20 Malta (Valletta) Romantic Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise and we chose this one for seven days as we are great Game of Thrones fans and booked excursions for Split and Dubrovnik. From start to finish everything was fantastic from check in to check out. We had flown in ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose this one for seven days as we are great Game of Thrones fans and booked excursions for Split and Dubrovnik. From start to finish everything was fantastic from check in to check out. We had flown in with Thomas Cook and P and O could not have done more to return us smoothly to the UK. Food was amazing especially in The Plaza and we were polite for choice. Our inside cabin was far better than we expected, and a special mention for Roy our room steward who was a gem. The entertainment was brilliant and nothing disappointed...the shows were all packed and standing ovations every night. Our excursions were excellent value for money and the guides were very knowledgable and good fun. What more can I say...great friendly helpful staff that Captain Bourne should be very proud of. Thank you Oceana for the holiday of a life time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Pros ... lovely modern cabin lots of space nice size and balcony , Lovely ship and nice staff,Cons .. way too crowded marketplace buffet is hell on Earth it’s like a stampede no spare tables and people pushing into you and elbowing you , ... Read More
Pros ... lovely modern cabin lots of space nice size and balcony , Lovely ship and nice staff,Cons .. way too crowded marketplace buffet is hell on Earth it’s like a stampede no spare tables and people pushing into you and elbowing you , hard to get a drink , food not nice at all not enough choice..all in all an awful experience , food poor in restaurants also, we were glad to get off the ship to have a nice meal that we actually enjoyed , anything that’s any good you have to pay for cirque do soleil 15 euro each and you get an awful drink that’s supposed to be a cocktail, although the show is good, speciality restaurants very expensive but nice food the standard the food on the rest of the ship should be , bowling arcades and cinema not free total rip off 50 euros to use all 3, theatre shows average at best , drinks package needed to be upgraded as soon as we boarded as it soon became clear we could only drink Heineken and 1 wine and spirit , pools far too crowded and people reserving their beds with towels and not turning up for hours this should not be allowed , the ship is lovely but the crowdedness and standard of food really let our overall experience down, msc trips not worth the money a nice relaxing boat trip to Portofino was 500 people being crammed onto a dingy ferry and loudspeaker blasting out about 7 different languages all the way there’s and back really not a nice experience at all , if you are have kids and are a willing to spend a lot of money for extras and eat pizza and burgers for a week then this is the ship for you ! 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
It was our 24 Th wedding anniversary. So wanted to do a beautiful cruise in the Med as you can almost ensure perfect weather. We have been with P&O Many times brilliant ships. ENGLISH sterling and English plugs. Fantastic. ... Read More
It was our 24 Th wedding anniversary. So wanted to do a beautiful cruise in the Med as you can almost ensure perfect weather. We have been with P&O Many times brilliant ships. ENGLISH sterling and English plugs. Fantastic. The staff are so friendly and the cabins are clean and tidy. But a little on the small side but that's no problem really. We love the evening shows and Entertainment. The staff are all helpful And the good has a good choice and really nice. We prefer to eat at the buffets as it's so much nicer to pick what we wish. The only thing that rubies our holiday was the pool side singer called Frankie. She was awful, she had one of them voices which drones on and on and on the sound system was way too loud. She played guitar but only knew a few chords so it was like she strumned away the same rythem and sand different songs over it. It was so loud you could not read. Relax or talk to each other at all I walked around the deck and saw no less than 5 people with fingers in ears or hands over ears . this is surely not right. How come the volume was so loud when you are trying to relax. She played everyday and sometimes 3 or 4 half hour sets straight after each other playing the same songs.. So so boring. I had to get up and walk away each time she came in. Terrible like torture almost after a while. 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
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
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary, originally we wanted to sail on Queen Elizabeth to Venice, but that was full ! The only alternative on our dates was the Oceana, a ship we have never sailed in before, to say we were ... Read More
