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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I selected a farewell cruise on the Oriana, before she slips away to China. I was not disappointed with the ship, she still felt very special, it will be a shame to see her go. The cruise was an adults only, touring France, Spain and ... Read More
I selected a farewell cruise on the Oriana, before she slips away to China. I was not disappointed with the ship, she still felt very special, it will be a shame to see her go. The cruise was an adults only, touring France, Spain and Guernsey in June 2019. Well worth visiting the destinations, plenty to see and do , either using the tour excursions, or being an independent traveller as I did. It was all very safe. I enjoyed the cruise, but wished there had been a few more younger passengers, it seemed to be overrun with the "more mature aged" travellers. Zimmers all around the boat, a shame really. I guess that must be due to the time of year and maybe the smaller boat. The staff were lovely, as always on P&O working so hard and making the cruise a special one. I loved the sail away, great turnout, flags everywhere! Cabin good, inside one, with plenty of room. ~Great bathroom with bath and shower. Entertainment mediocre could do with changing the repertoire, P&O getting a bit boring and predictable with the headliners. Films and screenings, couldn't fault - excellent. Meals and restaurants - very high standard. Enjoyed the entertainments with music in the Crows Nest, some nice acts playing relaxed music - very nice indeed. So all in all an excellent cruise - thank you P& O. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Embarkation the quickest ever after a smooth coach journey down from Woolley Edge in Yorkshire. Great to have luggage dealt with efficiently - you do not have any contact with it from handing it over to coach driver, until delivery to ... Read More
Embarkation the quickest ever after a smooth coach journey down from Woolley Edge in Yorkshire. Great to have luggage dealt with efficiently - you do not have any contact with it from handing it over to coach driver, until delivery to cabin. !6 night cruise and weather bad from start to finish, but that cannot be blamed on P&O. All seasoned cruisers said they had never been on a cruise with so much wind, rain, mist and cloud. We went on this cruise because we love Oriana and we wanted one last trip before she is sold to China. So were not too bothered that we had visited most stops previously. One place we hadn't been to before was Terceira in the Azores. This was really the only decent weather we had on the whole trip and it was a lovely island. We had booked a 4 x 4 tour (8 hours) through Viator with ProIsland Tours. I cannot recommend them enough. We covered the whole island and were taken to many places the ship's own tours couldn't access. We had also taken a half day 4 x 4 tour the previous day on Sao Miguel. Again it had been booked through Viator with BioBird tours. Many of those on cruises are very wary of booking trips through anyone other than P&O. We have done it many times and have never been worried about a missed sail-away. The tours' content is usually much more comprehensive and they are usually at least a third cheaper than ships' tours. Give them a go if you've not tried them. After the Azores we visited Madeira, where we used the local bus to visit Santa Cruz. Next was La Palma where we took a P&O tour to a silk farm. OK, but tended to be herded about a bit and were unable to stop to photograph nice views where we were not scheduled to stop. Then came Gran Canaria. Again we took a P&O tour which gave a leisurely overview and took us to some places we had not visited before. We were particularly impressed with our stop in Port Mogan. Fuertaventura was not worth the visit really, unless you wanted to go to a beach. Again we took a local bus and travelled up to a town on the north coast. Last stop was Lisbon where the weather was so bad that it didn't warrant getting of the ship. However, we had to get gifts and so had to go shopping. Got soaked to the skin. The two sea days on the return were once more dull, misty and rainy. We disembarked (very efficiently) in Southampton to a lovely sunny day. Now Thursday and weather still great. Perhaps UK is worth considering. Overall impression of cruise was good because we like the ship so much - no children, good food, good entertainment, nice bars to sit in etc. Would just like to give a tip to anyone who may be considering buying a wine package on board. Don't bother. There is little, if anything, to be saved. In fact, unless you choose the most expensive wines on the lists available (only about 4 of them), you could find that you had paid more than if you had bought them individually from the full wine list. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Hoped to see the Northern Lights, sadly, they did not appear. First time on this ship which is showing its age. Cabin kept very and tidy. 99% of staff were very good. Service in waiter service restaurants very slow at times. No ... Read More
Hoped to see the Northern Lights, sadly, they did not appear. First time on this ship which is showing its age. Cabin kept very and tidy. 99% of staff were very good. Service in waiter service restaurants very slow at times. No strict enforcement of using antibacterial hand gel before entering restaurants. Food very good in all restaurants. Long walk for our forward cabin to restaurants at the stern of the ship. As we were at sea for quite a few days, entertainment was poor. Headliners shows were excellent. Theatre Royal seating very uncomfortable. P&O need to offer all inclusive cruises as other cruise lines do. Ports visited were very good. Disembarkation was poor as they had not sorted out the exits properly. Abundance of thermal clothing taken not needed as shore temperatures not as low as expected. Lots of deck areas close due to bad weather. P&O would sell more in the onboard shops if they reduced prices. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise as this would be the last opportunity to see Oriana before her sale in August. We had first cruised on Oriana in July 1995. We were pleasantly surprised at the good condition of the ship, although there was ... Read More
We chose this cruise as this would be the last opportunity to see Oriana before her sale in August. We had first cruised on Oriana in July 1995. We were pleasantly surprised at the good condition of the ship, although there was extensive rust around the bow section. A Chinese “spy” was spotted in an anorak inside using a lap top and large notepad, obviously trying to plan where all the pianos will go when it reaches China. The new name will be Piano Land!!! What an insult to a good ship. The captain was very conspicuous by her entire visual absence throughout the 12 night cruise. Some said she should return to container ships from where she came since you do not need to speak to containers. Service in the Peninsular restaurant was at times very slow and to get a drink was at times difficult. Our cabin suite B153 on B deck was spacious but the only “extra” was exclusive dining for breakfast in the Sindhu restaurant. Other lines provide more for suite passengers. We did encounter a violent storm 11 at the northern edge of the Norwegian basin but the ship coped with this well. Food was middle of the road very British as one would expect. Disembarkation was chaotic to the point of being unacceptable. The land bridge between ship and terminal was declared unsafe. There was another crew gangway which could have been used but this was refused. How the port and Carnival can get into this situation defies reason. We waited from 8.00 am until 09.30 am to get off. Our 3 cases were not in deck order and one had been dropped from a great height causing both external and internal damage. We could not complain as we had only 20 minutes to reach our train by taxi. A very poor and disappointing ending. If you embark on a similar cruise you should have good dealers, take appropriate warm clothing and waterproof shoes and be prepared not to see the northern lights. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
No Northern Lights but great experience. Tours all very expensive but worth it. The Captain was anonymous during the whole cruise which was dissapointing. No updates at all from her, and no reassurance during the force 10 storm in ... Read More
