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SS Oriana seen in her good old days with her original buff & white
On June 16, 2004, SS oriana was struck by a vicious storm in which she was badly damaged. She took on a great deal of water due to her being holed at bow that saw her lower decks flooded, and soon she listed to port.
Seen on the 17th of July 2004, the day after the storm
Attempts were made to right the badly listing Oriana and the owners even considered restoring her however, the cost proved to simply be far to great. Having the holes in her bow patched up for her sad voyage to come, SS Oriana departed Dalian on May 13, 2005 and she was towed to the Wayou scrap yard in Zhangiagang China where she was duly broken up.
13 May 2005 - SS Oriana
Photograph by Xinhua Daily
Tourist Authority had described the Oriana in the past as follows: “The
world’s only deluxe
Oriana retains her classic exterior, but, I wish they had left the lifeboats white!
Looking Back at “Oriana the Emperor’s Palace”:
renovated Oriana July 2002, spending a fortune in transforming the interior of
the Oriana into a deluxe “Emperor’s Palace.” She took the
pride of place in the resort city of
Huang Ying of
the Peoples Daily reported on the official, opening. The Oriana, touted as one
of the four most famous luxury cruises of the contemporary world, was unveiled
Thursday in the Chinese
Entry costs were until recently: US$ 11.50 daytime & US$ 5.80 in the evening. However, recently, admission fees have been dropped, allowing locals to board Oriana and enjoy visiting the ships, which was out of reach for many. Whilst onboard they have many options, eating at one of the snack bars and restaurants, enjoy a drink in a bar or head for the ever-popular pastime, Karaoke, located in the original Tourist Class Stern Gallery. There are various tours of the ship, including a tour of the engine room. However, it is the popular Dinner Show in the 800 seat Banquet Hall, which is Oriana’s main revenue earner.
A special wharf and plaza has been created to house ss Oriana
Oriana’s Funnel continued to stand tall!
Note the red lettering (originally it was black)
The view aft from the fo’c’sle towards the Bridge was thankfully unchanged
The bridge remained as was
The helm that served Oriana so well
The Bridge and its equipment had been left untouched!
The Control Panel located aft on Bridge
which monitored the ships fire systems and water tight doors
The P&O maritime museum featured a variety of models, including Oriana
as well as other P&O & Princess Ships
A poor mock up of a First Class cabin
A colourful Oriana by night
The Entrance Foyer looks more like a palace than the Oriana
The circular glass floor on the right looks down into the engine room
On the upper level of the atrium (above) is the maritime museum
A palatial corner of a lounge
This sculpture was presented by the City of
A model of Oriana on the table in a Private Function Venue
Oriana offers many activities both by day and at night. On offer are elaborate restaurants as well as alfresco dinning venues and bars located throughout the ship. In addition, cultural shows from around the world are presented in the showroom and out on the aft deck during the day.
The photographs below show the wonderful Promenade deck with Bar, and other exteriors of Oriana the Theme Park
Promenade Deck features a multitude of P&O photographs and posters,
as well as photographs of the British Royal Family
This was the Tourist Class (Poop) Sports Deck, which
was popular with sun worshippers
Note the original Deck Quoits Pitches
Queens Bar and Terrace located where the tourist class swimming pool used to be
The pool seen on the right has been partially closed in
A Flamenco dance show, part of the International entertainment
Oriana’s famed ex Tourist Class Stern Gallery, which now also contains a Karaoke bar
During the summer
All photographs of Oriana at
SS Oriana - Main Index:
Part One The building of a liner:
Page 1: The building of SS Oriana
Part Two The Ships History, Photo Pages & Stories:
Page 1: History and Images of the Oriana
Page 2: Oriana Postcards issued in 1960
Page 3:Oriana Photo Album - Page 1
Page 4:Oriana Photo Album - Page 2
6: The Paul Oliver Collection
Page 6: The Paul Oliver Collection
Page6b: Paul Oliver Story
Page 7: Dalian - See the sad photographs of SS Oriana damaged during a storm
Page7b: Oriana at Zhangiagang shipyard in China - Taken 29 July & 9 September 2005
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