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary, originally we wanted to sail on Queen Elizabeth to Venice, but that was full ! The only alternative on our dates was the Oceana, a ship we have never sailed in before, to say we were 'disappointed' with this 20 year old ship (previously owned by Princess cruises) would be a gross over statement. If you like paying over £5 grand for a broom cupboard for two weeks, then, the Oceana should be YOUR first choice!!!. We appreciate the fact that Oceana had a £30 million refit last December in Germany but that money was spent on the general public areas, NOT in the TINY cabins (the smallest we have ever experienced in 18 years cruising).Our cabin was supposed to be an 'upgrade'!!!! we had asked for a double bed instead of two singles, when we opened the door for the first time we were greeted with a TINY cabin 'full' of a standard 5' double bed with another single bed hanging from the wall!!!!!!!!!!!!! This made access to one side of the bed impossible, the mattresses were very soft, old & in need of urgent replacement, we survived by me turning over the mattresses to find the firmer base side to lay on From day one our trip was constantly interrupted by the ships workmen who were conducting repairs all over the ship with resultant closures of walkways & awful paint smells. Due to 'some bad weather for one day', our intended port of call in Dubrovnik was cancelled & replaced with a lesser port in Zadar!!!!!!!!! (anyone heard of this place???) then, Ravenna & Mykonos were replaced with another obscure location in Katokolon! (anyone heard of this place,????) All have cheaper port charges to those advertised & for what we paid a huge The food served in Adriatic restaurant was constantly returned by fellow travellers as either tough/tasteless or had very hard undercooked vegetables. (Tomato soup smelt of burning gearbox oil). The Plaza buffet was the usual 'bunfight' at mealtimes, nothing changes with certain peoples disgusting eating habits. Entertainment, apart from Dean Stainsbury & Tucker, was way below previous expectations & in need of some serious investment. From our perspective & that of other guests, & in the light of P&O's latest creation Iona being launched shortly, Oceana is being tarted up for imminent disposal. In summary, I would certainly NOT invest my money buying accomodation in such a decrepid old ship, but, as I said at the beginning it was all that was available to me at that time for the ports we wished to sail into. Our cruise finally ended with a 3 hour departure delay at Malta airport, when we got back to Gatwick we found that our cases & their contents were ALL SOAKED through (ongoing claims) caused by the baggage handlers dumping our cases on the tarmac during heavy rain & walking away leaving them to get wet!!!!!!!!!! Bad experience, NEVER AGAIN.! 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
Our first cruise and definitely not our last. Oceana is a beautiful ship. The Atrium is stunning, we thought. So many bars and niches. We dined mostly in Cafe Jardine and The Beach House. Great food although bar service a bit slow. We ... Read More
Our first cruise and definitely not our last. Oceana is a beautiful ship. The Atrium is stunning, we thought. So many bars and niches. We dined mostly in Cafe Jardine and The Beach House. Great food although bar service a bit slow. We also ate in The Plaza on the top deck, again great choice of food. But busy. Fantastic views up there but windows could do with a wash! We had a balcony cabin C401 which was spotless and quiet, slept really well. Very comfy bed. Had some lovely breakfasts on the balcony. And saw some dolphins on two occasions. Lovely! All in all it was an excellent week. We sailed from Valletta to Dubrovnik onto Venice and then Sibenick and Zadar. Very hot and busy in Dubrovnik and Venice but so worthwhile to visit. Got up early for the Venice sail in, no words. We walked Dubrovnik old walls in the afternoon which was a bit quieter after the other cruise liners had left. We also visited Krka National Park on excursion from Sibenick. It was the only excursion we did. It was beautiful. We booked it before we left. It as a few pounds cheaper. All other ports we used the shuttle buses. We were on a Select fare so they were included in the price. No complaints about embarkation and disembarkation. Very tight security leaving and coming back to the ship. And hand hygiene was very important on board. Hand cleansers near every restaurant. Staff and crew everywhere were brilliant and very friendly, we thought. The whole week far exceeded our expectations. We were sad to leave the ship, Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our second cruise with P&O, and both times have been on Oceana. We have cruised once with Celebrity and once with Fred Olsen. As this cruise was to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary, we treated ourselves to a suite for ... Read More