No Northern Lights but great experience. Tours all very expensive but worth it. The Captain was anonymous during the whole cruise which was dissapointing. No updates at all from her, and no reassurance during the force 10 storm in the Norwegian sea ( for 12 hours) when many passengers were very worried. My wife and i, and 18 others paid £55 each to sail into Alta in the viewing area of the Captains lounge and it was very nice. Good views, good food and good company...but alas, our Captain couldnt be bothered to come in and say hello when we was in her own suite ! No enforcement of hygene wash at the entrance to the restaurants. Many many people just ignored this so im surprised no outbreak of Norovirus. Entertainment was average but cinema showed some good films. Food was first class and service was very good. Disembarkation was a shambles. Its a shame this particular ship is leaving, i would definately liked to travel again on her..but not with this Captain. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We normally cruise Holland America out of Fort Lauderdale for our winter Caribbean cruise. However, the cruise departing Southampton on 6 January meant only a short flight down from the North. Embarkation was smooth and efficient. Our ... Read More
We normally cruise Holland America out of Fort Lauderdale for our winter Caribbean cruise. However, the cruise departing Southampton on 6 January meant only a short flight down from the North. Embarkation was smooth and efficient. Our cabin was an outside on the 5th deck, although we were upgraded due to noise issues with an adjacent 'technical area'. This deck house keeper was very proactive on our behalf in securing the change. Impressive Rakesh! Our new cabin was lovely and there were no further problems. The Dining experience was mixed. On the whole the food was good although in the dining room (perhaps because we were far from the kitchen) it could be tepid, rather than piping hot. The Conservatory lido area was well-run and kept clean. There were themed choices each evening and the Indian night was highly popular with passengers and officers. All the dining room/Conservatory staff were excellent-among the best I have come across. Regarding activities, the library was excellent and I attended many lectures and talks on themes such as the British Music Halls and Astronomy etc. Also there were separate musical concerts featuring Glenn Miller's hits and film theme tunes. The Headliners theatre group undertook a wide and varied range of musical productions and these were augmented by visiting singers and comedians who came aboard, including some local acts. Again, as good an entertainment as I have come across. Indeed, the cruise entertaiment manager Mr Percival was totally proactive in interacting with the passsengers as were his wonderful team. Portwise I partcularly enjoyed my tours of Bermuda and Cartagena in Columbia( a change of itinerary due to weather conditions). Grenada always enchants as does the Commonwealth of Dominica. Everyone was impressed by our visit to the Azores. Disembarkation was slow due to the customs doing a very thorough check on departing passengers. But P and O do not control this. Although Oriana is getting a bit old and tired, it is still a great favourite with all who sail in her. Sadly, she is being replaced and while a new ship will be wecome, I wonder if the elegance of this ship will be easy to replacate. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I was on the Oriana with my partner and can honestly say this was not the "holiday from hell" as one couple suggested. We were well looked after. It could have been a lot worse when we had the power failure, but the weather was ... Read More
I was on the Oriana with my partner and can honestly say this was not the "holiday from hell" as one couple suggested. We were well looked after. It could have been a lot worse when we had the power failure, but the weather was very good, a scorching hot day, a bar-b-q was laid on and we still got our evening meal. Only thing I recall not working that evening was the air-conditioning. The cabins were stifling hot but we survived. Well done to all the P & O crew for making our trip a pleasant one and especially to the Captain for keeping up updated. For the inconvenience caused we all got an extra £100 spending money on board, glass of champagne with our evening meal on "Indian buffet night", what more could you ask for. One thing I was disappointed with was the Casino, only 11 machines working out of 18 for the entire journey. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We don’t normally cruise in November, but decided to join some good friends and the Oriana’s Caribbean itinerary sounded perfect. The ship is in its last year for P&O and there were many onboard who were upset that she was leaving ... Read More
We don’t normally cruise in November, but decided to join some good friends and the Oriana’s Caribbean itinerary sounded perfect. The ship is in its last year for P&O and there were many onboard who were upset that she was leaving the fleet. However, she is in relatively good condition although there are few places on board that are showing their age. Generally the food was good in the MDR. We are not keen on self-service, so,cannot comment on the standard of food there. We were amazed to find the Cruise Director, Hughie Taylor, was still working for P&O. We first met him back in the early 80’s on board Canberra. The entertainment programme was the same old and general consensus was that it needs updating. The guest speakers and many of the guest entertainers we had seen several times before. Again P&O need to look again at this, especially as many of their passengers are serial cruisers. Unfortunately on this trip there were several medical evacuations by either helicopter or the ship turning back to a previous port. There were also many passengers using mobility devices. We thought that there was a restriction on how many were allowed aboard and found it worrying what would,happen in an emergency. P&O seems intent on reducing the number of smaller ships in their fleet and there was much discussion on board about how short-sighted this is. We love Oriana for its size and think it will be a great loss. Not everyone likes these huge new liners that seem to be taking over and spilling 5000+ passengers out at every port. If we had any complaint with the crew, it would be the indifference of some of the younger entertainment team. There was never a Plan B if rain stopped play of quoits and shuffleboard..just a feeble excuse that there was nothing else planned. The ports of call were all great. Having been to them all before, we never took a shore excursion, but heard from those that did that they were good, if not a little expensive. All in all we had a good time and are now looking forward to our forthcoming trip in January on Aurora. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We have never cruised on P&O before, or adults only, so were a little apprehensive for this cruise. We were given an arrival slot of 3pm but this worried me about being late so we left home at 1pm and only live in Portsmouth so ... Read More
We have never cruised on P&O before, or adults only, so were a little apprehensive for this cruise. We were given an arrival slot of 3pm but this worried me about being late so we left home at 1pm and only live in Portsmouth so didn’t have far to drive. At the terminal, check in was a swift process and they never mentioned us being early so within about twenty minutes we were in our cabin with our luggage arriving very quickly after us. The balcony cabin on B deck (Britannia) was very spacious with loads of storage space, which was a worry of my husband as I had 6 suitcases. There was a mini bar, with a range of drinks and snacks and we got two small free bottles of water. We took everything out of the fridge to put our own stuff in. There is an option which we also took which was buying 6 large bottles of water too for about £10. There was a beautiful flower in a vase which was really unusual and bloomed for the whole of the cruise. There was a seating area and the chairs on the balcony were nice. We had binoculars which were not that great, lucky we had our own, and a map book in the cabin too. The bathroom was adequate size, with a bath and shower over and lots of storage space again. There was one of those old fashion hairdryers on the wall in the bathroom which wasn’t very good but there was another