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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
If you are a regular browser of this site then you would have known what to expect with Oceana so there is no need to whinge. SHIP-It is ageing but most of the public areas are in tip top condition. CRUISE-This was a new venture for ... Read More
If you are a regular browser of this site then you would have known what to expect with Oceana so there is no need to whinge. SHIP-It is ageing but most of the public areas are in tip top condition. CRUISE-This was a new venture for us in this part of the world but you have to have your wits about you finding your way through Dubai airport as we did landing at terminal 3 with emirates.Keep your wits about you and follow the instructions form the airport staff because it was a real trek to baggage collection.Overall the cruise was interesting and the excursions were well organised.The free shuttles at ports was a real bonus and whether that continues next year is not known. FOOD-This is always a big talking point.We were in the Adriatic MDR 8.30pm sitting.On the menu are 5 starters,10 mains and 5 desserts each day plus ice cream and cheese and if you cannot find something that suits you then you must be really fussy or from a different planet.We did not use the Plaza buffet as to us the atmosphere is like a works canteen. SEADAYS-There was only one sea day and of course you had what I call benidorm cruisers.Out at 7.30am reserving their favourite sunbed even with high winds across the decks no doubt going through the same ritual as when they used to go to benidorm. ENTERTAINMENT-Gary Barlow show,excellent-the 4 tunes very good-headliners-I do not know how much of this singing is live apart from the lead.If they are singing and dancing then they are doing a good job.Steve Day,comedian dire. PORTS-The only port we did not enjoy was Khasab which really was a waste of time unless you were doing a dhow cruise.It is a small town with a few shops a few goats wandering around. SUMMARY-Enjoyed the cruise and all the lovely people we dined with.Would we do it again-no. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We arrived in Dubai after an overnight flight. transfers were smooth and arrived at cruise port by 10.30am Cabins were ready by 11.15am- Great start to the holiday. Day 1 First port of call was Bahrain - a very enjoyable excursion to ... Read More
We arrived in Dubai after an overnight flight. transfers were smooth and arrived at cruise port by 10.30am Cabins were ready by 11.15am- Great start to the holiday. Day 1 First port of call was Bahrain - a very enjoyable excursion to the F1 Track. Second Stop was 2 days in Abu Dhabi - first day Shuttle bus took us to a newly finished Mall on the outskirts of town, quite disappointing as there was no way of walking to the main part of town, bit of a wasted day really. Second day we went on a cruise excursion to Grand Mosque- a visit to a traditional handmadecrafts village, great opportunity to buy local crafts - trade in Diram, Euro's and Dollars. Very friendly and look out for the man that does weaving really worth a visit.A drive around the sites of Abu Dhabi and then a final visit was to a Fort .. this was a superb tour and I would really recommend it as we saw lots and it was good value at £40 each. A day at sea followed . Our next visit was to Muscat , here the shuttle bus took us to a market and we explored the town and the harbour. It was a little confusing at the port we had to get off the bus and go through a security check before re-boarding the bus to get to the town. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous there is a beautiful beach a short taxi ride from the port. We then visited Kushab, a lovely little town where goats roamed the streets and there was a wealth of electronic shops selling allsorts... My daughters bought a pair of airpods that work great for £20, from a shop in the square where the shuttle bus dropped us off. We also found a beautiful beach just next to the port and the sea was really warm, there is no pavement to get there so you need to bear right out of the port and follow the track ..walk behind the crash barrier to the beach , it's less than 1/2 a mile walk. We then enjoyed a fun day on the beach at Sir Ban Yas Island- The ship provided a great packed lunch and drinks on the beach. Our final stop was a return to Dubai, where we arranged our own excursion through Arabian Nights Tours, we had a great great time our guide was called Ramzan and he took us camel riding ( just a quick walk around a pen but good photo opportunities), Sand boarding and Dune Bashing these were both brilliant. He also told us loads about Dubai and its culture. We then took a taxi to the Miracle Gardens, this is a must see for anyone visiting Dubai. The shuttle bus took us to the Dubai Mall where we walked to the burj khalifa and the dancing fountains - we also saw the amazing huge fish tank in the Mall with sharks, stingrays and dozens of amazing fish. Our final day a thick cloud descended on the whole area so it scuppered our plans to visit the palm as we would not have been able to see anything- but we feel this is a good excuse to visit again. Great holiday, excellent value with P&O , having sailed with Princess, Celebrity, Cunard and Royal Caribbean in the past, I would have no hesitation in sailing with P&O again , the Oceana was very friendly and offered really good food. We traveled as a family of 6 with 2 teenage girls, we felt extremely safe throughout our holiday and everyone was very friendly. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I had looked at a few reviews prior to our middle east cruise which looked a bit negative. However I shouldn't have worried as we enjoyed a really good 10 day cruise. Boarding was straightforward and quick and we were on the ship ... Read More