This was our second cruise with P&O, and both times have been on Oceana. We have cruised once with Celebrity and once with Fred Olsen. As this cruise was to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary, we treated ourselves to a suite for the first time, and stayed in the Orissa Suite, C749. Our flight to Malta was scheduled with EasyJet. We had to check in online prior to the flights, and the EasyJet booking reference number appeared on the cruise personaliser about 2 weeks before we went. We paid £5pp per flight to sit together. Arrival at Malta was fine, and we got through security quite quickly, and collected our bags. There were lots of P&O staff directing us towards the waiting coaches, and we were quickly on the coach, but the coach had to wait for at least 20 minutes before leaving. Apparently there isn’t much space for drop-off at the port, so they sent the coaches off at intervals. I was disappointed that there was no priority embarkation or welcome reception for suite passengers. In the brochures you are led to believe that there will be, but somewhere in the small print it says that it doesn’t apply to fly cruises. There was a long queue for check in, but it did move fairly quickly. The cabin was the best bit of the cruise, and really made the whole holiday special. More details below...... It was our first experience of a butler, and I don’t think we made the most of it. It would have been helpful to have some kind of pamphlet explaining exactly how things worked when you are in a suite. Our butler appeared at about 5.30pm on the first day, and I had expected some kind of explanation but nothing was forthcoming and we didn’t know what questions to ask. We did ask about room service, but he tried to put us off by saying that by the time he brought the food up from the dining room it would be cold, as the kitchens were at the other end of the ship. No-one told us that there was a special area of the main restaurant specially reserved for suite passengers at breakfast, and we only found out by accident on our third day. The role of the cabin steward vs the butler wasn't clear, even over simple things like who to ask if we wanted a bucket of ice – it turns out it was the butler. It seems that the cabin steward just cleans the cabin and makes the bed. The butler takes away all the dirty cups, glasses, etc, and brings back clean ones. He brought canapes every evening at about 5.30pm, but could turn up at any time during the day. Although he knocked, we didn’t always hear! Luckily I had seen on social media that this might happen so we used the “Do not disturb” sign on the door a lot. That said, once we got to know our butler he turned out to be a very nice person. On our wedding anniversary he brought us a card, and he arranged for us to have a nice table at dinner that night. Food in the main dining room was mostly of a good quality. The special breakfast area for suite passengers was lovely, and another highlight of our holiday. Our waiter Shambhu was so cheerful and welcoming, and made us feel special. We could order from the Epicurean breakfast menu as well as the standard menu. In the evenings we ate mostly in the Ligurian restaurant on Freedom Dining. If you want a table for two you need to be there at 6pm. Otherwise, you face a bit of a wait with a pager. We didn’t bother with the pager, and if we were a bit late we just shared tables. We met some very nice people. I am milk intolerant, and the staff made a great effort to deal with this. I was invited to call in at the restaurant between 2 and 5pm on our first afternoon and met with the Head Waiter, a lovely chap called Francis. I was given the menus for lunch and dinner the following evening, and I ordered in advance. They were able to adapt most recipes, and I had some especially wonderful desserts – Baked Alaska, apple crumble with dairy free custard, and a chocolate tart were the best. Every night in the restaurant, Francis would come to the table and take my order for the following day. The butler also brought the menus to the cabin every day. He asked the chefs to give us special canapes too, which were usually smoked fish or ham. One disappointment was the buffet, which wasn’t as good as we remembered from our previous cruise. The food was fresh, but lacked variety, especially with hot choices. We particularly remembered the lunchtime curries back in 2013, but they were rare this time. Instead they had an Asian buffet several lunchtimes at additional cost, which we didn’t try. On the plus side, the buffet always had some kind of dairy free dessert or cake. With a couple of very minor exceptions, the service throughout the ship was excellent. