Spanish delights: Oriana Cruise Review by david cocks

Oriana 5
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Spanish delights

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Europe - British Isles & Western
Embarkation: Southampton
This is our First 7 day P&O Oriana cruise.

We had a taster two night on the Ventura. This was in a balcony suite. Very good experience but were undecided for a full cruise as the 'STAG' 'HEN' 2 night was hectic. And very busy during embarkation & leaving ship (queues)

We are pleased to report that the 7 day was well organised & easy going. We parked across river & 'bused in' Also well organised & Friendly with car waiting ready to go.

Oriana accommodation,food,lounges & restaurants smart & well presented. Better than expected as advised by some previous reviews. Ship does show signs of wear, but all minor. We did not need to visit any of the other specialist restaurants.

We had an enjoyable time, albeit disappointed that the French visit was cancelled, winds and shallow harbour. We had constant threat of tail end of hurricane winds off America but only slight seas. Weather Hot in Vigo, Lisbon & Bilbao. Trips were More half day, well organised. Two days at sea but increased to three when missing Port of Brest.

food well presented & tasty first sitting Oriental restaurant. we had a rear window table over props. Vibration and swell at times, but ok. Selection of vegetables were set each evening for all available meals. At Home we would have matched veg to dishes, Although all cooked to a high standard.

All staff friendly & polite.

O/all a very good experience.

We have been used to Thompson Fly cruise holidays which we have enjoyed. They offer full day trips & less days at sea.

P&O experience is above that of Thompson Celebration & Spirit ships in nearly all aspects except staff which are on par.

one advantage not having to wait at airports & loss of time.

We will consider more cruises from UK ports, but are mindful of heavier seas than the med; Albeit one day we had a slight swell & no ripples & glassy . Less

Published 09/18/11

Cabin review: EAc202 Outside Stateroom with Window

C202 three adults bath shower & toilet all worked well main beds comfortable, third pull out bed - uncomfortable . we took turns. Plenty of space for two a bit tight for three, needed to store some clothes in cases, we took some soft cases to fit under beds. some drawers were worn but storage adequate. large window needed cleaning externally, not as clean as general areas. Promenade deck 7 one of our frequently used areas for walking, Except Bow section when strong winds or access for crew duties. Top deck used for running around ship early morning with sport activities. Including left & right handed golf clubs,used twice, still need practice. Cabin on deck 9 which provided external Stern access to all decks, which we used for exercise to Conservatory restaurant deck 11. two three pin uk sockets one used for kettle. We took a few extra drink sashes. BUT Lemon & Ginger & other specialist teas were available in Conservatory at day times, or Ask cabin Steward.

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