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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
It was our 24 Th wedding anniversary. So wanted to do a beautiful cruise in the Med as you can almost ensure perfect weather. We have been with P&O Many times brilliant ships. ENGLISH sterling and English plugs. Fantastic. ... Read More
It was our 24 Th wedding anniversary. So wanted to do a beautiful cruise in the Med as you can almost ensure perfect weather. We have been with P&O Many times brilliant ships. ENGLISH sterling and English plugs. Fantastic. The staff are so friendly and the cabins are clean and tidy. But a little on the small side but that's no problem really. We love the evening shows and Entertainment. The staff are all helpful And the good has a good choice and really nice. We prefer to eat at the buffets as it's so much nicer to pick what we wish. The only thing that rubies our holiday was the pool side singer called Frankie. She was awful, she had one of them voices which drones on and on and on the sound system was way too loud. She played guitar but only knew a few chords so it was like she strumned away the same rythem and sand different songs over it. It was so loud you could not read. Relax or talk to each other at all I walked around the deck and saw no less than 5 people with fingers in ears or hands over ears . this is surely not right. How come the volume was so loud when you are trying to relax. She played everyday and sometimes 3 or 4 half hour sets straight after each other playing the same songs.. So so boring. I had to get up and walk away each time she came in. Terrible like torture almost after a while. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Last year cruised on this ship and everything was first class. However, this year I felt something was missing!! The drinks package had changed and was very expensive and if you are only an occasional drinker , well too much. The ... Read More
Last year cruised on this ship and everything was first class. However, this year I felt something was missing!! The drinks package had changed and was very expensive and if you are only an occasional drinker , well too much. The entertainment was not very good compared with last year. Shows only 1/2 an hour long. However, enjoyed the lectures on forensic science - CSI on board ship. Cannot complain about the food and service they were of a very high standard. The prices of goods in the shops were too high and the market tables at night could have had a better selection of goods. The excursion was very good to Athens and I certainly had my monies worth as the courier never stopped talking. I had already booked another cruise on this ship to Dubai in November before going on this cruise so will write after to see if anything has changed. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our fourth time on Oceana and the itinerary was Croatia,Italy and France.Our previous cruise was on Oceana in March this year on the Dubai cruise.Sadly there seems to be an issue with the vacuum on the toilets as our toilet would ... Read More
This was our fourth time on Oceana and the itinerary was Croatia,Italy and France.Our previous cruise was on Oceana in March this year on the Dubai cruise.Sadly there seems to be an issue with the vacuum on the toilets as our toilet would not flush properly on six occasions in 14 days and the bathrooms really need a makeover.Anyone who put a review on cruise critic and did not mention the toilet problem were either lucky they did not have a problem or did have a problem and did not wish to mention it but the truth is what is needed in reviews.Our steward Rose was brilliant and her appearance daily was impeccable. DINING- We were club dining eating at 8.30pm which suited us and we had some lovely people on the table.The waiters alternate these days between the Adriatic and the Ligurian.The food was good with a good selection but we thought the food on March cruise was better.We did not bother with lunch and had afternoon tea in the main dining room instead. ENTERTAINMENT-This was varied but the outstanding act were the Flyrights a motown group where there was standing room only if you did not get in early.Jon Clegg runner-up to collabro on BGT 2014 was good on his first show but not so good on the second.Richard Hadfield who used to be with Collabro,he is a brilliant singer more of the classical type of singer.Another show worth watching was Astonishing devised by Stephen Mulhearn of catchphrase.That is all that needs mentioning about it so as not to spoil it but well presented by the headliners. PORTS-dubrovnik-enjoyed it but we were there in the hot spell of weather-£25 to walk the walls,hard work in hot weather.ROME-You really need to be quite fit for the walk and river cruise as you will cover about 6 miles and not a lot of photo opportunity as you do not get off the coach by the colliseum-rather disappointing. Venice-Also a bit disappointing as we did Doge's Palace and the gondola ride was one of the most uncomfortable means of transport I have ever been on in fact a camel ride some years ago was more comfortable.The winery visit at Toulon was well worth doing as you go to a medieval village in the hills first. The service on all parts of the ship were excellent and do not miss the Captains gala party if you want a free drink.Do not think we are whingers we are just giving you the facts as we experienced it.Would we go on Oceana again probably not as it will probably disappear before we get chance unless it gets a reprieve doing the Dubai cruise but if the right itinerary came along yes we would. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
