P&O prepares Rose Bowl check-in for Grand Event cruise passengers

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It’s going to be mighty crowded in Southampton harbour on July 3 when all seven of P&O’s cruise ships will be in port to celebrate the company’s 175th anniversary.
The problem of where each of the ships will berth has already been decided, but there’s still the small matter of the passengers to sort out – and that adds up to almost 15,000 leaving in the morning, and another 15,000 arriving from before midday to start their holidays.
There are four permanent cruise terminals at the docks, and another warehouse which is occasionally pressed into service. That still leaves the 1,870 passengers heading for Aurora and the 710 booked on Adonia needing somewhere to check in.
A planning application for temporary facilities to be provided in two marquees at The Rose Bowl – Hampshire’s county cricket ground on the outskirts of Southampton – will be considered next month. Passengers would be delivered to their ships by a fleet of coaches. The Rose Bowl will also be used for passengers disembarking from the two ships and their luggage will be securely transferred there for collection.
There’s no word yet on whether one-time Hampshire heart-throb (and former captain) Shane Warne will be on hand to greet the arrivals.
After lining up in Southampton Water for a spectacular sailaway celebration, the seven ships will go their separate ways. Oriana’s four-night mini-cruise to Amsterdam and Zeebrugge; Arcadia’s 14-night voyage to Iceland and Norway; Azura’s 11-nighter to the Canary Islands and Oceana’s seven-night cruise to the fjords are all sold out.
There is still limited availability on the other three.
Inside cabins on Adonia’s 21-night cruise to the Mediterranean and Adriatic, visiting Tunis, Dubrovnik and Venice are available from £3,464. There’s also space on Aurora’s 17-night Baltic cruise, with insides from £2,599 and Ventura’s 17-night Mediterranean cruise, from £1,999.

By | 2012-02-23T17:05:52+00:00 23 February 2012|Cruise News, Cruise Ships|0 Comments

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