Aurora and Oriana Circle the Globe in British Style
SANTA CLARITA, CA (July 9, 2001) P&O Cruises has released details
about its 2002 world cruise program aboard Aurora and Oriana. Specializing
in classic British-style cruising, the line offers two around-the-world
voyages to North American passengers, who can opt to embark on a full
three-month adventure or choose to travel on one or more shorter segments.
Both ships sail round-trip from Southampton, England and travel to some
of the world's most exciting destinations. Aurora's second world cruise will
depart January 6 for a 90-day voyage to 27 ports in 21 countries, while
Oriana will set sail on January 5 for a 92-day journey to 33 ports in 24
countries, spanning five continents. Segments of both cruises ranging from
13 to 23 days are also available.
P&O's newest vessel, the 1,870-passenger Aurora, will sail westward
from Southampton to Madeira and the Caribbean islands of Barbados, Grenada
and Curaao. The ship then makes the scenic transit through the Panama
Canal and calls at Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Acapulco, San Francisco and
Honolulu. Next, Aurora sets off across the Pacific Ocean, visiting Tahiti
and Bora Bora on her way to Auckland and Bay of Islands in New Zealand. In
Australia, the vessel calls at Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, then cruises to
Asia for calls at Bali, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Next up is Mauritius,
followed by two calls in South Africa -- Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
Aurora then crosses the Atlantic with a stop at the island of St. Helena on
her way to Rio de Janeiro and Recife in Brazil. Then it's homeward bound,
with a call at Vigo, Spain before returning to Southampton.
The 1,800-passenger Oriana begins her world cruise by sailing to the
Mediterranean with stops at Barcelona, Jerusalem and Port Said in Egypt.
Following a transit of the Suez Canal, Oriana calls at the Egyptian port of
Safaga, gateway to the wonders of Luxor and Karnak, then on to Mumbai and
Cochin in India. The ship continues eastward to drop anchor at some of the
most exciting ports in Asia, including Phuket in Thailand, Panang in
Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok, Da Nang and Hong Kong. Oriana passengers will
then enjoy stops at Manila and Bitung, Indonesia, on their way "down under"
to Australia, where the ship will call at Darwin, Whitsunday Island, Brisbane
and Sydney. The New Zealand ports of Wellington and Auckland follow as
Oriana heads across the Pacific for visits to Tonga and Pago Pago. After a
call in Honolulu, the ship sails to San Francisco, followed by Acapulco.
Oriana then makes a transit through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean with
stops at Bonaire, St. Lucia and Barbados. The ship's final call will be at
Madeira and then home to Southampton.
World cruise passengers can also take advantage of a variety of pre-
and post-cruise packages available in a number of cities visited on cruise
segments. One- or three-night stays are available in Cape Town, Hong Kong,
Mumbai, San Francisco, Singapore and Sydney. The packages include hotel
accommodations, transfers, baggage handling, local taxes and daily breakfast.
The Advanced Purchase Discount program offers substantial savings on
cruise fares for passengers who book early. These fares begin at $2,990 for
a 13-day segment. Full world cruise rates begin at $21,160 for Aurora, and
$21,360 for Oriana.