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#21
Whitley Bay, North East England
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Originally posted by Selbourne
Is it usual for new ships to go on sale prior to a normal season release? I can't recall what happened when Britannia was released.
It was slightly before I think.

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#22
West Yorkshire UK
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Joined Jul 2004
.....but only about a week if I remember correctly.
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March 92 - Carnival's Carnivale - Bahamas . October 97 - Thomson's Emerald, Med. Nov 2000 - Superstar Gemini, Straits of Malacca. Jan 2004 - Coral Princess - Panama-Carib. June 2005 - Island Princess - Alaska. Jan 2006 - P&O Arcadia - East/southern Carib. Feb 2007 - Celebrity Millenium - Eastern Carib. June 2007 - Tahitian Princess - Honolulu to Papeete. Feb 2008 - Sapphire Princess - Sydney to Auckland. Sept 2008 Emerald Princess - Mediterranean. March 2009 - Coral Princess - Panama Canal. Feb 2010 Celebrity Solstice - Eastern Caribbean . Aug 2011 P&O Azura- Canaries. June 2012 P&O Ventura Iceland & Fjords. Sept 2012 Celebrity Eclipse - Western Med; Apr 2013 P&O Azura Western Med. June 2013 Celebrity Eclipse - Baltic. Oct 2013 P&O Azura - Central Med. May 2014 Emerald Princess N. Spain & France. Sept. 2014 Celebrity Eclipse-Canaries & Azores, Apr 2015 P&O Britannia - W Med. June 2015 Celebrity Eclipse - Iceland & Fjords. Sept 2015 Celebrity Eclipse - Canaries & Azores. Jan 2016 P&O Ventura - No Fly Caribbean. Jun 2016 Eclipse - Baltic. Aug 2016 - Britannia Fjords, May 2017 - Azura W. Med. Sept 2017 - Navigator OTS Canaries & N Africa.
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#23
Warwickshire, England
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Joined Sep 2012
Originally posted by jeanlyon
Athena is already a cruise ship, currently owned by Phoenix Raisen. We sailed on her some years ago. She was built in 1939 as the Stockholm. Why do people think Olympia, seems an odd name to me. A mountain in Greece? Ariadne?
That would be Mount Olympus, Olympia is where the ancient Olympic games originated. Its a great place to visit with a good guide.
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#24
Chesterfield
954 Posts
Joined Jan 2014
Originally posted by jeanlyon
Athena is already a cruise ship, currently owned by Phoenix Raisen. We sailed on her some years ago. She was built in 1939 as the Stockholm. Why do people think Olympia, seems an odd name to me. A mountain in Greece? Ariadne?
I think a lot of people have suggested Olympia because 2020 is an Olympic year
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#25
Warwickshire, England
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Joined Sep 2012
If you look at the Gibraltar cruise schedule for 2020 you can see the new ship already has stops arranged albeit with the name TBC.
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#26
UK
555 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
New ship is called IONA.

Neither here nor there really.
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#27
237 Posts
Joined Aug 2017
Originally posted by Scorpio41
New ship is called IONA.

Neither here nor there really.
Yes, just watched it being announced.
I'm ok with that.
#28
Oxfordshire
661 Posts
Joined Jun 2016
Originally posted by Scorpio41
New ship is called IONA.

Neither here nor there really.
Quite agree. Unimpressed and uninspired. Shame. Think it should have had some nod to the many years P&O have been cruising.
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Previous Cruises:- Seabourn Goddess II - Aug 2001 Aurora - Oct 2001 Oriana - Nov 2001 Hebridean Spirit - June 2002 Hebridean Spirit - Oct 2002 Seabourn Legend - July 2003 Seabourn Pride - Aug 2003 Adonia (Old one) - July 2004 Hebridean Spirit - Oct 2004 Aurora - Nov 2005 Aurora - Aug 2006 Arcadia - June 2007 QM2 - May 2008 Arcadia - June 2009 Arcadia - Nov 2009 Azura - April 2010 Azura - July 2011 Azura - Aug 2012 Arcadia - Oct 2012 Oceana - July 2013 Adonia - Aug 2013 Arcadia - June 2014 Adonia - Aug 2014 Arcadia - Dec 2014 Arcadia - July 2015 (2 cruises back to back) Britannia - Sept 2015 Aurora - Dec 2015 Oceana - March 2016 Britannia - July 2016
#30
237 Posts
Joined Aug 2017
Originally posted by Cruise Puss
Quite agree. Unimpressed and uninspired. Shame. Think it should have had some nod to the many years P&O have been cruising.
Paul Ludlow explains in his video the reasoning behide the name choice.
He says that they can trace their (P&O) history and roots back to Scotland.
Certainly looks a very nice place and should please our Scottish friends.
#33
Hampshire, England
1,694 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
Originally posted by Scorpio41
New ship is called IONA.

