Did we expect too much of P&O?: Oriana Cruise Review by Barry Cockshott

Oriana 4
Barry Cockshott

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Did we expect too much of P&O?

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Southampton
Our previous two cruises were with Princess Sapphire & Diamond and we were not only happy but impressed with the quality of food and entertainment so we expected no less from P & O. In fact the food on Oriana was basic pub quality with an amateurish attempt to dress it up as in a fine dining restaurant . Much of it was bland, meat often tough, frozen fish overcooked. Very unusual choice of vegetables served with the main dishes in some cases. Don't have the custard, I think they mixed it with water. Was it the fault of the chefs' or the food they were supplied with to cook? I don't know, perhaps both.

I suppose I should add that there were many people on board who have sailed many times on the same ship and cruise line who seemed content with the food.

There were perhaps 15 or 20 young people on board, the majority being retired people. A feature film was shown each day . Three of the days/films were for children; poor planning or choice. There were two More good comedians, a very good conjurer but a rather amateurish song and dance group with inadequate stage management.

There were three formal dress nights. I wonder why. Normally when we dress in black tie or evening gown it is for something special. Apart from the dress, they were normal evenings and you will have already gathered the standard of those.

We were surprised to be told that as we approached Vigo, they were not aware that it was a national holiday and all the shops would be closed something they surely must have known. Less

Published 04/01/11

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