OCEANA - (23 December 2005 6 January 2006).
Not having sailed with P & O Cruises over the Christmas and New Year Period before, I chose P&O`s ship the `Oceana`, for my `holiday` cruise in 2005.
Oceana was built in 2000, of 77,000 tons; she has a maximum operating capacity of 2272 passengers and 870 crew. The ship has 12 passenger decks, 2 swimming pools (fresh water) a couple of splash pools and 5 Jacuzzis. There are 2 main restaurants; currently offering two sittings for dinner, but this, I understand is due to change in April, when one of the restaurants will become `open seating`. There is also the Plaza restaurant for casual dining, and in the evening, this restaurant transforms, together with the Horizon Grill, into alternative dining venues, with reservations required and at a supplement (currently £6.75 or USD$11.00) per person. The Cafe Jardin on deck 8 provides food 24 hours a day.