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This was our first cruise and we chose this one for seven days as we are great Game of Thrones fans and booked excursions for Split and Dubrovnik. From start to finish everything was fantastic from check in to check out. We had flown in ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose this one for seven days as we are great Game of Thrones fans and booked excursions for Split and Dubrovnik. From start to finish everything was fantastic from check in to check out. We had flown in with Thomas Cook and P and O could not have done more to return us smoothly to the UK. Food was amazing especially in The Plaza and we were polite for choice. Our inside cabin was far better than we expected, and a special mention for Roy our room steward who was a gem. The entertainment was brilliant and nothing disappointed...the shows were all packed and standing ovations every night. Our excursions were excellent value for money and the guides were very knowledgable and good fun. What more can I say...great friendly helpful staff that Captain Bourne should be very proud of. Thank you Oceana for the holiday of a life time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise as we were Interested in all the ports that it was going to, particularly that it left and returned to Malta. We did all our own city tours using local buses, which was very easy and very cost effective. Saved ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we were Interested in all the ports that it was going to, particularly that it left and returned to Malta. We did all our own city tours using local buses, which was very easy and very cost effective. Saved ourselves time and money, and would happily do it again. Was great having a duty free shop at the port in Malta and were able to buy 2 litres of spirits, a bottle of liqueur and as much mixers as we wanted for our cabin. We were able to stock up on our mixers when we stopped in at Malta at the end of the 7 day cruise before we carried on for the next 7 days. The entertainment onboard was excellent, at least two shows a night, all different, the best being a comedian from Cuba, a jazz player and the tribute to Queen on the last night. As we didn’t do any shore excursions due to the cost, I rated this poor. Would recommend this cruise Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
It was our 24 Th wedding anniversary. So wanted to do a beautiful cruise in the Med as you can almost ensure perfect weather. We have been with P&O Many times brilliant ships. ENGLISH sterling and English plugs. Fantastic. ... Read More
It was our 24 Th wedding anniversary. So wanted to do a beautiful cruise in the Med as you can almost ensure perfect weather. We have been with P&O Many times brilliant ships. ENGLISH sterling and English plugs. Fantastic. The staff are so friendly and the cabins are clean and tidy. But a little on the small side but that's no problem really. We love the evening shows and Entertainment. The staff are all helpful And the good has a good choice and really nice. We prefer to eat at the buffets as it's so much nicer to pick what we wish. The only thing that rubies our holiday was the pool side singer called Frankie. She was awful, she had one of them voices which drones on and on and on the sound system was way too loud. She played guitar but only knew a few chords so it was like she strumned away the same rythem and sand different songs over it. It was so loud you could not read. Relax or talk to each other at all I walked around the deck and saw no less than 5 people with fingers in ears or hands over ears . this is surely not right. How come the volume was so loud when you are trying to relax. She played everyday and sometimes 3 or 4 half hour sets straight after each other playing the same songs.. So so boring. I had to get up and walk away each time she came in. Terrible like torture almost after a while. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We last sailed on Oceana in May 2018 and enjoyed it so much, we booked for a 7 night Adriatic trip from 27th to 4th July 2019. Oceana is just a beautiful, elegant ship. She may be classed as mid-sized but as you gaze up at her from the ... Read More
We last sailed on Oceana in May 2018 and enjoyed it so much, we booked for a 7 night Adriatic trip from 27th to 4th July 2019. Oceana is just a beautiful, elegant ship. She may be classed as mid-sized but as you gaze up at her from the Malta cruise terminal, she ought to be big enough for anyone! We were so fortunate with the weather - we had wall to wall sunshine from beginning to end with calm, flat seas which was just perfect. Our route took us from Malta to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Venice and Split. Croatia was a revelation to us and we realized that the best way to visit this beautiful country is surely by ship. We were met with stunning landscapes at every port call. Venice was amazing and the early morning approach into this amazing city was unbelievable - sights that will stay in our memories forever. Oceana for us, is perfect. From the first step onboard looking up into her fabulous atrium, you’d have to be a cynic not to be impressed. The restaurants are all varied and serve delicious food. We had a slight problem finding a table for two in The Ligurian freedom dining restaurant (last year there were four of us and it was easier) but we had drinks while we waited for our handset to buzz! The food in the MDR (Ligurian) was perfect - lots of choice with P and O favorites (prawn cocktail and sirloin steaks) if you didn’t want to be more adventurous. The Beach House and Cafe Jardin (fee paying restaurants) were delicious, although I think they ought to rethink the Trio of Desserts in Cafe Jardin - not good. The sunbed situation needs sorting. So many people go out early and reserve their sun beds with towels and personal belongings. We thought this needs to be “policed’ as the area around the beautiful sun deck and pools is a no go area if you can’t sit anywhere. The promenade deck is good to sit on, but even this area gets crowded later on. There is an aft adult only area with its own plunge pool, but we had parents pushing buggies around eyeing up any available sun beds, so unfortunately rules and regulations don’t seem to matter onboard a ship! We had a balcony queen bed cabin. These aren’t massive, but most of our time was spent out and about but it was great to go back and sit on the balcony with a drink and a book! The room steward (Rose) was wonderful - in fact all the hard working staff on the ship need medals. They play a great part in enhancing the cruise and always with a smile. P and O are so meticulous in providing an amazing service for their customers - nothing is left out, even to the signage to the best viewing points for the early morning arrival into Venice that magically appeared overnight. Security is so tight when arriving at ports. Would we go again? Yes, yes and YES! In fact we have three more cruises booked with P and O. We really didn’t want to book with anyone else as this company get it so right. Oceana is a perfect, elegant ocean liner and it was a joy to sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
