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.