We read a number of reviews about our chosen P&O Cruise ship the Oceana some were bad some were good. As we had been on a P&O Cruise on the Ventura a few years previous we thought the standards would be good no matter what P&O ship we cruised on,we were not to be disappointed we loved the cruise and the ship although not everything was as it should be.
The ship was in good condition and not tatty as we had read in some reviews there was on going work and maintenance but it is a working ship. When ever we docked the painting crew were out as soon as we docked,one of the annoying things when we were at sea was the constant hammering from the deck crew as they knocked the paint of the upper decks when we were around the pool,allot of people were complaining including myself after many complaints the hammering stopped only to be continued when we docked.
The food was superb,the table waiters were excellent especially James and Ashvin who waited on our table 109 in the Adriatic Restaurant there knowledge of the menu and the food they served was second to none.We used the self service Restaurant on the top deck for Breakfast and Lunch once again the food was excellent and very fresh although we did have problems at the busiest times with waiting for some items of food and crockery they could not keep up with the demand at times.
The daily entertainment during the day was fairly good the talks by guest speakers was very good especially the MI5 speaker Keith Appleyard gave 10 talks about his time with the UK security and intelligence departments throughout the world.
The evening entertainment when it happened was very good although it was a bit thin on the ground, classic pianists and violinists were not on top of my list of entertainment but the pub The Yacht and Compass was a very good venue in the evening.
Our cabin D328 had a restricted view but had plenty of natural light coming in, the beds were very comfortable,the rest of the facilities in the cabin were very good with tea and coffee making facilities available with very tasty biscuits, these were replaced several times a day.We did have to complain about the noise coming from the Room Service Kitchen directly above our Cabin on a few nights it sounded like the staff were throwing steel trays around the kitchen and at midnight we were not very pleased.So beware if you get a Cabin around this area.
As this Cruise was in January and part of February most Children had gone back to School and also it was a Portunus Club Cruise of 35 days so we did not have many young Children on Board, the average age on our Cruise was 69 Years we also had a great many people in there 70s and 80s who had electric wheel chairs and they did not really care if they clipped your heels if you dared to get in there way,i had several bruises about my person at the end of the cruise,but on the whole we all tolerated each other and we met some very nice people,some not so nice but it takes all sorts.
The pool area was well used and there were plenty of sun beds on all the decks for everyone so no one did without somewhere to sunbathe.The weather on the Transatlantic crossing was very hot from the day before we docked at Madeira and all the way to our first Caribbean port of call at St Lucia and continued for the rest of our trip from there on until we left the USA on our homeward journey.
While we were on the Cruise the OCEANA celebrated her 12th Birthday,considering
her age she is in excellent condition and i would recommend anyone to Cruise on this ship.