The Oriana Experience: Oriana Cruise Review by William Watson

Oriana 5
William Watson

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The Oriana Experience

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Southampton
Long awaited holiday great expectations and I was not disappointed. The cruise was a complete success the weather was exceptional and the cabin was larger than we have been in on previous cruise, the cabin boy Ratheesh was an excellent young man who not only looked after our cabin but also added a light entertainment to the cruise.

Our waiters Peter and Akbar also had the same friendly attitude and made meal-times not only a pleasure of fine dining but also a fun experience. All staff we encountered were pleasant and friendly and help was there if needed nothing was too much for them. There was never a lack of anything to do from films in the cinema to learning to dance, painting and numerous deck games including 3 swimming pools, gym, and many more activities and not forgetting the bars. Food was always available so you never went hungry between meals and it was all top quality a eating experience not to be missed.

P&O can be proud of the staff they employ and I More hope the cruise next year will be of the same standard as this was. Less

Published 09/09/11
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Cabin review: DB122 Outside Stateroom with Balcony

The cabin in size was one of the best I have been in and the balcony was also a little larger, most excellent. The only disturbance was with the younger passengers running down the hallway late at night but not lasting too long.

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Port and Shore Excursions

What a place to visit. You get off the coach and wonder where you are and why you have been dropped of in a bus terminus, very few shops and you start wishing you had not come. Then you notice people walking through what looks like an entrance to a castle you follow them walk down to your right and behold everthing appears in front of you as if you have gone into Dr Who's Tardis. What a most splendid sight with shops, cafe's and buildings, it is a sight you need to see to believe it. It is a must on everybodys holiday list of places to visit.

Sorento Another top place to see with sites, shops and cafes to please all. Plenty of market squares for a most splendid shopping experience. The food at the cafes was what we may call a little expensive until you get whatever you have ordered, with helpings being that to fill anyone with a major appetite. The down side is be careful on crossing the roads the normal rules of the road do not seem to apply hear they will dodge between you even when you are on the crossings and traffic lights seem to be for decoration only.

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Plenty to see when entering the port. Tender used to get to St.Marks square, the waterways are as busy as the M25 with boats going in all directions. Again it's a shopping paradise with plenty of shops selling masks and shop assistants tend to speak English and other languages as well. Beware of all the bridges you cross it's easy to get lost but there are plenty of directions on the walls. Warnings are given to be aware of pickpockets.

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