We had read the recent reviews of Oriana as we always do prior to a cruise. We can assure readers that there is no need to worry about a cruise on Oriana. Although older , we loved her .The cabins are a bit small, but the restaurants , bars and facilities are well designed and welcoming. All the staff are lovely and the food was exceptional in all the venues. We particularly liked Al Fresco and Sindhu, but there was really no need to leave the main dining room which was excellent. . We ae not big fans of the Headliner style show and the one or two shows we saw were very dated . However the guest entertainers have really improved, including Bernie Flint who was excellent along with Ukebox, and the guest speaker Diane Simpson was good.. This would have been a five star review but for the debacle that was the "overnight " visit to Dublin. We, and many others we spoke to understood this to mean an afternoon arrival in Dublin, followed by a full day or at least a half day the next day. We had planned to go to Phoenix Park this time, as we had an overnight visit with Fred Olsen in May and had done the sights. It was only on board that we found out that we were docking at 2.30 pm, which actually became three o'clock by the time the ship was set up for disembarkation. Those on tours were allowed off first and so general passengers did not leave until at least 3.30, pm if they had bothered to queue from about 2 o'clock in the restaurant. We watched the shuttle buses fill up slowly, as, even though there was a late arrival P&O insisted on scanning people's cruise cards to charge them £5 each way to travel in to Dublin which held up the process. By 4 o'clock we decided to try our luck and went to the restaurant to obtain a ticket , knowing that the eight shuttle buses had now left there were no more buses. There were at least 150 people still waiting. We gave up at this point. The ship left at 1 o'clock in the morning , the next day being a day at sea. We believe this to be very misleading. Beware any trip advertised as overnight I would suggest. ! '

No worries about Oriana, same cannot be said for some port visits

Oriana Cruise Review by Julie Burrows

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We had read the recent reviews of Oriana as we always do prior to a cruise. We can assure readers that there is no need to worry about a cruise on Oriana. Although older , we loved her .The cabins are a bit small, but the restaurants , bars and facilities are well designed and welcoming. All the staff are lovely and the food was exceptional in all the venues. We particularly liked Al Fresco and Sindhu, but there was really no need to leave the main dining room which was excellent. .

We ae not big fans of the Headliner style show and the one or two shows we saw were very dated . However the guest entertainers have really improved, including Bernie Flint who was excellent along with Ukebox, and the guest speaker Diane Simpson was good..

This would have been a five star review but for the debacle that was the "overnight " visit to Dublin. We, and many others we spoke to understood this to mean an afternoon arrival in Dublin, followed by a full day or at least a half day the next day. We had planned to go to Phoenix Park this time, as we had an overnight visit with Fred Olsen in May and had done the sights.


It was only on board that we found out that we were docking at 2.30 pm, which actually became three o'clock by the time the ship was set up for disembarkation. Those on tours were allowed off first and so general passengers did not leave until at least 3.30, pm if they had bothered to queue from about 2 o'clock in the restaurant.

We watched the shuttle buses fill up slowly, as, even though there was a late arrival P&O insisted on scanning people's cruise cards to charge them £5 each way to travel in to Dublin which held up the process.

By 4 o'clock we decided to try our luck and went to the restaurant to obtain a ticket , knowing that the eight shuttle buses had now left there were no more buses. There were at least 150 people still waiting. We gave up at this point.

The ship left at 1 o'clock in the morning , the next day being a day at sea.

We believe this to be very misleading. Beware any trip advertised as overnight I would suggest. !

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