A cruise to Bruges….

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A cruise to Bruges, read the invitation, well who could refuse that? A taster cruise aboard the P&O Oriana, this elegant vessel has classic art deco touches and is reminiscent of cruising in a bygone era, teak decks, a tiered stern, Tiffany glass ceilings as well as panoramic views from the crow’s nest bar. Oriana is classed as a midsized ship and is exclusively for adults.

She’s the flagship of the P&O fleet, holding the Golden Cockerel as fastest ship and when she entered service was amongst the largest cruise ships in the world. 20 years on she’s now dwarfed by some of her sailing sisters, however she retains such charm and refinement, and with such dedicated staff that sailing on her is a luxurious and intimate affair.

We arrived at the port to embark and were met with a stunning sight,

Once aboard we located our cabins, tried on our life jackets, found our muster stations, then headed off to explore. We headed onto the lido deck and joined in with the pool party under glorious blue skies.

As we set sail we sipped cocktails in the crow’s nest bar and said our fair wells to England for a while, in the Solent we glided by the sea forts, build in the late 1800’s they were intended to protect Portsmouth and it’s harbour from sea attack, now decommissioned some were sold off and if you’ve ever wanted visit or even stay at the Solent Sea Forts, now you can.

That evening we ate in one of the fabulous restaurants, the food was second to none and nothing too much trouble for the fantastic staff. The apple pie was delightful.

We watched the most spectacular sunset at sea.

Then after an evening of laughter and merriment in the ships theatre we headed to bed, knowing when we awoke we’d be in another country, ready for our next adventure.

– Lady Sky

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