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P&O’s Oriana to be refitted for a new life in China

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ORIANA 190527
Oriana is sailing to a new life and new identity in China.
ORIANA 190527

The 70,000-tonne vessel is the former Oriana. P&O UK announced last June that the 1,822-passenger vessel would be leaving its fleet, not naming a buyer.

China’s home-grown cruise industry continues to gather pace with confirmation that Piano Land will start operations from Xiamen in September this year.

The 70,000-tonne vessel is the former Oriana. P&O UK announced last June that the 1,822-passenger vessel would be leaving its fleet, not naming a buyer.

China Travel Group and COSCO Shipping have sealed a joint venture, Twinkle Travel Cruise, to operate and market the 1995-built ship.

Company officials said the venture is the first truly state-owned international cruise company in China.

The 1,818-berth ship will be handed over to the new owners in mid-August 2019 and then refitted in Greece before starting operations from Xiamen, under her new name Piano Land.

The inspiration for the ship’s name is taken from Gulangyu Island located just five minutes sailing from Xiamen City, where the ship will be home ported.

At a media briefing in Xiamen, the company said the goal is to build a strong national cruise brand and become the leader in the Chinese market.

The product would be high quality with a resort-like experience at sea, officials said.


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