In general myself and my husband were pleased with the cruise . We wanted a medium sized ship with good entertainment facilities and a variety of ports. This was our third cruise but first time on Oceana. Our main criticism was the ... Read More
In general myself and my husband were pleased with the cruise . We wanted a medium sized ship with good entertainment facilities and a variety of ports. This was our third cruise but first time on Oceana. Our main criticism was the subbed situation. We liked to have a fairly relaxing breakfast on sea days but once we got up to top decks, sun beds were very scarce! People had draped towels over them and gone off, and it took a few treks round the decks to find any free ones! Well, there were plenty free but all had towels left in them, books and bags etc left beside them! We felt that staff should be stopping this from happening somehow! I must admit that, had I known this would be that difficult I would never have booked this shop for a med cruise!!! Even down on deck 7 where you could sit in the open air without a pool, it was crazily busy and towels again draped in all seats! I used the pool one day out of the 14, and would have loved to have used it more, but was just not quick enough to get a subbed. Even when I did use it we had to sit on upright seats by a table! The food was consistently very good & we were able to easily get a table for two. Ports were lovely but very very busy! All staff were excellent! Our cabin was ok but not as roomy as the one we had last time on Oriana, and could have done with updating, plus only one socket which was a pain! Entertainment was good, and places to have a drink were fab! We found people in this ship very dressy, lots of sparky evening dresses which I wasn’t really prepared for, but would be next time! This was an enjoyable cruise around Greece and Croatia & we have booked to go with P & O again (on a different ship) as we found them very efficient! I personally would think twice before booking a med cruise on Oceana again unless I knew the subbed situation was better though unfortunately! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Food in the MDR was good. So was le Jardin and the Beach House. Also sampled the Asian lunch taster. The Headliners provided excellent entertainment as per usual. The room was clean however there was a constant odour from the toilet even ... Read More
Food in the MDR was good. So was le Jardin and the Beach House. Also sampled the Asian lunch taster. The Headliners provided excellent entertainment as per usual. The room was clean however there was a constant odour from the toilet even after it had been evidently cleaned. (Suspect old piping etc) Travelled with a child who constantly used the small sports area with goals, a net for tennis and a basketball hoop. The weather was excellent throughout the cruise. The cabin was an outside cabin as no balconies available for families when I booked. The room was bigger than we had feared however there was no private area to get changed outside the bathroom, which was definitely to small to do so. All the crew were nice and friendly. The public areas were in good condition. Used the kids club once and the lad enjoyed. We would travel on the Oceana again. Read Less
6 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
6 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
The flight from Bristol was uneventful on a rather old Thomas Cook plane that had no entertainment of any description. The transfer to the ship was well organised and swift. Check in was excellent and after a quick early lunch our balcony ... Read More
The flight from Bristol was uneventful on a rather old Thomas Cook plane that had no entertainment of any description. The transfer to the ship was well organised and swift. Check in was excellent and after a quick early lunch our balcony cabin was available and cases soon unpacked. The ship was in great condition having just had a spruce up. Service in the bars was always quick and efficient. Food in the main dining rooms is varied and of a good standard. One or two evenings service was a little slow. Cafe Jardin was a quieter option for breakfast and turns into an Italian restaurant at night. Shows and entertainers were most enjoyable especially a vocal harmony group who were amazing. Shore excursions seem expensive and apart from a trip to Murano while in Venice we did our own thing. However if you want to see a specific place then they are a safe bet as they get you to the destination and more importantly get you back to the ship! On the middle day of the back to back week's cruise we used the local bus in Malta to visit Medina which was fascinating and cost a fraction of the ship's excursion. Overall a most enjoyable cruise to some interesting destinations - especially Malta, Venice and Athens. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Family cruise of 14 nights - two adults and our sons (ages 11 and 13) in adjoining cabins. Dividing panel between balconies opened permanently by cabin steward immediately upon request making communication/access between the cabins easy. ... Read More
