Oceana Cruise Review by Saucy Sally: First time with P & O
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First time with P & O
Destination: Canary Islands
We are a couple who have been on 7 cruises in the last 10 years, this being the first cruise with P&O, we very much liked the concept of sailing from Southampton [before we have always flown to the ship first]
Embarkation was very efficient.
Cabin - ready when we arrived. Not quite enough room for our clothes, etc. [probably ok for a one week cruise] The bathroom was small and a bit dated with cream plastic unit & shower with curtain. Decent hairdryer for a change though!. The TV in the cabin is tiny.
The prices of the wine and drinks are very reasonable, and P&O allow you to bring wine to drink in the cabin.
The coffee tea and biscuits are topped up by your cabin Steward on a daily basis and your towels changed every couple of days.
The size of the Oceana is just about right, not too big or small.
The only complaint regarding the itinerary was they changed around the days of La Palma and Gran Canaria [for some unknown reason] which meant that nothing was More open in on the Sunday La Palma and in Gran Canaria the carnival finished the night before so no shops, bars or restaurants were open and the streets were filled with litter.
Free shuttle buses at most of the ports are a great bonus.
Our favourite bar was the Winners which is near the casino, only problem this had several large TV screens, my husband thought excellent, be able to watch the sport, but no, we were informed that P & O decide what will be screened and that meant very little football / golf, some rugby on the day before the end of the cruise. The Atrium is pretty with the glass elevators.
Outside there is lots of deck space and loungers, so probably lovely if it's a Mediterranean or Caribbean cruise. Gym is quite good and well maintained. Spa was dated with no changing rooms. It was free to use the sauna, steam room (if working) and the Jacuzzis. Treatments are very expensive. Not a luxury spa by any means.
The food -- we did freedom dining which worked well for us. Nice food choices at The Ligurian and silver service of vegetables, the food presentation not as good as other cruises we've been on. The design of the main restaurants is good, as they are huge, however are divided into smaller areas which makes it seem more intimate. The staff are automatically tipped and we found they really didn't care whether they served us or not [ very slow service]. We didn't visit the 'The Horizon Grill' as there was an extra charge and I felt we had paid enough money, Also same with 'Cafe Jardin'. The Plaza buffet was busy but we found the waiters very pleasant and the food well-presented not a bun fight as another critic mentioned, we found the themed 'Italian / Indian' evenings particularly good. Only problem we found was the coffee/tea machines were always breaking down, and never enough mugs.
Costa Coffee shop -- in desperate need of a barista!! -- I think with the cafe culture nowadays we all like 'proper' coffee, don't go to Costa Coffee on board you will be disappointed.
Drinks -- Excellent variety and reasonably priced. No 15% add on gratuity either.
Fellow cruisers -- there were a very large number of older people. Lots of wheelchair users who seemed to be well looked after on the ship. Less
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