In general myself and my husband were pleased with the cruise . We wanted a medium sized ship with good entertainment facilities and a variety of ports. This was our third cruise but first time on Oceana. Our main criticism was the ... Read More
In general myself and my husband were pleased with the cruise . We wanted a medium sized ship with good entertainment facilities and a variety of ports. This was our third cruise but first time on Oceana. Our main criticism was the subbed situation. We liked to have a fairly relaxing breakfast on sea days but once we got up to top decks, sun beds were very scarce! People had draped towels over them and gone off, and it took a few treks round the decks to find any free ones! Well, there were plenty free but all had towels left in them, books and bags etc left beside them! We felt that staff should be stopping this from happening somehow! I must admit that, had I known this would be that difficult I would never have booked this shop for a med cruise!!! Even down on deck 7 where you could sit in the open air without a pool, it was crazily busy and towels again draped in all seats! I used the pool one day out of the 14, and would have loved to have used it more, but was just not quick enough to get a subbed. Even when I did use it we had to sit on upright seats by a table! The food was consistently very good & we were able to easily get a table for two. Ports were lovely but very very busy! All staff were excellent! Our cabin was ok but not as roomy as the one we had last time on Oriana, and could have done with updating, plus only one socket which was a pain! Entertainment was good, and places to have a drink were fab! We found people in this ship very dressy, lots of sparky evening dresses which I wasn’t really prepared for, but would be next time! This was an enjoyable cruise around Greece and Croatia & we have booked to go with P & O again (on a different ship) as we found them very efficient! I personally would think twice before booking a med cruise on Oceana again unless I knew the subbed situation was better though unfortunately! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was our first time with P&O and we certainly had a great relaxing holiday. Our inside cabin was better than we were expecting. It was reasonably spacious and very comfortable. Our cabin steward changed at the first Malta. Both ... Read More
This was our first time with P&O and we certainly had a great relaxing holiday. Our inside cabin was better than we were expecting. It was reasonably spacious and very comfortable. Our cabin steward changed at the first Malta. Both were very friendly and efficient. Service was great. Oceana might be getting on in years, but she is in excellent condition. This really is down to the dedication of the crew. We found the size of ship and number of passengers to be just right. All crew were friendly and couldn't do enough for you. Cant fault. We dined at 20:30 on a table for 8. Whilst the food was very good, it was nothing outstanding. But we were always able to have an enjoyable meal. Our table companions were friendly. The staff were brilliant. We found the entertainment to be fairly good and enjoyable. However, some of the venues i.e. the pub and outside venues had the volume turned up so much that it was impossible to think. We sat on the sofa's outside of the pub after dinner, which was about right. We took a couple of organised tours. The sights were great. On one the guide was a complete waste of space which effectively ruined the tour. The other was better but no one had anticipated spending around a total of 5 hours sat on a coach. We did our own thing afterwards. Things to improve - they must ensure that people do not "hog" the sun loungers all day. At times, especially on the sea days in particular, it was crazy. Reserved loungers everywhere but empty !!!! We also found that there are just too many announcements. It was like being at a holiday camp at times. Take a lesson from Cunard on this please. Overall ship - excellent cabin - excellent food - very good crew - amazing, a credit to all Best bits - has to be the Suez Canal transit which was beyond expectations. Along with Venice. What a place to just wander around. Breathtaking. A very enjoyable and relaxing cruise and holiday. Just what the doctor ordered. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary, originally we wanted to sail on Queen Elizabeth to Venice, but that was full ! The only alternative on our dates was the Oceana, a ship we have never sailed in before, to say we were ... Read More
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary, originally we wanted to sail on Queen Elizabeth to Venice, but that was full ! The only alternative on our dates was the Oceana, a ship we have never sailed in before, to say we were 'disappointed' with this 20 year old ship (previously owned by Princess cruises) would be a gross over statement. If you like paying over £5 grand for a broom cupboard for two weeks, then, the Oceana should be YOUR first choice!!!. We appreciate the fact that Oceana had a £30 million refit last December in Germany but that money was spent on the general public areas, NOT in the TINY cabins (the smallest we have ever experienced in 18 years cruising).Our cabin was supposed to be an 'upgrade'!!!! we had asked for a double bed instead of two singles, when we opened the door for the first time we were greeted with a TINY cabin 'full' of a standard 5' double bed with another single bed hanging from the wall!!!!!!!!!!!!! This made access to one side of the bed impossible, the mattresses were very soft, old & in need of urgent replacement, we survived by me turning over the mattresses to find the firmer base side to lay on From day one our trip was constantly interrupted by the ships workmen who were conducting repairs all over the ship with resultant closures of walkways & awful paint smells. Due to 'some bad weather for one day', our intended port of call in Dubrovnik was cancelled & replaced with a lesser port in Zadar!!!!!!!!! (anyone heard of this place???) then, Ravenna & Mykonos were replaced with another obscure location in Katokolon! (anyone heard of this place,????) All have cheaper port charges to those advertised & for what we paid a huge The food served in Adriatic restaurant was constantly returned by fellow travellers as either tough/tasteless or had very hard undercooked vegetables. (Tomato soup smelt of burning gearbox oil). The Plaza buffet was the usual 'bunfight' at mealtimes, nothing changes with certain peoples disgusting eating habits. Entertainment, apart from Dean Stainsbury & Tucker, was way below previous expectations & in need of some serious investment. From our perspective & that of other guests, & in the light of P&O's latest creation Iona being launched shortly, Oceana is being tarted up for imminent disposal. In summary, I would certainly NOT invest my money buying accomodation in such a decrepid old ship, but, as I said at the beginning it was all that was available to me at that time for the ports we wished to sail into. Our cruise finally ended with a 3 hour departure delay at Malta airport, when we got back to Gatwick we found that our cases & their contents were ALL SOAKED through (ongoing claims) caused by the baggage handlers dumping our cases on the tarmac during heavy rain & walking away leaving them to get wet!!!!!!!!!! Bad experience, NEVER AGAIN.! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We were looking for a 7 day cruise, short haul so we were away for our Ruby Wedding, this one seemed to match our requirements. Direct Flight from Ncle on Jet2 went without a hitch, we are only 5 minutes from the Airport so always ... Read More
