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.

The Oriana going to the Canary Islands

Oriana Cruise Review by travel3238

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2018
  • Destination: Canary Islands
  • Cabin Type: Outside Stateroom with Window
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.
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Outside Stateroom with Window
Cabin EA |E174
My cabin was outside, midships, with a picture window. It also had a small settee and coffee table which was very useful. There were wardrobes and a shower en suite. The TV programmes were excellent. There was information about the ship, places we were going to visit, films, news, yesterday's films and lectures that had been given.
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