Neither here nor there really.

OMG.

Next shock will be Nicky Sturgeon as the Godmother.

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#34
Stoke on Trent, England
5,388 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Originally posted by Solent Richard
OMG.

Next shock will be Nicky Sturgeon as the Godmother.

Made us laugh

Now that would be the final nail in the coffin for us !!!
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Sailed on:

P&O Oceana 05.04.18 : Eastern Med fly cruise
P&O Ventura 15.08.17 : Spain & the Greek Islands
P&O Britannia 28.05.17 : Iberian Cruise
P&O Oceana 10.08.16 : Western Med fly cruise
P&O Britannia 25.07.15 : Iberia and Canaries
P&O Oceana 08.04.15 : Western Med
P&O Oceana 19.04.14 : Iberian Cruise
RCI Independence of the Seas 29.10.13 : Mini cruise
Celebrity Silhouette 12:08:13 : Greek Islands / Italy
Celebrity Silhouette 10:08:12 : Adriatic / Venice
Celebrity Silhouette 10:08:11 : Eastern Med/Holy Land
P&O Oceana August 2010 : Western Med
Ocean Village 02:08:09 : Eastern Med / Crete
Louis Cruises August 2001 : Egypt
#36
North Shields
33 Posts
Joined Jun 2017
A lot of negative comments on here. Let’s face it, no matter what they had called her a lot of people would have been unhappy. Unfortunately that seems to be human nature, but it doesn’t really matter, we’ll all get used to it quite quickly and wonder what all the fuss was about.
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Ventura June 2018
#37
32 Posts
Joined Feb 2017
Originally posted by jeanlyon
Very boring. Strange.
The name isn't what I was expecting either. I know that not all of us would be able to agree on a name, but I was expecting something that would be more memorable, exciting and which would grab the passengers attention and imagination.
#38
Stoke on Trent, England
5,388 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Have to say that we like it :-)

There were plenty of others that could be far worse !
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Sailed on:

P&O Oceana 05.04.18 : Eastern Med fly cruise
P&O Ventura 15.08.17 : Spain & the Greek Islands
P&O Britannia 28.05.17 : Iberian Cruise
P&O Oceana 10.08.16 : Western Med fly cruise
P&O Britannia 25.07.15 : Iberia and Canaries
P&O Oceana 08.04.15 : Western Med
P&O Oceana 19.04.14 : Iberian Cruise
RCI Independence of the Seas 29.10.13 : Mini cruise
Celebrity Silhouette 12:08:13 : Greek Islands / Italy
Celebrity Silhouette 10:08:12 : Adriatic / Venice
Celebrity Silhouette 10:08:11 : Eastern Med/Holy Land
P&O Oceana August 2010 : Western Med
Ocean Village 02:08:09 : Eastern Med / Crete
Louis Cruises August 2001 : Egypt
#39
Chesterfield
954 Posts
Joined Jan 2014
I quite like the name and thought it was good that it was announced live from Iona and an explanation of why the name was chosen.It would be nice if the ship could dock somewhere nearby because it is a lovely island but can t see how that would be possible with such a huge ship.On one cruise with another company we tendered into Mull (from where you can catch a ferry to Iona) but although there were only 500 people onboard there were far too many for Mull and Iona is a lot smaller than that!I tend to associate Iona with everything peaceful A large cruise ship doesn t really fit the image
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Britannia March 2017
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#40
North Yorkshire, UK
334 Posts
Joined Jun 2015
Iona is a beautiful name. Not one though I’d suggest for a massive beast of a ship that won’t be able to visit small islands... nor one for a ship that’ll be heaving, busy and probably noisy! If they’d built a smaller ship then it would have been apt