Oceana Review

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Why Choose Oceana?

  • Pro: Informal atmosphere; family friendly; quality food and wine; new Cafe Jardin bistro
  • Con: Some cabins need refurb; some balconies in shade; entertainment variable
  • Bottom line: Medium sized ship with contemporary atmosphere appealing to all ages

Oceana Overview

By Adam Coulter, UK Editor; updated by Jean and Ken Rush, Cruise Critic contributors

Editor Rating
4.0

The 77,000-tonne, 2,016 passenger Oceana may not be the largest or fanciest in P&O's fleet, but its contemporary vibe is attractive to both the new-to-cruising younger set as well as veteran cruisers.

For adults, plenty of bars, restaurants, shops, lounges and a nightclub provide options for distraction. And Oceana does offer a high quality cruise -- particularly in food and wine -- for a reasonable price. Inclusive fare in the main dining room is consistently solid, and Cafe Jardin, a for-fee bistro created by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, is a standout. Wine critic Olly Smith advises P&O on all things wine, and he has come up with an exceptional wine list -- 86 in all, including a blend made especially for P&O, Porta Palo. The wine list also features English wines -- both sparkling and still.

Oceana has four pools (two in the middle and one at either end), all open to the elements, and six whirlpools. A small sports court occupies the funnel, with a couple of golf driving ranges and basketball hoops.

Launched in 2000, the ship went into dry dock in December 2012 for a £1 million refurbishment, and three years later still looks fresh. The main changes were: Le Club, Oceana's nightclub and bar area, was given a total redesign and refit, and the Horizon Grill had new upholstery fitted. The Beach House became the ship's second fee paying restaurant, serving dinner on the Sun Deck. The spa and salon were refreshed, and an aerobics studio replaced the golf simulator near the spa. Most of the public area carpets were replaced, and selected cabins were spruced up.

The spa and salon were refreshed, and an aerobics studio replaced the golf simulator near the spa.

Oceana Fellow Passengers

The passenger mix is almost exclusively British. The average age for couples is late 60s in the winter, with summer cruises attracting more families and a slightly younger crowd.

Oceana Dress Code

There are typically two formal nights per week; the rest of the time smart casual is the order of the day. Although this makes for a much more relaxed P&O Cruises feel than in years gone by, don't be caught slacking -- on formal nights, dinner jackets, tuxedos or the optional dark suits are the required attire for the men, and long evening or cocktail dresses for women. Children are welcome to dress up as well, but smart casual is allowed for youngsters on formal nights. Dress codes apply throughout the ship after 6 p.m.

Oceana Gratuity

Tips are automatically added at the rate of £5 per person (over 12 years old), per day.

Unlike on U.S. ships, there is no automatic 15% service charge added to drinks or wine bills, and cash tips are not expected by bar staff

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Oceana Member Reviews

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11/16
I'm going to try to offer a fair and realistic account of our cruise, always mindful of the fact that cost cutting has resulted in a cruise costing around £60 PPPN. We have cruised 7 times previously, of which one was aboard P&O ... Read more
I booked this cruise due to the price P&O were offering which seemed a bit of a bargain. My mistake. Having now come home I see that the lower price is due to the many cutbacks P&O have made. I have traveled with them before and the ... Read more
I'm writing this because I've tried to put it on the P&O Website but both times it says "an error has occurred" !! Overall: Oceana has a small-ship feel about her. She is beautiful in her own way, not overly glitzy and quite ... Read more
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Oceana Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
3.8
Public Rooms
4.0
4.0
Cabins
3.0
3.5
Entertainment
3.0
3.5
Spa & Fitness
3.0
3.6
Family & Children
4.0
3.5
Shore Excursions
4.0
3.5
Enrichment
3.0
3.3
Service
4.0
4.0
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.6

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Ship Stats
Crew:
875
Launched:
2000
Decks:
15
Tonnage:
77,000
Passengers:
2,016
Registry:
Bermuda
CDC Score:
95
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