in the cabin which was good. The room attendant came in and introduced herself to us which was nice. As we had two rooms next to each other (travelled with my sister and her husband) we asked the room attendant to ask for the adjoining balcony door to be removed. This did happen when we were next in port. As stated this was an adult only cruise and most of the people were very nice. Others however seemed to think they were more important than us and were rude. They didn’t queue for food or lifts and seemed to know the staff very well so most probably regulars. One thing that really bugged me was the sunbeds! They are supposed to be used within 30 or items removed. I spent many days by the pool and many days sunbeds were reserved and the ‘owners’ only returned for a few minutes at a time through the day. Leaving people waiting for a lounger. I would have, however, asked a member of staff if I could not find a single lounger. The ports on this cruise were amazing and the tours we bought with P&O were good value for money. Equally on some shore days we just jumped on the hop on hop off bus/boat. In Venice it was cheaper to buy the hop on hop off boat ticket than to pay P&O to take you into the city on their tender. The food was amazing on this cruise and as we were ‘trying to be good’ we mostly ate in the restaurant rather than the buffet as I think you tend to over eat there. Afternoon tea is not to be missed. (Yogi, our server was great, table 11 in freedom dinning) The cinema is great and we watched some good films and I also went to the gym for classes and use of the machines which was great too. I never found the sauna. There were lots of talks and activities for a range of people however, it was mostly not to our taste. I would have loved to learn to dance but hubby had a bad leg so couldn’t participate. There was bingo and quiz nights too which were fun. The men enjoyed the World Cup, well mostly because sometimes the system wasn’t tested and parts of games were missed and people had to move to other areas or own room to watch. One frustrating thing was buying pints of beer in different lounges/bars. The price booklets are the same in all venues but waiters are reluctant to go to another bar to get you a pint and try to sell you the bottles of beer which works out more expensive. There is tea and coffee available from the machine in the buffet or after a meal in the restaurant and these are also topped up every day in your cabin, you also get 2 packets of biscuits every day along with a chocolate on your pillow each nifght. The public areas were always clean and shorts were not allowed in any restaurant in the evening, nor was swimwear, which was nice. The staff at reception made us feel like it was an inconvenience to talk to them sometimes but the staff in the shops were friendly. The prices, as expected in the shops were steep so never really bought anything. The muster of the lifeboats seemed a little disorganised and we were all squeezed into a small area with the staff member not really having control of the passengers. The entertainment was ok, there were lots of things to choice from every day and evening, some of it wasn’t to our taste or liking, but we did enjoy the four tunes, and some other bands. The resident group were ok and I enjoyed the queen night. I also enjoyed the magician. Disembarking was crazy we chose to get off at 9 am and were told to go to the theatre and wait, but when we got of the ship our luggage was everywhere with no real organisation. On the whole I would consider going with P&O again but mainly due to the size of the cabin and the food. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We had cruised on Oriana before, in 2013 and 2015, and enjoy its atmosphere. This cruise was affected by 'Storm Hector' and we had an extra sea day instead of calling at Portree in Skye, which was to have been a 'tendering ... Read More
We had cruised on Oriana before, in 2013 and 2015, and enjoy its atmosphere. This cruise was affected by 'Storm Hector' and we had an extra sea day instead of calling at Portree in Skye, which was to have been a 'tendering port'. There was not much more that the company could have done in the circumstances, and we made the best of the extra time to enjoy the ship's facilities and entertainment. Oriana is now called a 'mid-size' ship by P&O, who have recently chosen to turn their back on those who enjoy smaller ships in favour of enormous mega-ships with many thousands of guests aboard. Oriana is a throwback to an earlier era and has a different feel to the company's newer ships. At 23 years old she is also becoming middle-aged by ship standards. Embarkation at Southampton was affected by problems with the 'air-bridge' (covered gangway) and although this did not cause a late departure, it was frustrating for both the terminal staff and passengers during the delay. One factor outside of the ship's control, but readily obvious to all on board, was the unfortunate attendance of Emergency Ambulances to remove ill passengers from the ship at every port where we docked alongside. The one at Ringaskiddy (Cork) made the ship late departing, and must have made the poor couple involved feel very conspicuous. So here are the things we loved about our Oriana cruise: + Embarkation and disembarkation were both handled very professionally + The entertainment on our cruise was outstanding. The 'Oriana Orchestra' produce a superb sound considering there are only 7 musicians, and we enjoyed the performances of theirs that we attended. The young girl drummer, Esme, is amazing! We also enjoyed some 'Headliners' shows and the duet that performed in the Crow's Nest bar. George Dorogi, the cocktail pianist who mostly played in Tiffany's, also charmed us with his skillful piano playing. + The Conservatory seemed much improved following its recent refit, although it has to be said that the manners of some passengers when using it left a lot to be desired. The new layout seemed to speed up the preparation of drinks. In the evenings the staff seemed especially helpful, serving teas & coffees after your meal. This latter service made dining there in the evenings much less like a canteen. However, we avoided the Conservatory at breakfast times, when it is still rather a bun-fight. + The ship has had all of the moveable deck seating replaced, and although it was sad to see that all the wooden steamer chairs had gone from the Promenade Deck, the metal replacements were reasonably comfortable. + We chose to dine in SINDHU on two occasions, and the service there is second-to none. Personally I considered that it was well worth the modest supplement charged. + The staff on reception were very helpful, and one of them went well beyond the call of duty during a personal emergency when we required some laundry tablets urgently. + The Front-of-House staff in the Peninsular Restaurant were very professional, friendly and made you feel welcome upon arrival. + P&O now require Cruise Cards to be shown during the safety drill, making it harder for guests to avoid attending this important briefing. So, here are the not-so-good bits.... - Cruise Cards. Oh dear. Mine worked satisfactorily throughout the whole cruise, but my companion was on card No.7 by the end. We spoke to many other passengers who had also needed multiple replacement cards during the cruise. The cards can be affected by proximity to mobile phones, something that was not emphasised when boarding, but there clearly was a software bug in the system or faulty encoding, because it affected so many passengers. One card lasted only 2 hours! - The Great British (Tacky) sail-away. I avoid these like the plague as Butlins-on-Sea is not my style, but the one leaving Guernsey was ridiculous as it finished long before the ship actually sailed! - The bar area at the back of Deck 12, overlooking the stern, had piped pop music played 'ad nauseam' on a continuous loop. By the middle of the cruise it had become very tedious indeed, and by the end we avoided the area as it just grated on the nerves. If this bar area had a better ambience, we might well have used it a lot as it affords a great view of the ship's wake. - The sheer number of mobility-impaired guests on this cruise actually alarmed me; there were many more than I had ever seen on a cruise before. I am very much in favour of those who have impaired mobility being able to enjoy cruising and actually am pleased to see them on board, but if there had been a marine incident