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Our dealings with reception were good. Entertainment was of a very high standard. We particularly liked the Headliners shows – they are very talented youngsters. The Headliners singers ran group singing sessions on sea days, which were great fun. Beautiful World (Take That tribute) and John Courtnay (pianist/comedian) were also very enjoyable. In the evenings we went to the ballroom dancing in the Atrium. They were well run, but had slightly too many sequence dances for our liking. We did karaoke and a couple of quizzes. Our ports were Athens, Rhodes and Souda Bay (Crete). We were supposed to stop at Mykonos but it was too windy to dock. In Athens we went on the Hop on Hop off bus to tour the city (15 euros on the blue bus). In Rhodes we wandered the town and found a beach bar – shame we hadn’t taken our swimming costumes. In Souda Bay, we took a taxi to a lovely beach we had found on Google Maps called Agii Apostoli, which was sandy and had a couple of bars – it turned out to be a Greek public holiday and got very busy so we didn’t stay long enough to eat. We did have a very nice swim in the sea though. We phoned the taxi driver to come and take us back (18 euros each way). Disembarkation was well run, and we were given a time to meet for our coach transfer to the airport. Bag drop was a bit slow at the airport, but security was efficient. There wasn’t enough seating at the boarding gates, but they handed out water bottles while we waited. So in summary, it was a brilliant holiday. Life on board met or exceeded our expectations. Our suite was fantastic. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we have only been back a week and have just booked another cruise on Azura! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I have read many reviews of Oceana and in some cannot recognise the experience we had. It was our first cruise and were a bit nervous about what we would find. All in all it was fabulous! Our Cabin steward, Socorro, was great. The ... Read More
I have read many reviews of Oceana and in some cannot recognise the experience we had. It was our first cruise and were a bit nervous about what we would find. All in all it was fabulous! Our Cabin steward, Socorro, was great. The cabin was spotless and we felt really looked after. The waiters in le Jardin and the Ligurian were helpful and attentive. Reception were able to answer all our questions. Ok, the carpets show signs that people have walked on them. The bathroom is not the standard you would expect in a five star hotel on land. But hey, we were at sea, sun rises over a different city every morning were fabulous, food was great, service outstanding, entertainment catered for a diverse assembly. Sun decks can become crowded. There are plenty of other areas to visit if you are interested. We really enjoyed the dance classes, magician and wine tasting. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We have just returned from a wonderful cruise visiting Croatia Venice and Malta .beautiful weather every day. We Loved every minute and had a perfect holiday. The arrivals lounge at Malta was a bit chaotic and we were told to pick ... Read More
We have just returned from a wonderful cruise visiting Croatia Venice and Malta .beautiful weather every day. We Loved every minute and had a perfect holiday. The arrivals lounge at Malta was a bit chaotic and we were told to pick up our bags at the carousel but the rest of the embarkation was very smooth and efficient and we were very happy to find our bags delivered to our cabin. Entertainment choices were varied enough and we enjoyed the shows throughout the week and the quizzes. The menu choices and food throughout the week was first class and the service everywhere was fantastic. The staff were friendly and helpful and all worked very hard to ensure a good holiday and customer satisfaction difficult to do on a busy ship but always friendly and smiling. The excursion manager was particularly helpful and went over and above to meet our needs. Would recommend this ship and would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I had read some not so good reports of Oceana and was a little concerned before the cruise from Malta, however as usual P&O did not disappoint, embarkation was excellent and very well organised, the staff on board were very helpful and ... Read More
I had read some not so good reports of Oceana and was a little concerned before the cruise from Malta, however as usual P&O did not disappoint, embarkation was excellent and very well organised, the staff on board were very helpful and polite, the food was of a good standard with plenty of choice, the cabins (we had an inside one ) were clean and quite spacious as was the bathroom, the entertainment on board was good especially the We Will Rock You show in the theatre which was amazing, the ship is due for a refurbishment later this year but even though it looked a bit tired it was kept spotlessly clean, overall it was good value for money, the trips were also very well organised and reasonably priced. The only minus point was the dis embarkation, we were off the ship by 8am in the morning with our flight being at 11-40 it involved a long wait in the airport which is only 10 minutes from the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The ship is of course not new. We booked on April/2017 (two adults and a child) a balcony cabin. The check in was very smooth since we embark from Malta and very few people embark from there. The total price was very cheap and we sailed 3 ... Read More
