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Sail Date: March 2019
We choose this for the itinerary not the ship as we have been on it 3 times before. Flights with Virgin we're acceptable and embarkation not as slick as before but we put this mainly down to UAE customs regulations. Cabin was ready ... Read More
We choose this for the itinerary not the ship as we have been on it 3 times before. Flights with Virgin we're acceptable and embarkation not as slick as before but we put this mainly down to UAE customs regulations. Cabin was ready by 12 so that was good, cabin steward was polite and friendly. The ship is unchanged really still old , tired but functional, can't say anything was ever out of action but as others state its seriously showing age related wear, in the whole thought kept clean and tidy i thought. Food is also the same, buffet is small and old school and seems to suffer curry as ever most days but on the whole the food tastes fine and is restocked quickly. Drinks service as ever is very slow in the buffet and invariably arrives after you've eaten ! MDR is a pleasant space, menus varied and again on the occasions we used it food was hot and tasty with a good choice. Entertainment is a bit hit and miss, poorer this time we thought but we still enjoyed some good shows, a/c in Starlight's is fierce ! and the tub chairs too close for comfort. We used predominately organised tours due to never having been to these countries, as expected overpriced but delivered as advertised. On the whole for the price and itinerary a good solid cruise but dont expect any frills or glamour , budget cruise for a budget price, shame about the cabin noise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Chose this cruise because of destination, (Arabian Gulf) and the warm weather. The guests were mostly retired, and talking to many of them, only sailed with P & O, never anyone else, "because P & O are the best". ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of destination, (Arabian Gulf) and the warm weather. The guests were mostly retired, and talking to many of them, only sailed with P & O, never anyone else, "because P & O are the best". Nonesense. The Oceana is a tired, smallish vessel, and P & O expects their clients to want to go to bed early, and indeed many do. By 11 p.m. the ship was quite deserted. We were (eventually) given first sitting and we had a nice table for 8. The service was good, but the quality of the food left a lot to be desired. I do believe they had a glut of squash, asparagus and mushrooms, because that was on the menu all the time. The buffet is small, but never much of a queue, except when the tours returned. However the food was poor and repetitive. The onboard Headlines were awful! Two of the lady singers couldn't "sing". One struggled to find a tune and the other just screamed down the microphone. The dancing looked more like an old-school PE session, with lots of jumping about with lots of energy, but no finesse. The visiting acts were mediocre, the comedians were telling jokes from the 60's. Again all past their sell by date. The magician was good but dragged out his performances. There was a pianist in the atrium, and without actually checking, he either had 6 fingers on each hand, or only 2. He was dreadful. However people sat in rows, like an old folks home, listening to him. Can't for the life of me think why. The seating in the show lounges was poor. In the Starlight theatre there were bucket seats crammed together and behind them were a sofa seating. The buckets seats were higher than the softas, and the distance between them was so tiny, that people were climbing over the backs of the sofas to get to their seats. The Footlights theatre seating was all sloping forwards, so not very comfortable. We had an inside guarantee cabin which was perfectly adequate, B624. No complaints there. However there were sequins on the floor when we arrived, and still there when we left. Obviously never vacuumed. The price of alcohol is expensive. A 250ml glass of house red/white wine was £5.65. A Peroni on draft was £4.80 a pint. Can't comment on any other drinks. The ship was always cold, from the air conditioning. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Wanted to give P&O another try after a really bad experience on Britannia. Oceana used to be Ocean Princess so, as our first ever cruise was on her sister, Sea Princess, we were familiar with the ship, layout and facilities. ... Read More
Wanted to give P&O another try after a really bad experience on Britannia. Oceana used to be Ocean Princess so, as our first ever cruise was on her sister, Sea Princess, we were familiar with the ship, layout and facilities. Embarkation in Dubai was simple and stress free with the usual pre authoristation on my credit card (more of that later). Yet again we found the food to be very average and actually quite boring; perks of being aimed at the older British market I suppose but I don't go to hot parts of the world to have things like shepherds pie for lunch! The staff were okay but again, being predominantly from the Indian sub continent, they tend to be very straight laced to the point of appearing uninterested. We only used the main restaurant twice as the meals did not excite us, thankfully the themed buffets were generally very good. The entertainment was, on the whole pretty good with guest entertainers of a Gary Barlow tribute and a Soul / Mowtown act that was that good we saw on all of their shows. The house entertainment was okay, the Killer Queen theatre show was entertaining without being spectacular. House bands / musicians kept people entertained around the ship The UAE is a strange place to visit, blatant oppulance tempered by a very low paid workforce, a wide chasm of have and have nots which makes for a fascinating visit. Sir Bin Yassi Island was the only place we were disappointed with as there is nothing there so why bother. You take your chances with all ships excursions and these were no different really, not exactly exciting but something different to do. Post cruise is where it all went wrong and highlighted the poor service from the company. On every other cruise I have done, I have received my post cruise email with questionnaire before I have got to the airport or home, here I am three weeks later still waiting for it! Also, the pre authorisation of my credit card is still showing on my account and all I get from them is a standard reply, it's as if they don't even read the original message properly. Can't say I'll be rushing back to P&O Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Refit has improved Oceana, a ship we like. CRUISE SPOILT BY NOISE AT NIGHT If you want a good nights sleep and the ability to get to sleep before midnight DO NOT BOOK CABIN C510. For whatever reason the noise from from lower deck ... Read More