requiring everyone to muster or abandon ship then the crew would have been overwhelmed. I would be interested to see the risk assessment/s for the maximum number of mobility-impaired/wheelchair-bound guests that can be safely carried on board Oriana. - The professional standards of the wait staff in the Peninsular Restaurant seemed somewhat lacking on occasion, something neither of us had noticed on previous cruises. We partook of two official Shore-Excursions (Kirkwall & Dublin) but did our own thing at most of the ports. Three in particular I will mention: Kirkwall: A really knowledgeable and personable courier made this shore excursion to Scapa Flow a pleasure, despite me becoming ill towards the end of it. (I quickly recovered and was able to walk back to the ship unaided). He was a local man, enthusiastic for his subject, and more than ready to answer any questions. Belfast: We took a taxi from the ship to visit HMS Caroline which is berthed opposite the cruise terminal, across the river. A really superb attraction, and one not offered by P&O. Dublin: A boring and dull guide made this tour something of an anti-climax, only offset by the superb Irish Dancers that we saw during the second half of it. Dublin is not one of my favourite places, being full of traffic, tourists and ugly buildings. To sum up overall, we would gladly cruise on Oriana again but I am not optimistic about the ship surviving past the introduction of IONA to the fleet. Enjoy it while you can! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
Very hit and miss cruise. Daytime activities on board were geared towards the many older people on board and didn't appeal to us at all. Entertainment was made up of the usual pub quizzes, name that tune, name that comedy series ... Read More
Very hit and miss cruise. Daytime activities on board were geared towards the many older people on board and didn't appeal to us at all. Entertainment was made up of the usual pub quizzes, name that tune, name that comedy series etc. Much of it very old fashioned and dated, We'll Meet Again is a case in point. We didn't go and see anything by the Headliners as they did nothing remotely modern the whole of the cruise! We did see a good comedian and Ida 4 very talented ladies with great voices, the talks were interesting and we enjoyed a couple of films but that was about it over a 19 night cruise, we had some early nights! The Oriana proved to be too small for us, a week would more than enough. We weren't keen on any of the public spaces, everywhere seemed half asleep! The shops were dire selling out dated products at inflated prices and their sales were a joke - total rubbish. This is the first time we have cruised over 14 nights. The experience has taught us that we can do longer cruises but we must be careful which ship we cruise on next time. On the plus side this was the first time on P & O that we have been able to eat in the dinning room every night because the food was so good. This was a big plus as there is very little in the way of alternative dining (Sindhu and the Beach House) we saved a lot of money not having to pay extra to get a decent meal which we have had to do in the past! We missed the Glass House and wouldn't sail on a P & O ship without one again. Service was overall pretty good with the odd exception of a moody waiter. We think service has improved since P & O have introduced other nationalities to their on board staff. Our cabin steward, as always, did an excellent job. We had an inside cabin unfortunately immediately above the theatre which wasn't too much of a problem until the Headliners started singing! The itinerary which attracted us to this cruise in the first place was good with the exception of Cagliari which was very disappointing. We did 2 shore excursions, wine tasting in Sicily and Krka National Park in Croatia, both were very good. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
The Cruise March 2018 We chose this cruise to see Northern Lights (No Guarantee) as it was on my wife’s bucket list. Do note the spin on seeing the Northern Lights is to sell the cruise and the excursions. Also, be aware that ... Read More
The Cruise March 2018 We chose this cruise to see Northern Lights (No Guarantee) as it was on my wife’s bucket list. Do note the spin on seeing the Northern Lights is to sell the cruise and the excursions. Also, be aware that the pictures that you see of this phenomena are, obviously, taken by camera and that a camera captures more detail than the eye. This means that very often, if you are lucky to see them what you are actually likely to see will not be the same as those photographs. I hope that you will be lucky enough to see the full beauty. Unfortunately, we did not see the Northern Lights despite many statements that this was a really good time to go. (This did not spoil our holiday to any great extent except for the constant suggestions that if we go on deck or take a night excursion). Naively, we spent many night hours sitting on the deck, with many others, in the snow in sub-zero temperatures hoping to see the display. It became obvious that there was no way that we would see the phenomena because the snow was falling from thick clouds. It would have been better if the deck officers would have provided updates on the weather conditions. The ships radar and weather forecasting technologies surely would enable them to give the latest accurate information for the passengers. Perhaps this was withheld so as not to affect the booking of excursions etc. We chose P&O because of its British atmosphere and because of the wonderful experience we had some 25 years ago. Although we had a safe cruise without drama, (thank you), we were sailing for several days without docking and into the exciting Arctic. It was sad that all we had was a sketchy outline on the TV as to our location and we crossed the Arctic circle without any sort of notification. This may seem unimportant to the ships officers and crew but it would have been good to have had some sort of interaction to know about the cruise whilst we were at sea. The Ship We found the Oriana to be quite nice but sadly it is aging and we experienced quite a lot of vibration from the engines. The ship was nice and warm despite the cold weather allowing us to walk about in shirtsleeves. Unfortunately, there was varnishing and painting going on throughout the cruise that caused some occasional unpleasant fumes. I believe that Oriana is to be sold by P&O in August 2019. Our Cabin Our outside cabin on A deck, (deck 11), mid-aft, (window only), seemed to be in a good position even though being on a highish level was a bit rocky in the worst of the weather. The cabin ventilation was OK but it took a bit of fiddling to get right. We were amazed at the amount of storage in the small cabin that was very well laid out. (Big cases can be a problem). There was a shower over the bath and plenty of water pressure and hot water. The cabin had a decent bed and the furnishings and facilities were more than adequate. We really can't complain The cabin had a kettle for coffee and tea etc. but beware you have to pay a lot for bottled water to drink or in order to make a cup of tea or coffee. We found this very irritating and penny pinching. Service from Mack our Steward was magnificent. Nothing was too much for him. Thanks. Dining The food on the ship was good and very plentiful even though the menu description had a bit of a strange spin to it and we had some surprises. (Blueberries were actually black currants; Passion Fruit Pavlova was fruit in jelly in a meringue case and a ten pence piece size blob of Passion Fruit cream on the plate etc.). All tasted very nice but not quite what we expected. Service in the restaurant is extremely efficient but at times we felt too rushed. Note: There were charges for dining at all the other dining venues. Entertainment Entertainment was good in the Theatre and Cinema and there were lots of games and quizzes, and a good library and card room if that is what you like. (Some activities require additional charge i.e. painting materials etc.). The pools were open most of the time but occasionally had to be closed due to weather etc. The pools were not used much during this voyage but were apparently at 31 degrees yesterday and steaming. The Cruise The captain seemed to carry out some strange manoeuvres when leaving Southampton, and later we experienced some fairly severe weather and there was quite a lot of banging and crashing. This