I had looked at a few reviews prior to our middle east cruise which looked a bit negative. However I shouldn't have worried as we enjoyed a really good 10 day cruise. Boarding was straightforward and quick and we were on the ship by 11am having had an overnight flight from Glasgow and the cabins were released at 12pm. Our cabin was L343 on deck 12. The cabin was a wee bit dated but clean and tidy and always tidied up very quickly in the morning. Because we had a corner cabin the shower was quite big, i was initially a bit concerned when i noticed that we had a service corridor backing on to our cabin but you only heard a bit of noise just after 8am apart from that it was great. We ate in the main dining room the food was excellent and always piping hot, I found the buffet for breakfast and lunch very good and had no problem getting a table at any time. Ports were good and trips from the ship were of a reasonable price and standard, the free shuttle buses at the ports were a real plus. Found that if you were going to the starlights theatre you had to get there really early to get a seat as people were reluctant to move along the rows which was quite annoying. The comedians were good as were the musicians and dancers although i felt that some of the singers voices werent strong enough for some of the songs that they sung. All in all a first cruise with P+O and found it really good. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The smoothest cruise I’ve ever had according to our captain, and he was right there was hardly a ripple from start to finish. We boarded Oceana in Southampton on a cold January morning at the “Queens terminal” which was not very ... Read More
The smoothest cruise I’ve ever had according to our captain, and he was right there was hardly a ripple from start to finish. We boarded Oceana in Southampton on a cold January morning at the “Queens terminal” which was not very royal, and we embarked in no time at all for our 20 night journey to Dubai. The whole of the cruise was a flat as a pancake, with excellent smooth seas all the way. For economic reasons we had an inside cabin this time, C525, which was al little compact but comfortable & kept clean and tidy by Bruno our steward. We were allocated 1st sitting on a table for four which was ideal for us. Food was up to the usual excellent standards with first class service from our waiters in the dining room. With plenty of other dining options available, we enjoyed using the Cafe Jardin for lunch. I’ve forgotten just how comfortable and easy to get around Oceana is, a lovely intimate ship, and one I would certainly travel on again. We had seen most of the guest speakers before so did not attend their sessions, Entertainment was very good, with actor Robert Daws hosting a series of talks and question and answer sessions, which were very good indeed. We are not great Headliner fans, but saw a couple of their shows. We stopped at Cadiz, Malta, transit of the Suez Canal, Salalah & Muscat in Oman, then onto Dubai. We did our own thing in Cadiz and Malta, but opted for P&O organised trips in Salalah and Muscat, as these were new destinations for us. In our only day in Dubai we went on the BBQ under the stars trip, which I can highly recommend, we had a fantastic time. The whole experience was very enjoyable, and a great way to escape the January weather. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise to experience the Suez Canal and Dubai. To celebrate our anniversary and my birthday. We had a balcony cabin on deck 9 which was a good size with ample storage, and lots of mirrors. Take an extension lead as ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience the Suez Canal and Dubai. To celebrate our anniversary and my birthday. We had a balcony cabin on deck 9 which was a good size with ample storage, and lots of mirrors. Take an extension lead as there was only one British socket which was on the far side of the dressing table. The bathroom was tiny and you need to dry off in the shower, which only had over head shower. Room was quite dated and very small TV, good selection of channels. Balcony was dated as it is an old ship, but I would recommend having one if you enjoy time on your own. For breakfast we preferred to eat in cafe Jardin on deck 8 top of the atrium, limited choice but served to you and quiet. There are only 2 speciality restaurants for evening dining