We were looking for a 7 day cruise, short haul so we were away for our Ruby Wedding, this one seemed to match our requirements. Direct Flight from Ncle on Jet2 went without a hitch, we are only 5 minutes from the Airport so always prefer to fly out from here. Shame P&O/Jet2 could not arrange luggage to go straight to the ship from Ncle airport as they do for the return flight, we put the cases out just before midnight and did not see them again until we got into the arrivals lounge. The ship does show its age in places, but we thought it was in pretty good condition and was very similar in décor and layout to the older Princess ship we have been on. All the public spaces were clean and in decent condition and the ship seemed to have a nice flow to it. Cabins could do with a refresh, but were kept very clean by our excellent cabin steward who catered for anything we asked and worked his time in our cabin around our times. The Safe was a bit small if you have a lot of valuables and there seemed to be only one 3 pin plug in the room. The cabin size was the smallest balcony cabin we have had out of around 10 cruises we have been on and the bathroom really was very small, both were functional and did not cause us any problems. Heavy staining on the enamel of the toilet pan was a bit off putting. The main MDR was excellent, we were on anytime dining so experienced several waiters, all were very good, polite and efficient, we never experienced any real delays in getting a table for 2 and the food was in our opinion better than we had on Azura a few years ago where portion size was an issue, not this time and if you wanted something extra then the waiters always obliged. We also dined at Café Jardin, sometimes for breakfast and then again in the evening once. The staff there were great, including their Managers who were always visible and quite happy to have a chat. We also tried the Beach House and it was also good, but not quite up to the standard of Café Jardin. Occasionally we used the Buffet, it was fine, normal things available for Breakfast and usual hunts for a table at the busy times. Up on Deck, we usually found some sun beds, as we were not bothered about being right next to the Pool. Waiters again were usually around and we never had to wait very long for service which was mirrored throughout the Ship. We enjoyed the entertainment in both the Theatre and Show Lounge and tried to tie in our evening dining so we could see both shows. Did one P&O excursion in Venice, it seemed expensive, but included your water transport there and back, entry to Doges Palace, guides always in attendance and then into St Marks. We also skipped the queues and that was great as they were very long, so in hindsight it saved us a lot of time and was not that bad when you look at what was included. We certainly enjoyed being taken around these attractions. We do not normally cruise at the height of Holiday season, but I have to say there were plenty of children on board, but their parents, staff and themselves were a credit and we enjoyed seeing the different generations around the ship enjoying themselves without running wild. All in all a very enjoyable cruise which surpassed our expectations. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Our first cruise and definitely not our last. Oceana is a beautiful ship. The Atrium is stunning, we thought. So many bars and niches. We dined mostly in Cafe Jardine and The Beach House. Great food although bar service a bit slow. We ... Read More
Our first cruise and definitely not our last. Oceana is a beautiful ship. The Atrium is stunning, we thought. So many bars and niches. We dined mostly in Cafe Jardine and The Beach House. Great food although bar service a bit slow. We also ate in The Plaza on the top deck, again great choice of food. But busy. Fantastic views up there but windows could do with a wash! We had a balcony cabin C401 which was spotless and quiet, slept really well. Very comfy bed. Had some lovely breakfasts on the balcony. And saw some dolphins on two occasions. Lovely! All in all it was an excellent week. We sailed from Valletta to Dubrovnik onto Venice and then Sibenick and Zadar. Very hot and busy in Dubrovnik and Venice but so worthwhile to visit. Got up early for the Venice sail in, no words. We walked Dubrovnik old walls in the afternoon which was a bit quieter after the other cruise liners had left. We also visited Krka National Park on excursion from Sibenick. It was the only excursion we did. It was beautiful. We booked it before we left. It as a few pounds cheaper. All other ports we used the shuttle buses. We were on a Select fare so they were included in the price. No complaints about embarkation and disembarkation. Very tight security leaving and coming back to the ship. And hand hygiene was very important on board. Hand cleansers near every restaurant. Staff and crew everywhere were brilliant and very friendly, we thought. The whole week far exceeded our expectations. We were sad to leave the ship, Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our second cruise with P&O, and both times have been on Oceana. We have cruised once with Celebrity and once with Fred Olsen. As this cruise was to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary, we treated ourselves to a suite for ... Read More
This was our second cruise with P&O, and both times have been on Oceana. We have cruised once with Celebrity and once with Fred Olsen. As this cruise was to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary, we treated ourselves to a suite for the first time, and stayed in the Orissa Suite, C749. Our flight to Malta was scheduled with EasyJet. We had to check in online prior to the flights, and the EasyJet booking reference number appeared on the cruise personaliser about 2 weeks before we went. We paid £5pp per flight to sit together. Arrival at Malta was fine, and we got through security quite quickly, and collected our bags. There were lots of P&O staff directing us towards the waiting coaches, and we were quickly on the coach, but the coach had to wait for at least 20 minutes before leaving. Apparently there isn’t much space for drop-off at the port, so they sent the coaches off at intervals. I was disappointed that there was no priority embarkation or welcome reception for suite passengers. In the brochures you are led to believe that there will be, but somewhere in the small print it says that it doesn’t apply to fly cruises. There was a long queue for check in, but it did move fairly quickly. The cabin was the best bit of the cruise, and really made the whole holiday special. More details below...... It was our first experience of a butler, and I don’t think we made the most of it. It would have been helpful to have some kind of pamphlet explaining exactly how things worked when you are in a suite. Our butler appeared at about 5.30pm on the first day, and I had expected some kind of explanation but nothing was forthcoming and we didn’t know what questions to ask. We did