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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Just returned from a trip on the Oceana. Was very wary after reading some negative reviews but need not have bothered. We had a fantastic time. The ship was lovely, staff were great, food plentiful and delicious. Ports of call varied and ... Read More
Just returned from a trip on the Oceana. Was very wary after reading some negative reviews but need not have bothered. We had a fantastic time. The ship was lovely, staff were great, food plentiful and delicious. Ports of call varied and interesting . The organisation from start to finish by PO WAS EXELLENT . Would not hesitate to book again. Well done to all involved. Looking forward to our next cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Travelled from Edinburgh to Genoa with Titan airways. Once we checked in our cases we never saw them until they were outside our cabin. Both embarkation and Disembarkation were very efficient and quick. We had an outside cabin on deck ... Read More
Travelled from Edinburgh to Genoa with Titan airways. Once we checked in our cases we never saw them until they were outside our cabin. Both embarkation and Disembarkation were very efficient and quick. We had an outside cabin on deck 9, with a large window. The cabin was kept very clean by Fidelis, the bathroom sufficient and we even had tea and coffee facilities. We had freedom dining, we usually ate early in the Ligurian restaurant. The service and food were good. We used the buffet restaurant mostly for breakfast and for a snack at lunchtime, although the food was ok it was not as good as buffets we have previously been on Royal Caribbean and Carnival. It was very crowded and hard to get a seat at times. We also dined at Marco Pierre's restaurant for a supplement of £5.25 per head, this was excellent, well worth the money. He was even in the restaurant and didn't mind getting a picture taken with us. The Beech house, was the other speciality restaurant we tried. Although the steak on the lava board was nice the other meals were disappointing and they couldn't serve a coffee. The entertainment on board I thought was excellent, I like music and all the shows were good. I also enjoyed the sail away parties. Service at all the bars was very good, lots of attentive staff wanting to get you a drink. I didn't buy anything in the shops, as I thought they were expensive and had a 20%tax added as you weren't leaving the EU. One bonus when you went off the boat you were allowed to buy alcohol and bring it back onto the ship to consume in your cabin Great ports to visit, went to Pisa, Capri, Dubrovnik and the sail into Venice was amazing. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We took a late booking for this trip around Italy (Venice to Genoa) and the first time on Oceana. Having read some negative reviews I was slightly apprehensive but was soon won over by the quiet and elegant charm of this ship. While it ... Read More
We took a late booking for this trip around Italy (Venice to Genoa) and the first time on Oceana. Having read some negative reviews I was slightly apprehensive but was soon won over by the quiet and elegant charm of this ship. While it carries over 2000 guests it still has an unhurried feel about compared to the larger (3000 plus) ships and is ideal for a relaxed holiday with the right level of optional activities in a stylish venue. Public areas are elegant and well kept, with a good range of bars and entertainment areas. Unlike on the larger P and O ships where you need to grab a seat in the theatre 45 mins before a show, on Oceana, with less passengers but similar sized venues, you can turn up 5-10mins before a show. Even on sea days you can get a sun lounger on deck if you make the effort to look. Cabin - we had an outside (first time) and was impressed with the window size which gave a light feel. Other features - bathroom/shower, storage, bed, were all to the standard of the major lines. A larger TV would be an improvement and a more powerful AC system, but otherwise we were satisfied with the quality and presentation. Dining - we had Freedom dining and alternated between having a table for 2 and sharing on a table for 6 or 8, depending on whether we wanted to wait or not. Even if we waited it was only for 10 minutes. Food was to a good standard with a varied selection on the menu. In the buffet, for breakfast or lunch, the selection was again varied covering most tastes. Entertainment: the shows were very good and specialty acts also provide options each night. With effectively 2 venues - main theatre (Footlights) and the night club stage (Spotlights) - there is plenty of seating available for either option. One suggestion would be to increase some of the daytime activities on sea days. While the guest speaker was interesting on 2 days, there could have been more activities (other than the quizzes). Stops: Venice: what more can be said Kotor - pretty medieval town with narrow streets. We didn't do the climb to the castle on the top of the hill (1000 steps) as it was too hot (30 degs). It seems that the large amount of bees/wasps we encountered in 2011 are still there so beware when having a drink in the outside bars in the main square. Corfu: we did a 2 stop excursion ( beach and resort) which gave a feel to the island as well as views of Albania. Rome: having been many times, we chose to go to the beach at the nearby town of Santa Marabella. (train fare €4 return) This has a sandy beach and is a clean resort but be prepared to rent an umbrella and 2 chairs for the day at €30 - - still cheaper than an official excursion. Monte Carlo - good to walk the F1 track and view the casino. I have never seen so many Ferraris as well as 2 Bugattis on a normal street. I would certainly recommend Oceana for a relaxed holiday. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
