The Oriana is a lovely ship with great facilities, spoilt only by the lack of consideration for the under 65s and those of us who just want to have a boogie and not unsmilingly parade round Harlequins doing endless ballroom and sequence dancing. This ship is one of the nicest we've been on for layout, show lounge, accessibility etc. and the showteam and the shows they presented are certainly the BEST we've seen on any ship. Their singing, dancing, choreography etc. were second to none (even if some of the aging audience slept through their performances). Their Queen and Abba shows were excellent - but then they were all good - as were the cabaret singers - especially Jayne.
Cabins were fine, towels were big and fluffy (always important) and as ever the crew were helpful and attentive. The Gary Rhodes restaurant was excellent - so good in fact that we went several times and enjoyed the food, ambience and service (especially Sameep and Godfrey). Drinks prices were reasonable and we had no complaints with any of the restaurants, although I'm sure some people would. There did seem to be a fair scattering of Grumpy Old Men & Women claiming that 'things weren't what they used to be'.
Our main grumpiness was that for anyone who just wanted to have a disco-ey dance and a bop around - entertainment was HORRENDOUSLY thin on the ground. Every evening we hoped there would be the combination of a dancefloor and excellent DJ Ant for the not so old, most evenings we were disappointed.
P&O seem to think that the way to keep people entertained is by putting on a Quiz - so if you like quizzes, go P&O. On most days you can probably do at least half a dozen and if you're lucky win a bottle of their not so nice rose wine. Entertainment Team - you could do with a bit of inspired thinking here instead of running out the same old format time and time again.
We didn't go and see any of the speakers - nautical history and ex-policeman - but apparently they were pretty good. And the concert pianist seemed to get big thumbs up too.
Best advice - if you board in Southampton, be prepared for an elderly cruising group.
P&O - you've lost us for at least 25 years!