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65 Malta (Valletta) to Europe - All Cruise Reviews

My husband and I chose this cruise as we wanted a taster cruise of the Greek islands. We were very lucky with the weather for October. 28 degrees most days. We have stayed on the Oceana before about 7 years ago and although it is ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise as we wanted a taster cruise of the Greek islands. We were very lucky with the weather for October. 28 degrees most days. We have stayed on the Oceana before about 7 years ago and although it is supposed to have had a refit it is definitely not in the same good condition. It is looking very tired. Atrium is an exception to this - still beautiful. Our cabin was inside f229 on deck 5 . Very handy for reception, gangway, bars, restaurants and theatres. Small long not wide cabin with fixed twin beds. Lots of storage space. Decor tired and could do with brightening up. Very loud engine noises coming from empty rooms to the side and read of the cabin. Did not get much sleep. We would not recommend it. We did not use the main dining room. We chose 1St sitting and table for 2 as we booked select. We were given 1St sitting but table for 6. Decided to use buffet as we wanted to do things in our own time. We would probably choose freedom to dining next time. Food was very average in buffet with limited choice and quality not as expected. Roast beef was raw. We enjoyed the barbeque on deck though. Breakfasts in buffet not the best. Eggs were tasteless without an egg station so tried eggs were in a tray on top of one another. Bacon was good but no mushrooms on offer. Entertainment was excellent day and night. Faultless. Deck quoits are a hazard with an extremely rude elderly male player who thought it was acceptable to block me from passing by pushing his arm into my bosom. I have him a piece of my mind. Chivalry is definitely dead. Our cabin steward Mira was lovely and always happy. Reception was excellent and we used them lots as we had problems with our almost daily. They were there to help very quickly. We enjoyed our time at the ports in Crete and Brides. We went on an excursion to the Acropolis and Plaka booked with P and O. Very good day out and guide Irene was extremely knowledgeable. Not for the unsteady though. You need flat, strong, antisocial footwear. It was very crowded on the way up. Views at the top are stunning. Watch out for the rose sellers. They have you a rose and say 'free!'. But what they really mean is Three. 3 euros!!. Easy to embark and disembark. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Our second cruise on Oceana, and we were not disappointed. However, there were some inconsistencies by comparison with 2018. Firstly, a positive - the Headliners last year were beyond terrible, this year? It was difficult to believe that ... Read More
Our second cruise on Oceana, and we were not disappointed. However, there were some inconsistencies by comparison with 2018. Firstly, a positive - the Headliners last year were beyond terrible, this year? It was difficult to believe that these performers carried the same name, well-rehearsed, well danced and well sung routines in great costumes. The show “Astonishing” was exceptional, perhaps not so astonishing illusions performed with song and dance in an exceptional mix. The Stephen Mulhern video card trick had most people gaping in amazement. Top marks!! In 2018 we attended a singing workshop with entertainment host Andy Jones. Andy whipped up his audience with an excellent warm up followed by some good singing, the sound of this small group ending the session singing “Can you hear the people sing” from Les Miserables was memorable. This year the workshop was hosted by “Taff” (the onboard musical director). Taff clearly wanted to be somewhere else directing professional singers. We walked out as it was too dreary for words. There were a couple of problems. Having returned from a shore excursion in Olbia there was a huge queue for the scanners only half of which were in operation, this was made even worse by the port officials instructing the passengers from the Marella Explorer II to walk past the queue to the front! No explanation was given and a lot of people including me were very angry. When the Captain made the sailing announcement later that afternoon, he apologised for this and explained that as soon as the ship was made aware the port was requested to open more lanes. Excellent public relations! We had cause to complain regarding the service in Café Jardin and we were not the only ones who were unhappy. However, when my wife complained on the following morning she received a fulsome apology and we were offered the opportunity to dine at Café Jardin that evening without the usual surcharge and would be served by a waitress who has served us so well on three previous occasions. Once again excellent public relations! We noted that the ridiculous flag waving sing song party “Land of Hope and Glory” “Jerusalem” etc was at the end of the final sea day and not within earshot of a country which had been our host which we felt more appropriate than as we sailed out of Rhodes last year. However, we stayed on our balcony! We had booked the ferry from Naples to Sorrento in advance. We found it difficult to believe that Sorrento has not changed at all since we last visited 28 years ago! We travelled by Circumvesuviana train to Torre Annunziata to visit the Villa Poppea (Oplontis) which was virtually deserted. These remains are totally astonishing given that they are nearer to Vesuvius than Pompei. We also travelled independently in Rome where we visited Ostia Antica. We went by taxi which was expensive but returned by train. Ostia Antica is huge, and we will be returning to take in more of this exceptional site. In Corsica we took the Mountains and Maquis coach tour which given the narrow and precarious roads is not for the faint hearted! What we saw of Corsica was nothing less than fabulous. In Sardinia we took the Ancient and Modern tour. The Ancient Nuraghe were very interesting, and the architecture of the 1960’s Porto Cervo was striking in its’s use of Historic Sardinian style. However, unless you are interested in very expensive shops Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari etc etc. many of which had already closed for the season and looking at the outside of five-star hotels also closed for the season, this is one to avoid. All in all an excellent cruise and doubtless we will return to Oceana in the future. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The itinerary interested us. Malta,Naples,Rome,Corsica,Sardinia,Athens, Crete and Rhodes. Embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth and professional. The Oceana is a medium sized very friendly ship. This is our 3rd time on this ... Read More
