Not ready for cruises yet: Oriana Cruise Review by newforestpat

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Not ready for cruises yet

Sail Date: September 2013
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
A group of six of us went to the Norwegian Fiords. None of us had been on a cruise before. We definitely enjoyed a lot of it, but still don't feel ready for this sort of travelling yet. We are all in our 60s. Departure from Southampton was wonderful, especially as we all live a couple of miles away. One hour travelling and we were all sitting having lunch aboard. Beats flying hands down.

Felt P and O are a bit stingy considering we paid nearly £1000.00 each. For example, only a small bottle of mineral water each provided in your cabin on the first day. After that you have to pay.

Departure from Southampton was very exciting, but spoiled by the fact you had to purchase the champagne being brought round. It wouldn't have cost the company much to make it complimentary and would have made guests feel special.

We were unfortunate in that the weather was not brilliant. This meant people stayed inside the ship and consequently it felt very claustrophobic at More times. Several times we had to queue to get into restaurants, failed to watch a film because the cinema was full and had to fight for a table in the self service restaurants.

We also found there was much more movement on the boat that we expected and a continual vibration from the propellers. Several of us felt very strange when back on land and had difficulty sleeping with the noise from the engines.

The quality of the food was superb and the entertainment great. We did feel some things were geared for an older age group. There was a lot of ball room dancing and the lectures were very much geared towards health issues such as cracked heels!

Trips are very expensive and there is little information to let you know how easy they are to do independently. The fiords are so beautiful and it was well worth going just to see them.

All in all I am glad we have been on a cruise, but am unlikely to repeat the experience as I do not think they are good value for money. Less

Published 10/05/13

Cabin review:

Our cabin was on C deck and was very comfortable and spotlessly maintained.

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