My 1st Cruise ship – SS Oriana (England to Australia)
We left Southampton, England on the “SS Oriana” in 1965 when my Dad was posted to Canberra. I was one year old at the time, so obviously I do not remember. The following year, the “P&O Line” acquired the ship known as the “Queen of the Seas“. My notes are from family records.
The ship was the flagship of the “Orient Steam Navigation Company” and was the largest passenger liner to be placed on the Australia / New Zealand service having 730 cabins and 11 passenger decks accommodating 2,000 passengers, in two classes with a crew of around 980.
This one way cruise to down under sailing via the Suez Canal, we called in at Gibraltar, Naples, Sorrento and Capri and took a side trip to Pompeii and to the summit of Mt. Vesuvius.
Simkin Family visiting Pompeii enroute to Australia