Refit has improved Oceana, a ship we like. CRUISE SPOILT BY NOISE AT NIGHT If you want a good nights sleep and the ability to get to sleep before midnight DO NOT BOOK CABIN C510. For whatever reason the noise from from lower deck venues comes up through 2 decks into the cabin, this carries on until midnight and beyond. Loud cheers of guests watching sporting events, entertainers singing and shouting etc. NEVER BOOK C510. 2 days in Dubai, 2 days in Abu Dhabi and visits to other UAE states and the Oman. Free shuttle buses in all ports of call were very good. Overall Oceana has benefited from her 2017/18 refit and does not look as tired as she did before. We dined in the Beach House twice and found the food and service excellent, food in the self service was adequate but nothing special although the staff were friendly and helpful, only blip was the very poor omelette station at breakfast. The entertainment by the Headliners Theatre Company was outstanding, good singers and excellent dancers made their shows well worth seeing. Overall a good cruise spoilt by a Noisy Cabin. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We wanted some sunny weather and a Christmas cruise and had expected younger guests with families. 90% of the guests were 70 years old + and infirm in a multitude of ways. There were few children on board. Oceana is a relatively ... Read More
We wanted some sunny weather and a Christmas cruise and had expected younger guests with families. 90% of the guests were 70 years old + and infirm in a multitude of ways. There were few children on board. Oceana is a relatively small ship. The lifts are very poor and the central group do not cover all the floors. The computer control of stopping was useless. The decor is dull and tired, mostly dull wood finish. Conversely the ship must be congratulated on their superb Christmas decorations all over the ship. The entertainment dancers and singers were superb and put on performances every other night. The two theatres - front and back of the ship made for a good choice of entertainers. Meals in the restaurant were good, but not excellent. Those in the 14th Floor plaza cafe were poor. The destinations were Madeira, 3 islands in the Canaries and Lisbon. We have visited them all before, and so did our own thing. We cannot comment on the ship excursions. We were unaware of any pre-port information talks - it could have been useful. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Lunchtime menu in sit down restaurant poor. If you dont want a curry or a stir fry very little choice. Waiting staff polite and did their best during all meals. Parts of vessel dirty. We had an outside cabin and window was dirty on ... Read More
Lunchtime menu in sit down restaurant poor. If you dont want a curry or a stir fry very little choice. Waiting staff polite and did their best during all meals. Parts of vessel dirty. We had an outside cabin and window was dirty on inside. Cabin carpet hadnt been successfully cleaned after the previous occupant (black fluff and hair on floor). Saw a member of staff attempt to vacuum carpet near the atrium staircase, either plug or machine didnt work, he didnt return to try again. Didnt attend any entertainment, nothing caught our attention. Excursions were over expensive. If you do your homework about the ports most can be visited much cheaper, eg buses in Gibraltar, get a hopper ticket, can use it all day on all routes. Shops expensive on board, useful only if you cant get what you need in port or to use on board credit. Didnt buy a soft drink or alcohol package, rarely drink alcohol and the tea and coffee available all day free of charge is absolutely fine. Embarkation very easy and quick. Disembarkation more chaotic. Suitcases were all over the place in the luggage collection area. Swimming pools were being 'maintained' for three days so unavailable. Probably wont cruise with p and o again. 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
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
The Ship is showing signs off age.. lots of things not working.. lifts either broken or slow. Staff are no where near as friendly as some other ships... In fact some were downright rude. There was shambles in the freedom dining with ... Read More
The Ship is showing signs off age.. lots of things not working.. lifts either broken or slow. Staff are no where near as friendly as some other ships... In fact some were downright rude. There was shambles in the freedom dining with guests been handed a buzzer that would alert you when there was a free table.. a 40min wait on one occasion... we were told the buzzer would only work on that deck.... only there was no free seats anywhere on that deck!! rather than spend 40mins standing about in high heels... we went to the buffet instead... and booked the other 2 restaurants for the remaining nights The shore excursions were well organised... The Spa... offer for £50 of wash/ Blow dry and eye treatment... the girl made an average job of my hair... the same girl then handed me 2 creams and told me to apply a few drops to my eyes!! then said is it okay to put a £5 cover charge for a tip for herself!! I think not... Read Less
Oceana Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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