The itinerary interested us. Malta,Naples,Rome,Corsica,Sardinia,Athens, Crete and Rhodes. Embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth and professional. The Oceana is a medium sized very friendly ship. This is our 3rd time on this ship. Dining staff excellent and cannot fault. Lots of menu variety and beautifully presented.Food very good. The restaurant manager went out of his way to ensure we were happy with our seating arrangements. . Entertainment variety is great and Headliners in particular are very professional and high standard. Elias Hendricks sang Classical Soul and was excellent. Cabin steward attentive and kept our cabin spotless.. The excursions we chose were led by very knowledgable agents, we did five organized by the cruise line, the rest of the destinations we did our own thing. We were in Crete twice and Malta on first day, middle of the cruise and the last day. A very good talk by a marine conservationist Alexander Sanchez Jones. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Chose this cruise for the Greek islands. We only did 1 week. Excellent cruise very easy and quick embarkation and getting off was quick also. . Staff were all lovely very friendly. Clean ship amazing food noble problems there drinks a ... Read More
Chose this cruise for the Greek islands. We only did 1 week. Excellent cruise very easy and quick embarkation and getting off was quick also. . Staff were all lovely very friendly. Clean ship amazing food noble problems there drinks a bit on the expensive side but as tips have been taken of we expected that. Inside cabin was OK clean lovely guy looking after us. Irons on our deck did not work very well. Had room service breakfast 3 mornings it was OK. Did not pay for any excursions found them to be expensive. Did our own thing. Entertainment was excellent. Food was also very good. Nice atmosphere a round the ship. Shops a bit expensive but had some good sales on. Captain very good kept us all informed had to change itinery due to a force 10 gale during the night on the Friday that was Scarry but captain was very reassuring Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Could not fault anything from this cruise - size of ship, all staff and crew, food, excursions (and the guides). It was a very smooth embarkation and disembarkation, staff were very helpful. Cabin was kept very clean thanks to our ... Read More
Could not fault anything from this cruise - size of ship, all staff and crew, food, excursions (and the guides). It was a very smooth embarkation and disembarkation, staff were very helpful. Cabin was kept very clean thanks to our excellent cabin steward Agostinho. Really enjoyed the food (in the dining room and buffet) and the entertainment. The ship was ideal for us as it is mid size. Liked the shaded adult pool at the back of the ship. We found the drinks to be pub prices so no need for a package for us. The fee for the speciality dining we found was reasonable (but chose to eat in the dining room) . Loved the entertainment in the theatres, also the afternoon quizzes. We like to dress for the formal evenings and found that most people did as well. We booked 3 shore excursions and found these to be good value, the guides were very knowledgeable. We were happy with the food served in the Adriatic restaurant and the variety, the staff were very accommodating. In the Plaza buffet, again, the food was of a good quality and staff accommodating. We like the theme night at the buffet, one night was Indian - delicious. Our cabin was kept very clean, the steward vert helpful and friendly. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our time on Oceana. We hope to sail on this ship again. Thank you to all crew and staff for a very enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The Oceana was recommended to us be relatives who had sailed on her many times. We stayed in cabin B405 (mini suite), the cabin was excellent and our cabin steward was outstanding however the balcony was slightly narrow. Our cabin steward ... Read More
The Oceana was recommended to us be relatives who had sailed on her many times. We stayed in cabin B405 (mini suite), the cabin was excellent and our cabin steward was outstanding however the balcony was slightly narrow. Our cabin steward could not do enough for us and she was very friendly. The ship was very clean and the staff were extremely friendly. There was an extensive range of entertainment however I feel that the entertainment was a bit lacking. I also thought that the music on the Lido Deck was a bit too loud so I preferred to stay towards the front of the ship on deck 14 as this was very quiet and relaxed. The dining was outstanding I tried the Ligurian, Cafe Jardin and The Plaza. The food was exceptional in all areas and the staff were very attentive. The ports of call were extremely convenient and the excursions arranged through P&O were excellent. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Rooms are like prison cells. Bathroom is tiny you literally can’t move in it. For a ship of this capacity the swimming pool is the size of a bath. The outdated rules of no shorts gets boring especially when men are allowed to dinner in ... Read More
Rooms are like prison cells. Bathroom is tiny you literally can’t move in it. For a ship of this capacity the swimming pool is the size of a bath. The outdated rules of no shorts gets boring especially when men are allowed to dinner in scruffy Adidas trainers. Not only are you woken up early with the annoying, pointless announcements but the ship is a dictatorship. Never cruised before and because we booked through a 3rd party we weren’t informed of the dinner attire rules, we was reprimanded for not booking direct with p&o but p&o still accepted the booking and happily took our money via 3rd party. Avoid this ship. It’s tired and lacking any character or luxury. You can hear every noise the cabin next door/ above makes also. Drawers constantly being pulled in and out. Entertainment was dated and not much for children in fact the only child’s disco that was organised what set at the same time of the black tie event so nobody showed up. When eating at the buffet you practically had to beg the waiters to take your drinks order otherwise they just avoid you. I went and asked one to order a drink and he told me to go to the bar. Many of the wait staff are arrogant and unhelpful. Would never cruise again and would advise anyone considering it to avoid the Oceana. Ports were efficient and no problems going through just don’t forget crew card. Upon disembarking you have to provide your crew card of which this was taken off of us when we checked out at reception. As stated before we have never cruised and as no information was given to us as they assume every passenger has done many cruises it caused a confusion and delayed us getting off the boat as we no longer had our cards. Then the man started shouting over me aggressively when I was pointing out that reception staff should not have taken my card if I needed it to disembark and leave the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise as we were Interested in all the ports that it was going to, particularly that it left and returned to Malta. We did all our own city tours using local buses, which was very easy and very cost effective. Saved ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we were Interested in all the ports that it was going to, particularly that it left and returned to Malta. We did all our own city tours using local buses, which was very easy and very cost effective. Saved ourselves time and money, and would happily do it again. Was great having a duty free shop at the port in Malta and were able to buy 2 litres of spirits, a bottle of liqueur and as much mixers as we wanted for our cabin. We were able to stock up on our mixers when we stopped in at Malta at the end of the 7 day cruise before we carried on for the next 7 days. The entertainment onboard was excellent, at least two shows a night, all different, the best being a comedian from Cuba, a jazz player and the tribute to Queen on the last night. As we didn’t do any shore excursions due to the cost, I rated this poor. Would recommend this cruise Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My wife and I have cruised about seven times from the Caribbean through the Med: 5 with Thomson on various vessels and latterly on Britannia with P&O. The cruise on board OCEANA on 11th July to the Greek islands was the latest and ... Read More
My wife and I have cruised about seven times from the Caribbean through the Med: 5 with Thomson on various vessels and latterly on Britannia with P&O. The cruise on board OCEANA on 11th July to the Greek islands was the latest and the most disappointing. What we liked: The Atrium, reception area and the Costa coffee section was second to none. The shops were brilliant and my wife has no complaint there. The sun deck was good although crowded (not unusual for a day at sea etc). The cabin was spacious and wardrobe space more than adequate. What was wrong: the general points . . . 1. The ship decor was drab throughout 2. The lifts were unpredictable and extremely slow 3. We found the buffet food monotonous. Often we found there were no tea spoons available and we had to ask one of the officers in white to provide some. Once a female crew member who was responsible for providing a tray with cutlery repeatedly provided two forks without a knife or two knives without a fork etc. Twice during the voyage this happened to us. We found the crew to be rather sullen and didnt seem to want to interact with passengers. One actually made an inappropriate comment when the wife and I were making a decision on any pudding/sweet: I just joked with my wife saying they were fattening and this male commented: "Too late Sir". He then asked my wife and I had a twin brother (for what reason I do not know). The next time I saw him he rotated his eyes in different directions independently and he thought it was funny. I was not sure what his objective was. This occurred in the buffet by the way on two separate days. Specifically to us: 1. The bathroom was antiquated and particularly the toilet bowl had a black ring around it when we embarked which remained there throughout the voyage. The television was small and the programmes repetitive. There was only one three-pin socket to the entire cabin and that was used for tea making. The lack of sockets was very inconvenient. 2. I unfortunately cut my ankle slightly on the first day which bled overnight and which stained the lower sheet. That sheet remained on the bed and was not changed throughout the voyage. The cabin steward on a few occasions failed to replenish the coffee/tea making facilities and once failed to provide cups/mugs and we had to ask reception to get him to bring them along. 3. We were freedom dining: We often had to wait up to 45 minutes to get a table and this seemed to be case whenever we attended the Ligurian to dine. The service in the Ligurian was slow and often we had to attract attention that we were waiting another course. Again the waiting staff did not seem that interested in providing a good service. A factor which irritated us in particular was black tie nights. This was the first time I decided not to take a dinner suit or black tie. We were denied access during the two black tie nights in both the Ligurian and the Adriatic restaurants (on a 7 night cruise) and we had to eat in the buffet. This was not what we expected from P&O and has completely shattered our confidence. Frankly we were glad when we arrived at Malta so we could get off the ship. We are not going P&O again: Having written to them expressing our disappointment and pointing out our points we eventually received a wholly dismissive letter which implied either we were exaggerating or just a pair of natural complainers. that in itself was enough to put us off going with them again - this is the first time we have complained on any holiday (land or cruise) Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We last sailed on Oceana in May 2018 and enjoyed it so much, we booked for a 7 night Adriatic trip from 27th to 4th July 2019. Oceana is just a beautiful, elegant ship. She may be classed as mid-sized but as you gaze up at her from the ... Read More
We last sailed on Oceana in May 2018 and enjoyed it so much, we booked for a 7 night Adriatic trip from 27th to 4th July 2019. Oceana is just a beautiful, elegant ship. She may be classed as mid-sized but as you gaze up at her from the Malta cruise terminal, she ought to be big enough for anyone! We were so fortunate with the weather - we had wall to wall sunshine from beginning to end with calm, flat seas which was just perfect. Our route took us from Malta to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Venice and Split. Croatia was a revelation to us and we realized that the best way to visit this beautiful country is surely by ship. We were met with stunning landscapes at every port call. Venice was amazing and the early morning approach into this amazing city was unbelievable - sights that will stay in our memories forever. Oceana for us, is perfect. From the first step onboard looking up into her fabulous atrium, you’d have to be a cynic not to be impressed. The restaurants are all varied and serve delicious food. We had a slight problem finding a table for two in The Ligurian freedom dining restaurant (last year there were four of us and it was easier) but we had drinks while we waited for our handset to buzz! The food in the MDR (Ligurian) was perfect - lots of choice with P and O favorites (prawn cocktail and sirloin steaks) if you didn’t want to be more adventurous. The Beach House and Cafe Jardin (fee paying restaurants) were delicious, although I think they ought to rethink the Trio of Desserts in Cafe Jardin - not good. The sunbed situation needs sorting. So many people go out early and reserve their sun beds with towels and personal belongings. We thought this needs to be “policed’ as the area around the beautiful