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8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
To be quite honest I was not too keen on the idea of going on a cruise. My Sister who lost her husband almost two years ago was a frequent cruiser and had often said how much she enjoyed it. If fact they would sometimes manage to do two ... Read More
To be quite honest I was not too keen on the idea of going on a cruise. My Sister who lost her husband almost two years ago was a frequent cruiser and had often said how much she enjoyed it. If fact they would sometimes manage to do two a year. Alnong with two other very close friends we all decided that we would go on a cruise and selected Oceana for our maiden voyage together. We opted for a fly cruise for seven nights, flying out to Malta to pick up the ship. Our air transport was provided by TUI the newly branded Thomson airline. Even the cabin crew were getting confused with the change. Sadly this is where the cattle truck system does not make for comfortable travel. Myself, being almost 6ft and not too slim could just about squeeze into the seat. There was no legroom, fortunately I was able to change seats to an aisle seat where I could at least squeeze in with an arm rest placed in the upright position. As to being able to drop the table to a flat position, that was impossible. The upshot of this was that every time the trolleys went past my shoulders and elbows bore the brunt of the collision. It was no different on the return flight. Anyway, I’ve always believed that the flight forms part of the holiday so I would score this a poor 2 out of 5. On a brighter note our arrival at Malta was on time and we were swiftly directed out of the airport by a myriad of helpers brandishing P&O signs and on to coaches. Sadly these coaches had their seats crammed in to maximise the discomfort of tall or not so slim passengers. Some 20 minutes later we got off the coaches and stood in line whilst we all went through the process of being photographed and processed. This procedure seemed to take some time and the standing around in the heat was starting to wear thin by the time we actually arrived under our own steam onto the dock where the Oceana was tied up. We had been travelling for over 14 hours and I for one was getting tired at this time. Our ascent up the gangway onto the ship was very smooth and it was great to be able to sit in a comfy chair and grab a drink before finding our cabin. Initial impressions of the atrium and its lighting seemed to pick me up a little and i thought that if the rest of the ship is as welcoming as this then perhaps it might not be too bad. Drink, Drunk and we moved off to locate our respective cabins, directions were well signed and we soon entered the corridors for A deck. On arrival at our cabin our luggage was outside waiting for us. Brilliant! On opening the door and entering my first impressions were very good. Nice size for two of us with basically all that you need. On drawing the curtains and opening the balcony door there was ample room to sit and chill. Now it’s starting to impress me a little. We planned to meet by the lifts then go up to the sun deck for a drink or two before grabbing a light snack from the buffet. The sun deck was impressive although some fixtures and fitting looked as thought they had seen better days but I’m sure they were on the list of jobs to do. Dinner that evening was casual and the menu was very interesting. I chose for my main course Whole Wytch Sole, which when it arrived was not whole but de-headed, skinned and very over cooked to the point where it was inedible. I had no option but to send this back and chose a lamb dish which when it arrived was excellent. In order to keep this somewhat short as a review, the meals throughout the week in the Buffet and the Ligurian Restaurant were very good to excellent. The formal nights we all enjoyed and even got time to chat to one of the senior officers. Drinks were priced at hotel prices which was not too bad. The service throughout was very good. Our cabin steward was excellent and nothing was too much trouble for him. I for one used the gym a couple of times and was quite impressed with the available equipment. We spent plenty of time on deck either walking round the promenade deck or just leaning on the rail watching the world go by. Going in and out of the ports we visited would find us up on deck of on our balcony watching the procedures. We also did a couple of trips off the ship which we enjoyed but these really are documented by many that have gone before us. We went to a couple of shows which we all enjoyed and all in all spent a very enjoyable week. Needless to say I have now changed my mind about cruising. Would I do it again? Let me think? Yes of course! In fact we have already booked our second cruise on Britannia for 14 nights out of Southampton. No more fly cruises though! Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise manly because of the itinerary and we weren't disappointed Embarkation was log winded with flights, security checks etc but went as smoothly as possible. Disembarkation was very good, our bags were taken from ... Read More
We chose this cruise manly because of the itinerary and we weren't disappointed Embarkation was log winded with flights, security checks etc but went as smoothly as possible. Disembarkation was very good, our bags were taken from our cabin & next time we saw them was at Gatwick, we were able to stay on the ship until a few hours before our flights, compare this with Royal Caribbean who chuck you off the ship at 8:30am regardless of the time of your flight It's fair to say that Oceana is ready for her refit in December, some areas were refurbished on the last refit but a lot of the décor is dated, there is a lot of fake brown wood, lots of lights not working in various venues, saying that we found that the ship was friendly and comfortable, we could always find somewhere to sit inside and on deck our inside cabin was kept spotlessly clean by our lovely steward, again the décor was very dated but the bed was comfortable and there is lots of storage The food was excellent, we enjoyed our meals in the restaurant where I had the most amount of vegetarian dishes to choose from I've ever seen, the buffet was also good with lots of fresh salads, we also eat in Le Jardin and the Beachouse which again was excellent The resident headliners on Oceana are the best we've seen, the lady comedian and magician was very funny, the singer Anna Hawkins was absolutely brilliant. Both guest speakers