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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise as it was visiting Dubrovnik and Venice. We have visited both before and loved the view from the ship as we sailed into Venice. Dubrovnik is a facinating place and we took the lifts to the top to get a birds eye view ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was visiting Dubrovnik and Venice. We have visited both before and loved the view from the ship as we sailed into Venice. Dubrovnik is a facinating place and we took the lifts to the top to get a birds eye view of the place. The staff on this ship are fantastic always smiling always courteous and very helpful. We chose freedom dining and met some real characters and friendly fellow guests. We did our own thing at ports of call for the first time and enjoyed our walk-abouts. Oceana is a lovely ship with a great Atrium. The ships entertainment was fantastic with the Headliners enthusiastic singing and dancing being our favourite. The food was varied in offerings and the chosen food was delicious. We returned home wanting to book another cruise on this lovely ship. We dined early every evening in the Liguarian restaurant and found no waiting at any time. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Have been on this ship before, so tried again. It looked very nice after a supposed refit, some places were looking very tired in the guests quarters. My cabin window ( paid extra for) was filthy and never got cleaned hence not decent ... Read More
Have been on this ship before, so tried again. It looked very nice after a supposed refit, some places were looking very tired in the guests quarters. My cabin window ( paid extra for) was filthy and never got cleaned hence not decent views We won't be on it a 3rd time Had to vacate cabin at 8 am for a flight scheduled for 7pm. They wanted £45-£85 for a cabin for 5hrs, although we paid for a full 14 night cruise. I did not pay. We sat around until 4pm waiting to be transferred to airport, we got there and told it was delayed. The ship knew this but still "got rid of us" Our arrival was 7.30pm and we were MADE to do the sea safety training (after travelling all day and hungry). Maritime law states it should be within 24 hours of embarkation.I Emailed P&O during the cruise a week before our disembarkation , about the vacating cabin issue, hoping I could get a resolve, but still I haven't had a reply. The evening shows were very good, but only lasted 45 minutes max, the only thing to do after that was be pestered to buy drinks or go to casino Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
On the 9th day of our holiday my husband fell really ill.he had to be rushed in to Athens Hospital, he had 10 days in intensive care in all he spent 6 weeks in hospital. i would like to thank p&0 Oceana doctor for spotting the ... Read More
On the 9th day of our holiday my husband fell really ill.he had to be rushed in to Athens Hospital, he had 10 days in intensive care in all he spent 6 weeks in hospital. i would like to thank p&0 Oceana doctor for spotting the seriousness, as we thought he had heat stroke..turned out he had a gallstone blocking his bile tube completely he certainly would not have survived had it not been for the Oceana doctor and the greek doctors. also i would like to thank the lady who phoned me every day from p&o for 6 weeks while i was in Greece even sending magazines for me and a phone.. if i needed it!! even though my holiday ended long before i could fly home.she was a comfort to me being able to talk to someone english, so i would certainly holiday with p&o again. My holiday was excellent until it came abruptly to an end. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We had a brilliant holiday. Service food and entertainment were all excellent. The ships singers and dancers were exceptional .This was a smaller ship than we are used to but we actually preferred it and will look for similar next year. ... Read More
We had a brilliant holiday. Service food and entertainment were all excellent. The ships singers and dancers were exceptional .This was a smaller ship than we are used to but we actually preferred it and will look for similar next year. Didn't have to queue for anything. Room was quite small but we spend very little time there. We prefer to be out either exploring or up on deck. The other guests we chatted to had all enjoyed their holiday. On formal nights nights most people dressed up but not ott. Some people chose not to and this appeared to be acceptable. They did not go to the formal dining rooms . We prefer to do our own thibg but booked 2 last mjnute excursions . Both were very good if a bit expensive. There was a small problem with the tendering in Hvar. Staff came round to explain and apologise. Throughout the holiday the captain ensured guests were well informed. The ship had a relaxed atmosphere. This was our first fly cruise . P and O staff met us at yhe airpost and everything was well organised. This was the same on departure. Over all we have nothing but positive feedback Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
i chose this cruise fir my wife as a thank you and christmas present as the intenary covered santorini a longed for place to go! by and large the cruise was very good exceptionally good staff food and very well kept ship however ... Read More