sun deck and pools is a no go area if you can’t sit anywhere. The promenade deck is good to sit on, but even this area gets crowded later on. There is an aft adult only area with its own plunge pool, but we had parents pushing buggies around eyeing up any available sun beds, so unfortunately rules and regulations don’t seem to matter onboard a ship! We had a balcony queen bed cabin. These aren’t massive, but most of our time was spent out and about but it was great to go back and sit on the balcony with a drink and a book! The room steward (Rose) was wonderful - in fact all the hard working staff on the ship need medals. They play a great part in enhancing the cruise and always with a smile. P and O are so meticulous in providing an amazing service for their customers - nothing is left out, even to the signage to the best viewing points for the early morning arrival into Venice that magically appeared overnight. Security is so tight when arriving at ports. Would we go again? Yes, yes and YES! In fact we have three more cruises booked with P and O. We really didn’t want to book with anyone else as this company get it so right. Oceana is a perfect, elegant ocean liner and it was a joy to sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
7 day fly cruise around the Greek Islands with two restful sea days. Perfect itenary for us and although we have sailed many many times with P&O we had never been on Oceana. Firstly , we were aware of her size and age, so ... Read More
7 day fly cruise around the Greek Islands with two restful sea days. Perfect itenary for us and although we have sailed many many times with P&O we had never been on Oceana. Firstly , we were aware of her size and age, so expectations were not high. However it has to be said the staff are excellent, friendly and provide excellent service. Nothing is too much trouble. The food was also of a very high standard, with an extremely wide choice and very accommodating waiters. The ships function rooms have been upgraded and create a very relaxed and inviting atmosphere. What really lets this ship down are her cabins. Not only are they very small , that also includes the balcony , but they are in great need of attention . Air conditioning is extremely loud througout the night, the bathroom is so small when using the toilet you can touch the door, the shower cubicle is minuscule and shower heads falling apart, drains do not seem to drain away properly and despite the cabin being cleaned extremely well each day, the cabin looks well worn. Despite this the itenary of the cruise around Greece did exceed expectations. Beautiful ports with easy access to sights. SoundaBay whilst remote, you can take a public bus from the port to Chania - 20 minutes away and what a gem. Santorini is wonderful. Pre hotel stay in Malta at the Excelsior was perfect. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
In general myself and my husband were pleased with the cruise . We wanted a medium sized ship with good entertainment facilities and a variety of ports. This was our third cruise but first time on Oceana. Our main criticism was the ... Read More
In general myself and my husband were pleased with the cruise . We wanted a medium sized ship with good entertainment facilities and a variety of ports. This was our third cruise but first time on Oceana. Our main criticism was the subbed situation. We liked to have a fairly relaxing breakfast on sea days but once we got up to top decks, sun beds were very scarce! People had draped towels over them and gone off, and it took a few treks round the decks to find any free ones! Well, there were plenty free but all had towels left in them, books and bags etc left beside them! We felt that staff should be stopping this from happening somehow! I must admit that, had I known this would be that difficult I would never have booked this shop for a med cruise!!! Even down on deck 7 where you could sit in the open air without a pool, it was crazily busy and towels again draped in all seats! I used the pool one day out of the 14, and would have loved to have used it more, but was just not quick enough to get a subbed. Even when I did use it we had to sit on upright seats by a table! The food was consistently very good & we were able to easily get a table for two. Ports were lovely but very very busy! All staff were excellent! Our cabin was ok but not as roomy as the one we had last time on Oriana, and could have done with updating, plus only one socket which was a pain! Entertainment was good, and places to have a drink were fab! We found people in this ship very dressy, lots of sparky evening dresses which I wasn’t really prepared for, but would be next time! This was an enjoyable cruise around Greece and Croatia & we have booked to go with P & O again (on a different ship) as we found them very efficient! I personally would think twice before booking a med cruise on Oceana again unless I knew the subbed situation was better though unfortunately! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Food in the MDR was good. So was le Jardin and the Beach House. Also sampled the Asian lunch taster. The Headliners provided excellent entertainment as per usual. The room was clean however there was a constant odour from the toilet even ... Read More
Food in the MDR was good. So was le Jardin and the Beach House. Also sampled the Asian lunch taster. The Headliners provided excellent entertainment as per usual. The room was clean however there was a constant odour from the toilet even after it had been evidently cleaned. (Suspect old piping etc) Travelled with a child who constantly used the small sports area with goals, a net for tennis and a basketball hoop. The weather was excellent throughout the cruise. The cabin was an outside cabin as no balconies available for families when I booked. The room was bigger than we had feared however there was no private area to get changed outside the bathroom, which was definitely to small to do so. All the crew were nice and friendly. The public areas were in good condition. Used the kids club once and the lad enjoyed. We would travel on the Oceana again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Could not get a shore excursion as both my choices on wait list. So I put my name down for both. Rang up just before leaving and told no change so asked to come off wait list to book private. Told that not possible and it did not matter as ... Read More