ask about room service, but he tried to put us off by saying that by the time he brought the food up from the dining room it would be cold, as the kitchens were at the other end of the ship. No-one told us that there was a special area of the main restaurant specially reserved for suite passengers at breakfast, and we only found out by accident on our third day. The role of the cabin steward vs the butler wasn't clear, even over simple things like who to ask if we wanted a bucket of ice – it turns out it was the butler. It seems that the cabin steward just cleans the cabin and makes the bed. The butler takes away all the dirty cups, glasses, etc, and brings back clean ones. He brought canapes every evening at about 5.30pm, but could turn up at any time during the day. Although he knocked, we didn’t always hear! Luckily I had seen on social media that this might happen so we used the “Do not disturb” sign on the door a lot. That said, once we got to know our butler he turned out to be a very nice person. On our wedding anniversary he brought us a card, and he arranged for us to have a nice table at dinner that night. Food in the main dining room was mostly of a good quality. The special breakfast area for suite passengers was lovely, and another highlight of our holiday. Our waiter Shambhu was so cheerful and welcoming, and made us feel special. We could order from the Epicurean breakfast menu as well as the standard menu. In the evenings we ate mostly in the Ligurian restaurant on Freedom Dining. If you want a table for two you need to be there at 6pm. Otherwise, you face a bit of a wait with a pager. We didn’t bother with the pager, and if we were a bit late we just shared tables. We met some very nice people. I am milk intolerant, and the staff made a great effort to deal with this. I was invited to call in at the restaurant between 2 and 5pm on our first afternoon and met with the Head Waiter, a lovely chap called Francis. I was given the menus for lunch and dinner the following evening, and I ordered in advance. They were able to adapt most recipes, and I had some especially wonderful desserts – Baked Alaska, apple crumble with dairy free custard, and a chocolate tart were the best. Every night in the restaurant, Francis would come to the table and take my order for the following day. The butler also brought the menus to the cabin every day. He asked the chefs to give us special canapes too, which were usually smoked fish or ham. One disappointment was the buffet, which wasn’t as good as we remembered from our previous cruise. The food was fresh, but lacked variety, especially with hot choices. We particularly remembered the lunchtime curries back in 2013, but they were rare this time. Instead they had an Asian buffet several lunchtimes at additional cost, which we didn’t try. On the plus side, the buffet always had some kind of dairy free dessert or cake. With a couple of very minor exceptions, the service throughout the ship was excellent. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Our dealings with reception were good. Entertainment was of a very high standard. We particularly liked the Headliners shows – they are very talented youngsters. The Headliners singers ran group singing sessions on sea days, which were great fun. Beautiful World (Take That tribute) and John Courtnay (pianist/comedian) were also very enjoyable. In the evenings we went to the ballroom dancing in the Atrium. They were well run, but had slightly too many sequence dances for our liking. We did karaoke and a couple of quizzes. Our ports were Athens, Rhodes and Souda Bay (Crete). We were supposed to stop at Mykonos but it was too windy to dock. In Athens we went on the Hop on Hop off bus to tour the city (15 euros on the blue bus). In Rhodes we wandered the town and found a beach bar – shame we hadn’t taken our swimming costumes. In Souda Bay, we took a taxi to a lovely beach we had found on Google Maps called Agii Apostoli, which was sandy and had a couple of bars – it turned out to be a Greek public holiday and got very busy so we didn’t stay long enough to eat. We did have a very nice swim in the sea though. We phoned the taxi driver to come and take us back (18 euros each way). Disembarkation was well run, and we were given a time to meet for our coach transfer to the airport. Bag drop was a bit slow at the airport, but security was efficient. There wasn’t enough seating at the boarding gates, but they handed out water bottles while we waited. So in summary, it was a brilliant holiday. Life on board met or exceeded our expectations. Our suite was fantastic. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we have only been back a week and have just booked another cruise on Azura! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I choose this ship as it was docking in Amsterdam, my husband and I had never been. The embarkation was ok a bit on the slow side. We found our cabin with balcony to be very small there was not room for my husband and I to be doing things ... Read More
I choose this ship as it was docking in Amsterdam, my husband and I had never been. The embarkation was ok a bit on the slow side. We found our cabin with balcony to be very small there was not room for my husband and I to be doing things at the same time we would just be in each other’s way so I stayed in bed while he was getting ready then we swapped. When we booked we requested a table for two at the atrium restaurant but to our horror we were sat with another couple when complained to restaurant manager he didn’t want to know so we complained to reception they said the complaint goes to restaurant manager who never did anything about it, this ruined our holiday as the other couple were not very friendly. I must mention the poo smell around the boat and toilets were blocked up and out of order which meant a lot of queuing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I have read many reviews of Oceana and in some cannot recognise the experience we had. It was our first cruise and were a bit nervous about what we would find. All in all it was fabulous! Our Cabin steward, Socorro, was great. The ... Read More
I have read many reviews of Oceana and in some cannot recognise the experience we had. It was our first cruise and were a bit nervous about what we would find. All in all it was fabulous! Our Cabin steward, Socorro, was great. The cabin was spotless and we felt really looked after. The waiters in le Jardin and the Ligurian were helpful and attentive. Reception were able to answer all our questions. Ok, the carpets show signs that people have walked on them. The bathroom is not the standard you would expect in a five star hotel on land. But hey, we were at sea, sun rises over a different city every morning were fabulous, food was great, service outstanding, entertainment catered for a diverse assembly. Sun decks can become crowded. There are plenty of other areas to visit if you are interested. We really enjoyed the dance classes, magician and wine tasting. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We have just returned from a wonderful cruise visiting Croatia Venice and Malta .beautiful weather every day. We Loved every minute and had a perfect holiday. The arrivals lounge at Malta was a bit chaotic and we were told to pick ... Read More
