Photographs from the curious cruiser: Part 1 Southampton – Casablanca.

“Following the light of the sun, we left the old world, in search of an experience greater than any that might be found on land…” Christopher Columbus 

P&O Cruise’s Oceana moored in Gran Canaria

I have recently returned from my first cruise onboard P&O Cruises Oceana ship which gracefully took us to the Canary Islands from Southampton, the sea was calm, the service outstanding, the food divine and a total 3736 nautical miles were covered.  I must admit I did not see the appeal of the open seas or being on a ship for longer than my Irish Sea crossings, I was a curious cruiser, however my opinion has changed immensely.  Over the next three posts I will be sharing some of my favourite photographs from my voyages from the ports of call to life on board the ship – Enjoy!


“At 12 o’clock noon, Oceana opened her doors and welcomed onboard 2000 passengers, all ready to go cruising.  A departure time was set and Stand by Below was called at 1642” 

Pomp and Circumstance as Oceana set sale

Sail-away complete with champagne on the balcony

The passage out of the Solent took 2 hours and 16 minutes, and once close to the Nab Tower located east of the Isle of Wight; Oceana disembarked her local pilot and set a South Westerly course down the English Channel


The local pilot boarded at 0708.  With his advice, Oceana was manoeured under the suspension bridge ‘Ponte 25 de Abril’ and alongside her berth on the starboard side.

After two days at sea, Ponte de 25 Abril and Lisbon was in sight

Arco da Rua Augusta

Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)

The final mooring lines securing Oceana to her berth were let go at 1640, and Captain Vago manoeuvred the ship away from the quay using the thrusters, before proceeding downriver towards the open sea


“After manoeuvring in through the breakwaters, Oceana approached her berth and the first mooring lines were sent ashore at 0819.”

Cádiz Cathedral

Ayuntamiento de Cádiz

Former Royal Tobacco Factory Cadiz

After another fine day on the Iberian Peninsula, Oceana’s departures procedures began at 1430.  Stand By Below was rung at 1636.  Departure swiftly followed, with the last lines let go at 1643.


Arrival check for the first and only African port of call on this cruise began at 0345, for a scheduled early arrival… After being guided into the harbour waters, Oceana commenced her swing in the turning basin, before moving astern towards her berth on the port side.

Hassan II Mosque Casablanca

Hassan Tower Rabat

Reflection at sunset

The final mooring lines were let got at 1827 and Oceana proceeded out of the Moroccan harbour and towards the Canary Islands, ringing Full Away on Passage at 1845.”

I hope you have enjoyed Part 1 of my cruise trip, more of my photographs can be found over on Flickr.  All text in italics are taken from “Your Cruise log” which was presented to all passengers on board Oceana.

Are you a curious cruiser or do you shiver in anticipation for your next sea voyage?  Let me know in the comments below or over on Facebook or Twitter.


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Since an early age, travel has played an important role in the life of Simply Luxury Travel's Founder and Executive Editor Yvette. From family holidays, to working overseas and to her academic life the travel industry has been the core focus. With a career, spanning over 15 year, that has included working for leading UK Airlines, Airports, Tour Operators and Corporate Travel Management organisations.

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