Oceana. 8-2-16 – 14-3-16. We were offered a deal for this cruise and just couldn’t say no as the price was outstanding Our 1st cruise with P & O and we were looking forward to it expecting the usual with maybe a British feel. We’ve always thoroughly enjoyed every previous cruise Embarkation at the Mayflower terminal was slow, when we arrived after our recommended time the terminal was completely full of passengers and the only place to sit was the floor (this was after travelling for almost seven hours). Two and a half hours later and we boarded Our cabin was ok, A414 the first cabin on the port side back from the front stairs/lifts. Loads of storage, a fridge and kettle. Had to chase the cabin attendant for toiletries and something for my side of the bed as there wasn’t any surface at all to put anything on, he found a stool which was fine. In time I found the cabin to be quite noisy, there is some sort of roaring behind the wall and at night this is a nuisance. The shower temperature had a mind of its own, we lost the use of the WC four times, the cold water was never cold at the sink, and the mattress wasn’t the most comfortable. But overall it served our needs We used the Plaza restaurant exclusively on deck 14 and couldn’t fault it. The menu was varied and the food superb, we could always find a table somewhere without a problem sometimes with a fabulous view. The waiting and serving staff were fantastic and incredibly efficient. We preferred the Plaza to the formal dining room as you can just turn up have your meal and leave if in your own time. We were “anytime dining” but you generally had to share a table or wait for a free table. That’s not a problem but the meal is then dictated by the slowest person on the table, so if you wanted to do something your stuck We enjoyed afternoon tea several times on deck 6 (4-4.45) and I think it was the best we’ve had on a cruise liner The ports of call were all fantastic and we were blessed with good weather throughout. The excursions booked through P & O were all well executed and the guides well informed. We also booked several independent tours and they also ran like clockwork The staff on Oceana are a real credit to P & O (with one exception on the excursion desk) they are more than helpful, I don’t think I’ve come across a better team on reception The entertainment left a lot to be desired. The daytime actives didn’t appeal to us at all and we found it all very flat (never experienced this before). The evenings were better with two shows at 8.30 and then repeated at 10.30 so you could do both shows if you wanted. We generally found to get seats you needed to be in place 45mins beforehand and even then on occasion you wouldn’t get a seat we missed several shows. Some of the shows were very good but a lot were average with some completely spoilt by the sound just being too loud (both theatres). Seats were hard to come by in the lounges The biggest niggle of the holiday was our fellow passengers, we found the majority of them just rude, if you moved out of their way on the stairs or in the corridors they just flounced on by, no manners at all! I’ve never heard a group of people moan and complain at every opportunity about the slightest thing. Some placing towels on sun beds before the sun even came up, then during the day disappearing for hours at a time again reserving the best sun beds with their towels! Most of them cruise exclusively with P & O and have done so for many years and constantly complain about slipping standards I felt that the formal nights were just too enforced, not especially by P & O but the passengers who just looked down their noses at anyone who didn’t follow the dress code. One evening I didn’t fancy dressing up and was told by a fellow passenger that “I had better stay in my cabin then”. So to eat in the Plaza restaurant and take in a show I followed the dress code, never come across this before. I agree that on formal nights maybe the Adriatic and Ligurian restaurants should ask for a dress code but come on we are all on holiday after all. On a couple of formal nights when I didn’t feel well I did stay in the cabin and ordered room service just to save the looks from other passengers Oceana does need a lot of TLC and could be described as tatty in places but it didn’t spoil our holiday one bit. I wouldn’t travel across the Atlantic on Oceana again as she rolls badly in the slightest swell, I don’t get sea sick at all but it’s not pleasant when you just can’t stand up without holding onto something structural. I would holiday on her again if in the Med or Caribbean We would cruise with P & O again but the price and destination would have to be something special to get us back. We feel that other cruise companies offer more

Oceana; Caribbean and USA

Oceana Cruise Review by rich 112

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2016
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Inside Twin with Shower
Oceana. 8-2-16 – 14-3-16. We were offered a deal for this cruise and just couldn’t say no as the price was outstanding