Yes the ship is a little dated,but they do everything right on this ship with marvellous staff to the food.the only gripe I can think of is the entertainment which I thought was only average. We used the plaza restaurant a lot due to ... Read More
Yes the ship is a little dated,but they do everything right on this ship with marvellous staff to the food.the only gripe I can think of is the entertainment which I thought was only average. We used the plaza restaurant a lot due to 'theme' nights.there is a large choice,be careful not to leave it too late has the food becomes only Luke warm!at lunchtime there is a great choice of restaurants to visit,we liked the jardim to have a lovely salad. The port destinations was very good with kotor and Monte Carlo being the highlights. We never went on any of the ships excursions or transfers,we found them really expensive. We did everything on our own and never came unstuck plus we found it a challenge. We have booked the 'ventura' for March.lets hope it has got the same high standards? Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
We had a nice time on the Oceana and the itinerary was great Naples, Florence , Pisa and Venice. however we made the mistake of booking an inside cabin and it was not good too near the theatre and you can guess the rest could not even try ... Read More
We had a nice time on the Oceana and the itinerary was great Naples, Florence , Pisa and Venice. however we made the mistake of booking an inside cabin and it was not good too near the theatre and you can guess the rest could not even try to sleep because of the noise before 12.30. I did complain but got nowhere. The young girl on reception said it was because we booked through a travel agent and should have booked direct This was a shame because this was our first trip with P and O. However to be fair service was good and the food was very British, which we liked. We had been on a previous cruise with Costa and it was better. My advice spend a few pounds more and don't go for the inside cabins on the Oceana they are small and have very poor insulation, surprising because the ship looked modern. We have been on Fred Olsten and Cruise and Maritime and MSC and the cabins are much better. Another point on sea days the ship seemed very crowded and it was difficult to get a sun lounger, not really a problem for us but if you like the sun you would have to get up early to book your seat? Be careful when you book your trips, we booked one in Venice and it included a visit to the glass factory which was a rip off. Took ages on the boat in boiling conditions only to be faced with the hard sell of buying? Wont fall for that one again? The Trip to Vesuvius on the other hand was great value for money and v interesting, Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
OK it was an early charter flight out but went perfectly. First time on Oceana and felt it showed its original US Princess design with open large casino and art gallery which you had to walk through. Liked the atrium design - but these ... Read More
OK it was an early charter flight out but went perfectly. First time on Oceana and felt it showed its original US Princess design with open large casino and art gallery which you had to walk through. Liked the atrium design - but these lifts serve only deck 5 - 8 meant having to either walk to front with 5 lifts or rear with 3 - which only went from deck 7 to 14. Trying to get down to deck 4 by lift was nearly impossible. Did not like the Plaza - it should be the crows nest - and the lack of an omlette station . The breakfast and lunch in the Plaza was a bit patchy. Cafe Jardin good for breakfast and we got 8.30 dinner in the Adriatic sorted out after the first night. Could have done with a first sea day instead of Livorno. The 2 captains nights in the Atrium were good - much better than being crammed into the usual theatre/nightclub - and we got more than 1 drink! Really liked Dubrovnik and Kotor. Only went to 1 performance - the pianist but we like proper piano playing not a Liberace medley done as fast as possible. Perfect flight home. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
We sailed in August for the 2 week cruise from Genoa to Venice and back. Having read some reviews about the poor state of the oceans we were pleasantly surprised by the size and standard of the balcony cabins, and the overall decor of the ... Read More
