We booked this late as they were offering a good price and we thought it covered Verna’s birthday. We flew from Manchester on a P&O charter flight, which was well organised, the luggage was taken off us and we didn’t see it until we got to our cabin. The flight was smooth and uneventful landing about six thirty the coaches were waiting and with one of the most speedy booking-in I’ve known. By the time we reached our cabin our cases were there waiting for us. Being an older, smaller ship there was the odd patch of rust about the worst being the state of the windows, they looked as though they needed a scrape rather than just a wash, they were filthy. The cabin was smaller than we were used to and the layout was more cramped, when you used the toilet your knees were in the doorway or so it seemed. We had anytime dining in the liguane restaurant this was at times very slow although we did have one set of waiters which were very speedy. The other restaurant was the Adriatic which had set dinning. The Buffet in the Plaza was strange it only had one section right in the front half of which was commandeered at night to form the beachcombers’ specialty dining room, so it made it very busy in the evening with lots of jostling for seats. The food was good on the occasional night we didn’t find anything to our liking so we went to the plaza which had a bigger choice. When we were on the Oceana on previous cruise we found the service especially in the plaza to be bad with tables still with dirty plates, I’m glad to say this time they were brilliant and they appeared as if by magic at your elbow the moment you finished. The entertainment was geared to music, you could have any type you wanted it was everywhere. They told us that the entertainment team was two members down this was why there were few quizzes and the like this was disappointing to us being in the ‘ancient’ class. They had the ‘house’ dancers and singers who did a really good job, but why did the put them on in the lounge where the stage was small and there was very few props. Having traveled the med before we were only interested in three ports, Sarande Albania, Sibenik and Zadar Croatia which are apparently new to the cruise circuit. All three places were attractive and interesting the people were friendly but the names and signs were a tongue twister to try to pronounce. Our best stop was Venice, having been before and knew our way around, this time we found a mass people mover just outside the dock gates which took us to the bus station which is the beginning of Venice and only one fifteen euros. Before we went we had heard that the weather was hot, when we got there it seemed impossibly hot, although the ship had air-conditioning it was a struggle to cool down and we had to sleep on top of the bed in attempt to keep cool. I’m glad to say after a few days the temperature dropped to a cool’ twenty nine Celsius which made life a bit bearable. As our P&O charter flight was not until the evening we were allowed to stay on board unlike other companies which dump you at the airport hours before your flight. And another slick operation bused us to the airport, I must give praise to the Malta immigration people for the slick way they got us through passport control, having heard about huge queues in European airports I was a bit worried this might happen here.

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Oceana Cruise Review by harry37

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2017
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom with Shower
We booked this late as they were offering a good price and we thought it covered Verna’s birthday. We flew from Manchester on a P&O charter flight, which was well organised, the luggage was taken off us and we didn’t see it until we got to our cabin. The flight was smooth and uneventful landing about six thirty the coaches were waiting and with one of the most speedy booking-in I’ve known. By the time we reached our cabin our cases were there waiting for us. Being an older, smaller ship there was the odd patch of rust about the worst being the state of the windows, they looked as though they needed a scrape rather than just a wash, they were filthy. The cabin was smaller than we were used to and the layout was more cramped, when you used the toilet your knees were in the doorway or so it seemed.

We had anytime dining in the liguane restaurant this was at times very slow although we did have one set of waiters which were very speedy. The other restaurant was the Adriatic which had set dinning. The Buffet in the Plaza was strange it only had one section right in the front half of which was commandeered at night to form the beachcombers’ specialty dining room, so it made it very busy in the evening with lots of jostling for seats. The food was good on the occasional night we didn’t find anything to our liking so we went to the plaza which had a bigger choice. When we were on the Oceana on previous cruise we found the service especially in the plaza to be bad with tables still with dirty plates, I’m glad to say this time they were brilliant and they appeared as if by magic at your elbow the moment you finished.

The entertainment was geared to music, you could have any type you wanted it was everywhere. They told us that the entertainment team was two members down this was why there were few quizzes and the like this was disappointing to us being in the ‘ancient’ class. They had the ‘house’ dancers and singers who did a really good job, but why did the put them on in the lounge where the stage was small and there was very few props.

Having traveled the med before we were only interested in three ports, Sarande Albania, Sibenik and Zadar Croatia which are apparently new to the cruise circuit. All three places were attractive and interesting the people were friendly but the names and signs were a tongue twister to try to pronounce. Our best stop was Venice, having been before and knew our way around, this time we found a mass people mover just outside the dock gates which took us to the bus station which is the beginning of Venice and only one fifteen euros.

Before we went we had heard that the weather was hot, when we got there it seemed impossibly hot, although the ship had air-conditioning it was a struggle to cool down and we had to sleep on top of the bed in attempt to keep cool. I’m glad to say after a few days the temperature dropped to a cool’ twenty nine Celsius which made life a bit bearable. As our P&O charter flight was not until the evening we were allowed to stay on board unlike other companies which dump you at the airport hours before your flight. And another slick operation bused us to the airport, I must give praise to the Malta immigration people for the slick way they got us through passport control, having heard about huge queues in European airports I was a bit worried this might happen here.
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom with Shower
Cabin JA c339
on the small side, bathroom/toilet very tight, wardrobe doors clashed with the bathroom door, shower curtain tatty
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