one is the beach house which is part of horizon buffet in the evening. If you are hoping to dine on your own on a table for 2 without overhearing conversations within arms reach this is not the ship for you. Tables for 2 in both set dinning 6.30 and 8.30 and freedom dining 6pm til 9.30pm are very limited. We were in freedom dining on deck 5 the only evening we were seated imidiately was when we went at 5.40pm every other evening we were given a pager and sat in the bar on deck 8 for 10 to 50 min waiting for our table for 2, if we would have been happy to share a table then most likely we would have been seated straight away. The food and service was usually excellent. The entertainment was also excellent but limited seating so get in the venue early. Sauna and steam rooms are in the changing rooms so no joint male/female one. Quiet area on deck 14 at back of the ship was our favourite place to spend sea days, 3 jacuzzis and a pool. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have taken these New Year cruises for the last few years ( Oceana, Ventura, Arcadia) brightens the post Christmas lull. Oceana still looking good after her late 2017 refit, we were on her last New Year as well. Embarkation was ... Read More
We have taken these New Year cruises for the last few years ( Oceana, Ventura, Arcadia) brightens the post Christmas lull. Oceana still looking good after her late 2017 refit, we were on her last New Year as well. Embarkation was good and had a different good lunch experience in the Ligurian, rather than the Buffet or the "suite lunch". Didn't get priority boarding as we had expected (mini suite) but as we were there at 12.30 we didn't wait long. Oceana's Atrium is lovely and all trimmed up, dance floor a touch small but we all coped, even on very rough stormy night. Quite how people complain of limited choice at lunch/dinner is beyond me. I wonder if people visit all the counters in the buffet, there is always lots of additional choices (hot & cold) to the curry (v good) and stir fry, including usually a roast. At dinner I counted eleven main course choices and a similar number of vegetables. MDR waiters were very good and friendly, our Wine Steward was exceptional. Food was fine, and offered more if we wanted without asking, soups are particularly good, we could not mange any more though. Only a short cruise so perhaps entertainment was more limited. Only one visiting speaker (I think) although the dated WW2 talks seem to have gone, which is good really. Queen show in Footlights was good although we have seen before, but hey ho I play the CD again and again. Headliners in Starlights was very good. This lounge and its equivalent on the "older" ships are in my view better than the newer ones, with more theatre style seating than tables and chairs it was not a problem getting a seat. Mama Mia Here We Go Again was showing in the theatre and on cabin TV, good. Nice mix of fellow passengers all well dressed be it formal or smart casual, and if P&O's embargo has resulted in no football shirts hooray, only saw one smart "tucked in" discrete logo football shirt, and there was plenty of footie on the bar TV's. We met some nice friendly people. Our mini suite B573 was excellent, bigger than some suites we have had, and I think allowing for a smaller balcony (but still big) the actual cabin was bigger than the adjacent suite. Some engine noise/vibration when docking/departing but only for 5-10 minutes at most, not a problem. Usual issues of some people steadfastly refusing to use the hand gels, and "table hoggers" at the Buffet claiming seats and then going off individually to get food - why, there are plenty of seats? Wheelchair users were given consideration and also they were considerate to others with the odd exceptions. Why two men expected to be seated in Freedom immediately just because they are in wheelchairs is beyond me, fortunately it was beyond the Maitre D as well and he gave them a pager like everyone else. A good cruise and was not as frenetic on the first night as it can sometimes be, everyone seemed to drop into their own routines very quickly, few queues therefore. Disembarkation was excellent, had breakfast in MDR by which time it was 9am and we joined our scheduled leaving time and we were in the car heading out of Southampton by 9.30am. Well Done P&O Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We've cruised with a few mainstream lines and P&O's Oceana recent cruise to the Canaries was okay but a little disappointing. The weather being against us added to the disappointment but we can't hold that against them. ... Read More
