Firstly let me say we were so frightened after having booked this cruise last minute then read the feedback on here. We thought we were going on a shabby tired ship in need of urgent refit. Secondly, I dont think its any shock the P&O Oriana is a P&O ship, not a Cunard one, Royal Caribbean or any other others blocks of flats which float. Its a characterful ship of some age, offered at a very good price (I assume CUnard Royal Caribbean fans booked this cruise on price - otherwise they'll have booked on their favoured mode of transport! We got this cruise @£50 pppn. which is an absolute bargain. The cabin (outside windowed on E deck) was spacious, well ward-robed, fridge, tea making facilities and excellent shower. Gets a big tick even it yes its more 1980's hotel than ultra chic. The ship has many many lifts, only one of which wasn't working, and never more than a minute to wait. We were on freedom dinning in Peninsular restaurant and on 11 out of 12 nights there was an excellent choice of food, which was well prepared, with good ingredients, and mainly hot (though occassionally soup was warm). Service was pretty good considering the waiters dealt with different people every night. If you want a table for 2 every night you will wait for @30-40 minutes, but lets face it you are probably on the wrong holiday if you dont want to share a dining table you're on the wrong holiday I suggest. We prefer fixed dining on late sitting, and building rappour with table but hey ho, freedom menat we met a lot more folk. We avoided the COnservatory buffet as its a buffet, and people with bad manners and inability to queue will always stand out - there's no need to use it so dont unless you dont mind idiots. Used it once, food was hot and decent. Al Fresco all day menu covered the days we were too lazy to get out of bed by 9.30 and was also pretty decent. Why P&O close breakfast at 9am in restaurants on port days is beyond me though.... Costa area was good, free cakes and sandwiches welcomed on days when events/port visits meant missed the short lunch hours in restaurant. Bars had plenty comfortable seating. Didnt understand why on board entertainment team did shows in Pacific Lounge rather than always in much larger theatre though. ALso entertainment supremo had annoying habit of running shows at same time or immediately back to back which meant a run from one end of ship to the other and this needs looked at. On board team shows generally good although the dancers continued 'whoopin' was annoying at times, Tenor was excellent, Piano comedian good, Scouse comic/song man was ok-his claimed expertise in impressions aluded us but he did have a bad chest infection so even his scouse impression was poor (and as I say he is a Scouse). Choice of cinema films was just weird at times though, ultra violent films for a group aged over 65 soon cleared the cinema! Only real negative was shuttle buses, which at £3 each way, even for 2 people was more expensive than local taxi's. Indeed one £3 each way trip took longer to load the coach than the drive (it only went about 600 yards)! To be honest, we know from speaking to locals the port authority often supply the bus free and they were shocked P&O charged passengers and this did leave a bad taste. P&O think again!! Some lucky people who were able to stay on for Caribbean cruise which followed got deals @£400 per person so take plenty of clothes as you may have a longer holiday than you expect......

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Oriana Cruise Review by mancgas

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2014
  • Destination: Canary Islands
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Window
Firstly let me say we were so frightened after having booked this cruise last minute then read the feedback on here. We thought we were going on a shabby tired ship in need of urgent refit.
Secondly, I dont think its any shock the P&O Oriana is a P&O ship, not a Cunard one, Royal Caribbean or any other others blocks of flats which float. Its a characterful ship of some age, offered at a very good price (I assume CUnard Royal Caribbean fans booked this cruise on price - otherwise they'll have booked on their favoured mode of transport!
We got this cruise @£50 pppn. which is an absolute bargain.
The cabin (outside windowed on E deck) was spacious, well ward-robed, fridge, tea making facilities and excellent shower. Gets a big tick even it yes its more 1980's hotel than ultra chic.
The ship has many many lifts, only one of which wasn't working, and never more than a minute to wait.
We were on freedom dinning in Peninsular restaurant and on 11 out of 12 nights there was an excellent choice of food, which was well prepared, with good ingredients, and mainly hot (though occassionally soup was warm). Service was pretty good considering the waiters dealt with different people every night. If you want a table for 2 every night you will wait for @30-40 minutes, but lets face it you are probably on the wrong holiday if you dont want to share a dining table you're on the wrong holiday I suggest. We prefer fixed dining on late sitting, and building rappour with table but hey ho, freedom menat we met a lot more folk.
We avoided the COnservatory buffet as its a buffet, and people with bad manners and inability to queue will always stand out - there's no need to use it so dont unless you dont mind idiots. Used it once, food was hot and decent. Al Fresco all day menu covered the days we were too lazy to get out of bed by 9.30 and was also pretty decent. Why P&O close breakfast at 9am in restaurants on port days is beyond me though....
Costa area was good, free cakes and sandwiches welcomed on days when events/port visits meant missed the short lunch hours in restaurant.
Bars had plenty comfortable seating.
Didnt understand why on board entertainment team did shows in Pacific Lounge rather than always in much larger theatre though. ALso entertainment supremo had annoying habit of running shows at same time or immediately back to back which meant a run from one end of ship to the other and this needs looked at. On board team shows generally good although the dancers continued 'whoopin' was annoying at times, Tenor was excellent, Piano comedian good, Scouse comic/song man was ok-his claimed expertise in impressions aluded us but he did have a bad chest infection so even his scouse impression was poor (and as I say he is a Scouse). Choice of cinema films was just weird at times though, ultra violent films for a group aged over 65 soon cleared the cinema!
Only real negative was shuttle buses, which at £3 each way, even for 2 people was more expensive than local taxi's. Indeed one £3 each way trip took longer to load the coach than the drive (it only went about 600 yards)! To be honest, we know from speaking to locals the port authority often supply the bus free and they were shocked P&O charged passengers and this did leave a bad taste. P&O think again!!
Some lucky people who were able to stay on for Caribbean cruise which followed got deals @£400 per person so take plenty of clothes as you may have a longer holiday than you expect......
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Outside Twin with Window
Cabin KB E151
fine, big and comfortable
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