Could not get a shore excursion as both my choices on wait list. So I put my name down for both. Rang up just before leaving and told no change so asked to come off wait list to book private. Told that not possible and it did not matter as I would be emailed and have 72 hours to reply if I did not reply it would just be dropped. Got on ship to find a ticket for one of the excursions, suddenly found seats only 36 hours after that call. But too late, I had booked privately. Went and stood in line, wasting my time, to give them their ticket back and they had to consult about cancelling it AND repaying the money to my onboard account. They then told me that I had another confirmed booking and been charged for the other wait list I had gone on the excursion was at the same time as the other one. They had to consult again to take me off and return my money and they had not even checked to see if we could do it. If you want this hassle then go on wait lists, but personally I was very cross that they had not told me anything a few hours before whilst on shore, that they refused to take me off the wait list, that they then booked me on both excursions WITHOUT asking me and took the money from my account and for all this gave me stress at the start of my holiday. Overshadowed and marred the whole experience., Dining was OK but I had to eat twice from the always menu rather than the daily one and two days of steak does not spell good food to me. Cabin was fine but we did have a mini-suite. Looked after well by Rosie. But all balconies are narrow in width and this was no exception, just that we had double the length. Just managed a chair. Entertainment was Ok but nothing outstanding. Thought the magician would be good, but whilst he got some very right he did a couple of tricks in such a way that gave them away. Did not do any day time activities and only one shore excursion, which was good, the issue was tendering, but that always can be a problem. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this ship/cruise because it was stopping over at the Monaco Grand Prix (although more of that later). The trip was out of Malta - a 1st for us - and arrival embarkation was faultless and well staffed. The ship is a bit ... Read More
We chose this ship/cruise because it was stopping over at the Monaco Grand Prix (although more of that later). The trip was out of Malta - a 1st for us - and arrival embarkation was faultless and well staffed. The ship is a bit 'tired' in parts but the cabins are of a good size (we were on C deck) and clean/tidy. So why only 2 points:- Drinks Package Unless you want to engage in a constant battle with staff my advise is stay well clear of the 'Ultimate Drinks Package'. Way too many rules and regulations. Diet Coke is not included but Diet Pepsi is (who makes these rules?). You can order a small bottle of water but not a large one. Don't try the "OK so can I have 2 small bottles then" because that will be met with "sorry I can provide one small bottle but you have to have drunk that one before I can supply another small bottle" (I guess that I should not blame the staff someone told them that this was a rule). You cannot order a large Pina Colada but you can get a small one and then order another when you have drunk that one........Really! Internet To be fair this is true on most cruises but only 2 words adequately describe the Internet access packages (there are 3 levels) and they are the words "rip off" Staff and Service Sorry P&O but your staff have to be amongst the most grumpy that we have ever encountered. Some exceptions of course but mostly in need of retraining in customer service and simply how to smile Activities Generally good. We went on some sort of adventure pretty much every day that we were not at sea. The only day that gave cause for complaint was ironically the day that mattered most. On the day of the Monaco GP the ship was docked in VilleFranche and therefore access to/from the port was via tender. The day before the daily newsletter announced that last tender back to ship would be at 5.30pm. Keep in mind that the GP didn't start until 3.15pm. There was very little chance that we could watch the entire race and get back to the tender for 5.30pm. I will acknowledge that we spoke to a number of officers and they all did the nod and wink thing and said don't worry I am sure that it will be OK; but no-one offered any sort of certainty. The only comfort that we drew was that the 'official P&O' trip to the GP was by coach (we were travelling by train) so we convinced ourselves that we would beat that trip. As it transpires the last tender was around 7pm; but really P&O; you promoted this cruise as one that offered an opportunity to attend the GP and then set the last tender return at 5.30pm and promptly gave rise to a worry (all day) that took the edge off the whole experience. Food I would rank the food as OK but the selection offered to casual diners at the restaurant on top deck (The Plaza) was pretty poor. I would include breakfast in this observation. Breakfast at Cafe Jarden on Deck 8 was waiter served, options limited but the poached eggs were excellent. We were 'free diners' for an evening so we were allocated a restaurant called the Liguarian. Wait times on a table for 4 was always around '1 hour' so we ended up sharing. I know lot's of people love sharing a table with strangers (my wife is one of them) but I would rather pull my teeth out with a pair of pliers. Hey ho. We spent most of the time at one of the extra fee paying restaurants which were fine (my personal favourite being the Beach House). Entertainment Good Disembarkation Was very good - probably the best we have encountered - they didn't insist upon you leaving cases outside of the cabin until mid-night - nice touch which meant that you could don your glad rags for one last evening of merriment and the whole trip to the airport - bags checked directly on to flight - staff at airport to point the way - was excellent - sadly in my case it did mean that I ended up sitting across the isle from my wife - who is not a good flyer - but this might have happened anyway. Smokers To be fair to P&O this is an issue that I could make of most cruises we have been on over the past few years - but do you have to make us smokers feel like 2nd class citizens. No smoking on balconies, few enough 'smoking areas' and those areas also had the crappy plastic garden furniture. Maybe the cruise we attended was the exception to the rule but of an evening the crappy furniture smoking permitted area was rammed and its sister area across the other side of the ship, an area with excellent furnishings was empty. Why make smokers feel so unwelcome and if that is the point then at least be honest and ban smoking altogether. Overall Not great and not sure that we will hold the provisional booking we have made on another P&O ship for next year Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I have a few things on my bucket list, and visiting Croatia is one of them. I'm using cruises to identify the places that I'd like to spend more time in, in the future, so the Oceana itinerary suited me just fine. The ... Read More
