Just returned from 10 day cruise on Oceana with my partner. We can say overall we were very impressed with the cruise and hopefully we can pass on some information that will be of use to future passengers.
Before cruise started we stayed overnight at Southampton Hilton price included parking.hotel/breakfast very good ..we had been told by our travel agent that there was a complimentary shuttle service back and from docks but this was no longer true and we paid £13 there £15 back taxi fares.
Check in went smoothly at Southampton docks..they give you a staggered time to arrive but what happens is you get a coloured and numbered card when you actually turn up and then check you in according to that.
First port of call is la Coruna..pleasant place with long promenades..we booked tour with Hercules tours which had been recommended on this site..tour was okay with couple of photo stops although guides English was a bit dodgy.
Second port was Cadiz..lovely city..we booked tour through P+O to go to Seville which is about hour and half away on coach.Seville is a marvellous city and should not be missed especially place de espana which for us was the highlight of Seville.We had nearly two hours when we got back to look around Cadiz town hall and cathedral area which was nice and close to where ship was docked.
Third port was Gibraltar..you dont get much time here..ship leaves at 13.00 pm..we ended up booking an official tour on Main Street Gibraltar..it was a mini bus which took you to Pillar of Hercules ,St.Michaels cave , tunnels and to see the apes..they were great and the information supplied by local driver was too.Cost £11 and £10 entry fee to park each..well worth it bearing in mind short time available and queues if had used cable car.
Fourth call was Malaga..another nice city ..we used hop on hop off bus which cost 18 euros each and is a good way of seeing major sites.
Final call was Lisbon which is a great city to visit...although expensive at £55 each..the tram/coach tour is brilliant..excellent guide on coach stopping at 3 good photo stops and then a private tram tour through the old town parts of the city and being served with 3 glasses of local port and custard tarts..local speciality..back on coach to see more local sites.We asked to be dropped off at Black Horse square to do some sightseeing by ourselves..really nice sights to see around there and only ten minutes walk from ship.
Food was top class throughout..we were allocated freedom dining in Ligurian restaurant which was brilliant and we had breakfast in there ..much better than hustle and bustle of Plaza restaurant.
Drinks in the bars tended to be about the same as pub prices and the wines were very good quality in the restaurants.Draught old speckled hen in the Yacht and Compass bar was my favourite.
Finally entertainment..Matthew Byrne as Robbie Willams was top class as was Micky Zany comedian/impressionist..Clem Curtis..ex -Foundations singer was a bit low key on thursday night but brilliant on the saturday night.Werent too impressed with the Strings Angle..2 girl violinists..or most of the singers from the Headliners.
P.S was a bit disappointed with the balcony which was a bit tatty and could do with some renovation