delayed our arrival at Andalasnes. (The Captain gave a brief comment that it had been a "challenging" crossing). One of the major disappointments was the lack of communication from the Captain, Sarah Breton, or her deck crew. (I understand that now she seems to have been promoted to have been promoted to the role of Captain on board Artemis. Sadly we saw her around only once at a reception where she gave a very short speech and then disappeared never to be heard of again. Shore Visits The ports of call were absolutely lovely with beautiful scenery. (BEWARE; Everything in Norway is extremely expensive!). We avoided buying anything while we were there even though we were told that you could buy some things at more reasonable prices in the shopping centre near the Tourist Information centre in Alta. (Just looked like a couple of modern warehouses to us). We did not go on any of the night excursions as we did not feel we would be comfortable or see the lights. Those that did go on the excursions did not see the lights but had, on the whole, great experiences. I had organised a snowmobile trip via Alta Tourist Information because I did not want the extended trip that was offered by P&O and that I felt was too long for us. The manager, Marianne, was really helpful and I would highly recommend the service that they have to offer. We had a wonderful experience on our 4 hour Snowmobile Safari to Beskades . We used the free bus to Tourist information Centre in Alta town centre where we were picked up by North Adventur, the operators, and taken to a lovely lodge in the country. We were provided with pristine cold weather suits, gloves, boots and helmets with visors. Fantastic. Kept us warm and cosy for the trip. The lodge was nice and warm and they provided hot drinks and snack/cake/pancakes to top off the experience. On top of that, there were only 3 couples booked, (on 3 snowmobiles), and we had a very helpful and pleasant guide to show us how to use the snowmobiles and who lead us safely on a 2 hour approx. drive through the trees up onto a breath taking high plateau where the Inuit herd their reindeer at certain times of the year. The location took our breath away and the untouched snowy views were awesome. (We stopped half way to and from the plateau to allow the pillion passenger to swap over if they wanted to drive). The Scenic Trip from Åndalsnes to Dombås on a TRADITIONAL CARRIAGE railway was added by P&O because the modern railway was fully booked. It was absolutely brilliant as our carriage was nearly empty and we could move about freely, take photos from both sides and even open windows. (TIP: The railway station is virtually alongside the dock and you can book direct return trip with them and save yourself £20 per person). Conclusion Do take layers of warm clothing to put on for trips or for outside deck. Pack normal casual clothes for inside the ship. Pack some formal wear for formal nights and some smart casual clothes for casual nights. Hopefully the new ships will be an improvement and that there will be more emphasis put on this marvellous place with the benefit that you just might see the Northern Lights. We had a wonderful memorable holiday and the arctic regions vistas with its snow is magnificent and definitely worth visiting. I can understand why people become addicted to visiting the Arctic areas as they are very beautiful and so different from other cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise as we wanted to see the Northern Lights and experience Norway with snow. We have previously been to the North Cape on P &O’s Arcadia, but in the summer. Embarkation on Oriana was a breeze...we arrived at 1pm, ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we wanted to see the Northern Lights and experience Norway with snow. We have previously been to the North Cape on P &O’s Arcadia, but in the summer. Embarkation on Oriana was a breeze...we arrived at 1pm, and were on board by 1.30...even though our official embarkation time was 2.30. Our cabin, a deluxe outside on C deck, was clean and spacious with lots of storage. A bit dated, but then we have been on Oriana once before and know that she is an old lady. Our luggage arrived shortly after us, and having unpacked had fun getting the suitcases stowed away under the bed...clearance is not great but leaving the cases open worked a treat. We were on Freedom dining in the Peninsular restaurant...and as we were happy to share with others (we were 3 adults, although not all in the same cabin) we never had a problem getting seated for dinner immediately. Food was consistently of a good or high standard...Certainly no complaints at all, and in my opinion, was better than on our previous P &O cruise last summer. Could have been a bit hotter on a couple of occasions but not cool enough to warrant sending back. We also often asked for extra veg, as we like our veg and the standard portions can be a bit small. Dining staff (with one exception) were always efficient and friendly, but we could see they were pretty rushed at times, so lengthy dialogue with the waiters did not feature! We dined in Sindhu one night...fabulous food and service. Had afternoon tea in the main dining room a couple of times, very nice, better than the buffet. We were not overly impressed with the buffet, but we tend to use Al Fresco for breakfast (much more civilised!) and dont bother much with lunch. On the days we did have lunch in the buffet we had no problems getting a table, and stuck mainly to salads which were fine. We didnt avail oursleves of much of the entertainment...we have seen all the Headliner shows before, although we did see the comedian, the Harpist ( briliiant!), and Ben Makesi ( excellent). We are happy to retire to the Crows Nest after dinner and listen to whoever is performing there. Particularly liked one artiste..... Also, this was a specialist cruise...so many evenings whilst up in the Arctic circle , we were out on deck with our camera in search of the elusive lights...drinking mulled wine. Lovely! The ship is old, but the atmosphere on board was very friendly. The public areas are lovely and well maintained. I have read a couple of other reviews about this cruise and wonder if we were on the same one! The average age on board (as quoted by one ) was definately NOT 74...there were a lot of younger people on board and far, far less people with scooters and wheelchairs than normal...as expected really bearing in mind the itinerary and time of year. I really get quite annoyed when genralising sweeping statements are made about the passengers ages on this ship. Yes, of course some are quite elderly, but that is the same on any ship, and because it is adult only you dont get young families with children. I am not elderly, but really enjoyed my time onboard, chatting with people of all ages...which we did. Ports...Andalsnes...we went on a P &O trip on the Rauma railway...amazing scenery. We went by coach to Bjorli ski resort and got the train back...definately the best way to do it as the guide on the coach was very informative, whereas information on the train was less so. Tromso and Alta.....between us we went on Husky rides and Reindeer rides ...not cheap but great fun. We visited the Ice Hotel (a must), went in search of the lights...not too sure about the value here but just one of those things really, and went to a concert in the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso....beautiful. This is one of those cruises where I think you just have to bite the bullet and book at least a couple of trips if you want to get any real benefit of a cold cruise. Stavanger we just mooched around...it is an easy port to do just that and the town is very nice...the old town being particulalrly pretty. I am now looking forward immensely to 3 weeks in the Med this summer on the same ship. She is not modern and glitzy, but offers a more traditional cruising experience....has a lovely tiered aft, and is like a ship should be ...rather than a block of flats on water! Some will not enjoy that experience, so my advice is do your research before you book a cruise! She is also very expensive if you want a balcony cabin.... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We booked this cruise over a year ago to celebrate our 30th Wedding anniversary this year - we have both wanted to see the Northern Lights and what a good way to do it. We arrived in Southampton the night before and stayed at the ... Read More
