Having used P&O before we chose this cruise because of the original advertised itinerary. A very important change was made deleting a port stop near Ephesus Turkey (supposedly because of the political situation in Turkey) and instead visiting Sarande Albania. This has to be the worst place we have ever stopped at !!. After a tender trip ashore to find a grotty port full of beggars of all ages !!. We and most others didn't stop long !!! It can only be because of cheap anchorage fees for P&O. Rant over. Apart from that everything else was more or less "what it says on the tin" I believe the Oceana is due a refit shortly, although the Public Spaces were fine with the exception of the seating which all needs recushioning. Our balcony cabin B503 was beginning to show it's age and dated design especially the bathroom where the taps / shower controls need replacing. Having said that the cabin steward Daryl worked hard and kept the cabin clean and tidy. The food was usual P&O standard :- ok but not amazing. We chose freedom dining in the Ligerian restaurant, the serving staff were very pleasant, the choice of dishes good and the portion sizes avoid too much weight gain in a fortnight !!. Unless we have to, we avoid using the buffet scrums. This one, The Plaza seemed particularly poorly laid out and much smaller than on other P&O ships. The rest of the staff were very cheerful and helpful and a special mention goes to Dragana Cvetkovic on the reception desk for her very kind help. The evening entertainment was excellent The Headliners performances were superb equal to West End standards. The other acts were equally good , The Flyrites and The Base Tones in particular. A special mention for Pete Brew. The Singer / Guitarist who played in some of the bars in the evenings, he was fantastic. We tend to do our own thing on shore trips, the highlights of this cruise being :- Athens, Venice, Split and Dubrovnik. Our first time in Croatia we vowed to return again very soon.

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Oceana Cruise Review by Davey Brown

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Having used P&O before we chose this cruise because of the original advertised itinerary.

A very important change was made deleting a port stop near Ephesus Turkey (supposedly because of the political situation in Turkey) and instead visiting Sarande Albania. This has to be the worst place we have ever stopped at !!. After a tender trip ashore to find a grotty port full of beggars of all ages !!. We and most others didn't stop long !!! It can only be because of cheap anchorage fees for P&O.

Rant over. Apart from that everything else was more or less "what it says on the tin"

I believe the Oceana is due a refit shortly, although the Public Spaces were fine with the exception of the seating which all needs recushioning.

Our balcony cabin B503 was beginning to show it's age and dated design especially the bathroom where the taps / shower controls need replacing. Having said that the cabin steward Daryl worked hard and kept the cabin clean and tidy.

The food was usual P&O standard :- ok but not amazing. We chose freedom dining in the Ligerian restaurant, the serving staff were very pleasant, the choice of dishes good and the portion sizes avoid too much weight gain in a fortnight !!.

Unless we have to, we avoid using the buffet scrums. This one, The Plaza seemed particularly poorly laid out and much smaller than on other P&O ships.

The rest of the staff were very cheerful and helpful and a special mention goes to Dragana Cvetkovic on the reception desk for her very kind help.

The evening entertainment was excellent The Headliners performances were superb equal to West End standards. The other acts were equally good , The Flyrites and The Base Tones in particular.

A special mention for Pete Brew. The Singer / Guitarist who played in some of the bars in the evenings, he was fantastic.

We tend to do our own thing on shore trips, the highlights of this cruise being :- Athens, Venice, Split and Dubrovnik. Our first time in Croatia we vowed to return again very soon.
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Balcony Stateroom with Shower
Cabin JA B503
As previously mentioned the cabin could do with a facelift. It was probably the smallest balcony cabin we have had on a cruise ship, but it was adequate and kept clean and tidy by Daryl the Steward.
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