Our first time on a cruise, so we were apprehensive about it but was impressed from start to finish. We boarded the plane at Cardiff with minimum fuss & next saw our cases at our cabin door. Embarkation to the ship was effortless (as was disembarkation) & the ship was spotless in all areas that we saw. I cannot praise enough all the hard working crew members from Francisco our cabin steward to the bar/waiting/entertainment staff. The bar staff/waiters were very attentive without being pushy & the food really was 'top notch'. We saw the Mike Doyle show, who was superb along with the equally wonderful Roy Locke. The ships headliner acts were also very good as were the various duo's/poolside band. All in all a great first time experience, so much so that we want to try another for new year. Next time we will have a cabin with at least a window as the inside cabin was obviously very dark & so comfy that you were in danger of sleeping in until lunch time!! We chose to do the P&O guided tour excursions to Pisa with a superb guide which was great & Pompeii which is mind blowing, again the guide was excellent. Also we spent most of the day in Dubrovnik (the best place of all for me) just using the shuttle bus. Last off we spent quite a few hrs in Venice, which disappointed me as the locals are only interested in ripping money off tourists 170 euro's for 30min gondola ride & asking for an extra 10 to sing!! Cafe's that charge (not displayed of course) 5 euro's just for sitting down, and all without a smile!! You have to go there, seeing as the ship was in port, but having done it, we won't bother doing it again

First time & Impressed Start to finish

Oceana Cruise Review by Chris62

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Our first time on a cruise, so we were apprehensive about it but was impressed from start to finish. We boarded the plane at Cardiff with minimum fuss & next saw our cases at our cabin door. Embarkation to the ship was effortless (as was disembarkation) & the ship was spotless in all areas that we saw. I cannot praise enough all the hard working crew members from Francisco our cabin steward to the bar/waiting/entertainment staff.

The bar staff/waiters were very attentive without being pushy & the food really was 'top notch'. We saw the Mike Doyle show, who was superb along with the equally wonderful Roy Locke. The ships headliner acts were also very good as were the various duo's/poolside band. All in all a great first time experience, so much so that we want to try another for new year. Next time we will have a cabin with at least a window as the inside cabin was obviously very dark & so comfy that you were in danger of sleeping in until lunch time!!

We chose to do the P&O guided tour excursions to Pisa with a superb guide which was great & Pompeii which is mind blowing, again the guide was excellent. Also we spent most of the day in Dubrovnik (the best place of all for me) just using the shuttle bus. Last off we spent quite a few hrs in Venice, which disappointed me as the locals are only interested in ripping money off tourists 170 euro's for 30min gondola ride & asking for an extra 10 to sing!! Cafe's that charge (not displayed of course) 5 euro's just for sitting down, and all without a smile!! You have to go there, seeing as the ship was in port, but having done it, we won't bother doing it again
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Cabin Review

Inside Twin with Shower
Cabin OD C230
More space than I thought, lots of storage space, very warm even though we had temperature on coolest setting. Francisco kept it spotless twice a day, always with a smile & friendly chat. Very dark (obviously) so it's very easy to sleep in until late. Shower cubicle small but functional with very hot water.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Pisa Walking Tour
    Excellent guided tour with informative, friendly guide. As a 'snapshot' half day tour, it was great
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  • Genoa
    Didn't see the town as we boarded here only
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  • Pompeii Walking Tour
    Another excellent trip with another friendly, informative guide. A must do excursion
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  • St. Mark's Square
    Just used the ships shuttle service, You have to go to Venice once, but we found once is enough as the whole place was just geared up to rip off tourists. Yes I expect to pay greater amounts because of it's name, but 170 euros for a 30min ride & wanting 10 euros to sing!! Also cafe's charging extra 5 euro's (not displayed of course) on the bill after having food & drink just to sit down!!
    lovely place if somewhat scruffy, wasted on ungrateful local establishments who cannot even be bothered to smile whilst ripping off tourists
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