We booked this cruise over a year ago to celebrate our 30th Wedding anniversary this year - we have both wanted to see the Northern Lights and what a good way to do it. We arrived in Southampton the night before and stayed at the Jury's Inn as we did't want any stress from the journey to Southampton and this worked perfectly for us. We arrived at the port a little earlier than our allocated time but there was plenty of room in the terminal, and as it happens, even if we had arrived on time we wouldn't have gone any where as the check-in system was down!. Eventually things were done manually and we ready to embark on our cruise. Once aboard we found our room on deck 8 and to be honest I was very pleased at the presentation. We had chosen a deluxe balcony cabin and it was very spacious and comfortable. Plenty of storage space, large comfy bed, bathroom with shower all very clean. As there had been an issue with check-in the Oriana didn't set sail until late in the evening and by then it was dark so never got to see the English coastline in the daylight , which we would have done had we sailed on time. We progressed well with the first 2 days at sea, there was a full itinerary of things to do each day, something to suit all tastes. We settled in to our life on board fairly smoothly and soon found our way around the different deck and venues. As you would expect on a cruise to Norway it was cold outside so once we did dock at our first port of call the temperature on board the ship felt colder as the gangway is open all day. The dinning options on board were excellent and there wasn't a time of day when you couldn't get something to eat - all very nicely presented and tasty. As we moved further up the coast of Norway the weather became colder and the ship struggled to cope with the harsh weather. By the time we arrived in Alta there were numerous problems with heating and flooding, as apparently they hadn't experienced the coldness we encountered of -25 degrees on previous journeys. That said the crew coped well with the difficulties - as you can imagine the luxury at this point was in very short supply! We had already booked several shore excursions prior to going and thoroughly enjoyed each one we did - there was the option on bard to book further excursions but we didn't feel we needed to. My only 3 criticism's would be the overkill of selling on board - spa packages, photographs, further cruises etc. A general lack of organisation - when selling the above - organised chaos! And response from some staff when asked a question replying with "um I'm not sure", which we encountered in several occasions in different areas of the ship - when working in a specific area - i.e. photography or on board shops you would expect them to have the answers to any related question Overall we had a great time, we sled with husky's, saw the Northern Lights and enjoyed Norway and its people. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
I thought I would try an adults only trip. The contrast with the family ship Azura in the school holidays was delightful. I travelled solo and I definitely enjoyed an adults only ship. The efficiency and organization of the ship was ... Read More
I thought I would try an adults only trip. The contrast with the family ship Azura in the school holidays was delightful. I travelled solo and I definitely enjoyed an adults only ship. The efficiency and organization of the ship was excellent. With so many good points it was difficult to find any negatives. EMBARKATION – was excellent. It took about 30 minutes from the time of going through the outside door to entering my cabin. DISEMBARKATION – was also excellent, well organized and quick. I was outside the terminal building about 9.00 am. CABIN – mine was a pleasant cabin with an outside picture window, midships and fairly low which should have been good for rough seas. I felt sea sick for 2 days. The cabin space and storage was very adequate for a solo traveller. DINING – The food generally was good. The Buffet Restaurant was self-service. This was not large enough during busy times and during those times it was difficult to find somewhere to sit. The Oriental Restaurant, waiter service, was open in the evening and was a fixed time restaurant with 2 sittings. The back of the restaurant was noisy and vibrated. The other white table cloth restaurant, waiter service, was open to all with open dining for breakfast and lunch meals. The afternoon tea service there was excellent. There was also open dining in this restaurant in the evening (for selected diners?) Also there were 2 paid-for restaurants which I did not try. SPECIAL DIETS – Special diets appeared to be well catered for. Soya milk and soya spread were available. Other diets were catered for at the buffet breakfast. A vegetarian menu was available to order. Vegans might struggle. ENTERTAINMENT – the films, lectures and activities were excellent. There was a huge variety of activities to choose from. TRAVELLING SOLO – the morning coffee meetings, afternoon tea tables for solo travelers, and the morning schedule for solo travelers who wished to go ashore together was very good. HEALTH AND BEAUTY – The free health lecture programme is excellent. There is a gym and beauty salon. The gym induction period finished at 5.00 pm on the embarkation day. With the meal, seeing to cases, and the ship’s drill, I did not see this information until too late – after 5.00 pm on the induction day. Maybe this could be included on an introduction to the ship sheet or the gym induction could be the following day. (I did not notice if there was another induction period). GOING ASHORE. Passengers usually had the full morning and afternoon ashore which was fine. Ship’s shore excursions can be expensive. SAVING SUNBEDS – some sunbeds near the pool appeared to be ‘saved’ with blue towels preventing other people from using them. Perhaps a better system could be found. SNACKS IN CABIN – if one is travelling solo and is ill for a day or two this might be useful. The breakfast service in the cabin is excellent. I never saw any information about 24 hour snacks or food in the cabin which some cruise companies offer. TIPS can be added to the passengers statement or alternative arrangements can be made. SHOPS – shops are available for personal items, clothes etc. CONCLUSION – would I travel on the Oriana again – definitely yes – especially if there was a better pricing system for solo travelers who are usually charged about double compared to some other passengers. Apart from feeling sea-sick/ill for 2 days I enjoyed the cruise. It was amazingly well organized and efficient. The staff were charming, helpful and efficient. The Oriana is a very good ship for couples, adults and solo travelers and I would recommend it for a pleasant, interesting cruise. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Had a great time food was good in all the restaurant's room was clean and comfortable our cabin stewardess was very attentive all ways helpfull kept the room spotless loved the ship Very good service from the staff all in all a ... Read More
Had a great time food was good in all the restaurant's room was clean and comfortable our cabin stewardess was very attentive all ways helpfull kept the room spotless loved the ship Very good service from the staff all in all a great cruise at a excellent price ports of call loved laPalma and Lisbon Lanzarote was warm just did a drop off excursion entertainment was ok in parts ventriloquist are not my cup of tea but dance troop were very good tend to do our Own thing in the day time ship was a bit rocky and did vibrate a bit not had that on other ships but got used to it she's a lovely ship would go on her again dinning was very good food was hot and tasty in both the main dinning room and self service glass house was a nice for a change of venue sizzling steak is all way good in there Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
On the whole I was pleasantly surprised by Oriana after hearing a lot of bad press about the ship. The thing I enjoyed most about Oriana was the deck space, I thought it was wonderful and so much better than more modern ships, ... Read More