We have just returned from a wonderful cruise visiting Croatia Venice and Malta .beautiful weather every day. We Loved every minute and had a perfect holiday. The arrivals lounge at Malta was a bit chaotic and we were told to pick up our bags at the carousel but the rest of the embarkation was very smooth and efficient and we were very happy to find our bags delivered to our cabin. Entertainment choices were varied enough and we enjoyed the shows throughout the week and the quizzes. The menu choices and food throughout the week was first class and the service everywhere was fantastic. The staff were friendly and helpful and all worked very hard to ensure a good holiday and customer satisfaction difficult to do on a busy ship but always friendly and smiling. The excursion manager was particularly helpful and went over and above to meet our needs. Would recommend this ship and would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I had read some not so good reports of Oceana and was a little concerned before the cruise from Malta, however as usual P&O did not disappoint, embarkation was excellent and very well organised, the staff on board were very helpful and ... Read More
I had read some not so good reports of Oceana and was a little concerned before the cruise from Malta, however as usual P&O did not disappoint, embarkation was excellent and very well organised, the staff on board were very helpful and polite, the food was of a good standard with plenty of choice, the cabins (we had an inside one ) were clean and quite spacious as was the bathroom, the entertainment on board was good especially the We Will Rock You show in the theatre which was amazing, the ship is due for a refurbishment later this year but even though it looked a bit tired it was kept spotlessly clean, overall it was good value for money, the trips were also very well organised and reasonably priced. The only minus point was the dis embarkation, we were off the ship by 8am in the morning with our flight being at 11-40 it involved a long wait in the airport which is only 10 minutes from the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
It was a wonderful experience. We had been on 10 other Mediterranean cruises before, but this was by far the very best! We chose this cruise because of the interesting itinerary, but everything was just right, especially the friendly ... Read More
It was a wonderful experience. We had been on 10 other Mediterranean cruises before, but this was by far the very best! We chose this cruise because of the interesting itinerary, but everything was just right, especially the friendly service with a smile on every face. We had already planned what to do at every site visited but modified our plans according to the excellent opportunities provided at each country. Embarkation and disembarkation could not go more smoothly. The ship was wonderful and the cabin most comfortable. Dining was always delicious and well presented, and the entertainment most pleasant, especially for the shows by Jon Courteney. We are an elderly couple and we found help every time we needed it. So much so that we plan to go on another cruise on the Oceana 0n the 28th September 2017. A huge THANK YOU to all staff on board Oceana for the state of the art of the presentation and service. Mario and Doris Sammut (Malta) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I went on a cruise with my boyfriend and his family. We visited Rome, Monte Carlo, Pisa/Florence and Ajaccio - they are all lovely countries and are all worth visiting. Despite visiting all these countries, my favourite places to visit was ... Read More
I went on a cruise with my boyfriend and his family. We visited Rome, Monte Carlo, Pisa/Florence and Ajaccio - they are all lovely countries and are all worth visiting. Despite visiting all these countries, my favourite places to visit was Monte Carlo and Pisa. The ship was big, it was gorgeous on the inside - it looks and feels like a 5* hotel, it felt like home. The staff are all lovely and kind, when they see you they will all wish you a good morning/afternoon/evening, if you were out on top deck on you were at a bar/cafe, they would always ask you if you wanted a drink - you would never go thirsty. The cabin was lovely, it contained everything we needed. The room service was excellent and couldn't fault it. The food and dining was fantastic, I loved all the food that I had whilst on board the Oceana, it had taste, the portion sizes were just the right size - so you would never get to full. The entertainment and activities were good and enjoyable. I would most certainly go again!!!! I really did enjoy it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This is our eighth cruise with P & O and our third Christmas and New year cruise with them. Although it pains me to say it,standards have fallen on Oceana,don't get me wrong,we still had a great time but little niggles are ... Read More
This is our eighth cruise with P & O and our third Christmas and New year cruise with them. Although it pains me to say it,standards have fallen on Oceana,don't get me wrong,we still had a great time but little niggles are starting to come through. We are fortunate enough to always either have a suite or a mini suite and enjoy the little extras that involves,so when we arrived and were told we weren't entitled to go into the priority lounge we (and others) were not impressed,long story short,after much discussion with port staff we eventually got through,then,once on the ship, were told we were not entitled to go into the champagne lunch,which we have always done in the past also.The woman at reception was very dismissive and more or less said it is what it is.We asked to speak to the priority manageress who then told us "yes you are entitled,there's just been a mix up" not a great start to our holiday,when you pay almost 9K for a holiday,you do not expect to be spoken to that way,or indeed whatever you've paid.We did receive a nice bottle of wine as an apology but that doesn't excuse rudeness by reception. Our cabin was lovely but again,standards not what they were and the cabin steward perhaps needs a little more pointers as how to clean properly,not that I'd ever complain as they do work so so hard,it was just little things,like mirrors not done and dust over the phones and sink not cleaned properly,nothing I couldn't live with.Also the overpowering smell of urine was disgusting in the bathroom,it was enough to make you gag. Dining,again,has gone downhill a tad,although my husband did enjoy his food,the veggie options always seemed to just be heated up and I had rather an upset tummy,so I switched from the separate veggie menu and just chose from the main menu instead,was ok but definitely not 5* dining.I cannot fault any of the waiting staff,they are absolutely brilliant and we had such a laugh with them.so it always baffles me when some reviewers say they are surly or ignore them etc,I have not once seen this,they are amazing. The ship itself is generally clean although the cleaners do tend to not dust everywhere,I even wrote the word "dirty" in some of the dust on the window sill in le club and also the champagne bar,tables rather grubby and dust there too but the ship apart from that is in good nick,we tried really hard to spot rust but didn't see any,so again,I'm not sure if