We've cruised with a few mainstream lines and P&O's Oceana recent cruise to the Canaries was okay but a little disappointing. The weather being against us added to the disappointment but we can't hold that against them. Oceana is a few years old now and in places the wear and tear is showing through, the cabins were presentable but the bathroom was small and the shower was looking a little rough round the edges with peeling paint and broken fittings. Our steward George was excellent as were most of the staff, some were a little po-faced but the long hours they do must take their toll. The main criticism would have to be the catering, in the MDR everything seemed bland and lacking any form of seasoning, apart from chips and mash every other potato consumed was under cooked, salads washed to the point of tasteless, the only saving grace was the always available fall-back choice of Sirloin steak...I did make that choice a couple of times when the other options looked or sounded un-appetising. Cafe Jardin on deck 8 was a good alternative for breakfast if you didn't want to put up with the Plaza bun fight, likewise for a light lunch and nice salad it was quite pleasant. The usual mix of quizzes, films and life enhancing lectures were on offer during the day and well attended as the weather prevented use of the outside spaces on the trip down and back from the Canaries. The evening shows were okay, the Headliner company do a reasonably good job of putting on a show. The first comedy/singer act was Josh Adams(?) not a bad singer....can't remember laughing at all though. The second comedian Micky Zany had us rolling in the aisles with his first show, the second not so good, maybe our expectations were too high. Due to high winds in Madeira the change of act didn't make it to the ship so the in house entertainers had to step in, Chris the cruise director did a reasonable job as an Elvis act but he was seriously bettered by Andy Jones who did an hour's singing and got a well deserved standing ovation in both shows! Overall we had an enjoyable time, the ship, itinerary and departure port are particularly well suited to an older demographic and in general it showed in all of their offerings...would We do it again? Probably not, despite the convenience of driving to Southampton and walking on, next time we'll fly direct to somewhere else and choose something 'younger at heart' Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Cant really go wrong with P & O they are a good company. This ship is quite an old girl but very charming. The public areas are really nice, plenty of small niches to sit and relax and plenty of areas if you want to join in any of ... Read More
Cant really go wrong with P & O they are a good company. This ship is quite an old girl but very charming. The public areas are really nice, plenty of small niches to sit and relax and plenty of areas if you want to join in any of the programs. The decks have plenty of sunbeds/chairs we had no problem finding one at all. The evening shows were excellent, we worked out if you go for dinner early you can easily pull in both shows as they have two different venues with good acts on every night. Food was of good quality tasty and varied, we ate in the main restaurant every evening but one, when we tried Restaurant Jardin, which we didn't think was particularly special. We had a balcony cabin which was fine and the bed was very comfortable but the bathroom was rather small. The cabin stewards were very good and the rooms were cleaned to a high standard, we liked having tea/coffee facilities and they were replenished biscuits every day. Thoroughly enjoyable cruise. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our schedule. We have done 16 cruises with 6 different cruise lines. On this cruise we were just a couple on our own. SHIP Overall we had a very good time and we would go back on this ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our schedule. We have done 16 cruises with 6 different cruise lines. On this cruise we were just a couple on our own. SHIP Overall we had a very good time and we would go back on this ship again without any hesitation. The ship is well laid out with most entertainment venues along the entire length of deck 7. The three storey attrium is beautiful and has wonderful stairways over 3 decks. The open decks have lots of loungers squashed very tightly together. There are two central pools and a smaller plunge pool at stern, which we used quite a lot. The stern is quieter and does not get the music and games played at main pools. On sea days most loungers get reserved by 9am and are occupied most of the day. The deck has a lot of gree "astroturf" style covering which is good for not burning your feet, however there were two areas towarss stern where this had lifted badly and was a trip hazard, covered by warning tape. Lifts very, very slow. Compounded by one aft lift being out of action all cruise. On the last port day they had a sailway party, called "Great British sailaway" - this made me cringe with "Land of Hope and Glory", "Jerusalem" and "Rule, Britannia" played as Union Jacks were given out to guests. They still played Land of Hope and Glory at breakfast! DINING We dined using Freedom Dining in MDR every night, asking for a table for 2. On 4 occasions we got in straight away, one a 10 min wait and twice 30 minutes wait. Food always very good and staff pleasant and polite. One thing I would note is that staff are much less "chatty" than on other ships, where i am used to waiters talking me through the menu and asking about my day etc. The buffet on deck 14 was fine for breakfast and lunch but is a bit crampt