Family cruise of 14 nights - two adults and our sons (ages 11 and 13) in adjoining cabins. Dividing panel between balconies opened permanently by cabin steward immediately upon request making communication/access between the cabins easy. Eastern Med (inc Venice and Athens) chosen at elder son's request. We were very impressed by the ship - which despite what some say - has been substantially refurbished at vast expense. The restaurants and other 'public areas' are beautifully presented and impressive. Our cabins were very comfortable and better than they appeared in photographs - dated in style, but recently renewed wall coverings, carpeting and curtains - plus quality beds and linen. I agree the cabin balconies and their furniture are scruffy. Our cabin towels were aged (why - having spent £Ms on a refurbishment is a reasonable question?) - one even having a hole in it. Otherwise first class care of our cabins by our highly professional and friendly cabin steward. On our last day we paid £70 for late check-out and were allocated a different cabin of the same standard for the day. That presented to virtually the same standard as our previous ones - but a careless previous guest had stained the new carpet unfortunately. The w.c./shower rooms are compact - but perfectly adequate, with useful shelving and efficient showers. Water pressure to hand basins poor. Oceana IS a ship and looks like one - but those with experience of the ever larger floating blocks of flats the cruise lines are now building may not like it. Shopping is indeed quite limited - but we were not on board with shopping in mind. I had left my dress shirts at home and the shop offered a choice of styles in my collar size. Selection of books very limited in the shop - and ignore P & O's advice not to bring guidebooks from the UK if you intend to make trips ashore independently, as we did. The food was excellent in terms of quality and variety, whilst the standard of service in the restaurants and bars was superb overall. There were very occasional lapses - but to base overall comments on those few occasions out of so many would be unreasonable. On the two/three occasions we made complaint - we were listened to, apologised to and never suffered the same problem again. Without exception we found Oceana's crew flawlessly professional and virtually all, courteous and helpful too. We enjoyed a number of shows - always choosing carefully with our sons in mind. We tended to go to the pool area late afternoon on sea days - because it is very crowded from early morning until about 3.00 p.m. and it IS difficult to find sunbeds in the various pool areas. Later in the day - followed by a late dinner worked very well for us. The prices of drinks/wines are reasonable and I have no complaints on that score. We opted to pay a fixed daily service charge (per cabin) as part of our fare - and that was a mistake in our case, because it came to virtually half our total on board spending. We drank a bottle of wine each evening, a minimum couple of cocktails each day and endless soft drinks - but I suspect we could have rewarded the crew adequately by adding 15% to what we were charged each time. We paid a supplement one night to dine in 'The Beach Hut' but did not consider it a worthwhile experience in comparison to our regular dinners in the 'Ligurian Restaurant'. Paying £10 per head for the 'Indian Lunch' on a sea day was well worth it, as was our tour of the galley which cost the same. We opted for 'freedom dining' which meant we could in principle dine when we wished. This was not quite true - because on only two occasions out of 14 was a table immediately available when we presented ourselves. We enjoyed waiting and drinking cocktails - but the unpredictability of the length of our wait could be irksome. In future, I suspect we would opt for a definite 8.30 p.m. or 9.00 p.m. dining time. Those who are fit, capable and used to travelling independently will not need to pay for shore excursions - nor endure the misery of walking round in file with a number stuck on one's shirt. We met several such 'chain-gangs' from the ship during our independent travels and were glad we had opted out. P & O's services for those wishing to explore the cruise destinations independently are excellent - they made it very easy for us to do it at every port of call. Continuous shuttles from/to the ship etc. Hop on/hop off buses in Athens really useful - with tickets sold on board. Sea shuttle in Venice delivered us from the ship the quayside near St Mark's. Got a taxi to take us to a beach in Crete and to collect us at fixed fare - having found a good beach in one of the guide books. We found the 'meet and greet' at the airport and the transfer arrangements excellent - both when we joined Oceana and when travelling to the airport for our return flight from Malta. Disposal of the heavy luggage at midnight the night before departure - without seeing it again until baggage reclaim at Gatwick was bliss. Overall - we enjoyed ourselves enormously and found the cruise thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable. On reflection we might be inclined to a smaller ship on another occasion - but would certainly consider another P & O cruise and most certainly Oceana. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Sailed from Valletta to Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes, then back to Valletta. Oceana itself despite the refit, is a tired old ship. The Captain summed it up - a tired old lady with her heart in the right place. Main areas were ... Read More
