Right I'm ready let rip![/p][/quote]Yet again, the first Oriana was built at Barrow in Furness.[/p][/quote]i put down Belfast as Harland & Wolfe tendered a bid to build a Cunard Ship but the build was given to a continental shipyard(French/Ital ian?) who were going to be subsidised to build it. Tony Blair tried to get them to go to Belfast & offered to subsidise the bid but the EU said it was against competition laws yet did nothing to the country that did subsidise the tender? loosehead
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6:56am Sun 23 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

This oriana had vibration issues the day it was delivered, investigate that echo? They've never fully resolved them.
This oriana had vibration issues the day it was delivered, investigate that echo? They've never fully resolved them. issacchunt
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10:44am Sun 23 Feb 14

SFC-Matt says...

issacchunt wrote:
This oriana had vibration issues the day it was delivered, investigate that echo? They've never fully resolved them.
Which has nothing to do with a damaged stern seal
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: This oriana had vibration issues the day it was delivered, investigate that echo? They've never fully resolved them.[/p][/quote]Which has nothing to do with a damaged stern seal SFC-Matt
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2:45pm Sun 23 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

SFC-Matt wrote:
issacchunt wrote:
This oriana had vibration issues the day it was delivered, investigate that echo? They've never fully resolved them.
Which has nothing to do with a damaged stern seal
The ship had vibration isuues from the props when it arrived from trieste some 16 odd years? Not an engineer myself but surely a vibration in the same area cannot do any seal much good.
[quote][p][bold]SFC-Matt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: This oriana had vibration issues the day it was delivered, investigate that echo? They've never fully resolved them.[/p][/quote]Which has nothing to do with a damaged stern seal[/p][/quote]The ship had vibration isuues from the props when it arrived from trieste some 16 odd years? Not an engineer myself but surely a vibration in the same area cannot do any seal much good. issacchunt
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