Oceana Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
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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, Managing Editor UK; updated by Jean and Ken Rush, Cruise Critic contributors

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

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Member Since 2014
4 reviews
33 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and date that fitted in with work . This was our first time on Oceana , although we had sailed with P&O before. Our flight and embarkation went smoothly but there was a delay getting our ... Read more
Two 2 Tango
Member Since 2012
11 reviews
216 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Just back from Oceana, cruised from Southampton to Malta. The embarkation day started with a coach pick up from Manchester airport to Southampton as we would be flying back from Malta because the ship will be relocating and based there ... Read more
Chris Hargreaves
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
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Thought about it for years eventually took the plunge. Service from being picked up by the coach transfer to leaving the ship was great. Arrived at check given a card with a letter on then just wait until your letter was called, take the ... Read more
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