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2 Barbados to Caribbean - Eastern P&O Cruises Oceana Cruise Reviews

This was our first time on Oceana although we have been on Adonia when she was with P&O so we knew what to expect. Flight: The one aspect of the trip that most people hate. We travelled with Monarch and upgraded to Premium seating - ... Read More
This was our first time on Oceana although we have been on Adonia when she was with P&O so we knew what to expect. Flight: The one aspect of the trip that most people hate. We travelled with Monarch and upgraded to Premium seating - worth it for extra luggage allowance and a little extra room. Flights both ways on time, going out good flight. Arrived at Barbados, straight down steps and onto coaches - fantastic. Arrival: On arrival at port check in, receive cruise card and register credit card at same time. Cabin: We were in the same aft minisuite on Adonia so we knew what to expect. It's a great cabin, huge balcony, 4 upright teak chairs, a table, 2 teak steamer chairs, 2 loungers all with new fireproof cushions. Large seating area in cabin, wet bar, two tvs, DVD player. Large bathroom, marble surround, jacuzzi bath. Extras, champagne, chocs and flowers on arrival, nightly canapes, priority boarding on tenders. Very efficient and friendly steward, Karl, who has worked for P&O for 10 years. Dining: 2nd sitting table for 8, we always choose that. Have always been lucky with table companions and this time very much so. Met up with them for drinks, went to shows etc. Food: First experience of plated meals, we thought them good; food always hot and well presented. Had alternative choice of steak twice, excellent, tender meat. Gala dinners were exceptional. Alternative dining: Booked on day of arrival for Horizon grill for Tropical evening. Don't know what happened but when we arrived waiter had no record of booking. Head waiter soon appeared and found us a table overlooking pool. Unfortunately it then rained so had to move to side. Food excellent, fillet steak fantastic. Worth extra cost. Plaza: Buffet, I don't like it my husband does. We went there for breakfast on some days, don't like plastic mugs and awful plastic water glasses. Food quite good. Had breakfast in restaurant twice, much better for me, husband likes choice of buffet. Cafe Jardin: Often had breakfast there, somewhere we both liked. Good choice of cereals and fruit. Had lunch there once - good. Much nicer atmosphere than Plaza. Bars: We don't frequent bars much as we tend to have pre-dinner drinks on our balcony. When we did, used Tiffanys good service, liked cocktails. Entertainment: Mixed. Good comedian, Mike Doyle, saw his two shows. Stadium Theatre company good musicals. Illusionist, Van Buren, was like being taken back to Sunday Night at London Palladium! Didn't see female singer/comedienne. Theatre full most nights. On night of deck party they showed Helen Mirren in "The Queen" in theatre, not full but nice alternative. Ports of call: Enjoyed all. Tortola: beautiful, been before did Beautiful BVI trip, part land part sea. Good land trip, motor boat trip not so good. Didn't see as much of coast line as I'd hope, still worth doing. St. Maarten: Husband did Americas Cup trip. Fantastic time - he has done racing before so was able to be active on board but plenty of things for newcomers. Wandered into Philipsburg, husband had haircut! Very good. Lovely drink by water. Antigua: Did jeep trip, off road, very good, excellent chatty drivers. Ended up at beach hotel for drinks. Lovely to see interior of island. St. Kitts: Railway trip, best trip of cruise. Do it if you have change. Double decker train, up opensided, comfortable seating, below airconditioned. Free drinks all the way, choir singing good commentary. It was lovely. 8 miles an hour, round 3/4 of island, rest of trip by bus. Dominica: I didn't do trip, husband went river tubing really enjoyed it. Friend on table did aerial tram trip and thought it was great. St. Lucia: did the Land and Sea trip, fantastic, lovely lunch at restaurant, saw volcano, gardens, then catamaran trip back. Worthwhile. St. Vincent: Best of St. Vincent, fort, gardens then across island to beach hotel, free drinks on balcony overlooking beach. Very good. Grenada: We'd been there before so did not do trip. Went round spice market, husband went to fort. Barbados, had whole day and night there. Husband did Bike trip which he enjoyed. We tend to do ship's tours because we like the security of knowing we'll be back at ship on time and if not it will wait for us. We thought apart from the Tortola trip all were worth the money. However, some people did their own thing very successfully. Overall: We like travelling with P&O and any criticisms are very minor. We believe we got value for money. As we have Portunus points we got discount on most things we bought on board, including all drinks. Drink prices, we think are good. We love the layout of Oceana and think the aft minisuites are exceptional. Don't think I'd pay the extra for a full suite. Most of the staff are efficient and friendly, no complaints there. The restaurant manager kept coming round to see that everything was ok. Children: We saw children around the ship but were not really conscious of them very much. They looked great all dressed up for formal nights. Cannot comment on kids' clubs. It was not school holiday time so not too many on board, a few babies. Spa: Didn't use it. Had one blow dry which was ok but not great. Probably wouldn't do it again. Pools: We don't use the loungers by the pool as we use our balcony. People on our table seemed to be able to get loungers although we did hear the occasional moans about people bagging loungers and then disappearing. We are going on Arcadia next year, inspite of all the anti comments so we will travel with an open mind. Read Less
Sail Date February 2007
For our 1st ever cruise which was a birthday surprise for my wife I decided on the Caribbean. Was not sure if she could take the long flight. After having a some turbulence on the way over we were happy to get on the ground and more that ... Read More
For our 1st ever cruise which was a birthday surprise for my wife I decided on the Caribbean. Was not sure if she could take the long flight. After having a some turbulence on the way over we were happy to get on the ground and more that glad not to have to go through customs, but straight on a bus and straight to the ship. Overwhelmed by the size. getting on board was a breeze, no hassle, unlike the queuing you go through at the airports. Cabins were more than adequate for there purpose, as you only used them to get dressed and sleep in. Dressing up for dinner was a joy for us both as it was a gentle reminder of regimental dinners from an earlier time, meeting like minded people at meal times was also a bonus. The onboard facilities were very good and the trips were well worth the money, unlike a package holiday there was no pressure on board to take them. The entertainment was for the most of the cruise was very good quality and mixed. Our only minus was on the day of departure when you get the feeling you are no longer part of the ship, but that is the same on any holiday. One of the bonuses about cruising is the value for money. When you consider the many different places you visit and to visit them all separately, the cost would be very high. We are looking forward to our next one which is in 11 weeks time again to the Caribbean with friends on the same ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2007
Oceana Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.6
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 3.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 3.9

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