Oceana is a mixed bag, the public areas are nice, but many of the cabins are mean and utilitarian, and bsthrooms cramped. This at 12 days the shortest cruisecwe have done, i would not recommend this ship for a long cruise. We did freedom dining for the first time and enjoyed it, no rushing for a fixed time, and we met lots of nice people. Food mainly good, i had lobster twice and dining service pleasant. A highlight of this cruise for us and other jazz fans was the resident Elena safanova trio. We arrangedcour evenings around their schedule. As previously the headliners theatre company impressed us. A bonus was the presence on board of emma and russell from Orca rescue. Emmas lectures on marine wildlife were good,and the chance to spot whales and dolphins with expert guidance was great. Port calls all good, and everywhere possible to arrange your own visit. we will revisit both cartagena and cadiz. Vigo is much underestimated by the rough guide, we thought its granite old quarter delightful, and the estuary setting is beautiful. But the main feature of this cruisecwas the dramatic weather. We expect a gale in biscay and we got one, lots of people were ill. However gales in the straits of gibraltar and so bad the ships itinerary had to be changed, that was a disappointment, we ve been in thatvpart of spain many times in march, and had lovely spring weather, not this time, it was WET. The cruise fulfilled our wish for acquick short notice getaway, but probably would not choose such a short cruise again.

Stormy and unexpected

Oceana Cruise Review by sleepingcat

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Outside Twin with Shower (Part-Obstucted View)
Oceana is a mixed bag, the public areas are nice, but many of the cabins are mean and utilitarian, and bsthrooms cramped. This at 12 days the shortest cruisecwe have done, i would not recommend this ship for a long cruise.

We did freedom dining for the first time and enjoyed it, no rushing for a fixed time, and we met lots of nice people. Food mainly good, i had lobster twice and dining service pleasant.

A highlight of this cruise for us and other jazz fans was the resident Elena safanova trio. We arrangedcour evenings around their schedule. As previously the headliners theatre company impressed us.

A bonus was the presence on board of emma and russell from Orca rescue. Emmas lectures on marine wildlife were good,and the chance to spot whales and dolphins with expert guidance was great.

Port calls all good, and everywhere possible to arrange your own visit. we will revisit both cartagena and cadiz. Vigo is much underestimated by the rough guide, we thought its granite old quarter delightful, and the estuary setting is beautiful.

But the main feature of this cruisecwas the dramatic weather. We expect a gale in biscay and we got one, lots of people were ill. However gales in the straits of gibraltar and so bad the ships itinerary had to be changed, that was a disappointment, we ve been in thatvpart of spain many times in march, and had lovely spring weather, not this time, it was WET.

The cruise fulfilled our wish for acquick short notice getaway, but probably would not choose such a short cruise again.
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Cabin Review

Outside Twin with Shower (Part-Obstucted View)
Cabin NA D617
Good location, quiet and easy access to prom deck one deck below. We ve had success booking obstructed view cabins, as p and o provide photos on their website to show the view. This one has a good view out between two lifeboats. But it is small, nothing like as nice as similar grade cabins on arcadia which have a good bathroom and a proper sitting area. So dont choose this for a long cruise. Nb contra p and o s website there is only ONE 13 amp british style socket in this cabin. You get a fridge which is great, our cabin steward arranged for a jug ofcsemi skimmed milk each day, so tea was just like at home! Noise damping on this ship is best we ve experienced, no bother from engines, and could not hear neighbours either side.
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