Travelled on P&O's Oriana for the 1st time and fell in love with this ship (if that's possible). Everything about this ship was great. The food, Entertainment, Service in all restaurants, Bars and cabins. Oriana has the best Cruise Director in John Bartram who was especially entertaining with the stars from Strictly Come Dancing and the BBC. We didn't know when booking that it was a "Strictly Come Dancing Cruise" but as we watch and like the programme we thought why not?
We thoroughly enjoyed all the programmes & dancing relating to the shows and we also had Edwina Currie on board doing her talk on her life in government.
A bit disappointed with the films shown but there was obviously people who enjoyed them as it was mostly full. Terrific cinema for a ship, very comfortable. Every lounge, Bar and show lounge were fantastic and we would highly recommend paying the small supplement for a meal at Marco Pierre White's Ocean Grill as it was wonderful and the food and service was impeccable.
Port No.1 was Stavanger which we toured on our own. Unfortunately it was raining fairly hard that day but we enjoyed what we saw.
Port No. 2 was Alesund where we took an excursion from the ship which was really good and our guide was very informative and took us to places we wouldn't have got to on our own. Really lovely port.
Port No. 4 was Ny-Alesund on Spitsbergen Island in the Artic Circle. Very small place where scientists do their experiments. Not exactly a tourist port but very interesting to walk around within the boundaries as there are polar bears there.
Port No. 6 was Eidfjord. When opening our cabin curtains we thought we had landed in someone's back garden. When we got off the ship we couldn't believe where we were as it looked like the ship had been superimposed onto this landscape which was so beautiful and this village was at the end of the Hardangerfjord which we saw a lot more of when we left as we had 8 hours going through the fjord to reach the North Sea. Truly breathtaking.