As a first time cruiser we chose a one week fly cruise which took in four off our top 100 places to visit. On arrival at Genoa airport we were met by the P&O team who guided us to our coaches. On arrival at the port we went through a quick & smoothly operated embarkation & then onto the ship. I couldn't believe that it was only 10am and we were directed to the ships buffet restaurant for breakfast. I have read several other reviews about The Oceana and found that some of them were wide of the mark. We had an indoor cabin. It was the cheapest that they sold but then we didn't spend much time in there. But it was exceptional clean and excellently stewarded. We'd opted for the fixed dining (next time we'll go freedom). Again the service was excellent. However we found the menu a bit samey. For a change we tried the Cafe Jardin restaurant and although the choice of food was better the restaurant lacked atmosphere. Many of the dinners made the decision to use the self service option of The Plaza buffet. This was our choice for breakfast and light lunches, and is mostly responsible for my gain in weight. We awarded top marks for the ships entertainment. Whilst we were on board we say great singers, an extremely funny comedian and a top talented magician / ventriliquist. And there were numerious to top review shows by The Oceana's own Headliners performers. There were other adequate performances by groups and duets. There was even a pianist who must have been trained by Les Dawson as he was an expert at hit at least a dozen bum notes per record. The only disappointment was that there was a charge to use the Wifi. So to sum up the holiday, we had a great time, lots of fun and made many friends.

Impressed by my first time cruise

Oceana Cruise Review by Sam34jolly

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As a first time cruiser we chose a one week fly cruise which took in four off our top 100 places to visit.

On arrival at Genoa airport we were met by the P&O team who guided us to our coaches. On arrival at the port we went through a quick & smoothly operated embarkation & then onto the ship.

I couldn't believe that it was only 10am and we were directed to the ships buffet restaurant for breakfast.

I have read several other reviews about The Oceana and found that some of them were wide of the mark.

We had an indoor cabin. It was the cheapest that they sold but then we didn't spend much time in there. But it was exceptional clean and excellently stewarded.

We'd opted for the fixed dining (next time we'll go freedom). Again the service was excellent. However we found the menu a bit samey.

For a change we tried the Cafe Jardin restaurant and although the choice of food was better the restaurant lacked atmosphere.

Many of the dinners made the decision to use the self service option of The Plaza buffet. This was our choice for breakfast and light lunches, and is mostly responsible for my gain in weight.

We awarded top marks for the ships entertainment. Whilst we were on board we say great singers, an extremely funny comedian and a top talented magician / ventriliquist.

And there were numerious to top review shows by The Oceana's own Headliners performers. There were other adequate performances by groups and duets. There was even a pianist who must have been trained by Les Dawson as he was an expert at hit at least a dozen bum notes per record.

The only disappointment was that there was a charge to use the Wifi.

So to sum up the holiday, we had a great time, lots of fun and made many friends.
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Inside Twin with Shower
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The cabin had a large double bed, small TV and a very necessary safe.
Very clean and extremely well stewarded
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