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Oceana Cruise Review by carolinejallsop

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Member Name: carolinejallsop
Cruise Date: August 2011
Embarkation: Southampton
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Cabin Category: JA
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   2.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 2.0
Cabins 1.0
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 2.0
Embarkation 2.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 2.0
Rates 2.0
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Butlins On Sea
We went on a family holiday on the Oceana and understood when we booked that it would be busy and full of children.

However, the marketing did not live up to the experience - the ship was dated, cabins cramped, poor in cabin entertainment, small balcony, very tiny bathroom.

Evening entertainment varied in quality - some good some bad and some very bad indeed. The main pool area resembled Butlins on Sea - luckily we found a quieter pool area at the front.

The Marco Pierre Restaurant was a huge disappointment - the location is in the middle a thoroughfare and the breakfast/lunch management unwelcoming and offhand. The menu was unexciting and the beverage service took for ever - suggest a dispense bar a bit nearer to the restaurant.

However, the Adriatic service staff, Peter and William, were superb - true professionals and Fernando in Magnums Bar was a true delight. The qualilty of the food was very good and the beverage prices very reasonable.

I would avoid The Plaza Buffet restaurant - it was a bun fight with people jostling and almost fighting to get the the counters - it wasn't as if they were starving. It was very hot and the smell of food was very off putting.

Another positive was the attitude of the cabin staff - nothing too much trouble - but don't expect any bathroom treats - only the basics.

Long queues for tenders to and from St Peter's port and long queues for coaches to towns - did not feel it was right that a 75 year old had to stand for a 1/2 hour trip into La Rochelle - not enough seats on the coaches provided.

Having cruised with Cunard before I would never travel with P&O again, the product and the experience have totally put me off P&O.

Publication Date: 08/23/11
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