The cruise production shows take place either end of Deck 7. Footlights at the aft of the ship stages plays and revues, while Starlights, at the forward end of the ship, shows films throughout the day and is home to various comedy and cabaret acts, which are competent enough but sadly unimaginative. There are also the usual dire husband and wife duos, which seem to find a home on cruise ships, who play variously at the sports bar, Winners', the Atrium and outside on the Lido Deck. The exceptions to this mediocrity are the classical piano and violin recitals.
During the day, there is a fair range of options for those looking for more than a suntan. Dance classes -- from salsa to country line -- are very popular, as are the variety of cookery demonstrations in the Plaza and the galley tours. The port talks are adequate but there are disappointingly few other lectures scheduled during the cruise. There are regular art auctions which are always well attended, with a dedicated space for the featured artists outside Le Club in an area now called Whitewall Art Gallery.
Karaoke, quizzes and discos take place around the ship in the various bars from around 7.15 p.m. to the early hours. There's always something going on in the Atrium, from dancing to a guest band to music and dancing with the resident DJ until the early hours.
Oceana Bars and Lounges
There are plenty of places to drink, as you would expect on a British ship. An observation lounge would be a nice addition; only the Plaza has views forward and this is used solely as a dining area. There is no service charge added to drink prices, which are already very competitive. Beers (British, American and European) cost from £2.85 a can, £3.45 a pint and £3.50 a bottle; soft drinks start from £1.50, and cocktails (for example Tom Collins) cost from £5.25. Wines cost from £9.25, with a decent burgundy just £12.
Le Club (Deck 7): is the venue that has seen the most radical change following the 2012 refurbishment. Gone is the rather dated nightclub style red and black colour scheme; it's been replaced with a much gentler grey, suede and cream design that extends to the carpeting, walls and furniture. Rather than just being a disco at night, it is now open throughout the day and acts as a multipurpose venue for everything from lectures to craft classes before turning into the disco at night.
Magnums and Tiffany's (Deck 7): posh bars ideal for a pre-dinner drink.
Yacht & Compass (Deck 7): a nautically themed bar lounge situated just outside the footlights theatre.
Winners' Sports Bar (Deck 8): shows big matches in the day and hosts live music in the evening. The Monte Carlo Casino is just behind Winners'.
Oceana Outside Recreation
The main pool area on Deck 12 has one main pool and another smaller, raised one, as well as two whirlpools. It can get very crowded on sea days, with a constant battle for sun beds, but there are plenty of other sunbathing spaces on the upper decks -- check out Deck 15 forward which has loads of beds and a splash pool for cooling off. There is a beautiful light show on Deck 12 as night falls, with the pools and the deck illuminated in glowing colours. There is also a semi-sheltered plunge pool (adults only) and whirlpools outside the spa.
Atop the ship, there is a sports court for tennis, soccer and basketball, table tennis and golf nets, as well as a running track.
Aft of the ship on the Sun Deck there is a jacuzzi surrounded by ample sun loungers, and the Terrace bar. Towards the front is the Horizon Grill, Beach House, the Plaza and a dance floor.
Most of the public rooms can be found on Deck 7, starting from the aft of the ship. A dedicated card room for bridge and whist has replaced the cyb@Study. Now that there is Wi-Fi throughout the ship, the only place to get online if you don't have a laptop or tablet is on one of the five terminals beside the Explorers Bar on Deck 5. Internet fees are the usual sky-high prices, from 50p per minute, but you are better off buying a package: £35 gets you 100 minutes; £62.50 gets you 250 minutes, and there are bonus minutes for consecutive purchases. (Check for details in the Library.)
The Card Room leads into the Library, which is well stocked and has a good selection of fiction and reference books and a librarian (who doubles as the Internet manager), who can advise you on books and getting online. Outside here is the Photo Gallery, which as well as selling photos and cameras, also hosts talks about photography, and staff are on hand to offer tips and advice on getting good shots.
The Whitewall Art Gallery is more of a space along the main Deck 7 corridor, sandwiched between Magnums and Le Club, with art hung along here and towards the main Atrium.
Linked by dramatic grand staircases as well as glass-sided elevators, the four-deck Atrium is the focal point of the ship. On the lowest level, a central lounge area (often hosting the ubiquitous art auctions) faces the long reception desk. Live music -- from classical to steel bands -- is played here through most of the day. The shore excursion desk and on-board florist is on the other side, facing the Explorer's Bar.
One deck above are the Bond Street and Regent Street shops selling jewellery, fashion and gifts (including nautical memorabilia), as well as some general stores.
There is one launderette on each cabin deck that's free to use, but you must supply your own laundry soap (available to buy in one of the shops).