We sailed in August for the 2 week cruise from Genoa to Venice and back. Having read some reviews about the poor state of the oceans we were pleasantly surprised by the size and standard of the balcony cabins, and the overall decor of the ship. The good points: The various destinations were good and we felt that we had seen a lot, 6 different countries in total although it was not easy due to the heat. The embarkation and disembarkation arrangements were excellently managed. The plaza dining area offered a lot of good food choices. The children's reef club was excellent and highly recommended if you have children under 17. Cabin staff were very good and worked hard. The not so good points: Service in the Ligurian was awful. Wine waiters who seem to nothing about wine and who try their best to get you to drink as fas as you do you may order another drink. Waiters were so busy that they were reluctant to serve you dessert, water, cheese and coffee. We gave up eating there and never had breakfast or lunch there. There are too many bars onboard and bar staff who have little to do. 7 seemed to be the usual figure in footlights when 2 or 3 were all that were needed. In other bars you usually got hassled for a drink within 10 seconds of sitting down. Also as there were no real lounge areas on the ship, you felt intimidated not to sit in a hair near a bar. Wine started at 14.95 pounds a bottle but quality was ok. All other drinks seemed expensive with almost no offers and many onboard must have racked up a high bill! Entertainment was patchy, some good but mostly poor. Getting on and off the ship at the ports we visited was not always easy or quick and could involve a fair walk, eg, at Naples. Paying for the shuttles, which you do if you are not a select customer, seemed a rip off, particurlarly at Corfu which just saved a 15 minute walk - albeit in the heat. We went on the Pompeii trip which was far too short. We were left with just an hour and a half to see the site as it took a while to buy the tickets. This was very annoying! We paid the gratuities but saw that about half do not. Clearly the cabin staff do a good job, but the same cannot be said for a lot of others. So I would recommend that you reduce the level of gratuity since £5 a day is too much or just reward the cabin staff. Also we were surprised to see that some of the crew had families onboard (talking to one group, they were onboard for 4 weeks and were not paying) and that the crew were using the pool etc. Something to think about when considering gratuities. The size of the pool was ridiculously small and the number of sun beds far too few given the numbers onboard. There was little attempt to overcome the sunbed shortage. Finally, the captain made virtually no effort to meet the passengers, even at the gala party. A quick photo for some was all you got. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
The Oceania Marina is the perfect cruise ship both in size and amenities. A truly excellent staff, unsurpassed food (from the Main Dining Room to the 4 specialty restaurants)! The Tea Time at 4 pm each day complete with a string quartet ... Read More
The Oceania Marina is the perfect cruise ship both in size and amenities. A truly excellent staff, unsurpassed food (from the Main Dining Room to the 4 specialty restaurants)! The Tea Time at 4 pm each day complete with a string quartet was a highlight. Our cabin was 9062 and there was plenty of room and tastefully decorated! A little early on research led us to determine that Oceania (like all cruise companies, piway over price their tours. We reviewed several tour companies and picked SPB Tours based on reviews from Cruise Critic users. We could not have been more pleased. We took private tours in Berlin and St. Petersburg (well worth the extra money) and regular tours in Helsinki and Stockholm. Many thanks to Jim and Mike in Berlin, Elena and Max in St. Petersburg, Helena in Helsinki and Marina in Stockholm! (SPB was very flexible modifying our tours in St. Petersburg to meet our needs). We embarked in Copenhagen (recommend the Marriott Hotel). Copenhagen was truly breathtaking!. Take the water tour originating in Nyhaven and walk down the Stroget. Our first cruise port was Berlin via Warnemunde. I wish we could have taken the train both ways (3 hours each) to . That being said, Berlin is a can't miss destination and worth the 6-6.5 hour bus/train ride!. You will ride a comfortable bus with the regular tour to and from Berlin, then be taken by private van on your tour. Day 2 was a day at sea and great day to explore the Marina. The library, Horizons Lounge, and Barristas coffee shop were among our favorites. The Lido deck was perfect for relaxing and the Marina is the right size boat and it never seemed crowded. We loved all four specialty restaurants (Polo Lounge (steakhouse), Red Ginger (Asian, surprisingly our favorite), Toscana (Italian) and Jacques (French). The main dining room was as good as any of the specialty restaurants. Day 3 we arrived in Tallinn Estonia. (Tip-Bypass the initial cabs as they will push all day tours for about 85 euros a person). Go to the last cabs, hire one to take you to the top of Old Town and you can tour the town on your own, downhill). Tallinn reminds you a Bavarian or southern german town, a gem! Day 4 and 5 were spent in St. Petersburg. We advised Elena and Max that we did not have the desire or stamina to do everything they had planned for the day. They quickly revised the itinerary to highlight the Hermitage, Church of the Spilt Blood and St. Isaac's Cathedral and lunch at a authentic