P&O Cruises has announced the Oriana will return to Southampton, England three days early to undergo necessary repairs. The Oriana, which already experienced minor technical issues earlier in its current sailing, will undergo repairs to one of the ship’s two propeller shaft seals.
P&O states the issue has no negative impact on the ship or guest’s safety.
P&O Cruises will offer guests the option to receive a credit of 100% of their current cruise to use on a future Oriana cruise in 2014 or 2015, or a 40% cash refund.
In a statement released on the line’s Facebook page, P&O states:
“Captain Camby has kept passengers fully informed of the situation and all passengers will be able to remain on board and enjoy the dining and entertainment offering on Oriana whilst in Southampton until March 1, 2014 as planned.
Our decision to bring the ship back early has not been taken lightly and we are deeply sorry that customers’ holiday plans have been impacted.”
The next sailing of the Oriana, scheduled for March 1st, will sail as scheduled.