i chose this cruise fir my wife as a thank you and christmas present as the intenary covered santorini a longed for place to go! by and large the cruise was very good exceptionally good staff food and very well kept ship however p&o have a way of extracting money from you with stealth and the service charge fir tips at£98 for the week is unacceptable as you shouldn’t be expected tp subsidise the staffs wages in such a blatant manor ! this with the high cost of alcoholic drinks etc makes the cost much higher than it sholud be uk pub prices on duty free seas ?? i dont think that p&o provided much difference to thompson cruises we have been on before at much bettet prices the very inexperienced show crew were er ... fairly poor and lacked direction didntvsee them interact around the ship and the ships animation team were awful and badly led all the charisma of wet cardboard!! the guest acts were very good tho maybe a longer show would’ve been better for them and the passengers takingvall this into consideration we had a very good week met some really lovely people and staff but not sure we’d rush back to p&o Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
To go with this review we have created a video that gives a full ships tour and goes in to detail about what we did every day, as well as write ups - to find these just search holidaysatsea on googleyoutube ... Read More
To go with this review we have created a video that gives a full ships tour and goes in to detail about what we did every day, as well as write ups - to find these just search holidaysatsea on googleyoutube www.youtube.com/holidaysatsea We have not long returned from a 7 night cruise in P&O Oceana. The cruise departed Malta and went to Split, Venice, Ravenna and Dubrovnik. Oceana is a 18 year old ship, recently undergone a refresh and she really does look beautiful. Her atrium is amazing, open a bright. There are a number of pools around the ship and ample room to sun bathe. We had an inside at the aft end of the ship, deck A. This was a convenient location as you could easily access the aft terrace. The room was standard, we asked for a twin configuration as this gave more space. It was kept clean and tidy by our steward Freddy. The food in the main dining room was very good. We opted for freedom dining and never had to wait much more than 30 minutes. We also had food in the beach house and Caf Jardin, both excellent. On the sea day we did an Asian Lunchon, st 10 per person this was excellent food for the small charge. The ports we visited were: Split - Here we did the Krka National Park excursion by P&O - well worth the money. Excellent guide and the park was beautiful. Venice - we used the P&O shuttle boat to take us to St Marks where we explored and climbed the Tower Ravenna - not the best port, had a walk around and got the shuttle back. Dubrovnik - our favourite port, we did the cable car and walked the walls. I hope that gives you a nice overview. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Unfortunately I didn’t notice that this was a ‘family friendly’ ship and unfortunately the families were definitely not friendly. Every meal we had there was a screaming baby nearby and the parents never attempted to stop them or ... Read More
Unfortunately I didn’t notice that this was a ‘family friendly’ ship and unfortunately the families were definitely not friendly. Every meal we had there was a screaming baby nearby and the parents never attempted to stop them or take them out of the restaurant. There were children jumping into the swimming pool all the time despite the ‘No jumping’ signs. The ship has a most peculiar layout with bars along the side of the ship and a nightclub in the centre of one part and a huge atrium in another – and everywhere there was loud pop music, dance music or modern jazz – there was music from 6 different venues which all merged into each other. There was constant movement past these bars all the time – I counted 60 people in 5 minutes so nowhere was restful. The only place to sit without music was the library which has a total of only 14 seats so usually they were all occupied – and the librarian spent a lot of time noisily sorting out computer/e-mail problems. Even at 10.30pm there were children making a noise in this small space. The food – neither of us eat fish or seafood and every day there were at least two main choices of fish and few meat choices. Surely more people eat meat than fish? Looking at the ‘sample menu’ on the website there is ‘pan fried chicken’ and ‘sirloin steak with thick cut chips’ but we never had anything like this. This is the only ship where I have lost weight. The entertainment was all geared to children. We went to two magician shows and both times the tricks were definitely aimed at the children. On other cruise lines we have had top class Magic Circle magicians. The list of films looked good – but the Oscar winning films were shown on days when we were on all day trips – not on the 8 days when we were stuck at sea. On those days we again had child centred films eg Superman. On one evening my husband found a man unconscious in the 14th floor toilets and we immediately alerted P&O staff who told us to contact Reception. I found 2 more uniformed P&O staff and asked them to contact Reception but they insisted they had to inspect the casualty before they could ring Reception. 15 and 25 minutes later there were calls for medical assistance – hopefully he hadn’t had a heart attack as he might have been dead by then. We will definitely be very careful before we book another cruise and it won’t be with P&O. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