Sailed from Valletta to Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes, then back to Valletta. Oceana itself despite the refit, is a tired old ship. The Captain summed it up - a tired old lady with her heart in the right place. Main areas were fine, our cabin was ok, a little TLC needed and most definitely on the balcony - the floor was warped and uneven and could have been dangerous. However, it was comfy, we slept well, and the balcony was big enough and allowed us decent views when we enjoyed our early evening aperitif ! Our cabin steward Merlin was very good, and most of the staff were very friendly eager to please. Room service - breakfast - wouldn't do that again, sent us coffee instead of tea, the panini wasn't hot, we could have rectified by asking but we were on an early trip so that was the whole point of room service ! Did 2 excursions - Santorini - Akrotiri - well worth the cost and had an extremely good guide so very enjoyable. Athens - not impressed with the funicular and fab views trip - wasn't as it was made out to be so we complained to the excursion desk, within an hour we had a letter of apology and bottle of wine in the cabin so not all bad. Couldn't get round the main pool in the day as it was heaving with sunbeds completely filled up all day, it was like that most of the time around the rest of the ship, if you didn't get there first thing then you had no chance. How P&O would rectify this I couldn't guess as the sunbeds were inches apart in any case ! Food very good in all areas, and wine prices reasonable - you could get a decent bottle of Chilean Merlot for around £16 or £17. There was plenty of time in ports to enjoy the day. On the whole I would choose P & O again but a newer ship. the precision of P&O on the embarkation / disembarkation and manouvering of luggage etc from the airport was exceptional, they must have had army training ! Faultless ! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Chose this cruise as had been in a cruise on the Ventura before and thought this would be similar, we found that the food was not as good as our previous cruise, in fact often the description of what the course would be was nothing like ... Read More
Chose this cruise as had been in a cruise on the Ventura before and thought this would be similar, we found that the food was not as good as our previous cruise, in fact often the description of what the course would be was nothing like what arrived.and on several occasions even though we chose freedom dining and agreed to share a table, we had to wait at least half an hour to get into the restaurant. The excursions were very expensive and one particular one was very disorganised. If you went ashore on the shuttle bus when alighting there were many excursions to be had at at least half the cost of the ones organised by the ship. Non smokers who use an e-cigarettes had to use these where the smokers were therefore having to breath in smoke that they were trying to avoid. as these cigarettes only give off vapour they should have a special place to use them away from smokers. My friend who no longer smokes had to be with the smokers which l felt sorry for her after now being a non smoker had to subject herself to smoke. The entertainment was ok but on a couple of times the show only lasted a half hour.The staff were very good, friendly and helpful, especially the cabin steward. We enjoyed the quizzes the line dancing classes, and the general musical entertainment , and found the library very useful. The cabins were well appointed, there was tea making facilities, a safe, hair dryer, plenty of bath sheets , shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and mini bar. Also a laundry service available . The cabins were serviced both morning and evening and a chocolate left on your bed in the evening. The prices in the on board shops were about twice the cost of those at home. Being single it is a bit annoying having to pay for a double cabin, as there are lots of single people it may be a good idea to have some single cabins, Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We booked this cruise 18 months before departure so have been looking forward to it for some time. As this was a re positioning cruise we were bussed from return airport to Southampton. Everything went well and embarkation was efficient. ... Read More
