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Oceana Cruise Review by Keith Turnbull: P&O Oceana cruise to Casablanca via the Iberian peninsular

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P&O Oceana cruise to Casablanca via the Iberian peninsular

Sail Date: June 2012
Destination: Other
Embarkation: Southampton

Apart from a slowish embarkation in Southampton on June 24th most other things went smoothly without a hitch.Once free from the British weather influence and south of Biscay the weather remained fine for the remainder of the cruise, until of course our return to British waters.
Our inside cabin on A deck was smallish but perfectly comfortable and well maintained by our cabin attendant.Plenty of storage space and adequate shower and toiletry space.Comfortable beds and not a noisy part of the ship at all.

We dined Club dining in the Adriatic restaurant on second(8-30)sitting and had excellent dining companions on our 8 seater table. Food choice and quality was pretty good (better than our last trip on Ventura), and served by cheerful and attentive staff.
All our dining companions and ourselves sampled the Cafe Jardin dinner experience on separate nights and were all of the opinion that dinner here was a disappointment on many fronts. Definitely not a speciality More restaurant dining experience warranting a surcharge, and no better than our normal dinner,and arguably not as good. In defence the lunches here were excellent and don't incur extra charge.

Entertainment staff worked hard to keep a variety of interests available most days(quizzes, bingo etc.)The resident 'Headliners' song and dance company put on some excellent shows of high quality, well supported by some excellent musicians.
The 'staff' cabaret performance was a great show with some talented and hilarious acts.
Oceana may be getting on a bit but holds her age well and still holds some wow factor.

All in all a very friendly enjoyable cruise, with only one item for criticism - why on earth can P&O not provide more than one disembarkation gangway for both foot and wheelchair passengers? This just causes unnecessary congestion and frustration.

Cadiz was a new experience for us and was an easy and interesting stop to explore on foot from the ship.

Casablanca - we took the short panorama tour and glad we did. Not a stop to do on foot and was a mix of opulence and abject filth and poverty. Less


Published 07/06/12

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