The ship is of course not new. We booked on April/2017 (two adults and a child) a balcony cabin. The check in was very smooth since we embark from Malta and very few people embark from there. The total price was very cheap and we sailed 3 years ago with Costa Mediterranea and we liked it. But Costa Cruises have changed everything since then. There is no free coffee 24hrs only in the morning and one hour in the afternoon. Other hours you have to pay. No free sunday anymore for the kid. Again you have to pay each scoop. No free pizza (are you serious? we are in an italian ship). The breakfast was awful. No eggs on the eleven floor only on the 3rd floor which you had to wait for a table. The cabin was ok but nothing else. It was overcrawded and you had to wait for the buffet and then if you are lucky you could find a table to sit. No smoking to the casino and service at the bars was awful. We are really dissapointed with Costa. I even mentioned it to a ship manager and his answer was: "Well you pay less than other cruise ships you must expect less" Yeah sure I paid less but with all extras (coffee, pizza, ice-cream, not finding a table, not good entertainment etc) at the end of the cruise it cost us more. So trust me Costa Cruises is out of our list from now on. We cruised with MSC and Carnival until now and Carnival Vista was the best cruise. We almost cry when our cruise was over. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
It was a wonderful experience. We had been on 10 other Mediterranean cruises before, but this was by far the very best! We chose this cruise because of the interesting itinerary, but everything was just right, especially the friendly ... Read More
It was a wonderful experience. We had been on 10 other Mediterranean cruises before, but this was by far the very best! We chose this cruise because of the interesting itinerary, but everything was just right, especially the friendly service with a smile on every face. We had already planned what to do at every site visited but modified our plans according to the excellent opportunities provided at each country. Embarkation and disembarkation could not go more smoothly. The ship was wonderful and the cabin most comfortable. Dining was always delicious and well presented, and the entertainment most pleasant, especially for the shows by Jon Courteney. We are an elderly couple and we found help every time we needed it. So much so that we plan to go on another cruise on the Oceana 0n the 28th September 2017. A huge THANK YOU to all staff on board Oceana for the state of the art of the presentation and service. Mario and Doris Sammut (Malta) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I went on a cruise with my boyfriend and his family. We visited Rome, Monte Carlo, Pisa/Florence and Ajaccio - they are all lovely countries and are all worth visiting. Despite visiting all these countries, my favourite places to visit was ... Read More
I went on a cruise with my boyfriend and his family. We visited Rome, Monte Carlo, Pisa/Florence and Ajaccio - they are all lovely countries and are all worth visiting. Despite visiting all these countries, my favourite places to visit was Monte Carlo and Pisa. The ship was big, it was gorgeous on the inside - it looks and feels like a 5* hotel, it felt like home. The staff are all lovely and kind, when they see you they will all wish you a good morning/afternoon/evening, if you were out on top deck on you were at a bar/cafe, they would always ask you if you wanted a drink - you would never go thirsty. The cabin was lovely, it contained everything we needed. The room service was excellent and couldn't fault it. The food and dining was fantastic, I loved all the food that I had whilst on board the Oceana, it had taste, the portion sizes were just the right size - so you would never get to full. The entertainment and activities were good and enjoyable. I would most certainly go again!!!! I really did enjoy it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was my 6th cruise with Oceania and my 2nd on a R class ship First the ship is a classic in design and style like a upscale British country hotel, Fine art, cherry paneling, fine carpets wrought iron and brass... class and ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise with Oceania and my 2nd on a R class ship First the ship is a classic in design and style like a upscale British country hotel, Fine art, cherry paneling, fine carpets wrought iron and brass... class and ambiance. at 30,000 tons she is very seaworthy and easy to get around on 500 feet not like the 1000ft + monster ships. With only 520 passengers it was a delight rather than the mobs of 3000 4000, 5000, 6000 of other ships. This is a ship for people who appreciate the romance of being at sea and travel by ship. It is NOT for fans of roller derby, rock climbing, aspiring ice skaters and circus performers. No water slides drive in movie theaters or performing clowns, dogs, mice or ducks to be found. The cabins, I have had in the past an Inside and this time we had an outside veranda about 200 sq ft. It sounded small and compact but in truth it was just fine, with 3 suit cases ( 26" rollies) we had storage space to spare, Great flat screed TV with 29 channels, a CD and VCR player, free CD's to choose from some 560 ! 