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24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
My wife and I have cruised 1/2 dozen times. P&O, RCI, Princess, and Celebrity. We booked this cruise a couple of months back as an extra holiday this year. There were some poor reviews, negative comments like, old ship, bad smells, ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised 1/2 dozen times. P&O, RCI, Princess, and Celebrity. We booked this cruise a couple of months back as an extra holiday this year. There were some poor reviews, negative comments like, old ship, bad smells, poor food, miserable staff. What a load of old rubbish people come out with. I’ve even read stuff about flight delayed. As if that’s P&Os fault. Or bad weather. (Our captain even diverted the ship to find us sun) I say to most of those people “Get a life” our flight was delayed 2 hours due to fog. I’d much would rather sit on an aircraft and wait than take a chance and take off. In fact an announcement was given on the aircraft saying not to worry the ship wouldn’t leave without us. The food was lovely with lots of choice. Did I like everything all of the time? Of course not. But it was well presented and most of the time suited my own taste buds perfectly. The staff in ALL of the restaurants were immaculately dressed. The tables were always clean and very quickly cleared away too. There was rightly, maintenance being carried out constantly to keep the standards high. I read reviews about Rule Britannia and such like being constantly played. I could hear it in the background occasionally but I certainly didn’t find it overpowering. There was differing music being played throughout the ship for everyone's taste. Once on a sail away union flags were given out and I can honestly say that everyone around the pool deck thoroughly enjoyed singing along to English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh songs waving their flags, as did other nationalities. The headliners shows didn’t do it for me but they worked really hard. I just felt that their singing skills were poor. Nevertheless I watched and sang along. The other entertainers I enjoyed. If you don’t do excursions as we don’t, do some research and do your own thing. Some ports in the U.K. are not very nice but, move away a little and there is often so much to enjoy. I’m sure that there are some genuine complaints, there are bound to be,,,,,,,do things ever go right at home all of the time, is your gutter and facia sparkling clean on your house? Nothing ever broken down? Blocked up? I dropped my luggage at Gatwick and it arrived outside my cabin door and on the way back, I left it outside my cabin and next saw it at Gatwick on the conveyor reclaim belt. So, to everyone I say, Ignor the moaners, chill, and do what I firmly believe P&O want you to do and will help you to,,,,,relax and have a lovely cruise. My wife and I sure did. Our cruise was a 7 Day on 4/10/18 From/To Valetta. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We ended up on Oceana because the cruise fitted in with our available time slot and we couldn't be more pleased. It didn't start well, with a 2 and a half hour delay at Gatwick due to fog so did not get to ship until around ... Read More
We ended up on Oceana because the cruise fitted in with our available time slot and we couldn't be more pleased. It didn't start well, with a 2 and a half hour delay at Gatwick due to fog so did not get to ship until around 10:30pm. Check in was well organised and quick - they dealt with 200+ tired and stressed people very quickly and efficiently. After some food and liquid refreshment in the Buffet while watching the ship leave Valletta we went and found our cabin. We were a bit worried as it was opposite the lifts but we heard no noise all cruise. Very pleased with cabin, decent size with a very private balcony, comfortable bed, shower worked, loo flushed, no problems at all. The next day we met our Cabin Steward, Kathy, and knew all would be good - she's marvellous. Most days we were out on trips but on Sea Days we joined in with as many activities as we could fit in....even played Bingo for the first time ever and won £45, which was nice! Enjoyed the quizzes, especially the pre-dinner quiz in the pub where we always met new people. We were also a bit concerned that we had set Dining on a table of 8 at 8:30. We were lucky though because we couldn't have wished for nicer table companions and our Waiters were friendly and efficient. Food was far better than I expected, even my husband, who is a very fussy eater, had only one complaint - not enough salt in his soup, which was easily remedied! If you are a fish lover like me you'll be very happy. Thoroughly enjoyed every meal. I must mention the Great British Sail Away. I don't like the flag waving, jingoistic type of thing and refused to go but my husband (who is of West Indian heritage and definitely not a flag waver) went to have a look and came back to get me. I was completely wrong, it was great fun! Yes, everyone waves a flag and yes, there was Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and the National Anthem, but there was also 'Rockin All Over the World', 'We Will Rock You' and 'One Step Beyond'. There were Welsh songs (which I, half Welsh, missed by being stubborn!), Scottish, Irish and English songs. The Entertainment is what it is, you're on a Cruise Ship not in the West End. We went to a show every night and enjoyed them all for what they were. I must put in a word here for Angela Grace Brown who sang and played guitar by the pool every day, she was excellent and I made a point of listening to her on the days that we were on board at that time. We had no issues with Service at all. Everyone we came into contact with was friendly and efficient. We felt comfortable and well