were interesting and my wife enjoyed her art class, there are lots of quizzes and activities to take part in if you want to The crew were friendly and worked hard, no complaints about the service We didn't do any excursions so can't comment on those Dubrovnik- used the free shuttle bus to the old town and took the cable car for amazing views over the city and bay, the old city is interesting but very busy Venice- took the ferry service straight to St Marks Square then followed the yellow & white signs back to Piazzale Roma where you can get the people mover back to the ship Hvar- beautiful place, tender boat from the ship, picturesque harbour and town, walked up to the castle where the views are stunning Split- another lovely port, spent some time in the walled city and climbed the tower where you are rewarded with views of the city, then spent some time on the beach not much sand but good for a paddle and had a nice lunch overlooking the sea Valletta- Is a lovely city built out of warm sun coloured limestone, we caught a public bus to the ancient city of Mdina which was very interesting, cost a couple of euros on the bus Civitavecchia- port for Rome which we have done before so had a look around not much to see and a bit scruffy Ajaccio- went to the beach and swam in the clear blue sea! it's round the headland from the ship, the town it's self is pretty with interesting squares and streets Naples- big and busy city with mad drivers! took a ferry to Sorrento which took about 40mins, you get the ferry from the dock to the left of the ship Messina- you need to go out of Messina to see a better side of Sicily, there is a square with a clock tower but it's not an attractive place with a lot of graffiti and rubbish We really enjoyed our cruise and would like to sail on Oceana again after her refit, there was the right amount of shore time and time to relax on the ship Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We really enjoyed our two weeks on the Oceana. It is a beautiful ship both inside and out, and contrary to some of the other reviews the food was excellent and the service first class. The Café Jardin was very good value at only £7.50 ... Read More
We really enjoyed our two weeks on the Oceana. It is a beautiful ship both inside and out, and contrary to some of the other reviews the food was excellent and the service first class. The Café Jardin was very good value at only £7.50 extra per head. Outstanding were the Headliners theatre company - other reviewers must have seen a different cast - their shows were remarkably well done. The talks by the lady pilot were most interesting. The ship layout is a bit quirky - not all the lifts go to all decks which takes some getting used to; and a few things were out of order. We did however notice that standards were slipping a bit in terms of the dress people were allowed to getaway with in the evening. But the overall feeling was that it is a happy ship. The tours were very good, and gave an interesting introduction to countries which we had no yet visited. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We were attracted by the itinerary and reasonable pricing but the cruise was a bit of a let down. The ship (and some of the staff) seemed tired and the entertainment was modest when compared to other cruise lines. The Cafe Jardin was ... Read More
We were attracted by the itinerary and reasonable pricing but the cruise was a bit of a let down. The ship (and some of the staff) seemed tired and the entertainment was modest when compared to other cruise lines. The Cafe Jardin was a big dissapointment. Not worth paying extra for and in all honesty best avoided. This cruise line seems stuck in the past. The staff were polite enough but no one seemed to have any zip about them. Embarkation in Malta was quick and efficient. Staff in casino were friendly enough and the couple of tournaments organised were good value, well run, and not intimidating for novices like me. However, the casino is small and the slot machines (like the rest of the ship) were very dated. If you pick a cruise which includes Sibenik please note you need to get a tender and a coach to get there. Not really worth the effort and P&O should look at other ports in the area instead e.g. Split. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Having sworn never to cruise again with P&O and especially not on Oceana again, we found an itinerary that attracted us and decided to bite the bullet, and try Oceana again. I am very glad that we made that decision, as this cruise ... Read More
Having sworn never to cruise again with P&O and especially not on Oceana again, we found an itinerary that attracted us and decided to bite the bullet, and try Oceana again. I am very glad that we made that decision, as this cruise was a completely different experience to our last one! This was a 7 day cruise out of Malta, travelling up the Croatian coast to Venice and return. The itinerary was interesting, and in spite of some inclement weather, we enjoyed our ports of call and the overall cruise experience. Green beans were still the vegetable of choice in the dining room, but at least there was a slight change in that they mixed the beans with peas, but having said that, food in the dining room and buffet were improved from our last cruise in February 2016. Entertainment this time was great, with good variety and a positive attitude by the entertainment staff. The overall age of guests was much younger than on our last trip, and so we learned that an extended cruise out of Southampton is not for us, but we may even return to Malta next year and continue where we left off. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Cruise chosen because P&O treat passengers like adults, ports of call, variety of reasonably priced trips, `live' performers, bonded luggage scheme and a few new ports for us to visit. Oceania is due her refit and it was ... Read More
Cruise chosen because P&O treat passengers like adults, ports of call, variety of reasonably priced trips, `live' performers, bonded luggage scheme and a few new ports for us to visit. Oceania is due her refit and it was slightly noticeable but did not detract from the top rate service. A beers and standard drinks package would have been welcome in addition to the soft drinks, coffee and wine schemes. The Headliners show team were top of any teams that we have seen over many years of cruising and mostly sang live where possible. We never felt pressured into buying stuff that we were not interested in, although there were plenty of add on's and specials for people who like that sort of thing. The three paid trips we made (Butraint national park, Spinalonga and Cetina river) were very good in terms of interest, timetable, tour guide information and historical facts. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