This was our second cruise with P&O, and both times have been on Oceana. We have cruised once with Celebrity and once with Fred Olsen. As this cruise was to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary, we treated ourselves to a suite for ... Read More
This was our second cruise with P&O, and both times have been on Oceana. We have cruised once with Celebrity and once with Fred Olsen. As this cruise was to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary, we treated ourselves to a suite for the first time, and stayed in the Orissa Suite, C749. Our flight to Malta was scheduled with EasyJet. We had to check in online prior to the flights, and the EasyJet booking reference number appeared on the cruise personaliser about 2 weeks before we went. We paid £5pp per flight to sit together. Arrival at Malta was fine, and we got through security quite quickly, and collected our bags. There were lots of P&O staff directing us towards the waiting coaches, and we were quickly on the coach, but the coach had to wait for at least 20 minutes before leaving. Apparently there isn’t much space for drop-off at the port, so they sent the coaches off at intervals. I was disappointed that there was no priority embarkation or welcome reception for suite passengers. In the brochures you are led to believe that there will be, but somewhere in the small print it says that it doesn’t apply to fly cruises. There was a long queue for check in, but it did move fairly quickly. The cabin was the best bit of the cruise, and really made the whole holiday special. More details below...... It was our first experience of a butler, and I don’t think we made the most of it. It would have been helpful to have some kind of pamphlet explaining exactly how things worked when you are in a suite. Our butler appeared at about 5.30pm on the first day, and I had expected some kind of explanation but nothing was forthcoming and we didn’t know what questions to ask. We did ask about room service, but he tried to put us off by saying that by the time he brought the food up from the dining room it would be cold, as the kitchens were at the other end of the ship. No-one told us that there was a special area of the main restaurant specially reserved for suite passengers at breakfast, and we only found out by accident on our third day. The role of the cabin steward vs the butler wasn't clear, even over simple things like who to ask if we wanted a bucket of ice – it turns out it was the butler. It seems that the cabin steward just cleans the cabin and makes the bed. The butler takes away all the dirty cups, glasses, etc, and brings back clean ones. He brought canapes every evening at about 5.30pm, but could turn up at any time during the day. Although he knocked, we didn’t always hear! Luckily I had seen on social media that this might happen so we used the “Do not disturb” sign on the door a lot. That said, once we got to know our butler he turned out to be a very nice person. On our wedding anniversary he brought us a card, and he arranged for us to have a nice table at dinner that night. Food in the main dining room was mostly of a good quality. The special breakfast area for suite passengers was lovely, and another highlight of our holiday. Our waiter Shambhu was so cheerful and welcoming, and made us feel special. We could order from the Epicurean breakfast menu as well as the standard menu. In the evenings we ate mostly in the Ligurian restaurant on Freedom Dining. If you want a table for two you need to be there at 6pm. Otherwise, you face a bit of a wait with a pager. We didn’t bother with the pager, and if we were a bit late we just shared tables. We met some very nice people. I am milk intolerant, and the staff made a great effort to deal with this. I was invited to call in at the restaurant between 2 and 5pm on our first afternoon and met with the Head Waiter, a lovely chap called Francis. I was given the menus for lunch and dinner the following evening, and I ordered in advance. They were able to adapt most recipes, and I had some especially wonderful desserts – Baked Alaska, apple crumble with dairy free custard, and a chocolate tart were the best. Every night in the restaurant, Francis would come to the table and take my order for the following day. The butler also brought the menus to the cabin every day. He asked the chefs to give us special canapes too, which were usually smoked fish or ham. One disappointment was the buffet, which wasn’t as good as we remembered from our previous cruise. The food was fresh, but lacked variety, especially with hot choices. We particularly remembered the lunchtime curries back in 2013, but they were rare this time. Instead they had an Asian buffet several lunchtimes at additional cost, which we didn’t try. On the plus side, the buffet always had some kind of dairy free dessert or cake. With a couple of very minor exceptions, the service throughout the ship was excellent. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Our dealings with reception were good. Entertainment was of a very high standard. We particularly liked the Headliners shows – they are very talented youngsters. The Headliners singers ran group singing sessions on sea days, which were great fun. Beautiful World (Take That tribute) and John Courtnay (pianist/comedian) were also very enjoyable. In the evenings we went to the ballroom dancing in the Atrium. They were well run, but had slightly too many sequence dances for our liking. We did karaoke and a couple of quizzes. Our ports were Athens, Rhodes and Souda Bay (Crete). We were supposed to stop at Mykonos but it was too windy to dock. In Athens we went on the Hop on Hop off bus to tour the city (15 euros on the blue bus). In Rhodes we wandered the town and found a beach bar – shame we hadn’t taken our swimming costumes. In Souda Bay, we took a taxi to a lovely beach we had found on Google Maps called Agii Apostoli, which was sandy and had a couple of bars – it turned out to be a Greek public holiday and got very busy so we didn’t stay long enough to eat. We did have a very nice swim in the sea though. We phoned the taxi driver to come and take us back (18 euros each way). Disembarkation was well run, and we were given a time to meet for our coach transfer to the airport. Bag drop was a bit slow at the airport, but security was efficient. There wasn’t enough seating at the boarding gates, but they handed out water bottles while we waited. So in summary, it was a brilliant holiday. Life on board met or exceeded our expectations. Our suite was fantastic. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we have only been back a week and have just booked another cruise on Azura! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this cruise because friends had been to the Adriatic with another company and had visited the same destinations. We both had always wanted to see Venice. This was our second cruise we have previously been on Magellan with Cruise ... Read More
We chose this cruise because friends had been to the Adriatic with another company and had visited the same destinations. We both had always wanted to see Venice. This was our second cruise we have previously been on Magellan with Cruise and Maritime to the Norwegian Fjords leaving from Liverpool. Oceana is a much bigger ship with a higher price tag so we were expecting this to be a more luxurious experience. Firstly travel to Malta with Tui was awful the plane was cramped with little space between the rows and my seat had a broken food tray. It was one of their older aircraft It was a better plane on the way back. Malta Airport was a complete tip with huge numbers of people trying to exit through one small pair of double doors. After a short bus journey where we once more stood in a long queue in the sun (not pleasant and seemed unnecessary, Embarkation was slow and tedious with lots of elderly passengers standing in a long queue. The cabin was of a good standard with a balcony but it was smaller than the one we had on Magellan. The dining experience was good but the food at dinner wasn't as good as we were expecting as the Menu's were supposedly designed by a top celebrity chef. The service was good. The Argentinian Malbec was excellent. The food was not as good as we had on Magellan. The lunch menus were dominated by food of an Indian Nature (curry with everything) which is ok if you like spicy food. There was always a selection of good salads but they did seem to run low on fresh fruit and it wasn't replenished fast enough. There was an excellent ice cream bar near the pool. Can't really comment on the entertainment we briefly visited the theatre one evening where a girl was having a reasonable stab at singing Adele impersonations. We don't go on cruises to spend time in gyms,theatres, bars and casinos! Our cabin steward was average and didn't seem at all on the ball. Our cases we found down the corridor outside someone else's cabin and his provision of information was tardy and in some cases inaccurate which was one criticism of the ship in general. We were often left floundering for information about excursions and on a couple of occasions were misinformed. Thankfully the bed was very comfortable. Tea and coffee making facilities were a bonus not provided on our first cruise. Room service was excellent and the mornings we chose to breakfast in our cabin were a highlight. It arrived promptly and was worth not having to push and shove and find a seat. Of the ports we visited and the excursions we booked:- 1. Dubrovnik the cable car trip was excellent with a lovely guide. 2. Split was not somewhere we would chose to visit again however the river boat trip was good apart from the lunch which was poor with wine like vinegar. Not too sure about the hygiene of the restaurant as my partner was decidedly queasy after we had eaten. 3. Venice was everything we were hoping for the boat trip we took had an excellent guide but unfortunately did not go down the Grand Canal but seemed to visit everywhere worth seeing in the lagoon. We would have loved a two day stay in Venice so we could see more of it. 4. Messina was well worth seeing just for the trip to the Cathedral and to watch the display of the clock tower at noon (not to be missed) Finally leaving Malta airport was a lot easier than arriving apart from the huge queues for the ladies toilets which wouldn't flush and stank to high heaven. To sum up we wouldn't book P&O again until it uses Liverpool as a home port as the whole flying and embarkation experience was not pleasant. Glad we chose a time when the ship wasn't full of children. Luckily those few on board were well behaved. We have another cruise booked on Magellan for later this year as we live in Liverpool embarkation without flying is just so much easier a 5 minute taxi ride away. 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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