This was our 2nd Mediterranean cruise going from Southampton visiting several ports we had not been to before. The itinerary was interesting, we particularly enjoyed Kotor in Montenegro and Hvar in Croatia. Kotor was like a very large Norway Fjord, absolutely beautiful and Hvar was a small very attractive island. We were unsure what the weather would be like in October - we left on 30th September - but it was sunny and warm, very warm in places. the only rain we had was in Venice and that was just drizzle for a while.
We did a variety of excursions, particularly good ones were a drive up to 3000ft in Kotor, just like going round sharp bends in Switzerland, and a very interesting visit to a Port Wine cellar in Opporto on the way home.
We had been on Oceana several times before but this was the first time we had been in one of the aft suites - we had been in one of the minisuites before and loved that. The suites are probably amongst the largest in P&O's fleet and ours on C deck had a table and 4 chairs, 2 steamer loungers and two upright chairs with adjustable backs. We often had breakfast in the cabin - you can have a cooked breakfast served by the Butler in a suite - and it was lovely having it on the balcony. We did not find the Butler at all intrusive and he was keen to see we had a really enjoyable holiday.
We were on 2nd sitting on a table of 8 - we always choose that - and had delightful table companions. We felt the food was still of a high standard and did not feel the "cuts" that people talk about impinged in any way. The meal on the Gala Evening had Beef Wellington (wonderful) Lobster and a between course Champagne Sorbet which was lovely.
We did not go to all the shows but the ones we did go to were good. We went to the Syndicate Quiz with our table companions on several evenings and eventually managed to win!
We embarked at about 11.45 and had a lovely buffet lunch with champagne served in the Starlights Lounge which was a great way to start the journey. On our return to Southampton we were able to have breakfast in the Main Dining Room, leaving our hand luggage in the cabin and then we disembarked more or less straight away after we had finished breakfast. Going from Southampton is wonderful as there is no worry about weight of luggage or taking liquids like there is when flying.
Passengers can also take alcohol onboard with them with no restrictions. It was a really great cruise and we can't wait for the next one to the Caribbean next year.