some reviewers are reviewing the correct ship : / On the plus side,the ports were all great,apart from Agadier,where hardly anyone gets off but I don't think P & O are returning to north Africa in the foreseeable future.All the other ports are great to have a stroll through and Madeira is wonderful.The staff are as always an absolute delight,even though we haven't seen some of them in a year,they recognised us instantly,not sure if that is good or bad mind you. Can't comment on much of the entertainment as we don't go into shows,not our cup of tea.just wish P & O would organise some foot tapping bands for round the ship,it's either a pianist (who's ok) a guitaritst or some singer that wouldn't win a karaoke competition,they need good Irish or Scottish music that will have people clapping along,instead of all falling asleep. All in all a good holiday but not a great holiday,will try and stick to the larger ships in future I think,unless Oceana improves Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We went on the Iberian cruise just prior to Christmas 2016 and had a great time. This was our second P&O cruise and we have also cruised with Cunard, MSC and Thompson. We arrived by coach at Southampton and the hall was not busy at ... Read More
We went on the Iberian cruise just prior to Christmas 2016 and had a great time. This was our second P&O cruise and we have also cruised with Cunard, MSC and Thompson. We arrived by coach at Southampton and the hall was not busy at all. Despite this it took quite a while to embark and we could not understand why. The ship looked lovely but with no Christmas decorations on show. However as the days passed loads of Christmas trees and other decorations began to appear overnight like magic! Magnificent! The balcony cabin was very nice with everything we expected. Our toilet failed to flush twice in the cabin. This was an area problem and was dealt with very quickly once reported. The food and service were excellent in the dining rooms but we avoided the buffet at all costs. On watching with a cup of coffee it looked like a bun fight! People piling their plates with food as if it would run out and electric chairs being parked up with the owners miraculously obtaining their own food! Everyone in the main dining rooms were smart and dressed up for the three formal nights - always nice to see. The bar prices were very reasonable. The majority of shows and The Headliners were excellent. However the guest speakers were a bit disappointing. The visits were good with the shuttles being provided at Lisbon and Malaga. The only disappointment was being unable to dock at Casablanca due to high waves. Obviously this could not be avoided but quite a few people actually moaned about it. The adults only pool area was good but needed a bit of TLC. Another criticism, and one that can't be changed, is the small amount of toilets around the ship. This was especially noticeable and inconvenient around the two main dining rooms where large queues tended to form Overall we had a great cruise with excellent service, food and drink. We would not hesitate to sail on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I'm writing this because I've tried to put it on the P&O Website but both times it says "an error has occurred" !! Overall: Oceana has a small-ship feel about her. She is beautiful in her own way, not overly ... Read More
I'm writing this because I've tried to put it on the P&O Website but both times it says "an error has occurred" !! Overall: Oceana has a small-ship feel about her. She is beautiful in her own way, not overly glitzy and quite elegant. The Atrium is a really nice spot to sit and watch the world go by. There are plenty of outdoor spaces to escape the crowds on sea days, especially at the forward and aft upper decks. Magnums is a lovely bar for pre and post-dinner drinks. This was our first P & O cruise and we had already booked to go on Brittania before we embarked on this one. We have tried to change this to another Carnival brand, i.e. Cunard or Holland America but have been told that we cannot do this without losing our deposit. We both really hope Britannia is a better experience! Overall, nothing really awful but could have been a much higher standard, which we were expecting. Dining: We had freedom dining in the Ligurian restaurant, which on the whole was disappointing, there was nothing actually wrong with it other than being mediocre and a long long way from fine dining. Gala evenings' menus proved slightly better but this really should have been the minimum standard on offer. The dress code was largely ignored, again disappointing when you want to dress for dinner to make it an occasion . Restaurant service was far too rushed too, one evening we had a three course meal with coffee and were in and out in 45 minutes! Waiters had a tendency to clear away plates whilst others were still eating, which is unacceptable. We didn't eat in the buffet so can't comment, the food in the Horizon Grill was adequate, fried fish, fried burgers, fried chicken with, you guessed it, fries. We ate in both speciality dining venues, The Beach House was good as was Cafe Jardin although the latter lacked intimacy and atmosphere. Entertainment: Cant really comment as we only saw a couple of performances, but fellow passengers seemed to be very impressed with all the variety on offer. Service: We couldn't help but feel that many members of staff in the bars and restaurants really didn't want to be on the ship, their attitude was indifferent at best and rude at worst. Of course, there were exceptions and they were delightful. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise as it included places we have always wanted to visit. It was our first cruise. The embarkation was very smooth and we were able to pop into Venice to see some of the sights. My only complaint would be the distance to ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it included places we have always wanted to visit. It was our first cruise. The embarkation was very smooth and we were able to pop into Venice to see some of the sights. My only complaint would be the distance to the water taxi from the ship is quite a distance for a disabled person so more information on this would have been appreciated. The ship is lovely and the staff were all great. Our cabin was an inside one, we were able to select the cabin we wanted so we chose one with other cabins above and below (rather than bars, theatres etc) and close to the lifts as husband is disabled. We found it had adequate space and the shower was good. The bed was very comfortable and the steward, Terry, was great. We enjoyed the food and the entertainment and loved the excursions. Refused to pay the charges for WiFi but for keeping in touch with family would have appreciated it if it was included in the price as I believe many cruise lines are now doing. It's a little annoying that people like us who book quite far ahead pay more than people who book last minute. It was unfortunate that the flight from Genoa back to UK was at 11am so we saw nothing of Genoa. All in all, it was a fantastic experience though. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We had a great time on this cruise the Ocean is a lovely ship we had no complaints . The restaurants where very good in our opinion food was plenty and waiters worked very well. The entertainment was good the guest acts were very ... Read More