A fly-cruise is the only logical way to get to more-distant destinations if many additional ‘sea-days’ are to be avoided. Despite all of the hassle involved with flights from and to Gatwick, this turned out to be a highly-enjoyable ... Read More
A fly-cruise is the only logical way to get to more-distant destinations if many additional ‘sea-days’ are to be avoided. Despite all of the hassle involved with flights from and to Gatwick, this turned out to be a highly-enjoyable seven-night cruise from and to Malta, taking in some fantastic destinations. It was our first time in Valletta and likewise the four further ports of call – Piraeus (for Athens), Heraklion (Crete), Katakolon (for Olympia) and Sarande (Albania). The weather was exactly as one would expect for late August in the Mediterranean – consistently hot and sunny. Excursions to the Acropolis and Olympia were the highlights for us. Sarande was hardly in the same league as the other ports of call and although close to Corfu (which would have been a far preferable destination), apparently the ship had called there in the preceding week (many of the passengers on our cruise being in the second week of a two week cruise; P&O offering ‘back to back’ cruises taking in either seven or fourteen nights around the Mediterranean). The ship was full and age-ranges ‘across the board’, but with perhaps an emphasis on ‘middle-aged without children’, even though the cruise was in school holiday time. ‘Oceana’ itself remains a generally very pleasant experience. We last cruised on her in 2014 and I would imagine that there has been no interim refit. This must certainly now be close, assuming our cabin (and especially the ‘bathroom area’) to be typical of all on the ship. There was nothing really too wrong with our midships balcony-cabin, but it was perhaps beginning to look a bit tired here and there. It does have to be said that the cold running water was never cold and the shower was hardly ‘gushing’ – as we had very recently experienced on ‘Adonia’. At the next refit, fixed-head showers should be replaced with showers on a flexible hose – for obvious reasons. Since P&O have apparently re-negotiated the contract for the supply of tea, it’s a pity that the in-cabin caddies bear logos which are a throw-back to better times when everything was supplied by the acknowledged up-market producer. We considered the food to be consistently excellent and cannot really understand the need to even think about booking one of the ‘select dining’ experiences (with their additional cover-charges). We were on a table of four (second sitting) in the ‘Adriatic’ restaurant – the fixed seating being far more to our liking than ‘freedom dining’, which I believe was the case for those allocated to the ‘Ligurian’ restaurant No complaints either about the self-service arrangements in the ‘Plaza’. This time, we did not take in any of the on-board entertainments (there was really no need; out all day –other than on sea days – and then the pleasurable experience of an unhurried dinner), so no comment can be made in this regard. TWO TIPS: (1) Whereas when cruising we usually have (at least!) a bottle of wine from the restaurant’s comprehensive wine-list at dinner, this time we preferred longer cold drinks (beers and soft alternatives). Do not buy these in the restaurant as they will only offer small bottled options (requiring two at a time). Buy your long drinks from one of the bars (we used ‘Winners’) at half-the price for the same quantity and simply take them in with you. (2) If you are new to fly-cruising (as we were), make sure that you establish on day one (even if only in broad principle) what the arrangements will be when it comes time to leave the ship. This turned out to be an important lesson for us as we had a late flight from Gatwick and a similarly late flight back. We had (wrongly as it happened) assumed that we would be invited to vacate our cabins early on the last day and similarly vacate the ship early. In fact, for those departing in the late afternoon the requirement to vacate the cabin early remain, but it is then possible to come and go from the ship as you like on the final day, enjoying all of the usual amenities. Before we left home, we had pre-booked the excursion ‘Farewell to Malta’ as we thought this would be a good use of our time and get us to the airport. There was no need. Coach transfers are arranged for all departing passengers at a sensible time and so we would have effectively ‘wasted’ the free-transfer if we had gone ahead with the tour. However, the arrangements for departing passengers were only issued on the last but one night – and that meant when we came to try and cancel the tour (which was no longer relevant), P&O looked to invoke ‘the small print’ which says that no refunds for tours can be given for tours cancelled within 48 hours of departure’. To their credit, P&O did acknowledge that we had a fair point, since none of this is evident from the website when you are ‘encouraged’ to book your excursions early, and accordingly found a way of refunding 90% of the cost of the tour. Be warned! Overall, a great cruise. Would we take another fly-cruise and on this ship? Yes. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We chose this as we had one week to spare and wanted hot weather. On embarkation we weren't sure of having chosen a smaller and older ship. The buffet food on that day wasn't great but after that the best freedom dining food we ... Read More
We chose this as we had one week to spare and wanted hot weather. On embarkation we weren't sure of having chosen a smaller and older ship. The buffet food on that day wasn't great but after that the best freedom dining food we had experienced on any of the other ships. Michelin standard every night and we are fussy eaters. Crew were wonderful and service 100% Amazing and perfect week. Didn't like the port of Sarande much but apart from that couldn't fault it. The disembarkation was impeccable as was the organisation throughout our stay. Fantastic value for money even though we paid more than a lot of other cruisers for the same holiday.Thank you so much P&O for another amazing memory. Just sad to say goodbye! Next off to the Caribbean and counting days already. With regards to the entertainment Ukebox were super as was The Michael Buble tribute. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We booked this late as they were offering a good price and we thought it covered Verna’s birthday. We flew from Manchester on a P&O charter flight, which was well organised, the luggage was taken off us and we didn’t see it until ... Read More
