Having read (yet again) some bad reviews on this ship,we really are having a problem understanding who these people are.
This is our third cruise on Oceana and we thought,this time,we are going to keep our eyes peeled for all these dirty tables,litter,bad service and rude staff.I'm pleased to announce,we encountered none of the above.This ship is spotless,the staff bend over backwards to accommodate,if you do meet one who is maybe not as polite as you may hope for,please,give them a break?They work seven days a week,thirteen hours a day and for nine months on the trot,wouldn't you have the occasional bad day?
We've seen first hand some of the rudeness from some passengers they've to put up with and not once have we seen them be rude back and believe me,they would have every right to.
Our only gripe this time round was that P & O seem to be dropping their standards when it comes to the dress code,only three black tie nights out of twelve and the rest casual.Now that to some passengers is old jeans,leggings,t shirts and baggy jumpers.Would you turn up to a 5* hotel dressed like this?We're glad to say,the majority of passengers still turned up beautifully dressed but P & O need to beware,as we're not sure who they are trying to cater to these days.We really don't want to dine next to a table of drunken louts,singing and talking loudly and on one occasion,we had to.On a previous cruise,one table had a food fight!!
We are going to monitor this over our coming cruises and if it worsens we will be looking to cruise with another fleet such as Cunard.We are definitely not snobs and all classes should enjoy cruising,it's just that some people don't quite know how to behave and there doesn't seem to be anyone on board to uphold the ships standards.
All in all though we had a wonderful cruise, albeit a bit choppy at the Bay of Biscay and a few green faces(including mine)
Don't be put off by some reviews,this ship is not "dated" nor is it filthy,the staff are amazing and our small concerns definitely didn't ruin our trip,we will be returning for our Xmas cruise again this year.
Lovely room as always,kept spotless by our steward Luis