I have a few things on my bucket list, and visiting Croatia is one of them. I'm using cruises to identify the places that I'd like to spend more time in, in the future, so the Oceana itinerary suited me just fine. The itinerary was changed about a month before we sailed. Split was removed, to be replaced with Hvar, and the other ports were re-ordered - allegedly so that we could return to Malta from an EU port. Hmmm. This was my second cruise, and the first from a non-UK port. It went really well. I'd booked into a budget hotel at Gatwick for the night before embarkation (a purple hotel chain right next to Gatwick North - would recommend to anyone who needs for the convenience and for potential views from hotel room) so it was just a case of waking up in time and walking over the road to check in. From Malta it was a simple coach trip to the port and then the route to the ship was very well posted and every 100 yards or so there was a sign directing us in the right direction. We'd left Gatwick at 07:30ish and were onboard by 14:30ish, from memory. Valetta looks pretty and I wish I'd had more energy to explore. There's a fun lift, which only costs 1 euro, to take you from port level to the town. The Upper Barrakka Gardens, which are right off here, are quite attractive. I also visited St Paul's Shipwreck Church, which is a few streets away - has a couple of reliquaries of St Paul and is very impressive. I spent the rest of the afternoon just chilling out and familiarising myself with the ship layout, since it was the first time I'd been on Oceana. The next port was Kotor, Montenegro. Luckily I woke soon after dawn so was able to watch the sail-in - so quiet, I assume we were being tugged. And then came my first tender experience, which was enjoyable although it's a nuisance taking so long to get to/from the ship. I'd booked the Best of Montenegro P&O excursion, and enjoyed it thoroughly! My only complaint for the day would be that I would have liked to spend more time in Kotor. After the tour had finished we only had a couple of hours left before the ship left (around 1630ish I think), and I wasn't comfortable spending too much more time looking around the town when I knew I wanted to be back onboard in an hour or two. Would recommend this excursion though - we saw a lot of the countryside, learnt a lot about the town and also got to sample some of the local produce :) The next day was Zadar. I will be honest now and say don't bother with the Discover Zadar on Foot excursion. It took 4-5 hours and could quite happily have been done in around 2 hours, unless your hobby is Benedictine Nuns and their reliquaries (relics?). It was informative but spending an hour or more in the nunnery did not add to the experience at all in my opinion. There is also little of interest to see in the town itself: I will not be going back there. That evening I had my dinner in Cafe Jardin. It was most enjoyable! The staff were friendly and I liked the decor although I think P&O still struggle with ambience when they place these restaurants on mezzanines. Port 3 was Venice. I have never seen such rain! To add some context - the last time I owned an umbrella was 30+ years ago when I was doing my A-levels... I bought an umbrella in Venice! (I don't speak Italian. *Me pointing at an umbrella for 20 euros - I have no idea how much 20 Eu is - , saying "Poco"* *Shopkeeper erupting in Italian bringing out several models and quoting prices at me* *Me finding one for 7 Eu and subsequently finding out that's a pretty decent price for a functional umbrella *) Anyway. Venice was interesting. It was a way-point on the way to the Croatian ports so nowhere near any sort of highlight for me, but it was good to see. I would 100% recommend St Mark's Basilica to anyone. It is absolutely stunning and I wish I could have had more time (and fewer crowds) to appreciate it. If you're in Venice then you really should make the effort to see. Doge's Palace was nice but I had some 'gilded ceiling overload' - there are only so many you can see [around 3] before the wow factor is gone. Sorry to the Doges Palace artists x. Oh, the other note about Venice is get off the ship asap. I went out around 08:30ish. It was deserted and very pleasant [until torrential rain stopped play and I had to go back to change into dry clothes :P ] By the time the tour happened in the afternoon it was like Piccadilly Circus, not nearly so nice. The fourth, and final port, was Hvar. This was a late replacement for Split so I didn't know too much about it before I arrived there. I'd booked the Island Highlights tour, and enjoyed it hugely. We had a quick walk around Hvar then hopped on a coach and saw some of the island before stopping off in Stari Grad for a short visit, then did another quick tour of attractions before returning to Hvar. It might be because this was the first nice day of the cruise (the rest were all grey and/or chilly - we were so unlucky with the weather), but I really liked this town and it's on my list to revisit if I ever get the chance. Overall I enjoyed the cruise. I had concerns about Oceana but she's a lovely ship and there's nothing really wrong with her - I had a nicer vibe on this cruise than I had on Brittannia 2 yrs ago. I loved Montenegro and Hvar; could take or leave Venice and Zadar. But it was all enjoyable and would overall recommend to anyone else considering. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Having been on the Britannia and really enjoyed the ship we thought we would give P&O another chance as we really wanted to see Venice and Dubrovnik. The ship was fine but not at the same standard as the Brittania, quite crowded, no ... Read More
Having been on the Britannia and really enjoyed the ship we thought we would give P&O another chance as we really wanted to see Venice and Dubrovnik. The ship was fine but not at the same standard as the Brittania, quite crowded, no quiet places and lack of specialist dining being the obvious differences. Dining in the main restaurant was very good with a menu whereby you could always find something to choose, sadly the Italian specialist restaurant was very forgettable, both from a location viewpoint and the standard and variety of food on offer. The self service area was badly organised and the choice on offer did not come close to matching Britannia. The ports we visited were excellent and the guided tour of Venice as a first timer was well worth it, as indeed was walking the walls of Dubrovnik. The staff on the ship were excellent, our fellow passengers were a good crowd, so why did I not give it more than 3 stars, simply because I was laid up for a day due to a dodgy piece of smoked fish I was served for breakfast, and that really should not happen. Did I report it, no way, I have heard about being confined to your cabin and I was not having that. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this cruise simply because it went where we wanted to go. Embarkation was good, very easy. The balcony cabin on deck C was of adequate size, the bathroom a little on the small side. We are not big but some of the guests on board ... Read More
