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Oceana Cruise Review by oldfella73: Jolly good


oldfella73
1 Review
Member Since 2011
67 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 2.0
Value for Money 5.0

Jolly good

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton

As I have been asked to do every time I visited this forum I now offer my review of our first cruise with P&O. To set the scene, as it were, we are as couple in our mid to late 70's. One us us has very poor mobility and needs a wheelchair outside of the cabin. We had a balcony cabin mid ship on C deck.

More floor space would be nice if only to allow for the provision of a second chair. The narrow entry door also meant assembling then re-folding a substantial electric wheelchair every time we left or returned to the cabin. We were previously aware of this so not complaining and have booked a disabled cabin for next year. Cabin quite well presented an we were well looked after by our steward Edwin.

We enjoyed the dining experience in the Adriatic Restaurant having fixed dining at 8.30 PM. The other six passengers on our table for eight were delightful fellow diners & we had entertaining conversation and laughter at every meal. We also seemed to be the only group who More sang at the table including "we'll meet again" on our final evening. The food, I thought it was excellent. Never thought of Brussels sprout soup and one or two other items but the menu always had something that appealed, was of good quality, not large but ample portions and always well presented. Waiter service very very good thanks to Brian & Bishan.

Overall we are not into the "entertainment" so did not go to any of the shows or use the Casino. Our dining companions did however speak highly of the entertainment and standard of the performers engaged which included a classical/popular pianist. Of the daytime activities my wife particularly liked the card making and water colour painting classes and I enjoyed the photography instruction. I heard P&O may drop the painting ! all I can say is that they were well attended with group sizes at a maximum for the subject and urge P&O to retain them.

Overall a great cruise, some concerns about on board and tour provisions for the disabled ! some of which could be improved Less


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Cabin review: Oceana Balcony Stateroom with Shower A Deck C531

Cabin reasonably appointed but strangely only one chair provided in a two berth cabin. Wonder if balcony idea is overrated and extra space inside might be better ?

Port and Shore Excursions


Cairo Day Tour

(5.5)
Guide & driver friendly, helpful & knowledgeable. tour informative

very pleasant little village, wheelchair accessible. lots of souvenirs, seafront restaurants etc, enjoy a coffee with good views of your ship.

City Tour

(5)
Open top tour bus, main sight's incorporated and audio narrative provided. Enjoyed the wide avenues of the port and tour gave a taste of this beautiful city.

Rabat Walking Tour

(2)
Guide excellent, bus operator did not affix wheelchair securely. Rabat and Medina very pretty and interesting

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