Spending over 3 days at sea initially was too long for us very pleased to reach land in Madeira. Ship bit dated and in need of a refurbishment ,chaotic dining in self service and lack of tables, it was a daily task to find somewhere to sit and eat although food was very good at all times.
Dining at night was excellent with fabulous service and food in the Adriatic restaurant.
Lack of seating space to sit and relax during day and evening (why all the space taken up by art gallery and photos when there is this lack of seating?)
Would recommend more outside seats and less sun beds as most of guests were elderly and a lot were immobile and unable to get on to sunbeds.
Cabin was small but adequate but had problems with toilet overflowing and there was an overwhelming musty smell outside cabin with hot air blowers frequently in use as they had obviously had flooding problems earlier.
One morning we lost the use of the toilet as it stopped working altogether.
The cabin steward though was excellent , very pleasant and helpful.
Overall we enjoyed the cruise but afraid the ship does not compare to the Carnival Magic we last cruised on and i dont think we will be sailing on the Oceana again.
We really enjoyed our holiday as first timers and would consider cruising again. Though if you want to get to know a place the few hours you have in port are not enough except for small places like Katakolon. I think its worth doing your research about whats on board and go exploring early on.
Wow!!! What a great ship. Everything about this ship I loved. From departing from Malta the whole experience was out of this world. We loved her so much we booked again for next year. This is the first cruise ship we have booked for a second time 🚢
Just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Oceana, West coast of Italy I will reserve may comments to The Ship and Staff as the Ports and Weather although relevant to the overall holiday experience are more appropriate elsewhere.
I have cruised a few times before however this was my first cruise with P&O my wife and I are early 50's traveling with my mother who is late 70's and has minor mobility issues, I mention this purely for context.
We traveled on a fly cruise package and the travel to the ship was very well organised.
Checking in was quick and painless.
My first impression of the ship was that it was a little tired but my mother who had nothing to compare this to thought it beautiful.
We had a standard balcony cabin on deck 9 with plenty of wardrobe space, but the cabin and balcony were a little smaller than some we have had before. Bed was comfortable if s little soft however again I realise this is subjective.
We had freedom dining and had no difficulty getting a table with a choice of a private table or sitting with others, however at other times it could be busy and I am aware the they operate a paging service, if this is an issue it can be avoided by planning as we did.
I certainly did not see queues as long as the one waiting for the fixed dining restaurant to open at 6:30 one evening.
Service and food were both first class, again for context, we have no dietary requirements and are not fussy eaters so can't comment further.
Speciality restaurants I felt were excellent value with only a small cover charge per person however choice of Venus was limited as there were only 2, understandable as this is a smaller ship.
That being said there are plentiful bar areas around the ship to relax in and have s drink.
I found the drink prices on board to be very reasonable with a good selection of drinks
Example draught Peroni £4.50 pint
Hendricks gin and tonic £5.50 from memory
Cocktails about £5.50 Mocktails about £2.50.
Bottle of house wine I thought was decent again subjective, £16.00.
Staff very good and helpful all over the ship.
Check out departure operation very slick.
Would I sail again with P&O?
Yes no question I may prefer a slightly newer bigger ship but I believe Oceana may be due a refit.
I found this cruise thoroughly enjoyable I chose it because it was the best price for a solo traveller for the sake of my mother, she loved it and would cruise again on the same ship no question.
Hope this has been helpful
Our second cruise on Oceana. The ship was as lovely as we remembered her. This trip was amazing. The weather was great and everyone on board seemed happy and polite. The staff were as helpful as always. The only reason I have knocked one star off is the toilet in our cabin was struggling to flush and actually flooded the bathroom one afternoon. Also, the embarkation was a nightmare - nothing to do with the staff, just queuing and waiting and queuing and waiting and my husband was really struggling as he has mobility issues. Other than that the trip was a resounding success and Dubrovnik was stunning!!
just returned today from a 7 day cruise on oceana. second time on oceana and still absolutely brilliant. a few bits of wear and tear which were being repaired, which did not affect us or the quality of the cruise.
Food and service outstanding.
Entertainment brilliant. M4 are a must if you get chance to see them.
Cabin was clean and extremely comfortable.
Ports and excursions were well organised and presented wonderfully.
I cannot find a fault with our cruise or oceana and her team.
Oceana has a small-ship feel about her. She is beautiful in her own way, not overly glitzy and quite elegant. The Atrium is a really nice spot to sit and watch the world go by. There are plenty of outdoor spaces to escape the crowds on sea days, especially at the forward and aft upper decks. Magnums is a lovely bar for pre and post-dinner drinks.
This was our first P & O cruise and we had already booked to go on Brittania before we embarked on this one. We have tried to change this to another Carnival brand, i.e. Cunard or Holland America but have been told that we cannot do this without losing our deposit. We both really hope Britannia is a better experience!
Overall, nothing really awful but could have been a much higher standard, which we were expecting.
We had freedom dining in the Ligurian restaurant, which on the whole was disappointing, there was nothing actually wrong with it other than being mediocre and a long long way from fine dining. Gala evenings' menus proved slightly better but this really should have been the minimum standard on offer. The dress code was largely ignored, again disappointing when you want to dress for dinner to make it an occasion . Restaurant service was far too rushed too, one evening we had a three course meal with coffee and were in and out in 45 minutes! Waiters had a tendency to clear away plates whilst others were still eating, which is unacceptable.
We didn't eat in the buffet so can't comment, the food in the Horizon Grill was adequate, fried fish, fried burgers, fried chicken with, you guessed it, fries.
We ate in both speciality dining venues, The Beach House was good as was Cafe Jardin although the latter lacked intimacy and atmosphere.
Cant really comment as we only saw a couple of performances, but fellow passengers seemed to be very impressed with all the variety on offer.
We were in Orion Suite , C746 on the aft of the ship which was absolutely incredible. It was spacious and beautifully furnished with a huge balcony . Our butler was Collin and nothing was too much trouble for him, from helping with the unpacking to bringing a full breakfast to the Suite every morning. We couldn't have asked for more from the accommodation and service within it.
We couldn't help but feel that many members of staff in the bars and restaurants really didn't want to be on the ship, their attitude was indifferent at best and rude at worst. Of course, there were exceptions and they were delightful.
We been on this ship three times over the last few years yes it's a older ship and now compared to the new ship's in lot smaller .we have always had great time and the food as been lovely been on it in a force 10 and it was fine would go back on this ship thanks P&O
My favourite P&O ship by far so far. Lovely layout and atmosphere.
Entertainment was fantastic. The headliners theatre group were much of a muchness. I do wish a show could be put on rather than just a medley of show hits.
Food was fantastic in MDR.
Our excursions were worth every penny and the tour guides were brilliant. They alone were worth the expense.
Cabin was dated compared to other ships but we were on lido deck and didn't have any problems with noise.
All in all fantastic. We go on again this year and really looking forward to it!
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