We booked this cruise 18 months before departure so have been looking forward to it for some time. As this was a re positioning cruise we were bussed from return airport to Southampton. Everything went well and embarkation was efficient. We enjoyed this cruise. The food was good, and we met some good company when freedom dining in restaurant. The ship is in great condition throughout with the exception of Footlights theatre. We found the seating in there uncomfortable, although not too uncomfortable to enjoy shows. The only negative I had issue with was the timing of the shows, first one at 8.30pm and second at 10.30pm. This was an issue for us as in other ships first show starts at approx 7.30pm which allows you to see first show, have dinner in restaurant and then see second show. We mainly ate in restaurant for dinner and had breakfast and lunch in the limited menu Cafe Jardin (no cost for breakfast or lunch). Menu consists of a small buffet and limited served options, which we found more than satisfied us. I have never seen this option on other P&O ships. We do not generally like the buffet option (smash and grab) for our dining, but on the two or three occasions we used the Plaza buffet we were pleasantly surprised. I would say that the Plaza buffet was the best we have experienced on any ship. Initially we thought our cabin on the small side, we soon got used to it and everything was fine. In general we had a great cruise even though the weather was a bit colder than expected. We failed to land at Mykonos due to high winds. We felt that service, food and entertainment were great. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We have sailed twice previously on Oceana, once when she was quite new and once when she was looking ready for a re-fit. This time the re-fit had been completed and she was looking fresh with new carpets and furniture; but let down a bit ... Read More
We have sailed twice previously on Oceana, once when she was quite new and once when she was looking ready for a re-fit. This time the re-fit had been completed and she was looking fresh with new carpets and furniture; but let down a bit by not refitting the cabins or doing some general maintenance on things like balcony doors that needed a lot of power to open and were very hard for a woman to operate. But I have digressed a bit and will start with the transfer to Southampton. This cruise was a re-location cruise to Malta and we were transferred quite efficiently by coach from Manchester Airport to Southampton. Booking in and embarking the ship was one of the quickest we have experienced from Southampton, and as an added bonus the cases were waiting when we got to our cabin. The main thing we noticed was the pungent smell in the cabin, which we soon pinpointed to the shower curtain; why they dont just change them as a matter of course each cruise is beyond me. We were on fist dining in the MDR as it suits us due to medication issues, the food was always of good standard and served by a great team. The buffet was of similar quality and the midnight snacks and hot chocolate were also very good. The midnight buffet was a great place for a chat with the staff and wind down before bed. Entertainment in the theatre was some of the best standard I have seen for a while, and the entertainment in the bars were also good; just wish they didn't have to disrupt musicians with quizzes. Disembarking went well and we were transferred to Malta, not a long wait and back home. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Caribbean and get some winter sun. During the first 4 sea days the sea was rough, everywhere we walked on ship we were staggering around. The captain commented in his midday address one ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Caribbean and get some winter sun. During the first 4 sea days the sea was rough, everywhere we walked on ship we were staggering around. The captain commented in his midday address one day that the ships decks were very quiet the previous evening. This was because a lot of people were either feeling sick or those with walking difficulties (of which there were many) had given up. In our cabin the wardrobe doors were swinging open, drawers were sliding out but more seriously was the fold away bunk bed on the wall which came crashing down during one big jolt of the boat. If one of us had been sitting on the bed it would have crashed down on our head. We alerted our cabin steward who removed a ladder and pillows from the bunk bed, he said that the pillows shouldn't have been in there. I informed reception what had happened because we were very concerned it would happen again. They sent up an engineer who stood looking at the fold away bed and said hopefully it wont happen again. Not very assuring so we requested to change cabin but they said the ship was full but they would let us know if another cabin became available, we never heard from them again. In future we will never stay in a cabin with a fold away bed on the wall. I realise that P&O cant do anything about the weather but having been on other cruises we found that Oceana was not stable enough to be crossing the Atlantic. It didn't take much of a swell to get the boat rocking about. In other respects we liked the layout of the boat and the position of our cabin close to the front lifts was ideal. The boat was kept very clean and in good order throughout which reflects that it has just been in for a refit. There were always plenty of sunbeds available at the top front of the boat. We chose freedom dining in the Ligurian and used this restaurant about 50% of the evenings. We normally requested a table for 6, always got seated immediately and enjoyed the company of other guests. The quality of the food varied and sometimes the portion sizes were very small. Unfortunately the food was rarely hot. Serviced was slow and there was no chance of making the 8.30 show unless