This was our 3rd trip on the magnificent Oceana. The ship remains a classy lady and is in my opinion what cruising is all about.
If you are looking for an air of sophistication coupled with a sense of freedom and adventure, look no further.
she is quintessentially British and lives up to the high standards set by discerning British Cruisers.
OK let look at the ship firstly.
She is 177,000 tons of gleaming white with a spectacular atrium and a marvelous teak wrap around deck. She has a number of pools and hot tubs ( although getting a sunbed is sometimes an adventure). The pools are clean, well kept and very inviting.
The on board Casino is fairly small and suffers a little from not being on a major walk through. That said it is a nice place to be and has been greatly improved by the addition of a "sports" bar within it. all of the major games are available ( roulette, three card poker and blackjack) as well as around 50 (approx) slots.
There is an on board night club ( Le Club) which caters for the more energetic amongst us going on into the wee small hours, again a pleasant ( if not very big) club. Although they do have a tendency to crank up the air con in here ( be warned)
There are two show rooms, footlights and Starlights. One is a traditional Theatre with room for around 500 and the other a show lounge catering for about the same. Both rooms are good places to watch the entertainment on offer. My only concern here is that on 2nd sitting dinner it can be hard to get a seat sometimes, but i guess if you prefer 2nd sitting like we do it is a small price to pay.
The heart of the ship ( apart from the atrium) is without a doubt the Yacht and Compass. A classic Nautical them adorns this "pub" with plenty of seating, including sumptuous leather chairs. A resident band plays here nightly as well. Very nice
Magnums Champagne bar is a nice place for a small one pre dinner or if you want a quiet drink after dinner as well ( try a kir royal - spectacular)
The atrium area houses a nice coffee area and a waitress service bar. A Great place to sit and people watch.
Food What can i say about the food....i know....fantastic The two main restaurant serve up incredible food, especially in the evening. I have never had a bad meal and it defies me how they can turn up such incredible food night after night to so many people. a logistical marvel.
There is also a pretty good buffet open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon teas etc. Again very high quality and you wont be disappointed.
There is also the 24 hour cafe Jardin. This transforms in ot a Marco Pierre White restaurant in the evening ( a supplement applies) it is truly amazing.
I have to say at long last it has improved. The "star cabaret" turns were all ( well nearly all) of the highest quality and the in house troupe have definitely raised their game. I can also say the Entertainment officers are all magnificent - never intrusive but always there if you need them.
I wont talk about the itinerary as this is a personal thing and everyone has there own favourites.
In closing i will say The Oceana is truly lovely and caters for all ages ( i am 48) and in my honest opinion is one of the last bastions of what cruising is all about.