around the food areas. Breakfast in MDR is also good, as is Cafe Jardin but with a limited menu. ENTERTAINMENT Lots of varied stuff on offer, more options in evenings than we experienced recently on Royal Carribean and Celebrity. However, the Ents Team are not a patch on those on other ships. We are used to enthusiastic staff joining in and encouraging people to attend things, walking round ship and chatting to guests, but little of this on display. For examples: Black Tie Ball left to 2 dance hosts to play recorded music, no ents team to start or encourage dancing. Exactly same for Masked Dance on deck. The entertainment was good but the Ents team could be a lot more enthusiastic. One bad experience to note. The We3 singing act, ended a show with a song about the size of one of the trio's "manhood" and how it would injure a woman! Totally, totally unacceptable. PORTS We did not use any ship excursions but did our own thing at each port. Malta - great, walk to the lift then explore the town. Corfu - courtesy bus to old town. Walked to Old Fortress, Esplanade and wandered narrow streets. A pleasant day. Sibenik - conned. Tender to another village, walk into village to be bussed to town. Sunday morning in a very small town with lots of steep climbs. No need to go back. Venice - superb. Fifth time here so walked to Ca'Rezzenico for a visit then had lunch and crossed every bridge on Grand Canal. Zadar - beautiful. Superb prom to walk along, then walled city, pedestrianised streets, old churchs, Roman ruins, would return Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We were looking for a 7 day cruise, short haul so we were away for our Ruby Wedding, this one seemed to match our requirements. Direct Flight from Ncle on Jet2 went without a hitch, we are only 5 minutes from the Airport so always ... Read More
We were looking for a 7 day cruise, short haul so we were away for our Ruby Wedding, this one seemed to match our requirements. Direct Flight from Ncle on Jet2 went without a hitch, we are only 5 minutes from the Airport so always prefer to fly out from here. Shame P&O/Jet2 could not arrange luggage to go straight to the ship from Ncle airport as they do for the return flight, we put the cases out just before midnight and did not see them again until we got into the arrivals lounge. The ship does show its age in places, but we thought it was in pretty good condition and was very similar in décor and layout to the older Princess ship we have been on. All the public spaces were clean and in decent condition and the ship seemed to have a nice flow to it. Cabins could do with a refresh, but were kept very clean by our excellent cabin steward who catered for anything we asked and worked his time in our cabin around our times. The Safe was a bit small if you have a lot of valuables and there seemed to be only one 3 pin plug in the room. The cabin size was the smallest balcony cabin we have had out of around 10 cruises we have been on and the bathroom really was very small, both were functional and did not cause us any problems. Heavy staining on the enamel of the toilet pan was a bit off putting. The main MDR was excellent, we were on anytime dining so experienced several waiters, all were very good, polite and efficient, we never experienced any real delays in getting a table for 2 and the food was in our opinion better than we had on Azura a few years ago where portion size was an issue, not this time and if you wanted something extra then the waiters always obliged. We also dined at Café Jardin, sometimes for breakfast and then again in the evening once. The staff there were great, including their Managers who were always visible and quite happy to have a chat. We also tried the Beach House and it was also good, but not quite up to the standard of Café Jardin. Occasionally we used the Buffet, it was fine, normal things available for Breakfast and usual hunts for a table at the busy times. Up on Deck, we usually found some sun beds, as we were not bothered about being right next to the Pool. Waiters again were usually around and we never had to wait very long for service which was mirrored throughout the Ship. We enjoyed the entertainment in both the Theatre and Show Lounge and tried to tie in our evening dining so we could see both shows. Did one P&O excursion in Venice, it seemed expensive, but included your water transport there and back, entry to Doges Palace, guides always in attendance and then into St Marks. We also skipped the queues and that was great as they were very long, so in hindsight it saved us a lot of time and was not that bad when you look at what was included. We certainly enjoyed being taken around these attractions. We do not normally cruise at the height of Holiday season, but I have to say there were plenty of children on board, but their parents, staff and themselves were a credit and we enjoyed seeing the different generations around the ship enjoying themselves without running wild. All in all a very enjoyable cruise which surpassed our expectations. 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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