6 first run movies shown daily 3 times . Great rfer whic was stocked daily with your choice of soft drinks. Large ltr bottels of water Ice, bar set up.... AND the most comfortable bed you have ever slept on ever...with 1000 thread count linen.. and 4 huge fluffy pillows. master controls for all lights on both side of the headboard... and a clock !!! A huge floor to celing slifing glass door and window to the balcony which was also quite large and comfy. ... we only used it 4 to 5 hours out of 17 days. The bathroom was efficient and the shower while not huge was more than adequate for me 6 ft 200 lbs Out cabin wa cleaned and made up 2 times per day... we wanted for NOTHING. We sent out all our laundry and for 17 days it ran us about $150 total... or $50 per week and you spenf more than that doing it your self. On deck 6 totally quiet but I understand deck 7 is the best. being an older ship the room showed a slight bit of age but everything looked and worked very well...no problems ever Dining,... Ate at all the venues and all are included at no charge, was impressed by the quality and presentation as well as the variety of fish, shelfish, meat, veg, ...oh heck everything. Some may not agree but I draw my opinion from having professional training and experiences trained by Cordon Blu Paris and Culinary Inst. of America in Napa valley. Have eaten at the finest Michline 3 stars from Paris to Napa and the cood and the kitchen on this ship as well as other O ships is not to be beat by any line I have ever seen at sea... and it beats 90% of the fine dining ashore in europe or north america...Everything even in the buffet Terrace was top class... Immigin a buffet that serves prime rib, grilled lobster, lamb chops, beef wellington, Lemon sole,m sushi and Grilled tuna or salmon... I could go on Imigine a pool grill that serves Kobe beef burgers, Lobster sandwiches, Tuna steak sandwiches, truffle fries.. Grilled Mahi Mahi and 8 oz angus burgers grilled perfect.... no tacos or junk pizza Yet in this garden of plenty I heard complaints... I listened and thought them funny and not grounded in reality.... but some will always complain...cause it makes them sound sophisticate ...OK ,,to me is showed quite the opposite. Bars/Wine expect to pay a 18% gratuity and a normal drink with bar stock about $15 with to p shelf $20 Wines 15-20 by the glass 32 selections The wine list is new and refelects many more modest price wines... fairly priced from 30 to 150...a bottle + gratuity 18% Corkage for your own wine is $25 a bargain as a brought a 82 Chateau Evangeline Pomerol ( A parker 100) which would have , ashore sold for 700+. They decanted and handled it perfect storing in the ships cellar till I wanted it. Dress. Is all country club casual collared shirts slacks, No formal nights or faux dress up. I did notice about 60-75 % of the men at dinner wore jackets, and in the specialties with tie... but only by choice. Entertainment.... Is you.. some people found that boring. there are no lavish shows, glitz blaring music and deck parties.. dining and conversing with the other fellow passengers who in a week you really get to know...are wonderful and interesting people likwe no other line. I dont know why but O seems to attract this low key friendly well mannered group... no kids or programs The age range was 60-85... very active and many of the 80's looked 60 ! or less. Most were retired professionals or well educated , well traveled people. People who want the party ship of celebrity, RCL NCL Carnival.... would not like the quiet and calm on the ship... Service.... Bar staff, wait staff Bartenders, all top notch and very professional from European and Asian ....not all one nationality. The ships doctor and hospital is better than many in the USA and other countries... I and my wife both used it she a former RN was very impressed. Ports were all fine missed Bermuda because of a hurricane warning, The small size of the ship ment no lines getting on or off, Bottle water offered free Security top notch and very very tight... We take our own tours so can only say O tours are expensive Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We thought the ship was magnificent and the crew first class.Special mention should be made of the cabin steward and the waiting staff in the Velvet Lounge who were exceptional.The food we found was not as good as expected and the helpings ... Read More