We booked this late as they were offering a good price and we thought it covered Verna’s birthday. We flew from Manchester on a P&O charter flight, which was well organised, the luggage was taken off us and we didn’t see it until we got to our cabin. The flight was smooth and uneventful landing about six thirty the coaches were waiting and with one of the most speedy booking-in I’ve known. By the time we reached our cabin our cases were there waiting for us. Being an older, smaller ship there was the odd patch of rust about the worst being the state of the windows, they looked as though they needed a scrape rather than just a wash, they were filthy. The cabin was smaller than we were used to and the layout was more cramped, when you used the toilet your knees were in the doorway or so it seemed. We had anytime dining in the liguane restaurant this was at times very slow although we did have one set of waiters which were very speedy. The other restaurant was the Adriatic which had set dinning. The Buffet in the Plaza was strange it only had one section right in the front half of which was commandeered at night to form the beachcombers’ specialty dining room, so it made it very busy in the evening with lots of jostling for seats. The food was good on the occasional night we didn’t find anything to our liking so we went to the plaza which had a bigger choice. When we were on the Oceana on previous cruise we found the service especially in the plaza to be bad with tables still with dirty plates, I’m glad to say this time they were brilliant and they appeared as if by magic at your elbow the moment you finished. The entertainment was geared to music, you could have any type you wanted it was everywhere. They told us that the entertainment team was two members down this was why there were few quizzes and the like this was disappointing to us being in the ‘ancient’ class. They had the ‘house’ dancers and singers who did a really good job, but why did the put them on in the lounge where the stage was small and there was very few props. Having traveled the med before we were only interested in three ports, Sarande Albania, Sibenik and Zadar Croatia which are apparently new to the cruise circuit. All three places were attractive and interesting the people were friendly but the names and signs were a tongue twister to try to pronounce. Our best stop was Venice, having been before and knew our way around, this time we found a mass people mover just outside the dock gates which took us to the bus station which is the beginning of Venice and only one fifteen euros. Before we went we had heard that the weather was hot, when we got there it seemed impossibly hot, although the ship had air-conditioning it was a struggle to cool down and we had to sleep on top of the bed in attempt to keep cool. I’m glad to say after a few days the temperature dropped to a cool’ twenty nine Celsius which made life a bit bearable. As our P&O charter flight was not until the evening we were allowed to stay on board unlike other companies which dump you at the airport hours before your flight. And another slick operation bused us to the airport, I must give praise to the Malta immigration people for the slick way they got us through passport control, having heard about huge queues in European airports I was a bit worried this might happen here. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Just back from our 7 day holiday on P & O Oceana from Malta to Venice and back. We travelled with our 2 daughters and son and his wife and were in 3 cabins next to each other. This was all their first experience of cruising. Oceana is ... Read More
Just back from our 7 day holiday on P & O Oceana from Malta to Venice and back. We travelled with our 2 daughters and son and his wife and were in 3 cabins next to each other. This was all their first experience of cruising. Oceana is an older ship but don't let that put you off from travelling on her. All I can say is we had a wonderful time together and the holiday exceeded our expectations. The ship is lovely and it is difficult to fault the food on board and in the main restaurants. The service is excellent. We all had balcony cabins and had these all opened up so we could be together. The balconies are a little on the small side but that is really being picky. As previous comments have stated the beds are awesome. All the family enjoyed themselves and want me to book again for next year. Will do finances permitting. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I have read many reviews of Oceana and in some cannot recognise the experience we had. It was our first cruise and were a bit nervous about what we would find. All in all it was fabulous! Our Cabin steward, Socorro, was great. The ... Read More
I have read many reviews of Oceana and in some cannot recognise the experience we had. It was our first cruise and were a bit nervous about what we would find. All in all it was fabulous! Our Cabin steward, Socorro, was great. The cabin was spotless and we felt really looked after. The waiters in le Jardin and the Ligurian were helpful and attentive. Reception were able to answer all our questions. Ok, the carpets show signs that people have walked on them. The bathroom is not the standard you would expect in a five star hotel on land. But hey, we were at sea, sun rises over a different city every morning were fabulous, food was great, service outstanding, entertainment catered for a diverse assembly. Sun decks can become crowded. There are plenty of other areas to visit if you are interested. We really enjoyed the dance classes, magician and wine tasting. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Last minute booking guaranteed cabin. We ended up with a disabled cabin so really spacious. Clean and comfortable, friendly cabin steward( as they always are). Air con always on in cabin and cannot be turned off which could be a bit ... Read More