We chose this cruise simply because it went where we wanted to go. Embarkation was good, very easy. The balcony cabin on deck C was of adequate size, the bathroom a little on the small side. We are not big but some of the guests on board would have struggled. They give you the option of hanging your towels if not needing replacement, but they replaced them daily anyhow, but not the sheets. We were on a two week cruise and not sure that we even had one change, definitely only one if any. The door to the balcony needed almost superhuman strength to move. We ate both at the free dining restaurant, which was quite good, and at the buffet restaurant, which was just ok. Breakfast could have had a little more variety...the "english breakfast" became monotonous. The British themed music constantly being pushed was galling too. If we never hear "Rule Brittania" and "Land of Hope and Glory" again it'll be too soon.The service staff were polite but need to understand that they should move aside for guests, not vice versa, especially when the guest has a tray with multiple items on it. There was only one of the staff, Nikko, who always had a smile and never stopped working. We found from the moment we boarded we had our hands in our pockets. The drinks programme meant exorbitant prices, £2.95 for a 330ml Coke!! OTT in anyone's language! Even if you bought a package they only gave you 10%off!! The coffee machine was very basic, and they ran out of full cream milk halfway through the cruise. Breakfast was the only time you could get anything other than water without exorbitant charge! Not being interested in swimming, the pool area or constant loud music, we found it impossible to find a quiet, shady, outdoor area where we could relax and read so therefore had to spend our "at sea" days indoors, unfortunately, because our weather was beautiful. We found the entertainment on board to be of high quality, and seemed to be something for everyone's taste. The musical theatre group appealed to us, but they do need to understand that The Bee Gees, even though maybe born in the UK, chose Australia as their home and it was Oz that made them great! P & O need to be more upfront when sailing from Malta, and make sure guests are informed of the 18% VAT charged on purchases from onboard shops. Also we were irritated that reception staff were not familiar with guests options of reclaiming that VAT from the airport, and if able to, what was the procedure. They have to charge the VAT but they should also know the details. Would we travel P & O again......no. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Cant really go wrong with P & O they are a good company. This ship is quite an old girl but very charming. The public areas are really nice, plenty of small niches to sit and relax and plenty of areas if you want to join in any of ... Read More
Cant really go wrong with P & O they are a good company. This ship is quite an old girl but very charming. The public areas are really nice, plenty of small niches to sit and relax and plenty of areas if you want to join in any of the programs. The decks have plenty of sunbeds/chairs we had no problem finding one at all. The evening shows were excellent, we worked out if you go for dinner early you can easily pull in both shows as they have two different venues with good acts on every night. Food was of good quality tasty and varied, we ate in the main restaurant every evening but one, when we tried Restaurant Jardin, which we didn't think was particularly special. We had a balcony cabin which was fine and the bed was very comfortable but the bathroom was rather small. The cabin stewards were very good and the rooms were cleaned to a high standard, we liked having tea/coffee facilities and they were replenished biscuits every day. Thoroughly enjoyable cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose Oceana because it offered us the ports we wanted to visit , unfortunately due to force 9 gales our itinerary was completely altered this I appreciate was done for our safety but non the less was very disappointing. Many passengers ... Read More
We chose Oceana because it offered us the ports we wanted to visit , unfortunately due to force 9 gales our itinerary was completely altered this I appreciate was done for our safety but non the less was very disappointing. Many passengers were sea sick but we all managed not to succumb, although 2 days later I caught Noro virus and was confined to my cabin in order not to spread it to other passengers. Whilst confined to my cabin I watched from my balcony passengers returning from trips ashore and noticed many people failing to use the hand gel provided, had P&O insisted on this important safeguard maybe I could have avoided the Noro virus. Get your act together P&O.The ship generally was fine in the public areas but the cabins were very shabby and tired looking, also wasn't happy about the drinks prep area being infront of the mirror were you did your hair, not hygenic. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We were looking for a 7 day cruise, short haul so we were away for our Ruby Wedding, this one seemed to match our requirements. Direct Flight from Ncle on Jet2 went without a hitch, we are only 5 minutes from the Airport so always ... Read More
We were looking for a 7 day cruise, short haul so we were away for our Ruby Wedding, this one seemed to match our requirements. Direct Flight from Ncle on Jet2 went without a hitch, we are only 5 minutes from the Airport so always prefer to fly out from here. Shame P&O/Jet2 could not arrange luggage to go straight to the ship from Ncle airport as they do for the return flight, we put the cases out just before midnight and did not see them again until we got into the arrivals lounge. The ship does show its age in places, but we thought it was in pretty good condition and was very similar in décor and layout to the older Princess ship we have been on. All the public spaces were clean and in decent condition and the ship seemed to have a nice flow to it. Cabins could do with a refresh, but were kept very clean by our excellent cabin steward who catered for anything we asked and worked his time in our cabin around our times. The Safe was a bit small if you have a lot of valuables and there seemed to be only one 3 pin plug in the room. The cabin size was the smallest balcony cabin we have had out of around 10 cruises we have been on and the bathroom really was very small, both were functional and did not cause us any problems. Heavy staining on the enamel of the toilet pan was a bit off putting. The main MDR was excellent, we were on anytime dining so experienced several waiters, all were very good, polite and efficient, we never experienced any real delays in getting a table for 2 and the food was in our opinion better than we had on Azura a few years ago where portion size was an issue, not this time and if you wanted something extra then the waiters always obliged. We also dined at Café Jardin, sometimes for breakfast and then again in the evening once. The staff there were great, including their Managers who were always visible and quite happy to