We had never been in a Christmas Cruise before and thought it would be magical. The cruise itself was nice but as for Christmas Spirit it was lacking. The crew wearing santa hats and a 20 minute carol service by officers and crew doesnt make what I expected a christmas cruise to be, especially when you consider the price.
Two places we visited had a long walk to the entrance of the dock and no transport was provided. When this was mentioned to the crew member we were told that she could walk this in 15 minutes or so minutes. Not really interested in what a fit person could walk it in. Another Port we were advised it was. 'Long walk' to the town. We didn't go ashore there at all as no transport was provided again.
I wouldn't do another Christmas cruise when you consider you could do two cruises for the price paid.
The Oriana definatey needed a little tender loving care. Some of the ceiling tiles in the crowsnest where either dropping or being held up with tape.
Dining was good, the food imaginative, well presented and cooked.
The headliners were okay, not the best we had seen and there was no crew show which was disappointing. Entertainers were good, nothing earthshattering.
The crew were helpful but did seem a little bored with everything.
The television choices werent good. The larger ships have choices of tv programmes and films in the tv.
Daytime activities were very limited and if you didn't want to go to the pictures but I play bridge so that was a something.
Cabin was fine, clean and well presented. There was a bathtub, small but servicable. The hanging cupboards were awkward and the safe was almost on the floor. Great for the age group!!!