Last minute booking guaranteed cabin. We ended up with a disabled cabin so really spacious. Clean and comfortable, friendly cabin steward( as they always are). Air con always on in cabin and cannot be turned off which could be a bit annoying. Free launderette which was quite handy. Tea making facilities which was great for a morning cuppa! Ship clean throughout, plenty of choice in buffet as well as poolside grill. Restaurant meals were delicious although some waiters could have done with better customer service skills, ( I have emailed p&o re this). Entertainment good especially comedian. Plenty of jacuzzis and although pools full, there was room to get in baring in mind it was school summer hols. Ports were good but as there was a heatwave we didn't do any trips, preferring to get back to ship. Drinks were a bit expensive and no beer or cocktail packages but we knew that before we booked. Would go with p&o again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
We travelled on Oceana as she was going to the ports we were interested in calling at, especially Corfu where we have enjoyed the Boat Trip and Swim excursion before. However, this ship is now in a poor state and I do not mean just ... Read More
We travelled on Oceana as she was going to the ports we were interested in calling at, especially Corfu where we have enjoyed the Boat Trip and Swim excursion before. However, this ship is now in a poor state and I do not mean just decoration/furnishings (which I understand are being renewed in November). We were barely able to open/close the sliding door on our balcony due to dirt being allowed to build up in the runners which meant you had to push the door with all your might in order to open it. Also the rust that has gone unchecked was very apparent at the top and bottom of the door frames. We found the food being offered in the buffet (we chose Freedom dining) just did not go together, ie curry with no rice one evening and jerked chicken on bar-b-que night with no fries, just a dish with a few over-cooked wedges or mash. The desserts, although looking very pretty, were absolutely tasteless. The Catering Manager needs to sit down with the chefs and come up with food that not only looks nice but tastes nice too which is something that just is not happening in the buffet on Oceana. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We are back home again after a lovely cruise on P&O Oceana, nice ship. Entertainment was good, magician from our town Northampton Mark Shortland was Excellent we also had Fogwell Flats who played two shows very funny but he is a ... Read More
We are back home again after a lovely cruise on P&O Oceana, nice ship. Entertainment was good, magician from our town Northampton Mark Shortland was Excellent we also had Fogwell Flats who played two shows very funny but he is a Blast from the past also very good was a 3 man group called the Bass Tones done 2 shows with a good mix of songs, production shows also were very good Two nice venues Footlights theatre and the Starlites Lounge Cabin was good, MDR food good, Buffet not so good limited food didn't seem to flow right Ports where good Sarande, Albania was different we took a taxi up to the Blue Eye which was good to see We were unable to tender into Mykonis sea was to rough, last time we were there we couldn't get in because of rain. We will probably have to try and go a different time of the year to see the Island Had a nice P&O coach tour round Malta on last afternoon then they dropped us back to the Airport which was good as we didn't have to wait to long for our flight Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We have just returned from a wonderful cruise visiting Croatia Venice and Malta .beautiful weather every day. We Loved every minute and had a perfect holiday. The arrivals lounge at Malta was a bit chaotic and we were told to pick ... Read More
We have just returned from a wonderful cruise visiting Croatia Venice and Malta .beautiful weather every day. We Loved every minute and had a perfect holiday. The arrivals lounge at Malta was a bit chaotic and we were told to pick up our bags at the carousel but the rest of the embarkation was very smooth and efficient and we were very happy to find our bags delivered to our cabin. Entertainment choices were varied enough and we enjoyed the shows throughout the week and the quizzes. The menu choices and food throughout the week was first class and the service everywhere was fantastic. The staff were friendly and helpful and all worked very hard to ensure a good holiday and customer satisfaction difficult to do on a busy ship but always friendly and smiling. The excursion manager was particularly helpful and went over and above to meet our needs. Would recommend this ship and would definitely go again. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Chose this cruise because of the ports, mainly because it was Fly Cruise, prefer it because you are into warm weather from day 1. Fly to Valletta, 1 week one direction, Athens Albania, etc back to Valletta (so we had a full day there) ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the ports, mainly because it was Fly Cruise, prefer it because you are into warm weather from day 1. Fly to Valletta, 1 week one direction, Athens Albania, etc back to Valletta (so we had a full day there) then around to Venice and Croatia. Never been in Oceana before and had read reviews on here, so didn't know what to expect. Everything was fine, I believe it is there oldest ship but it doesn't detract in any way, if you are determined to look for faults instead of enjoying the good points you may think the carpets are a bit tired, but hey you are in holiday, look for all the good points! The atrium is beautiful, the staff treat you like royalty, I will say the food is not as good as years ago when I first began cruising when we had silver service but it's still good and excellNt value for money. Must say though it was surprised to see cottage pie one evening! Having said that I had lobster on two occasions. Entertainment: illusionist , comedians, Blue Jays singing 50's hits, Electra (modern violin) - something to suit all tastes. Personally didn't like the music/band played on deck in the afternoons (more the volume really) we could hear it in our cabin too. But I guess other people do like it! Th last day was at sea, sailing back to Valletta to fly home, captain announced an engine problem that slowed the ship down - we could be 3 hours late back to port, but all those passengers who had booked their flight through P and O would be put into a hotel and found another flight if necessary, those that booked separately would be helped to find another flight too. In th the last end they managed to put the ship on full throttle and we caught our flight, top marks to the captain! However we felt reassured that we would be helped and that was a great relief. The only stop we didn't really like was Albania and that was only substituted because of problems in Turkey earlier in the year. Everywhere else was wonderful. Was delayed 2 hours getting off on Hvar, because the ship is only allowed 2 tenders, and the tiny port is absolutely full of every type of boat you can imagine. Not the fault of P and O although disappointing to us, so my advice is get your tender tickemvery early! Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Cabin Dirty with mould embedded into the seals behind the taps and I could scrape off the scum in the shower and I could write my name on thee mirrors in the cabin and the dust on the TV stand, in fact the whole ship dirty. The drains on ... Read More