looked after by everyone on board. Oceana is a lovely ship. Yes, she's 'old' in cruise ship terms but she has an elegance and charm that many newer vessels lack. When you get back to a port and you see her moored up between 2 'blocks of flats' you can't help but feel a bit proud that she's 'yours'. I can easily overlook a bit of rust on the balcony for the sheer joy of being there. She's a ship with a 'soul' and I hope it didn't hurt when she took an almighty hit of lightning (that was 'exciting'!). The only grumble I would have would be with a small minority of our fellow passengers. Some people seem to have forgotten that it's not still the 1920s and that you don't speak to 'Staff' as if they're the dirt under your foot. Also, if you want West End standard entertainment then pay West End prices every night! - don't go to a 'Headliners' show and then tell one of the young performers on the way out that they 'weren't up to scratch', that's unnecessary and rude. Finally, go with an open mind and the intent to enjoy. Don't go intending to find fault with everything and you'll have a much happier time. We arrived home very late Thursday night and by Friday evening we'd booked our next one, see you on 21st November, Oceana xx Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise simply because it went where we wanted to go. Embarkation was good, very easy. The balcony cabin on deck C was of adequate size, the bathroom a little on the small side. We are not big but some of the guests on board ... Read More
We chose this cruise simply because it went where we wanted to go. Embarkation was good, very easy. The balcony cabin on deck C was of adequate size, the bathroom a little on the small side. We are not big but some of the guests on board would have struggled. They give you the option of hanging your towels if not needing replacement, but they replaced them daily anyhow, but not the sheets. We were on a two week cruise and not sure that we even had one change, definitely only one if any. The door to the balcony needed almost superhuman strength to move. We ate both at the free dining restaurant, which was quite good, and at the buffet restaurant, which was just ok. Breakfast could have had a little more variety...the "english breakfast" became monotonous. The British themed music constantly being pushed was galling too. If we never hear "Rule Brittania" and "Land of Hope and Glory" again it'll be too soon.The service staff were polite but need to understand that they should move aside for guests, not vice versa, especially when the guest has a tray with multiple items on it. There was only one of the staff, Nikko, who always had a smile and never stopped working. We found from the moment we boarded we had our hands in our pockets. The drinks programme meant exorbitant prices, £2.95 for a 330ml Coke!! OTT in anyone's language! Even if you bought a package they only gave you 10%off!! The coffee machine was very basic, and they ran out of full cream milk halfway through the cruise. Breakfast was the only time you could get anything other than water without exorbitant charge! Not being interested in swimming, the pool area or constant loud music, we found it impossible to find a quiet, shady, outdoor area where we could relax and read so therefore had to spend our "at sea" days indoors, unfortunately, because our weather was beautiful. We found the entertainment on board to be of high quality, and seemed to be something for everyone's taste. The musical theatre group appealed to us, but they do need to understand that The Bee Gees, even though maybe born in the UK, chose Australia as their home and it was Oz that made them great! P & O need to be more upfront when sailing from Malta, and make sure guests are informed of the 18% VAT charged on purchases from onboard shops. Also we were irritated that reception staff were not familiar with guests options of reclaiming that VAT from the airport, and if able to, what was the procedure. They have to charge the VAT but they should also know the details. Would we travel P & O again......no. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Cant really go wrong with P & O they are a good company. This ship is quite an old girl but very charming. The public areas are really nice, plenty of small niches to sit and relax and plenty of areas if you want to join in any of ... Read More
Cant really go wrong with P & O they are a good company. This ship is quite an old girl but very charming. The public areas are really nice, plenty of small niches to sit and relax and plenty of areas if you want to join in any of the programs. The decks have plenty of sunbeds/chairs we had no problem finding one at all. The evening shows were excellent, we worked out if you go for dinner early you can easily pull in both shows as they have two different venues with good acts on every night. Food was of good quality tasty and varied, we ate in the main restaurant every evening but one, when we tried Restaurant Jardin, which we didn't think was particularly special. We had a balcony cabin which was fine and the bed was very comfortable but the bathroom was rather small. The cabin stewards were very good and the rooms were cleaned to a high standard, we liked having tea/coffee facilities and they were replenished biscuits every day. Thoroughly enjoyable cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
our holiday was way beyond all expectations we saved hard for this holiday and we were not disappointed in anyway, we had a fabulous time so much so that we have booked another, holiday with you we are going on the Oceana again in ... Read More
