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Oriana Cruise Review by Lee Rayment

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Member Name: Lee Rayment
Cruise Date: April 2011
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: LE
Cabin Number: E131
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
        7-9 4.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Our cruise to the Eastern Med, we knew was going to contain plenty of relaxing time at sea, with a ship full of activities. Wrong. There are lots of highlights about this ship and her crew, but the entertainment left a lot to be desired. Activities were minimal. Plenty of quizzes which were unfortunately repetitive. The talks from the on-board field experts were very interesting, but often cut for long port talks. Apart from that, there wasn't much else. The Headliners Theatre were absolutely awful, which even my nine year old child was not impressed. Their singing was poor and they couldn't dance or act their way out of a paper bag. The special acts were fantastic, and included the vocalist Samantha Mercer, and pop group Whyte. The ships waiters were fantastic and could never do enough for you. Food was impeccable with plenty of choice, top quality and quantity. 

The ship, although dated was very clean and presentable. Cabins were clean although bathrooms showed signs of age around the edges. This is the first time our child has used the kids club for older children with the open door policy.The kids club staff were a little lax and not always providing activities, of which often changed hourly. Embarkation and disembarkation left no complaints as all. We were a bit unlucky on the shore excursions with two tour guides with irritating voices, encouraging me to walk alone. There were times when the shore excursions could of been better organised. They left us with too much spare time in dead places with no activity. Cadiz in Spain was ok, but lacking in activities. A short day did not allow us longer tours and views of the city.

The gym wasn't open until 8am due to the cabins below. The staff were not really interested in you unless you paid for their extra activities. Not sure why you had to pay for them. Three of the machines did not work either.

Overall she is a lovely ship with some very friendly co-passengers and staff, but take a book as the entertainment was sparse and at times very poor.

Publication Date: 05/22/11
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