Cabin Dirty with mould embedded into the seals behind the taps and I could scrape off the scum in the shower and I could write my name on thee mirrors in the cabin and the dust on the TV stand, in fact the whole ship dirty. The drains on deck smelt dreadful every day even though there were several complaints. There was a group of 12 of us booked for late sitting but when we got on board they had booked us for early sitting. I was told to go to the restaurant to change it but they could not seat us all together. Every day the steward forgot to put sun towels in the room and when we got some from the spa there were not enough beds. There was also an issue with the pools as I had a 2 18 months old and one 6 year old, the two younger ones were not allowed in the lido pool where all the fun was and they had to go to the splash pool one deck up, however this was full of adults sitting around the outside and moaning at every splash. This was my 5th cruise with P and O and it will be the last. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Having thoroughly enjoyed last years cruise on Oceana we certainly felt things had changed this year. The Thomson flights were acceptable, transfers and embarkation all very good as usual with P+O. As we had saver fare we got our cabin ... Read More
Having thoroughly enjoyed last years cruise on Oceana we certainly felt things had changed this year. The Thomson flights were acceptable, transfers and embarkation all very good as usual with P+O. As we had saver fare we got our cabin allocated (A715) and dining which was (again) fixed at 8.30pm, so for the second year with didn't bother with the MDR which is no loss to us. Our cabin was high, starboard at the rear, so more movement felt this year but nothing untoward, the balcony a first for us was welcome but small and tbh we didn't sit on it much, more of a viewing platform ! it was under the Lido deck and the only noise from above was the odd heavy footed passenger during the day. The cabin itself was functional but tired, small tv and limited channels, the cabin was kept tidy though by the pleasant stewardess. Beds and pillows we're very comfy. As i said we don't use the MDR, so the buffet is our haunt, food very much canteen style, heavy on Indian and Chinese we thought, too much so. Food is acceptable but nothing special (watery custard, watery mash, poor meat joints spring to mind) as a buffet its quite small and limited, lets say in comparison to the huge Egyptian spreads in hotels we visit. The desserts are generally tasty though. As with any buffet it can look a bit untidy at times and picked over, more front of house staff needed we thought. Service in the buffet for drinks and table clearing etc is apathetic and lackluster, staff seemed unmotivated, more so than last year. Oh and the dress code is now not enforced in the buffet, t-shirts, shorts flip flops all now allowed, i did ask the manager directly and he said said it was because of customer back lash on challenge ! The rest of the ship as we know is old and tired now but still fully functional and P+O do a great job of sectioning off areas to suit all tastes, the quiet promenade deck for reading and snoozing, front of ship for quiet sunbathing, center of ship for you party folks and the adult rear section for peace and quiet, the odd kid did stray to the rear and unfortunately wasn't advised by staff. Ports of call we're all very nice and well handled, shame as with all cruises excursions are over priced, just one tender port, Sarande. Entertainment and the theaters all excellent as last year with some good shows as usual. So the main point of change for us, STAFF, on the whole just so apathetic and un-engaging, so different from what we remember. Examples, no drinks offered for 2 hours round pool, approached bar for water told "over there ! ", served at Horizon Grill with not a single word, plates left on breakfast tables 30 mins+, staff passed in corridors in silence, served at meat station in buffet again in silence etc etc, all on there own small things but as a whole do not really equate to any form of "service". We filled in the on board questionnaire and reduced our "auto gratuity" by 50 % as we really felt we received little to no service above semi acceptable, where as last year it would never have crossed our mind to do so. So overall we did enjoy the cruise i promise ! P+0 still do well in a lot of areas but this ship desperately needs its anticipated re-fit and for me P+O need to decide where in the market they want to be as at the moment they seem unsure. This year we went straight to P+O for our second cruise without thought next ...sorry P+O i think we may try elsewhere. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Sailed on P&O Oceana from June into July 2017. Fly cruise from Malta and sailed Central Med visiting Croatia, Italy and Greek Islands. I have sailed with P&O previously and was somewhat anxious having read some of the reviews about ... Read More
