Wonderful cruise fantastic music as it was a musical festival with really great performers also we had the headliners & other artists for our entertainment we had solo groups I met some really nice people
Fantastic Cruise to the Canaries aboard Oriana
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This cruise was to celebrate my 60th Birthday. Apart from the first two days which were a little bit rough, we really enjoyed the cruise. We had some wonderful table companions for dinner and as a whole, all the passengers were a delight to be on board with.
Did a two day cruise to Belgium on 1 December 2017. First time on a smaller ship and thought it was excellent, really liked the layout and decor. The Spa was dis organised chaos which wasn't good there had been a crew charge and people were finding their feet, the MDR was slow in servicing whilst Sindu was an oasis of calm. The excursion to Bruges was well worth doing enjoyed the market there. There were unfortunately a few intent on putting the booze into cruise and this is probably why the crew were miserable, we were in Tiffany's and one lad was swearing at the staff, no need for it. But apart from that, great ship loved it and we would go back on her but for a longer cruise.
Have only previously been on Azura which was a better experience by far.One got the impression that because this was a short cruise no one really cared including the Captain.Bit of a get on with it free for all.
My first time on Oriana having previously travelled on Azura. Lovely ship,lovely cabin although they need to do something about their loos. Great shower. A much smaller ship than Azura but still lots to do and places to sit and have a drink etc.Good entertainment. Food very good but the freedom dining experience was oh soooo slow and we felt the crew all looked a tad unhappy. And where was the Captain? He gave one announcement on leaving and that was it. We found other passengers had similar experiences. All in all though we enjoyed very much.
This was our first cruise on x720 to Amsterdam. It was delayed by 24hrs but well compensated. Loved the ship the food and the destinations but sadly the bar staff really let the cruise down. It would take half an hour from ordering your drink to receiving it. It would then take them half an hour to fetch your cruise card back which would be time to reorder your drinks. Going on Azura in January let's hope it's better on board her.
Not long been back from the delayed x720 loved the ship although there were noticeable vibrations we put it down to her being an older ship. Ports we stopped at were Amsterdam and Brugge both very interesting places,was a tad disappointed we didn’t stay overnight at Amsterdam as previously planned and felt a little rushed on our visit which couldn’t be helped we felt P&O dealt with the delay very well in the time they had and compensated generously too. Definitely will be booking this trip again x
Returned last week from a cruise around the Emerald Isle.
Weather was hit and miss, the seas were choppy to say the least off the west coast of island, and personally they are the only two non-positives I can think of about this cruise.
My first time on Oriana and was impressed. Newly refurbished she looked stunning.
Very light and oozed warmth with friendliness.
I do prefer the medium sized ships in general.
As an adult only ship the atmosphere is different, from oceana say. For me it was perfect, my partner found it a bit quiet. I'm sure if the weather had been different the atmosphere may have been a bit more upbeat, but just little things like on the oceana if you want music round the pool, you go midship, if you want peace, you head to the back. Oriana is peaceful all over, which for me is perfect. Gorgeous promenade.
Entertainment was very good. Brit tones and an Irish comedian were excellent, and I must say, the headliners were AMAZING. I had become a little bored with previous headliners performances but these guys were brilliant.
Food was excellent. Friendly service in the MDR, with (although repeated from previous cruises) well cooked and presented food. With a nice feel in the restaurant, it didn't feel too busy or rushed.
The buffet was very good. No problems finding a table (we only did breakfast there)
Al fresco was very sweet, and something different and all in all very nice.
Sindhu and the beach house (specialty restaurants were absolutely amazing.
The cabin - we were on a deck beneath the gym. Lovely airy cabin with a nice big window. Although it was the smallest cabin we'd stayed in, it felt adequate and comfortable and we weren't tripping over each other.
Bathroom had a bath! And a shower curtain.
I think our cabin was under the weightlifting area as every now and again we would hear a thud, like someone dropping a dumbbell. This was not frequent though, no noise from treadmills etc.
Bars were lovely and friendly, I love Andersons. A real classy touch.
To sum up, I loved this ship. She has overtaken the oceana at present in my favourite ship league table.
I would jump at the chance to go on her again.
The oceana is having her refit in a few months, and she may reignite our spark when we head back on her in march, but for now, this old gal is my favourite.
Oriana,,,,,nice little ship, food ok,...
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Oriana,,,,,nice little ship, food ok, entertainment was under par. P&O could have done better with the entertainment side of things in a 19 day sail.
Cabin was compact but then how much time do you spend in the cabin, decks where clean, all staff where excellent,I
The ship must of been good we've booked again for May 18.
I have been on a few cruises previously including one with P&O. The Oriana is an "adults only" ship and much smaller than the previous P&O ship I went on. We were two ladies travelling together. The balcony cabins were very expensive so we opted for a "sea view" cabin, and were pleasantly surprised. It was light and airy with adequate space for our great expanse of luggage! Only two problems were found with it. The safes in all the cabins are on the floor! I could not get to it due to my mobility problems but luckily my companion was able to lay on the floor to get access to it. The other slight niggle was that although crew were continually cleaning decks and windows, our window had a massive dirty streak right down the middle and was not cleaned once. We had problems taking photographs through the windows due to this.This ship had had a makeover about 5 months before we boarded and it was spotlessly clean elsewhere although certain parts of the decor were questionable (the living wall). Our Cabin Girl was new to our ship and our first day was also hers. However, although she had to learn the ropes, as well as get to know her crew mates, she always delivered every one of our requests promptly, happily, and with a beaming smile on her face. She was a joy to know and have as our cabin girl. We had requested late sitting dining on a table for 8, which was nerve racking in case there were some strange characters that we would have to put up with. I couldn't have been more wrong! Two fabulous married couples, and another couple of ladies travelling together. We ended up doing many things with the other two single ladies and it helped to make our holiday. Both married couples were great people and were very entertaining, and we all always stopped for chats whenever we bumped into each other on the ship, or whilst in port exploring. The food was excellent. We chose to have breakfast and lunch in the self-service cafeteria (The Conservatory), and just our evening meal in the Club dining room. The staff across the ship were helpful, friendly and happy with just one exception. Tiffany's, the Costa Coffee lounge, seemed to house the only bad-tempered and miserable crew on board! The entertainment was excellent with the visiting acts, and the resident singers and dancers giving superb performances every time. There was also plenty of things to occupy you during the days whilst at sea including organised quizzes, several different card games (I learnt how to play Whist!), deck games, art, dance lessons and many more. The one big bugbear was the matter of "reserving" sunbeds. People would place their towels and belongings on sunbeds and not appear all day until late afternoon. I found this to be very unfair and think there should be a policy of removing their belongings if they did not return within 30 minutes. My companion was a "cruise virgin" and she was like a child in a toy shop and enjoyed every minute of the cruise. She is now completely hooked and cannot wait for her next cruise.
My first time in an insider cabin. It was fine but not for us. I loved Oriana and she has a special place in our hearts. I loved this being an adult only ship and the head waiter spoke to us every night and made polite conversation talking about family etc. A genuine nice man. A great cruise ship. Excellent 😃
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