Oceana Cruise Review by Christine Thomas: The mistakes of first time cruisers
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The mistakes of first time cruisers
This was our first cruise, arrived to check in at 2:00pm long queues took around 3/4 hour to check in but once we were finally in most of our suitcases were ready and waiting for us outside our Cabin (Some were still being sorted.) Once we were more or less sorted after the safety drill we had a wander around the ship trying to get our bearings, it was quite confusing we saw well more heard than saw the band playing us off from down below on land.
We had chosen freedom dining which meant we could eat at any time we wanted between 6-9 pm provided there was a table free We generally had a table to ourselves, sometimes we shared with others. The restaurant staff were excellent! The food was lovely - plenty of choice!
Sun beds were not easily available as the same people were reserving beds early on in the morning despite the fact that they were not meant to. There are 2 main pools and a few jacuzzi's dotted around the place there was also a pool for 16+ The pools were More rather disappointing as they were so small.
The entertainment was good and the Star Caberets were mostly excellent. Some nights though with certain popular performers you needed to get in early or you'd end up standing for the show - which was not so good for the 2nd seating diners.
Our daughter (13) didn't bother with the kids club too much, but there is a good variety of activities for children.
The photographers were good bu a bit of a pain every evening trying to take your picture. Less
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Cabin review: Oceana C426
We were in a cabin on deck C (3 floors down)we were inside cabin people there were 3 of us and there was sufficient storage space for all of our clothes and belongings although to make more space we stored our suitcases under the beds. We had a very good Cabin steward and our room was kept very clean, our towels were replaced morning and evening and we were provided with a small chocolate before bed a nice touch! Our deck was more or less quiet apart from a few children running around now and again not enough to complain. The cabin was a bit outdated, the television was old fashioned and could do with replacing but the signal on channels was reasonable, but the variety of programmes was limited. The toilet seat in our room was well worn but clean, also the hair dryer and kettle could have done with replacing as they were old, and the hair dryer was not powerful enough. Our daughter had a pull down bed and she found the mattress a little too thin but comfy enough, but overall our cabin was very satisfactory.
Port and Shore Excursions
We also stopped in Cadiz but we didn't have another box so... We travelled from Cadiz to Seville for the whole day, we had a very good guide, the city was very clean and friendly but very hot! We had an hour to ourselves for lunch as it took a hour and a half to get back to Cadiz. Cadiz seemed well worth a visit itself.