Our 1st cruise with P & O and we were looking forward to it expecting the usual with maybe a British feel. We’ve always thoroughly enjoyed every previous cruise

Embarkation at the Mayflower terminal was slow, when we arrived after our recommended time the terminal was completely full of passengers and the only place to sit was the floor (this was after travelling for almost seven hours). Two and a half hours later and we boarded

Our cabin was ok, A414 the first cabin on the port side back from the front stairs/lifts. Loads of storage, a fridge and kettle. Had to chase the cabin attendant for toiletries and something for my side of the bed as there wasn’t any surface at all to put anything on, he found a stool which was fine. In time I found the cabin to be quite noisy, there is some sort of roaring behind the wall and at night this is a nuisance. The shower temperature had a mind of its own, we lost the use of the WC four times, the cold water was never cold at the sink, and the mattress wasn’t the most comfortable. But overall it served our needs

We used the Plaza restaurant exclusively on deck 14 and couldn’t fault it. The menu was varied and the food superb, we could always find a table somewhere without a problem sometimes with a fabulous view. The waiting and serving staff were fantastic and incredibly efficient. We preferred the Plaza to the formal dining room as you can just turn up have your meal and leave if in your own time. We were “anytime dining” but you generally had to share a table or wait for a free table. That’s not a problem but the meal is then dictated by the slowest person on the table, so if you wanted to do something your stuck

We enjoyed afternoon tea several times on deck 6 (4-4.45) and I think it was the best we’ve had on a cruise liner

The ports of call were all fantastic and we were blessed with good weather throughout. The excursions booked through P & O were all well executed and the guides well informed. We also booked several independent tours and they also ran like clockwork

The staff on Oceana are a real credit to P & O (with one exception on the excursion desk) they are more than helpful, I don’t think I’ve come across a better team on reception

The entertainment left a lot to be desired. The daytime actives didn’t appeal to us at all and we found it all very flat (never experienced this before). The evenings were better with two shows at 8.30 and then repeated at 10.30 so you could do both shows if you wanted. We generally found to get seats you needed to be in place 45mins beforehand and even then on occasion you wouldn’t get a seat we missed several shows. Some of the shows were very good but a lot were average with some completely spoilt by the sound just being too loud (both theatres). Seats were hard to come by in the lounges

The biggest niggle of the holiday was our fellow passengers, we found the majority of them just rude, if you moved out of their way on the stairs or in the corridors they just flounced on by, no manners at all! I’ve never heard a group of people moan and complain at every opportunity about the slightest thing. Some placing towels on sun beds before the sun even came up, then during the day disappearing for hours at a time again reserving the best sun beds with their towels! Most of them cruise exclusively with P & O and have done so for many years and constantly complain about slipping standards

I felt that the formal nights were just too enforced, not especially by P & O but the passengers who just looked down their noses at anyone who didn’t follow the dress code. One evening I didn’t fancy dressing up and was told by a fellow passenger that “I had better stay in my cabin then”. So to eat in the Plaza restaurant and take in a show I followed the dress code, never come across this before. I agree that on formal nights maybe the Adriatic and Ligurian restaurants should ask for a dress code but come on we are all on holiday after all. On a couple of formal nights when I didn’t feel well I did stay in the cabin and ordered room service just to save the looks from other passengers

Oceana does need a lot of TLC and could be described as tatty in places but it didn’t spoil our holiday one bit. I wouldn’t travel across the Atlantic on Oceana again as she rolls badly in the slightest swell, I don’t get sea sick at all but it’s not pleasant when you just can’t stand up without holding onto something structural. I would holiday on her again if in the Med or Caribbean

We would cruise with P & O again but the price and destination would have to be something special to get us back. We feel that other cruise companies offer more
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Inside Twin with Shower
Cabin OB A414
Some problems, basin didn't have cold water for the duration, the shower temperature had a mind of its own, the loo went out of action four times. The dressing table is behind the shower room door so you cant get in or out of the shower room if the dressing table is being used. A roaring sound behind the wall ( the wall with the dressing table). The mattress wasn't the most comfortable.
We found to be in a great position, very near the front stairs/lifts. Loads of storage space
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