We thought the ship was magnificent and the crew first class.Special mention should be made of the cabin steward and the waiting staff in the Velvet Lounge who were exceptional.The food we found was not as good as expected and the helpings were small.Saying this you could have as many courses as you wanted and we did not leave the table hungry.Our main criticism was concerning the tour staff. We had booked tours at every port but we're only told the Monday before we sailed that the tour to Portfino had been cancelled. We asked how we were to be refunded but they were no help at all and we are still awaiting the refund.The two members of staff thought it was a big joke and one of them was chewing gum.We later found out that the tour operators wear MSC livery but work for some faceless company.The tour to Capri was really enjoyable but we were not told anything about the island by the tour guides. No mention was made of famous people who had resided there such as Axel Munthe and Gracie Fields.The ferry to Capri was not particularly clean and the toilets on the island were a disgrace. The tour was about an hour too long because towards the end it was dark. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Outstanding cruise... we booked the junior suite, huge room, balcony and bathroom, free mini-bar and gifts almost every night (chocolate, lotions, herbal teas, etc.). Access to the X-lounge, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks fully ... Read More
Outstanding cruise... we booked the junior suite, huge room, balcony and bathroom, free mini-bar and gifts almost every night (chocolate, lotions, herbal teas, etc.). Access to the X-lounge, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks fully covered. Great restaurants, Palatial gym, super shows... Staff was really friendly and helpful... The ships are German so the primary language is German. However all the staff speak English and safety announcements are made in both German and English. There were several English, Italian and French speakers on the cruise and we had no problems understanding the crew... Also, no room service - but there is a bistro open 24/7. Basically, the best cruise we've ever had. We liked it so much we are going back on another cruise next year... I recommend this cruise line to anyone, don't worry about the German language... Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Last year we sailed on the RCI's Independence of the Seas for 2 weeks as a family and had a fabulous time. This year was our Silver Wedding Anniversary and my wife and I decided it would be a nice treat to get away and get pampered ... Read More
Last year we sailed on the RCI's Independence of the Seas for 2 weeks as a family and had a fabulous time. This year was our Silver Wedding Anniversary and my wife and I decided it would be a nice treat to get away and get pampered for a few days so this cruise seemed ideal. We booked through Thomas Cook and they were unable to offer us port transfers. We flew from Belfast to Malaga queued for 45 minutes for our baggage then queued again for a taxi to the port, none of which was RCI's fault. We arrived at the port at 11.50am, to scenes of utter chaos. There were thousands of Spanish people shouting & pushing. There did not seem to be anyone directing with any sort of cohesion and discipline at broken down complete. There was 1 young woman giving out the stateroom tickets for your baggage, which you then had to abandon and hope they arrived at your stateroom. Inside the port terminal more chaos the barriers which were supposed to control the throngs in an orderly fashion had been collapsed and hundreds of people again Spanish were queue jumping and when challenged just shrugged there shoulders or shouted something in their native tongue. Anyhow to move the story on it took us 3 hours! to board the ship, We later heard that even the staff issuing the sea passes were on their first day of work and were totally overwhelmed. Very poor training RCI!. On board we went to the windjammer and had to stand to eat. Our dining time was 6.00 but we wanted to change to 8.30. When we went to speak to the head waiter of our dinig room guess what another bloody queue! In the end we didn't change and were later told that the Spanish were given the priority of dining at 8.30, probably because of the siesta they take in the afternoon I can only assume. Anyhow they did us a favour, we met lovely people from Scotland and Dublin at our dining table. The waiters and stateroom attendant were excellent, and this helped to make the cruise a bit more enjoyable. We also enjoyed the shows and other entertainment, although again the spanish were loud arrogant and aggresive throughout. We will sail again with RCI though never from Malaga!! overall I could only give this cruise a rating of 5/10. Read Less
Sail Date October 2009

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