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Oceana Cruise Review
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Oceana Cruise Review by Brian Wilson

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2011
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom with Shower

The cruise on P & O's Oceana appeared to have it all. Flying from Glasgow to Acapulco with Thomson Airlines and boarding the ship in this romantic spot (on Valentine's day) Thereafter sailing south on the Pacific Ocean before a daytime transit of one of mankind's historic engineering feats through the Panama Canal to the Caribbean. Followed by visits to four romantic and exotic Caribbean Islands. My wife and I were not to be disappointed. It was a dream come true.

The flights from and return to Glasgow were on time and comfortable. Pre-booking seats took alot of stress out of the flights.

Having read previous reviews with some discordant notes in relation to Oceana, we wondered what to expect as this was our first cruise with P&O. We had chosen freedom dining and had a balcony cabin on "A" deck. The freedom dining was excellent and allowed us to choose when and where to dine, at the same time enjoying the four formal nights immensely. Looking out or relaxing on our balcony was an absolute pleasure, especially with a malt whisky in my hand!

We found Oceana and her staff to be first class and that includes, ship, staff, food and entertainment. As this was our first visit to this part of the world, we booked trips for every port except Barbados, where because of an afternoon flight we chose to walk into Bridgetown which we fell in love with. A wonderful experience all round. Well done P&O. In each of the ports of Acapulco, Huatulco, San Juan del Sur, Curacao, Tortola, St Marten,and Antigua, we found the trips to be interesting,colourful, and good value for money. The rum punch's were wonderful.

Well done Oceana and staff, and well done P&O.


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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom with Shower
Cabin JB A342

Good location for access to all aprts of ship. Entrance to crew space opposite but very little noise.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Acapulco

Colourful, bustling, busy(in the centre of town) Historic and romantic and well worth the money. Our guide was excellent.

Curacao

Colourful, bustling full of energy and fun. Did a tour to include former slave trade history and we were not disappointed. What memories and history as a main slave clearance island.

St. Maarten

The town and island are well worth seeing due to both the Dutch and French influences, not to mention colours. Not to mention the Rum Punch's either!

Tortola

Jungles, exhilarating mountain roads and beautiful beaches. What a beautiful island.

Antigua

Road Town was a bit of a disappointment and not worth spending much time in. Visited Nelsons dockyard which was both beautiful and historic and well worth the visit.

Barbados

Walked off the ship into Bridgetown and fell in love with this town. Lots of ambience, historical and beautiful buildings and lots and lots of colour. Will be back


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