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Oceana Review

Oceana
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65% of cruisers loved it
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  • Cafe Jardin now a Marco Pierre White eatery
  • Recently (December 2012) refurbished
  • Nearly half of the cabins have balconies

Oceana Overview

Updated by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor
Editor Rating
4.0
The 77,000-ton, 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.

Families, in particular, will appreciate Oceana's informal atmosphere and kid-friendly vibe (at least during school holidays). 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 ($1.5) refurbishment. The main changes are:

Le Club, Oceana's nightclub and bar area, has been given a total redesign and refit
the spa and salon have been refreshed
most of the public area carpet was replaced
the Horizon Grill has had new upholstery
an aerobics studio has replaced the golf simulator near the spa
selected cabins have been spruced up.

Oceana Fellow Passengers

The passenger mix is almost exclusively British. The average age for couples is late-60's 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-length 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 £3.10 ($4.50) per person (over 12-years-old), per day or £43 ($65) for the usual two-week itinerary.

A major bonus for passengers is that there is no automatic 15 percent service charge added to drinks or wine bills, and cash tips are not expected by bar staff.
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Oceana Member Reviews

07/15
Just back from a lovely cruise round Italy and Croatia. Dont know what all the poor reviews on this ship are about - she is just as good now as she was 10 years ago! We had a family cabin with bunk beds but they were quite adequate for two ... Read more
07/15
The excellent: The itinerary was very good which is why we picked this cruise. We particularly enjoyed Kotor, Dubrovnik and the sail in to Venice. We renewed our vows on board and this was organized professionally by the wedding coordinator ... Read more
07/15
Just returned from 7 night cruise on this old tired ship. After cruising mostly with Thomson`s and NCL we thought we would try P@O as the dates suited my time off work. Expecting a better standard to reflect the price we paid!!!!!!!! how wrong we ... Read more
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Oceana Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.1
Public Rooms
4.0
4.2
Cabins
3.0
3.6
Entertainment
3.0
3.6
Spa & Fitness
3.0
3.8
Family & Children
4.0
3.6
Shore Excursions
4.0
3.6
Enrichment
3.0
3.4
Service
4.0
4.1
Value-for-Money
4.0
3.7

Sailing From

Genoa London (Southampton) Southampton Venice

Cruises To

Caribbean - All Europe - All Europe - British Isles & Western Europe - Western Mediterranean Mediterranean

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

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