our holiday was way beyond all expectations we saved hard for this holiday and we were not disappointed in anyway, we had a fabulous time so much so that we have booked another, holiday with you we are going on the Oceana again in 2020 flying to Dubai for 15 nights on board. our head waiter was Sohall solenky he was very attentive at all times and a pleasure to talk to. the bar waiter Chris Aclan was also very pleasant and attentive. Daryl Estevan looked after me with great care he met me every morning and assisted me with breakfast and lunch. also evening dinning Aleno and Antonio were very attentive. the staff when we were boarding and going off to spend a few hours of ship the staff were also really good I cannot praise everyone enough . all the saving was well worth the trip. thanking all the team oh I nearly forgot our cabin man Kevin brilliant Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Probably our last tip with P&O. It used to be the small details that made the difference with them, now they seem to be disappearing. The little dish of sweets in the cabin have gone, the nice biscuits have been replaced with cheap ... Read More
Probably our last tip with P&O. It used to be the small details that made the difference with them, now they seem to be disappearing. The little dish of sweets in the cabin have gone, the nice biscuits have been replaced with cheap rubbish, buffet food has gone downhill badly and the new alcohol policy just smacks of penny pinching. Oceana herself is a lovely old ship but she is old and clearly cutbacks are being made on the maintenance side of things as well, despite the recent refit she does look shabby. Fortunately most of the crew are still excellent, bar, waiting and cabin staff, you always get the odd one but generally very good. Apparently next year P&O are scrapping the service charge so you as they are giving all their staff a pay rise, so expect prices to go up pretty soon to reflect this! I expected more from P&O but every year we travel with them the standards seem to slip even further, how a couple of the feature acts got gigs on there is beyond me. With prices constantly increasing, as much fun as it is to cruise, I think we will think long and hard about another one and will certainly be looking beyond P&O Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose Oceana because it offered us the ports we wanted to visit , unfortunately due to force 9 gales our itinerary was completely altered this I appreciate was done for our safety but non the less was very disappointing. Many passengers ... Read More
We chose Oceana because it offered us the ports we wanted to visit , unfortunately due to force 9 gales our itinerary was completely altered this I appreciate was done for our safety but non the less was very disappointing. Many passengers were sea sick but we all managed not to succumb, although 2 days later I caught Noro virus and was confined to my cabin in order not to spread it to other passengers. Whilst confined to my cabin I watched from my balcony passengers returning from trips ashore and noticed many people failing to use the hand gel provided, had P&O insisted on this important safeguard maybe I could have avoided the Noro virus. Get your act together P&O.The ship generally was fine in the public areas but the cabins were very shabby and tired looking, also wasn't happy about the drinks prep area being infront of the mirror were you did your hair, not hygenic. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary, originally we wanted to sail on Queen Elizabeth to Venice, but that was full ! The only alternative on our dates was the Oceana, a ship we have never sailed in before, to say we were ... Read More
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary, originally we wanted to sail on Queen Elizabeth to Venice, but that was full ! The only alternative on our dates was the Oceana, a ship we have never sailed in before, to say we were 'disappointed' with this 20 year old ship (previously owned by Princess cruises) would be a gross over statement. If you like paying over £5 grand for a broom cupboard for two weeks, then, the Oceana should be YOUR first choice!!!. We appreciate the fact that Oceana had a £30 million refit last December in Germany but that money was spent on the general public areas, NOT in the TINY cabins (the smallest we have ever experienced in 18 years cruising).Our cabin was supposed to be an 'upgrade'!!!! we had asked for a double bed instead of two singles, when we opened the door for the first time we were greeted with a TINY cabin 'full' of a standard 5' double bed with another single bed hanging from the wall!!!!!!!!!!!!! This made access to one side of the bed impossible, the mattresses were very soft, old & in need of urgent replacement, we survived by me turning over the mattresses to find the firmer base side to lay on From day one our trip was constantly interrupted by the ships workmen who were conducting repairs all over the ship with resultant closures of walkways & awful paint smells. Due to 'some bad weather for one day', our intended port of call in Dubrovnik was cancelled & replaced with a lesser port in Zadar!!!!!!!!! (anyone heard of this place???) then, Ravenna & Mykonos were replaced with another obscure location in Katokolon! (anyone heard of this place,????) All have cheaper port charges to those advertised & for what we paid a huge The food served in Adriatic restaurant was constantly returned by fellow travellers as either tough/tasteless or had very hard undercooked vegetables. (Tomato soup smelt of burning gearbox oil). The Plaza buffet was the usual 'bunfight' at mealtimes, nothing changes with certain peoples disgusting eating habits. Entertainment, apart from Dean Stainsbury & Tucker, was way below previous expectations & in need of some serious investment. From our perspective & that of other guests, & in the light of P&O's latest creation Iona being launched shortly, Oceana is being tarted up for imminent disposal. In summary, I would certainly NOT invest my money buying accomodation in such a decrepid old ship, but, as I said at the beginning it was all that was available to me at that time for the ports we wished to sail into. Our cruise finally ended with a 3 hour departure delay at Malta airport, when we got back to Gatwick we found that our cases & their contents were ALL SOAKED through (ongoing claims) caused by the baggage handlers dumping our cases on the tarmac during heavy rain & walking away leaving them to get wet!!!!!!!!!! Bad experience, NEVER AGAIN.! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We could not disagree more with the reviewer Kimbaxter below, had she bothered to look at the deck plan she would have known that there was a lifeboat outside of the window. This was our first cruise. My wife had resisted it for years, ... Read More
