A small fire broke out in the engine room of the P&O Cruises Oriana on Saturday as the ship sailed from Miami, forcing her to return to the Florida port.

The fire, described as ‘minor’ and ‘localised’ by the company, resulted in an extensive inspection of the 69,000 ton ship by the US Coast Guard service before the Oriana was allowed to continue on her way. As a result, a scheduled call into Key West had to be abandoned, and the ship will now sail directly to her next listed port of call at New Orleans, where she is due to dock on Tuesday morning.

Since being named by the Queen in 1995, the twenty year old Oriana has been one of the major cornerstones of the P&O fleet. In her early years, she ran as a consort to the much lamented Canberra. However, in the last few years it is safe to say that she has carved out quite a niche reputation in her own right.

The ship has been sympathetically, but not dramatically upgraded and refurbished over the years, including the recent addition of a handful of single cabins. As of a few years ago, the 1800 passenger vessel is now marketed as an adults-only product.

As ever, stay tuned for any further news.

Oriana will be leaving Key West in her wake on this cruise

Oriana will be leaving Key West in her wake on this cruise

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