Russian restaurant. We went back to the ship about 3 pm after disembarking around 7:30 am. The next day, we did a canal tour, hydrofoiled to St. Petersburg (just in time to see the fountains at 11:00) and spent a lovely 3 hours+ exploring Peterhoff. This was followed by an excellent lunch at a Bed and Breakfast nearby that had unbelievable hot borst!. The dining room had just been constructed and looked like a miniature version of one of The Hermitage's interior. (Elena and Max at SPB, we are in your debt!). Day 6 was an excellent bus tour of the beautiful city of Helsinki. the one thing i regret is we only had time for about a 15 minute stop at the city market area. Highlights included the Parliament House, Senate Square, Sebillius Park pipe sculpture, Rock Church and we also toured Seurasaari Island. Our last day we arrived in Stockholm. The disembarkation process was extremely organized and we were one of the last groups to leave but only waited about 45 minutes in the Horizons lounge. SPB picked us up and Marina gave us an excellent tour of the Wasa museum, City Hall (where the Nobel Peace prize is awarded), and several panoramic stops for pictures and different parts of town. We stayed at the Hilton Hotel Slussen and would highly recommend it. It is in Old Town just south of Gamla Stan and has a breathtaking view of Stockholm and is located in a great neighborhood of restaurants and bars! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
This cruise was great for me and my 2 year old daughter because it is a family friendly and not too formal. There ship was a perfect mix of activity and relaxation. The entertainment in the starlights theatre was brilliant, I ... Read More
This cruise was great for me and my 2 year old daughter because it is a family friendly and not too formal. There ship was a perfect mix of activity and relaxation. The entertainment in the starlights theatre was brilliant, I especially enjoyed the Encore performance of West end hits. My daughter loved the kids club and still talks about it now, a month later. The pirate pool was fun for her to splash around in safely, although it needed a good clean. I found that the pools and pool areas were not large enough to accommodate the number of passengers on board, particularly on sea days where most people reserve sun beds all day with towels. We had freedom dining at the Ligurian restaurant but only ate there once. I had steak but it was inedible, very overcooked and served inexplicably with gravy and chips. It really was disgusting. The food in the buffet restaurant was a lot better and we preferred the more relaxed and spacious environment. One memorable lunch time was spent seated at the window overlooking Vesuvius. All the staff on board were so helpful and friendly. Our cabin steward Danny was brilliant. The shops on board were pleasant to have a wander around on sea days. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
As a first time cruiser I didn't really know what to expect but I had a fantastic holiday. The other option was a 5* all inclusive deal somewhere and this was much better value and not much more expensive in the school holidays. ... Read More
As a first time cruiser I didn't really know what to expect but I had a fantastic holiday. The other option was a 5* all inclusive deal somewhere and this was much better value and not much more expensive in the school holidays. Oceana is little dated in the cabins but overall the cruise was great value for money. The food and dining experience was excellent, breakfasts on the balcony and dinner in the Ligurian freedom dining. I loved sitting with other passengers and with freedom dining you get to meet so many people. The portions are fairly small which was great for me as I could indulge in all 5 courses! Avoided the main buffet - it's just not my thing! Drinks reasonably priced but soft drinks are a little pricy. The beach house was good but I wouldn't go back to the Cafe Jardin in the evening. The theatres tended to fill up quite quickly so you do have to plan to be there with a few minutes to spare. Both shows I saw were ok. The ents team were great and the tropical night was great to watch from the horizon grill. The pools are busy- I found a lovely spot at the front near the splash pool and stuck to it! Yes the loungers do fill up but there are plenty free - just probably not where you want them if you leave it 'till after 10.30. The itinerary was fantastic although you do only get a little flavour of each resort. Venice, Kotor, Corfu, Rome, and Monaco. It was really hot! 38 degrees but always somewhere cool if you need it on the ship. More of an issue when you got off to explore but we just took it steady and it was great. Another nice surprise was just relaxing on the balcony and enjoying the sailing in and out or places. Although it did mean a few very early mornings! You can leave your hand luggage and go off and explore Venice if your cabin is not ready. Ours was ready are 1.30 which was great. Also luggage was handled by the cruise line from airport to cabin another bonus. On the way back we had to be packed by 11pm so need a decent overnight bag- I had to use my beach bag! Read Less
Oceana Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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