Sailed on P&O Oceana from June into July 2017. Fly cruise from Malta and sailed Central Med visiting Croatia, Italy and Greek Islands. I have sailed with P&O previously and was somewhat anxious having read some of the reviews about this ship before sailing. I had no reason to be. I joined the ship and despite a delayed flight the crew members got us on board as quickly as they could and without fuss. The itinerary was fine and although there were just two ports that I didn't enjoy, which I feel should not have been part of that itinerary it didn't spoil anything for me or for those those travelling in my party. I understand the ship is due for a re-fit later this year and that may be necessary in some areas but overall I found the ship to be very clean, furniture more than comfortable and the staff very hardworking, polite and professional. The reports of furniture being threadbare and the ship looking tired and rusty were without foundation. The atrium is majestic and I spent some time during the early hours of one morning taking photographs of the interior of the ship and it was at this time I saw the cleaning staff working very hard to maintain its high standard of cleanliness. The restaurant was well run and I had no complaints about the food, indeed it was excellent and the waiters were more than willing to accommodate the needs of passengers. The buffet area was well run and out of 14 days I experienced only one day when it became a bit congested. The Beach House is a must and the food served from there was splendid..a great experience at a small additional charge. I had one bad experience on this ship during my holiday that involved us missing an excursion, which was the fault of a crew member. It certainly messed up our day but it didn't spoil the cruise. I would certainly recommend this ship to anyone. Do not be put off by any negative reviews you may read the Oceana is a lovely ship and I would cruise on it again without hesitation. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Having sailed on Oceana before I am happy with the size of ship and well aware of her age.That said P&O maintain their fleet well this one included ( a re fit is due in Dec 2017 this year ) , P&O keep tight lipped on what their ... Read More
Having sailed on Oceana before I am happy with the size of ship and well aware of her age.That said P&O maintain their fleet well this one included ( a re fit is due in Dec 2017 this year ) , P&O keep tight lipped on what their plan might be !!! Cabin no wear in the carpet or fittings everything worked, Cabin Steward Chhering was exemplary, the best we have had, she addressing us by name at each greeting. The Tui flight from Manchester departed early- well done Tui. Embarkation was swift and friendly at Malta. Lunch awaited, then cabin ready and luggage there too - so an afternoon in Valletta in the hot sunshine. Return flight on time too. We Always Always choose freedom dining- we had a table for two each evening ( our choice ), NO WAITING. Waiters and wine waiters, were excellent, with a smile. In fact all the team on board appeared very happy - a good sign. Same from the bar team in ' Magnums' bar which was our preferred choice for pre dinner drinks. Entertainment- Manager was very good, ( Neil Oliver who is mainly assigned to Britannia is though the top guy in the fleet !! ) Headliners shows of a high standard. We did not got to any others so cannot comment. Liked the Prom deck 7 good easy chairs to sit on, and shaded too, and quiet. Food - Dined in the Ligurian most evenings, and some Breakfasts. Choice really something to suit everyone, they are catering for large numbers - quality excellent. ( If you want further up the tree then R 7 S ) !!! Ports- No need for any excursions on this cruise - Split - easy 5 minute walk from the ship - Old quarter attractive. Dubrovnik - Free coach to the Old town ( If you booked ' select price ' ) Do walk the walls well worth £15 takes 2 hours- you need to be fit though) Ravenna - Free coach to the city 20 minutes - walk around town to see the Magnificent Mosaics - we were there 3 hours then back to the ship for lunch. A long sandy beach is by the ship port - a 5 minute walk !!!... looked inviting, many passengers did go. Venice - It's always busy, but quiet corners can be found !!!Tip - do buy the P&O boat extra £8 e way, takes you to the waterfront in St Marks Sq and saves a huge amount of time!!!and kept us dry on the return from the deluge. A previous review - noted as one member of the party was in a wheelchair, could not depart the ship!!!... I noted that some did !!!... That said VENICE is a no go for wheel chairs due to the bridge steps that abound. A good travel agent and the cruise line would be able to say what is best BEFORE ONE BOOKS the cruise !!!! I did not find at any time the lifts full - Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We have just had two weeks on the Oceana. I read a lot of recent reviews and a lot are very similar ... Charming ship, a little tired, wonderful staff but overall an absolute fabulous holiday. Sure you get the regular moaning minnies who ... Read More
We have just had two weeks on the Oceana. I read a lot of recent reviews and a lot are very similar ... Charming ship, a little tired, wonderful staff but overall an absolute fabulous holiday. Sure you get the regular moaning minnies who complain they cant find a table in the plaza straight away or their cabin is too noisy but if you book on the saver fare option meaning P & O allocate your cabin where they want you to go, you do risk being put under a noisy lounge. What we take for granted is the very high standard of operation and services from P & O. Everybody knows their job and from the waiters to the room steward to the deck staff, they could all not be more helpful. There is still a problem with people reserving sun loungers but until P & O really start removing items after the 20 mins they that they say they will, this will continue to happen. My real only gripe is the Oasis Spa. The services they offer are great but the hard hard sell after for you to buy their potions and lotions put me off from having any more massages and treatments. Likewise my daughter found that there was only two hairdressers in their staff .... not enough P & O !!! The ports were a great mix, Split and Dubrovnik being the best for our taste, Venice is just too busy now and I know P & O had to find a replacement stop to replace Turkey due to security reasons but Sarande in Albania ?. Sorry but it would have been better to sail round and round. Cannot wait to go again! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
I had read some not so good reports of Oceana and was a little concerned before the cruise from Malta, however as usual P&O did not disappoint, embarkation was excellent and very well organised, the staff on board were very helpful and ... Read More