On the whole I was pleasantly surprised by Oriana after hearing a lot of bad press about the ship. The thing I enjoyed most about Oriana was the deck space, I thought it was wonderful and so much better than more modern ships, there's so much room for everyone, we sailed in winter but I can imagine there's ample space if going to hot destinations. The inside of the ship is finished to a high quality also and I found the bed in our outside cabin incredibly comfortable. Only downside of the room was the noise from the bathroom which seemed to come from the air extractor. Otherwise, the room was very pleasant albeit it was larger as we had a disabled cabin. Food is of a standard to other cruise ships and varied as usual with service being attentive in the main restaurants, I think the buffet restaurant on Oriana could be bigger, we didn't visit the Beach House which has used up part of this space on top deck but in my opinion it would be better served as an expansion in space for the buffet. The layout of the ship is interesting and a little confusing, a lot of lifts don't go to all places and if you push a wheelchair like I was doing you have to do a bit of preplanning, I would seriously advise downloading the detailed map of the cruise on to your phone, the one they give you on check-in isn't that great in my opinion. The itinerary we went on was quite enjoyable to Zeebrugge and Amsterdam, will share some tips with you for both and some suggestions if on a wheelchair. - Zeebrugge: I highly advise skipping the shore excursions to Bruges and instead just use the free shuttle to Blankenberge train station. There are hourly trains to and from Bruges for €5 return and even further afield so can easily do a half day or day. They also have a lift onto the shuttle if you have a wheelchair and subsequently you can get assistance on to and off of the train so this is also a viable option for wheelchairs, just be aware of the cobbles in Bruges although there are some more favourable routes to the centre. - Amsterdam: It's great how the ship arrives right in the centre, you can easily walk to most sites, tram lines go by frequently and there's nothing stopping you going further afield in the Netherlands as the central train station is next door to the cruise port! If you're in a wheelchair I would highly recommend a firm called 'Staxi' - they will take you anywhere in Amsterdam for €25 on their wheelchair accessible van, this is a great option and we used it to go to the Rijksmuseum (awesome for wheelchairs) and on an accessible canal cruise. Overall I enjoyed Oriana and would be happy to sail on the ship again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Wanted to experience a bigger ship to thought we would try the Oriana going to,, Spain, Italy, Gibraltar etc. Oriana holds around 2,000 passengers and was the biggest ship we have ever been on. We stayed in Soton the night before and ... Read More
Wanted to experience a bigger ship to thought we would try the Oriana going to,, Spain, Italy, Gibraltar etc. Oriana holds around 2,000 passengers and was the biggest ship we have ever been on. We stayed in Soton the night before and boarded early. One thing I always look for is the entertainment, and I must say I was blown away by the Headliners theatre company, up there with the best I have ever seen on a ship. The theatres were excellent and to be honest the whole ship came to life in the evenings, such as Harlequins bar and the bar the other end of the ship I can't remember what it was called but there were fun quizzes in there. In the day there were a lot of activities going on and it wasn't really our thing. Sea days are great for relaxing but there wasn't too much opportunity of that short of actually sitting in your cabin all day. I did go to the spa for a massage once which was very therapeutic and recommended. For a ship of its size Oriana was very efficient at getting all the passengers and crew off at every port- there aren't really any hold ups. Some lovely places I hadn't visited for 30 yeras. Overall a good experience, I may come back again but perhaps on a shorter cruise with no sea days. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Firstly this ship is haunted. I’ve been on it twice and same things happened. I’d stop and let someone pass and find out nobody was there. Eventually my mother asked why I kept stopping and turning round and I told her. She laughed it ... Read More
Firstly this ship is haunted. I’ve been on it twice and same things happened. I’d stop and let someone pass and find out nobody was there. Eventually my mother asked why I kept stopping and turning round and I told her. She laughed it off until something (Invisable) started jumping up and down on her bed one night and I eventually asked the DJ if anyone had died on ship and he said “plenty” I complained to reception but the reply was “We have had no complaints about ghosts madam”. They even followed me to a class. The ship is fairly nice and plenty of restaurants and bars to lounge in. It’s quiet and seems to attract much older people so You get a lovely relaxed feel and it’s staff are very hard working throughout. We were single so were put with a large group of other singles at dinner and it was a blast as all had company and I thought that was a lovely gesture of P&O on this ship. I met an amazing bunch and highly recommend them to continue this as singles usually feel very alone when cruising . I tend to go to spa and have lots of different treatments as they are all great and found it very relaxing and plenty of products to choice from if you wish to take some home. I love cruising and P&O do great trips you can book and also have a free shuttle bus so everything is catered for. The staff are the friendliest most hardworking from ~room servicing to restaurants and this ship has great food. It’s exceptionally clean,good decor and my favourite ship (I’ve been on lots of P&O ships and this is a favourite so went twice to various places. I highly recommend it and those cocktails. Entertainment is brilliant and I mean top west end ,but better. headliners are the best I’ve ever experienced. They put on such good shows that I count down the evenings they are on and try to get a seat as early as possible. They have a Costa, cinema and pretty much everything you need so you are not bored when at sea. Variety of classes to enjoy and have learned so much from them. Like diets and other information for hair ,skin and a variety of things. The worst bit is having to leave a i never want to get off P&O cruises. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Public areas and deck space very good.It is nice that the older ships still have the traditional spacious promenade deck. Good choice of food in buffet and main restaurant. Also enjoyed a meal in Sindhu (supplement payable). Weather ... Read More
Public areas and deck space very good.It is nice that the older ships still have the traditional spacious promenade deck. Good choice of food in buffet and main restaurant. Also enjoyed a meal in Sindhu (supplement payable). Weather mixed,could have been better, but nothing P&O can do about that.Really enjoyed the designated cinema it is a good option if you don't like the shows on offer.Ports of call where La Rochelle,Santander,El Ferrol and Guernsey. Shuttle bus needed to La Rochelle 25minutes. Nice place but not a great deal to see and do. Lovely beach in walking distance of where ship docked in Santander and plenty of shops too. El Ferrol would be a pretty port in good weather, unfortunately rained most of the day we were there. But we received a good send off with a band and musket fire from the towers at the port entrance.Town in walking distance of ship. We spent a few hours in the maritime museum,well worth a visit -entrance free but donations welcome. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
First time cruisers very special experience for my partner and I on the lovely Oriana she look amazing Embarkation went smoothly with no fuss we then boarded Oriana how exciting found our cabin LOOKED Good lots wardrobe spacers only ... Read More
