Having sailed on most of P&O's current and recent fleet we had always promised ourselves a cruise on the much praised Oriana. We made a late booking for this cruise on a getaway 'deal' and were delighted with the price and even given a cabin upgrade. Sadly this did not turn out to be the lovely, enjoyable cruise that we expected.
The cabin upgrade was to an inside cabin immediately below the the Conservatory Restaurant and we had to suffer chair scraping, trolleys, banging and crashing above our heads from 6am until after midnight every day.
The Conservatory Restaurant was like a bunfight in a wind tunnel - never a pleasant place to be.There was really not enough seating for the number of passengers.
Norovirus was widespread on the ship throughout the cruise and we both came home infected despite the constant wiping and spraying.
The cruise itinerary had two stops in Sicily - Palmero and Catania - both these cities were rather similar, sad places that had seen better days.
Everthing else regarding this cruise was good - the usual mix of places, people, food and entertainment. The staff made a wonderful effort in difficult circumstances (all food and drink had to be served to you and even the library books were locked away) BUT I would not choose this ship again