Having taken a cruise 2 years ago on Oceana we made a decision never to travel with P&O again, however, as they were the only cruise company making this trip we had no choice and booked the Northern Lights Cruise on Oriana in March 2017. The cruise itself was fantastic but after giving P&O a second chance we definitely will not be travelling with them again.
The embarkation was quick and our cases were outside our cabins soon after we arrived. We were disappointed with the small amount of wardrobe space especially as we had heavy coats and boots with us. The safe was inside the wardrobe and at floor level which made it difficult to see when opening or closing it because of the clothes hanging over it. The TV was not interactive and offered hardly any channels other than P&O's promotions which, having to spend a couple of days in bed due to a chest infection was not good.
Although the ship had apparently undergone a refurbishment the wash basins in the bathrooms were chipped (a good place to hoard germs) and the toilets were very temperamental when flushing. Each day we noticed at least one toilet in the public toilets out of use and washbasins waiting for repair.
A smaller cabin than on other ships. A small wardrobe with limited hanging space. Safe was inside wardrobe at inconvenient floor level, especially if you had difficulty bending. Flowers and sweets in cabin were a nice touch but totally unnecessary. TV not interactive, not many channels. Tea bags tasted stale so had to bring more from Conservatory.
Ship docks near shops and trains so easy to explore on your own. The excursion on the train was excellent with beautiful scenery and an enjoyable bus journey back.
Before visiting Stavanger we docked at Alta where we spent two nights and actually saw the Northern Lights. The excursion we did there was Leisurely Alta where we visited the Northern Lights Cathedral and had a tour of the area. Very worthwhile.
In Stavanger we were able to walk into the town as it was only a short distance from the ship. A quaint little place and well worth a visit.