Baltic & Northern Europe
We have always found the Oriana and P & O to be a pleasure in all aspects, attention to detail, crew, entertainment and food always exceptional, so we didn't have any problem re-booking another cruise.
As always everything was good other than the food, which looked o.k. but on the whole proved to be tasteless, especially the desserts which were bland and unappetizing, we came to the conclusion that all were brought on board frozen and dressed up daily.
The dinner menu has been cut back, there was always a choice of salads if you didn't fancy dinner, these were none existent, the only plus was we didn't gain any weight, this is a first!!! We will be trying other companies in the future to compare.
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Cabin review: Oriana Outside Stateroom with Window C Deck C170
Good size cabin, robes and slippers provided, good views, quite location not too far from the lifts either way. Plenty of wardrobe space, the cabins are looking tired, not sure if they will be refurbished when the ship goes in for a refit in November
Port and Shore Excursions
Brugge is about 8 miles from where the ship berths in Zebrugger, we were advised to catch a train for about 8 euros return, the shuttle bus dropped us at the station, the queue at the ticket office was huge, so after waiting 30mins we missed the train, and they only run hourly, we caught a bus just around the corner for 4 euros return, it dropped us off in the square in Brugge and we had a wonderful day walking around the old buildings, a ride on a horse drawn carriage was memorable, 36 euros for over 30 mins, with a guided tour. Lots to do in Brugge well worth the effort in getting there
very attractive Port, clean and safe
Loved Helsinki, had shuttle bus into the city, lots to see, we took a harbour trip that lasted 1.5 hours and was very informative.
St Petersburg is as expected, grey tennement buildings everywhere looked very dingy, though it didn't help as it rained the whole 2 days we were there. The palaces are worth a visit and also The Hermitage museum, such splendor!! We took trips with P&0 and were very pleased we did, Individual visas cost £125 each and the city is so vast it would have been daunting going solo, also unsafe, there are many pickpockets around, I had a guy try to get in my handbag, luckily I realized what was happening and he only got away with my umberella, there are also plenty of beggars around the tourist sites.
Stockholm is picturesque, plenty to see, around noon the military band on horseback travelled around the centre and back to the palace, lovely sight.
Really beautiful, so much to see you could walk all day, lots of pavement cafes, heaps of character, worth a revisit.