have a chat. We also tried the Beach House and it was also good, but not quite up to the standard of Café Jardin. Occasionally we used the Buffet, it was fine, normal things available for Breakfast and usual hunts for a table at the busy times. Up on Deck, we usually found some sun beds, as we were not bothered about being right next to the Pool. Waiters again were usually around and we never had to wait very long for service which was mirrored throughout the Ship. We enjoyed the entertainment in both the Theatre and Show Lounge and tried to tie in our evening dining so we could see both shows. Did one P&O excursion in Venice, it seemed expensive, but included your water transport there and back, entry to Doges Palace, guides always in attendance and then into St Marks. We also skipped the queues and that was great as they were very long, so in hindsight it saved us a lot of time and was not that bad when you look at what was included. We certainly enjoyed being taken around these attractions. We do not normally cruise at the height of Holiday season, but I have to say there were plenty of children on board, but their parents, staff and themselves were a credit and we enjoyed seeing the different generations around the ship enjoying themselves without running wild. All in all a very enjoyable cruise which surpassed our expectations. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The Ship is showing signs off age.. lots of things not working.. lifts either broken or slow. Staff are no where near as friendly as some other ships... In fact some were downright rude. There was shambles in the freedom dining with ... Read More
The Ship is showing signs off age.. lots of things not working.. lifts either broken or slow. Staff are no where near as friendly as some other ships... In fact some were downright rude. There was shambles in the freedom dining with guests been handed a buzzer that would alert you when there was a free table.. a 40min wait on one occasion... we were told the buzzer would only work on that deck.... only there was no free seats anywhere on that deck!! rather than spend 40mins standing about in high heels... we went to the buffet instead... and booked the other 2 restaurants for the remaining nights The shore excursions were well organised... The Spa... offer for £50 of wash/ Blow dry and eye treatment... the girl made an average job of my hair... the same girl then handed me 2 creams and told me to apply a few drops to my eyes!! then said is it okay to put a £5 cover charge for a tip for herself!! I think not... Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The flight from Bristol was uneventful on a rather old Thomas Cook plane that had no entertainment of any description. The transfer to the ship was well organised and swift. Check in was excellent and after a quick early lunch our balcony ... Read More
The flight from Bristol was uneventful on a rather old Thomas Cook plane that had no entertainment of any description. The transfer to the ship was well organised and swift. Check in was excellent and after a quick early lunch our balcony cabin was available and cases soon unpacked. The ship was in great condition having just had a spruce up. Service in the bars was always quick and efficient. Food in the main dining rooms is varied and of a good standard. One or two evenings service was a little slow. Cafe Jardin was a quieter option for breakfast and turns into an Italian restaurant at night. Shows and entertainers were most enjoyable especially a vocal harmony group who were amazing. Shore excursions seem expensive and apart from a trip to Murano while in Venice we did our own thing. However if you want to see a specific place then they are a safe bet as they get you to the destination and more importantly get you back to the ship! On the middle day of the back to back week's cruise we used the local bus in Malta to visit Medina which was fascinating and cost a fraction of the ship's excursion. Overall a most enjoyable cruise to some interesting destinations - especially Malta, Venice and Athens. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Recently returned from an enjoyable fly cruise in the Med - Malta, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes and back to Malta - with some good trips but very disappointed with our cabin. We had been advised the ship had been given a refit but ... Read More
Recently returned from an enjoyable fly cruise in the Med - Malta, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes and back to Malta - with some good trips but very disappointed with our cabin. We had been advised the ship had been given a refit but when on the ship found out that it was only the Atrium and some carpet. When we arrived on the ship, our cabin steward introduced himself - asked if there was anything we wanted so we asked for extra coffee, as we do not drink tea - but this did not materialise. Our cabin was terrible - very disappointing - really shabby - the furniture was scratched - the cabin not clean - cobwebs - sheets not changed during the whole of our holiday - mirror filthy - glass on balcony door not cleaned - paint splashed on balcony chairs and on stool inside cabin - balcony matting filthy and plaster coming off base of balcony door (dangerous with sandalls etc.,) and off balcony door surround - shower surround in bathroom cracked. We rarely saw our cabin steward after his initial introduction - until one day he walked into our cabin - when we had the card in the door "I'm RESTING" - we were shocked. NOT HAPPY Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Have been on this ship before, so tried again. It looked very nice after a supposed refit, some places were looking very tired in the guests quarters. My cabin window ( paid extra for) was filthy and never got cleaned hence not decent ... Read More
Have been on this ship before, so tried again. It looked very nice after a supposed refit, some places were looking very tired in the guests quarters. My cabin window ( paid extra for) was filthy and never got cleaned hence not decent views We won't be on it a 3rd time Had to vacate cabin at 8 am for a flight scheduled for 7pm. They wanted £45-£85 for a cabin for 5hrs, although we paid for a full 14 night cruise. I did not pay. We sat around until 4pm waiting to be transferred to airport, we got there and told it was delayed. The ship knew this but still "got rid of us" Our arrival was 7.30pm and we were MADE to do the sea safety training (after travelling all day and hungry). Maritime law states it should be within 24 hours of embarkation.I Emailed P&O during the cruise a week before our disembarkation , about the vacating cabin issue, hoping I could get a resolve, but still I haven't had a reply. The evening shows were very good, but only lasted 45 minutes max, the only thing to do after that was be pestered to buy drinks or go to casino Read Less
Sail Date June 2018

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