you were seated by 6.30. Even arriving at 6.30 we often had to leave before coffee. We preferred evening meals in the Plaza which is a lovely large room at the front of the boat. The Philippine waitress girls who worked in the Plaza were an absolute delight and we enjoyed chatting to them. At least in the Plaza if you chose a dish which you didn't like or was not hot enough you could go back and choose something different. We found the food in the Plaza to be generally good. We also liked sitting in the outside horizon grill for a snack mid afternoon. Horlicks or hot chocolate in the Plaza around midnight also went down well. We love going to the shows and normally took in both the different shows at 8.30 and 10.30. Arriving 10 minutes before it started we never failed to get a seat. Obviously not every act was to our liking but generally we thought the entertainment including the headliners was very good. We also found a duo called Protocol were good fun and very entertaining and they appeared in the Winners bar most evenings. I enjoyed the Shuffleboard daily competition on the prom deck and we also both enjoyed the daily art classes run very competently by Mike Gaffney. On the way home the afternoon classical pianist and soprano shows were very good including the dramatic show where the piano slid across the stage in the force 12 hurricane wind. The entertainment team were amateurish compared to previous cruises. The entertainment manager was scruffy and completely lacking in confidence. The service by all staff throughout the cruise was good. The drink waiters must have been on commission because they were very keen. There were 8 black tie nights and 99% of guests kept to the dress code although it became laughable when some of the ladies wore high heals when it was difficult enough to keep your balance on flat shoes. Towards the end of the cruise although we still dressed appropriately we grew tired of the formal nights. We wouldn't cruise across the Atlantic again, it takes too long and the sea is too rough. It was a great adventure and we enjoyed visiting all the ports in the Caribbean but were a bit disappointed that it was often cloudy with light showers. The beaches were good but no better than what you can find in the Greek isles. Although we are in our mid sixties we were younger than most guests and I guess that's because a 35 nights cruise attracts more elderly guests who are retired. I am sure we will cruise again but probably choose a 14 night med cruise. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We arrived at terminal at 2 30 it was slower than usual cases taken promptly but had to wait awhile for them to take photos and take car away. Check in quick. Our inside cabin good a little smaller than other p&o ships. Never been on ... Read More
We arrived at terminal at 2 30 it was slower than usual cases taken promptly but had to wait awhile for them to take photos and take car away. Check in quick. Our inside cabin good a little smaller than other p&o ships. Never been on the Oceania before but found her a wonderful ship easy to navigate. The atrium was decorated absolutely beautifully. We were freedom dining and enjoyed each nights company. The headliners shows, once again put on fab performances. The jingle bell rock on New Year’s Eve was magical really set the tone for the night. Our gala meal was great with good company, we then went to starlights bar to watch ‘beautiful world’ a celebration of ‘take that’ it was outstanding. Then on deck 12 to watch the lovely fireworks. All in all a wonderful New Year’s Eve, after spending the day walking around Amsterdam. Thoroughly enjoyed Bruges. All in all we had a fab time love the oceana, booked next new year Hamburg/Brugges, whilst on board. Disembarkation good even after a delay due to high winds, the port handled it well with 3 large cruise ships in. Looking forward to our next cruise in April on Britannia. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
DONT BELIEVE ALL THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS. We found the Oceana to be a little dated but understand she is due for a Re fit end of this month. The Plaza could do with an overhaul as we found it to be lacking in choice (unless you like ... Read More
DONT BELIEVE ALL THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS. We found the Oceana to be a little dated but understand she is due for a Re fit end of this month. The Plaza could do with an overhaul as we found it to be lacking in choice (unless you like Curry), repeatedly cold food which was supposed to be hot, OH! and the Roasts were always Vac Packed and lacking taste. Although we had read all the negative reviews before boarding and were a bit apprehensive, I have to admit it was one of the more relaxing cruises we have had. Big Negative though - Beware the "Metabolism and loosing weight" seminar unless you have money to waste. The assessment is £30 then they try stiff you £245 for a three month supply of Algae tablets which are supposed to cleanse your body. We googled this when we got back home and there is no convincing evidence to suggest the tablets help with weight loss. Apart from that - decent Cruise and we have booked to go on her again 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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