I had read some not so good reports of Oceana and was a little concerned before the cruise from Malta, however as usual P&O did not disappoint, embarkation was excellent and very well organised, the staff on board were very helpful and polite, the food was of a good standard with plenty of choice, the cabins (we had an inside one ) were clean and quite spacious as was the bathroom, the entertainment on board was good especially the We Will Rock You show in the theatre which was amazing, the ship is due for a refurbishment later this year but even though it looked a bit tired it was kept spotlessly clean, overall it was good value for money, the trips were also very well organised and reasonably priced. The only minus point was the dis embarkation, we were off the ship by 8am in the morning with our flight being at 11-40 it involved a long wait in the airport which is only 10 minutes from the ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Your truly , my sister , brother in law and my good lady chose this cruise primarily for three reasons , 1st Venice as we had never been there , 2nd Santorini and 3rd Dubrovnik as we are all Game of Thrones fans. We also wanted to visit ... Read More
Your truly , my sister , brother in law and my good lady chose this cruise primarily for three reasons , 1st Venice as we had never been there , 2nd Santorini and 3rd Dubrovnik as we are all Game of Thrones fans. We also wanted to visit Ephesus and Chania also on the itinerary. 6 weeks before we sailed we were informed that due to security reasons Ephesus, Chania and Santorini were being replaced with , Heraklion , Katakolon and Sarande. To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. We understood Ephesus due to the trouble in Turkey and advice from the foreign office , but Santorini and Chania are nowhere near Turkey and are in fact further away from Turkey than Katakolon and Sarande (Albania) . We had an optional defer our holiday for another cruise but as holidays have to be ore booked well in advance at work these days , that was not an option. That said the information stated that All three alternatives had wonderful ports and were places of great interest. The first week of the cruise was fabulous with visits to Split, Venice, Athens , Dubrovnik and Ravenna the second however included the three alternatives, Which were a disappointment to say the least , having booked excursions, in Malta, split, Venice , Dubrovnik and Ravenna , we opted to just visit the three wonderful ports and take in a local bus tour. We did this in Heraklion And that was most pleasant , however Katakolon was just a small string of shops and restaurants but we did have a nice meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary , however our last port of call Sarande can only be best described as a slum! As soon as we landed via tender we were accosted by beggars and very pushy and insistent taxi drivers, and a walk into 'town' consisted of a very poor run down pebble beach area and the 'high street' which had a food market for the locals which we walked past on,y to be nearly taken out by a local chopping down a palm tree and just throwing it to the floor. The buildings in the area were very run down and on the verge of ruin . We stayed a whole 30 minutes and returned tithe ship bus the tender . 90% of fellow passengers that either preceded us or followed us on shore also returned to the ship within the hour. We expressed our disquiet at the main customer service desk on board and was greeted with indifference. We completed a on board survey, a post cruise online survey and sent two emails to customer services before receiving a response. On behalf on my sister and I, I had complained about the quality of alternative ports and asked why Chania and Santorini were replaced and that Sarande was not a port or location fit for a cruise stop over. When I finally gained a response ( following my second direct email to customer services) the response was basically 'tough we reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time we think, and we think Sarande is very beautiful especially if you take one of our excursions , -and we changed the itinerary on the advice of the foreign office!' ' in addition we don't believe we owe you any recourse or compensation' . I checked with the foreign office and only Turkey ( Ephesus) is on the warning list. The total indifference to our complaint and situation is totally unacceptable given what they charge for their cruises bad customer satisfaction and customer service is sadly a concept they neither understand or employ. I for one will ever use this cruise line again, my sister has used then three times previously but again no more. As for the ship itself, cabins are smaller than the Ventura by about 20% and not as well laid out , select dining restaurant were ok but choice of food reduced from previous cruises. Serving staff were changed half way through the cruise which none of the passengers were happy with. Sun beds are not supposed to be reserved and in occupied fir more than an hour but thus was never policed so sun beds were taken all day with no one on them until late in the day . The non smoking area was also not policed as many passengers were openly vaping in non smoking areas, I did point this out to customer service desk and pool side staff but nothing was done about it. Entertainment was excellent to be fair and the footlights theatre gave the best acoustics , the starlights theatre wasn't very good if a bs d or show was on because of the poor acoustics. The ship overall needs a re-furniture or face lift as many areas were tired . Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This was our first cruise and it was fabulous. It was very well organised from as soon as we stepped off the plane. The food has been delicious in the restaurants and in the Plaza. We only went on one organised trip and that was the bike ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was fabulous. It was very well organised from as soon as we stepped off the plane. The food has been delicious in the restaurants and in the Plaza. We only went on one organised trip and that was the bike ride in Split..be warned you do cycle up some steep hills but the views were amazing and our guides Tony and Joseph were very good and friendly. Our cabin was lovely and we were well looked after by Roque...introduced himself as soon as we got to our cabin and left us a pile of teabags after asking for a few more. The entertainment did seem popular, had to stand at the back for one of the shows,but was nt always to our taste (although did go to see the comedian twice)but there was plenty of other things to do.The great British sail away was really good as well and there was good entertainment around the pool. We will definitely be cruising again and thanks Oceana for a fabulous time. Read Less
Oceana Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.6
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 3.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 3.9

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