We could not disagree more with the reviewer Kimbaxter below, had she bothered to look at the deck plan she would have known that there was a lifeboat outside of the window. This was our first cruise. My wife had resisted it for years, as she had imagined it would be populated by crusty old fossils rattling their jewellery (we are aged 72/68 ourselves but younger in outlook). She could not have been more wrong. We chose a midship mini suite which was everything we had hoped it would be, very comfortable beds, lots of storage space and a good size balcony. Among the clientele there was a full range of ages, tastes and backgrounds but everyone blended in. We were on freedom dining and chose to share tables in the Ligurian restaurant when we dined there; we were easily the oldest in the groups. We also like quizzes and joined much younger couples and met some lovely people. As to bars, The Yacht and Compass certainly is still busy at midnight, and several times there was live music and a disco up at the pool. But if major nightlife is what you want then Oceana is not for you. We thought the prices in the bars and the restaurants were just as you would expect. There is a range of bars/lounges to suit most tastes, with quick and amiable service. We found all staff, with only one minor exception, to be very friendly and helpful, especially our steward – and we were particularly impressed with our waiting staff in the Café Jardin. All staff work very hard and deserve praise. And so to the food – we found the standard in Café Jardin to be very high, (we went twice – ideal for us on Black Tie nights), and in no part of the ship did we encounter any problems with the quality of the food itself, from the English Breakfast, through afternoon tea to the evening meals. After being on an excursion or exploring on your own, the Afternoon snacks in the Plaza restaurant take a lot of beating. Another food highlight was the Room Service one afternoon - excellent quality. We did have a snack once after 10.30 –food is available up to 3.30 am some nights, but you need to check the Horizon newsletter daily for any timings. Entertainment-wise, I am afraid we did not rate the Headliners act at all – if you are used to West End standards you will be very disappointed, the rendition of “The Rhythm of Life” from Sweet Charity was so bad as to be laughable. The 4Tunes by contrast were excellent – but they work on more than one ship, not always on the Oceana. The two regular bands who perform in the Yacht and Compass and on the Lido deck were also both very good. We also enjoyed a fun Voice Workshop led by Andy Jones from the entertainment team, who was also a natural quizmaster. Like so many others we hated the continuous playing of patriotic/military music in the Plaza restaurant, we were totally sick of hearing Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Nimrod etc. etc. at all hours of the day. This was compounded by the flag waving sail away party from Rhodes which we considered to be an insult to the people of Greece. Needless to say we did not attend. Overall, we found that the cruise experience far exceeded our expectations and we are sure to give P & O more of our custom. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I cannot agree with kimbaxters review of Oceana, and the recent cruise we were both clearly on. We have cruised several times with P&O, and with a number of other lines. The food on bord was good - yes there were some dishes that were ... Read More
I cannot agree with kimbaxters review of Oceana, and the recent cruise we were both clearly on. We have cruised several times with P&O, and with a number of other lines. The food on bord was good - yes there were some dishes that were not to my taste, but the waiters would immediately offer and fetch an alternative if they noticed I was not eating. The pool area was cleaned thoroughly every morning - I was generally up in deck early and can confirm that this was the case. All staff I came in contact with were friendly and would go out of their way to be helpful. I was however disappointed with the general behaviour of some passengers. Leaving food strewn trays and rubbish over the deck area round the pool ; speaking rudely to deck stewards; pushing in front of other guests in the buffet - I could go on! Clearly, cruising is now at a price point that appears to attract a different clientele to a few years ago. However, we had a great time. The ports were beautiful, the organised trips ( we did two) were well organised and good value. Our cabin was clean, looked after well by our steward and we loved the balcony. The entertainment was varied, and we could always find something to our taste. The highlight being Ukebox, who were fantastic, and received standing ovations. All in all, perhaps cruising has changed over the years, but I would recommend trying it to anyone! 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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