First time cruisers very special experience for my partner and I on the lovely Oriana she look amazing Embarkation went smoothly with no fuss we then boarded Oriana how exciting found our cabin LOOKED Good lots wardrobe spacers only negative bath were small soap decanter broken slip mat for bath found it were a plus as at times there were movement when hit winds sea waves ,,we then found our way around the ship it was a little daunting as this was all new to us. food and drinks very good drinks prices very much like uk we personally did not enjoy the conservatory experience [ to much like a canteen very busy lots of noise like a feeding frenzy very rude people ] but staff very good . we used the peninsular and alfresco for dinner / breakfast .Entertainment were Average enjoyed Headliners opera flute not to our taste. comedian little sad maybe we were younger as were told average age for cruising were 69 years plus.every evening we would get news letter which were very informative Ref whats happening next day on Decks . in the spa areas to which we took advantage of this spa experience we had couples massage with hot stone very lovely therapist helpful but tried to sell and over sell products which we felt we spent already shame / also booked for my nails awful experience with the nail therapist I already had Gel nails so this was a treat sadly therapist started to file Gel as she couldn't remove polish with soak were upset as my nails felt weak after this she told me I needed more conditioning treatment I Have never been told this with my professional Nail Tech back home she applied shelliac colour look o.k still over whelmed by my experience .shore excursions we booked online before the cruise as we were told popular cruise excursions sell out but found most were available., enjoyed the experience and trips we Booked- in Future I think we could use ports shuttle make our way take our time saying that some Guides were very Interesting very Proud Of their Countries Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
My wife and I chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary. Of the 10 ports of call, 6 we had not visited before and we found them all very interesting. we had outside cabin on F deck and while it was a bit smaller than that on other ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary. Of the 10 ports of call, 6 we had not visited before and we found them all very interesting. we had outside cabin on F deck and while it was a bit smaller than that on other ships it was adequate and was kept scrupulously clean by the cabin steward. The only complaint would be that the cabin had 2 upper bunk beds which were folded up against the wall as they were not needed. As we had queen bed layout the bunk beds gave restricted head room at each side of the bed resulting in frequent head bumps. The twin bed layout we saw in other cabins appeared to give more room. We chose freedom (anytime ) dining which worked reasonably well though if we requested table for 2 we usually had to wait 15 or 20 minutes and occasionally 35 - 40 minutes, but generally this wasn't a problem. The meals in the Peninsular restaurant were of a high quality and consistently good throughout the cruise.. The Conservatory (self service buffet) was a bit hectic at breakfast on sea days but was generally comparable to other ships we have been on. The smaller Al Fresco restaurant on the Lido deck was excellent for a light lunch. The entertainment was largely enjoyable with good mix of light and classical performances, while the Headliner company put on some top class shows. The Chaplin Cinema was also a useful alternative entertainment and screened some top class films. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Chose the cruise due to the good ports, some new to us and some we had not visited for several years. Ports did not disappoint, we tend to do our own trips however had good P&O excursions to Capri ( despite the whinging from ... Read More
Chose the cruise due to the good ports, some new to us and some we had not visited for several years. Ports did not disappoint, we tend to do our own trips however had good P&O excursions to Capri ( despite the whinging from passengers re tendering ) and wine tasting in Livorno. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly, would have been better if some passengers listened to the instructions. Varied our dining in the Restaurant, Conservatory and our favourite Beach House, all of a good standard. You may notice a theme on the previous items and that is that some passengers appear to constantly complain which was bit annoying for those of us who where on holiday!. Found the waiters and service excellent. Went to a performances, classic guitar and ventriloquist where excellent. Comedian not the best. Overall a good holiday and we are looking to book again for next year. All I would ask others is if you did not enjoy yourself please try a coach holiday. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Went for our 40th anniversary on a late booking, lucky to get a mini suite and it was so wonderful felt so special as only used to balconies, but the room surpassed all my dreams. Yes due to problems late leaving so no exciting sail away ... Read More
Went for our 40th anniversary on a late booking, lucky to get a mini suite and it was so wonderful felt so special as only used to balconies, but the room surpassed all my dreams. Yes due to problems late leaving so no exciting sail away but as we had a bottle of complimentary champagne to drink on our balcony enjoyed. Weather started good and we enjoyed La rochelle, santander even though the storm was horrendous and lovely La coruna with only a shower, the sea was definitely choppy but known worse from past cruises, think captain should have not been so open about the forth coming conditions as lots of passengars we spoke to were quite frightened and come 10 oclock all venues were very empty, previous cruisers said he should not have said as much as he did. people went back to their cabins early, though the sea did not seem that rough at that stage. Very sad not to get off at Guernsey felt for the passengers who had never visited there, do feel we could have got off lunchtime but the captain seemed like he just wanted to head back to southampton asap so he could get the ship ready for the next big cruise, and feel he let the passengers down and the cost involved losing a port day and the extra so called entertainment he said was laid on was rubbish, even sail away in doors was poor. Really hope this cruise has not put anyone off just so bad luck with the weather which we have never experienced, we have always had great cruises with PO and off soon on lovely Ventura and back on Oriana next year. Had freedom dining but ate in main restuarant every night and met different cruisers for chats. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Embarkation went very smoothly and we were soon in our cabin (deluxe outside) C156. This was very roomy with plenty of hanging space and a useful sitting area. This was our first cruise on Oriana since her refit and we were impressed. She ... Read More
Embarkation went very smoothly and we were soon in our cabin (deluxe outside) C156. This was very roomy with plenty of hanging space and a useful sitting area. This was our first cruise on Oriana since her refit and we were impressed. She looked pristine. All public areas were much better than before but the greatest improvement was the Conservatory. It is now a light and airy place with fresh tiles and some very good art work. We eat here on a couple of occasions and it was so much better than before. Not everything was perfect. The unthoughtful people on the previous cruise had drunk all the "Jaipur IPA" and even though it was obviously very popular no one had bothered to restock. Shame. Oriana needed some essential repair work(???) so we missed the port of Corigliano Calabro having overnight stays in Civitavecchia and Salerno instead. Unfortunately we also missed out on Marseille due to weather conditions - although I did wonder if the essential repair work also was a factor here. Food was of the usual high standard. We were on Freedom Dining which we prefer as we like a table for 2. The only problem with this was that people began queuing as early a 5pm so you really did have to be joining the queue well before 6pm if you wanted to get a table for 2. On a few occasions we were just a little too late and had to drag ourselves off to the bar with a pager which was no problem. The entertainment was very good. Headliners were excellent (as usual) and we also really enjoyed the Troubadors and the Spinettes. Chris Lubbe was also a very interesting and inspiring guest speaker. Overall, a very enjoyable cruise, so much so that we took the opportunity to book again whilst on board for another Mediterranean cruise on Oriana in October. Read Less
Oriana Ratings
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Cabins N/A 3.8
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms N/A 4.1
Fitness Recreation N/A 3.6
Family 2.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 3.9

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