I was given a cruise to Portugal and the Canaries by my children to celebrate my 60th birthday and had some initial concerns about cruising in winter from Southampton and sailing through the Bay of Biscay. These concerns were needless as the whole cruise took place in very benign conditions and the journey was very enjoyable.
We sailed on the Oceana and it proved to be a beautiful ship with many traditional features in keeping with the P&O traditions. This is a mid-size ship and was just perfect for us, large enough to have room to move about without being crowded but not large enough to get lost in.
The entertainment was first class with a wide variety across the board, Headliners Theatre Group, male & female vocalists, comedy acts, games & quizzes, ballroom dancing, bridge & whist competitions and a large number of other activities.
As one expects from P&O the food was superb, whether it was in the main dining rooms or in the more informal restaurants there was something for everybody and every occasion (breakfast, elevenes, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, midnight snacks).
We were on the ship for 12 nights and visited 5 ports during our cruise, Maderia, La Palma, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote & Lisbon, our only minor complaint being that more time in port would have been welcomed.
This is our 2nd cruise with P&O this year and I would rate them very highly and recommend them to anyone looking to book a future cruise.