We had a great time on this cruise the Ocean is a lovely ship we had no complaints . The restaurants where very good in our opinion food was plenty and waiters worked very well. The entertainment was good the guest acts were very good need maybe to sort out the times of the shows . Entertainment team could have been better in our opinion but that is us We loved the destinations on this cruise had been to some ports before Venice for a day /half was fantastic .We used the Vaporetto we got a 24 hour ticket so you can go all over just keep getting on and off that way you can see a lot more We got the train to rome and used the underground no problem at all the only thing i will say is don't try and do everything in Rome we just did the colosseum,trevi fountain ,spanish steps plus a walk round was very good.We got the tube back to the train station from the top of the spanish steps when you get to the train station it is a long walk to the train allow at least 10 mins Kotor is a great place to sail into . Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
we choose this cruise for the itinerary. The ship was good no complaints everything ran smooth. The shows could have been better but then that is down to taste the guest artists where fantastic as was some of the bands. Restaurant ... Read More
we choose this cruise for the itinerary. The ship was good no complaints everything ran smooth. The shows could have been better but then that is down to taste the guest artists where fantastic as was some of the bands. Restaurant was very good service was excellent as was the food always asked if you wanted more and if everything was ok.The wine waiter was very efficient We found the ship very clean and tidy our cabin guy was excellent . The only problem was the one problem all cruise liners have sunbeds on a sea day dont know what the answer is maybe some one could invent a color changing one if you are off for more than 40 mins. The places we went to where excellent Genoa,Livorno,Naples,Dubrovnik,Venice day half ,Kotor,Corfu,Civitavecchia, Ajaccio. We did Rome by train and underground was very easy to do but dont think you can get to see everything just set yourself certain places to see. Venice get a 24 hour ticket for the Vaporetto you can then hop on hop off and see more of the real venice and is very cheap . Keith Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Our first time on a cruise, so we were apprehensive about it but was impressed from start to finish. We boarded the plane at Cardiff with minimum fuss & next saw our cases at our cabin door. Embarkation to the ship was effortless (as ... Read More
Our first time on a cruise, so we were apprehensive about it but was impressed from start to finish. We boarded the plane at Cardiff with minimum fuss & next saw our cases at our cabin door. Embarkation to the ship was effortless (as was disembarkation) & the ship was spotless in all areas that we saw. I cannot praise enough all the hard working crew members from Francisco our cabin steward to the bar/waiting/entertainment staff. The bar staff/waiters were very attentive without being pushy & the food really was 'top notch'. We saw the Mike Doyle show, who was superb along with the equally wonderful Roy Locke. The ships headliner acts were also very good as were the various duo's/poolside band. All in all a great first time experience, so much so that we want to try another for new year. Next time we will have a cabin with at least a window as the inside cabin was obviously very dark & so comfy that you were in danger of sleeping in until lunch time!! We chose to do the P&O guided tour excursions to Pisa with a superb guide which was great & Pompeii which is mind blowing, again the guide was excellent. Also we spent most of the day in Dubrovnik (the best place of all for me) just using the shuttle bus. Last off we spent quite a few hrs in Venice, which disappointed me as the locals are only interested in ripping money off tourists 170 euro's for 30min gondola ride & asking for an extra 10 to sing!! Cafe's that charge (not displayed of course) 5 euro's just for sitting down, and all without a smile!! You have to go there, seeing as the ship was in port, but having done it, we won't bother doing it again Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Well, just got back from our latest cruise on P&O’s Oceana and couldn’t wait to write a review. As 2 50 yrs + cruisers we tend to pick our cruise based on the itinerary as well as the ship, and have to travel in school holidays. We ... Read More
Well, just got back from our latest cruise on P&O’s Oceana and couldn’t wait to write a review. As 2 50 yrs + cruisers we tend to pick our cruise based on the itinerary as well as the ship, and have to travel in school holidays. We don’t tend to bother with the shows or entertainment, so can’t comment on this aspect of the cruise. This was our 10th cruise, having sailed on Oceana 3 times in the past, Britannia once, the Celebrity Silhouette 3 times, RCI once and the Ocean Village 2. The organisation of this fly cruise was excellent. Both embarkation and disembarkation were handled like a military operation. Once checked in we didn’t see our luggage until it appeared outside our cabin at 3pm, having boarded the ship at 11.30am. On the way home we left our luggage outside our cabin at 11 pm and were reacquainted with it at Manchester Airport. The organisation was impressive and the flight times excellent – e.g. we left the cabin at 8.30am, the ship at 9.40 am, flew at 11.40am and were home by 2.30pm. Yes, the ship is showing her age, but we still loved every moment aboard. The atrium is still stunning and has a wonderful atmosphere throughout the day and evening – something that her big sister Britannia did not manage. We did notice some rust on the platform used for crew to clean the high windows, but over the 2 weeks we saw staff removing this and painting. OK, there was some knocking on days when the overwhelming majority of people had got off the ship, but it was easy to avoid this and repairs have got to be done at some point. We reckon that in another 2 weeks those areas of rust noticed on our arrival will all be repaired. The inside of the ship was beautiful and staff were constantly cleaning and polishing her. For those worried about norovirus, we had no issue whatsoever and did not hear of any problems. Everyone we met seemed to use the hand gels and were sensible with the food ‘handling’ in the buffet, so we have no idea how some people can say that everyone is not careful enough! That certainly was not our experience and staff positioned by the buffet doors ensured that you cleaned your hands. The buffet area was very busy on some mornings, but that tended to be on sea days when people had had a lie in! Our fellow passengers were brilliant and credit goes to everyone for making our cruise special. Everyone we met was friendly, polite and obviously having a great time. If this is ‘Butlin’s at Sea’ then I’ll book up to go to Butlin’s (on land) any day!! The joy of a cruise like this is that you can make what you want of it. The formal nights were well attended and the over whelming majority of people chose to dress in formal gear (something that surprised us on a fly cruise). Our cabin was smaller than we remembered, but once we had got used to it we were more than happy. We had a balcony cabin on A deck. The beds are just the most comfortable ever and with the blackout curtains and rocking of the ship we slept like logs for the whole 2 weeks. Our cabin steward, Joe, was wonderfully attentive without being intrusive. He kept the cabin spotlessly clean and always seemed to know what we needed before we asked. OK, the T.V. is rather small and is not interactive, but it was ok for us and did not detract from the enjoyment of our cruise. That brings us to the crew. We often read that P&O crew are not friendly. Well, if this is the case then they must have been on a different cruise line. We found the crew on Oceana to be genuinely lovely people and we left feeling like we had made some great friends. We tend to find that, if you treat the crew with respect, are happy to chat with them and treat them like human beings then they will respond in kind. Every one of them that we met, or walked past, always greeted us with a ‘hello’ or a smile. The staff in the Ligurian Restaurant were exceptionally good - thanks go to Bernard, Yashdeep, Edward and Sunny around tables 12 and 14. The Captain, Andrew Willard, is a real gem – he was forever present around the ship, chatting to passengers and every crew member we met had nothing but good things to say about him. We had met him briefly in April 2014 and were amazed that he remembered us as soon as he saw us. We also had a few crew members say hello as they had met us before – one on another ship. We aren’t sure if this was a good or bad thing, but it was impressive and did make for a lovely, friendly atmosphere. The food quality was much as it had been the previous 2 cruises, and though there was a new menu we were still able to order a starter and soup if we so wished. On reflection I would say that the food was not as impressive as it had been on our first cruise in 2010, but we preferred the menu to those found on American cruise lines. The food in the buffet seemed to have improved, though Oceana does not have as big a choice as some of the larger ships we have been on. Having said that, we enjoyed what we had and there was plenty of choice for breakfast and afternoon snacks. We ate in the Buffet Restaurant on our first evening and the food was ‘ok’. The select dining options were a real treat. The new Beach House is excellent and in a lovely outdoor location by the pool. The food and service was excellent. Similarly, we loved our formal night in the Café Jardin, with a lovely atmosphere above the atrium as the sound of a tinkling piano drifted up to us. Again the service and food was super. At a supplement of just £5 we found the value for money 2nd to none. On a similar note, we still appreciated P&O’s alcohol policy and were able to take on a box of wine to enjoy in our cabin. A bottle of wine was about £15 and bottle water about £1.50. Anyone who has been on an American cruise line will know just how reasonable that was! The bar service around the ship – i.e. on the open decks during the day – was very good. We enjoyed many cocktails and agree with anyone who says that they are not as strong as on American cruise lines. This may be to do with the fact that an American measure is double one of ours. We found the ports of call for this cruise to be excellent and we have come home with happy memories of perfect days. We tend to do the ship’s excursions and had booked them in advance. Annoyingly, we had 2 of the ones for Venice cancelled, but in the end it did us a favour as we did our own thing and had a great 2 days. The ports were as follows: Livorno We did a wine tasting tour which was very enjoyable and as it was an afternoon tour it gave us the chance to catch up on some sleep on our first real day. Naples We have stayed in this area in the past so chose to visit Herculaneum. It was an excellent afternoon tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. Dubrovnik We did a half day excursion which covered the cable car, with the most amazing views of Dubrovnik and a short stay in a local port Cavtat. It was a lovely way to see the local scenery and it gave us plenty of time to see the old town in the afternoon. We walked the walls and had the chance for a meal in the old harbour area. A fabulous day. Venice As stunning as ever. After a lovely sail-in we stayed on the ship to relax and then went in to the town using the ship’s water shuttle for about 5pm. We went up the old Bell Tower in St Mark’s Square, which is well worth the 9 euros entrance fee. The views were incredible. We then enjoyed a meal just off St Mark’s Square that cost us just 70 euros. We then had the evening strolling around. Simply magical! The next morning we decided to go back in to the town to visit the Doge’s Palace. Again, this was spectacular and we were able to spend most of our time strolling around and getting lost! Lots of time for real pizza and ice-cream  The sail-away was a little disappointing – the music played just dire! Apparently, there is a restriction regarding the noise that can be made by ships, but silence would have been better than the music we had to endure going out of port. Whoever chose those tracks must have been the same person responsible for playing the British Classics at breakfast that included the Last Post and Abide with Me (I joke not!) Kotor Words can not describe how beautiful this place is. The mountains take your breath away and despite being a little edgy about it, we managed to complete the 90 minutes hike up the mountain to the fort. Well worth the effort – especially at 3 euros each! The old town is beautiful and we had a massive, beautiful salad and beer each for just 14 euros in the Harbour Pub – a lovely ‘eatery’ in a small square in the old town. The sailaway that evening was stunning and something never to be forgotten. Corfu We had done this port last April and decided to do something different. We booked a Cruise and Swim excursion which was excellent. We had a 90 minutes sail to a small harbour town of Kassiopi before an hour’s swim in the crystal clear water of a small, quiet beach nearby. We then had a meal out to sea by a small island before another chance to have a swim before returning to the port. It was an incredible day, made even more enjoyable by the fact the Aurora was docked up by the side of us. The sailaway was brilliant, with a super ‘horn battle’ between the two ships. Again, a day to remember. We chose to stay on the ship in Civitavecchia as we had visited Rome recently, so enjoyed the peace and quiet lacking on a normal sea day. (More of that later). Ventura was docked by us here which gave us the chance to check her out. Ajaccio Probably our least favourite port out of all – it really didn’t do much for us at all and we wished that we had booked an excursion as this was our last day. We went for a walk for about 2 hours along the promenade and noticed that a lot of cruisers were on the lovely sandy beach. We also took the small train for a short tour – good value at 8 euros for 45 minutes. Having said that, we would have preferred Monte Carlo. Looking back on our cruise the only thing that we found frustrating was the sunbed situation. It seems that this problem never seems to go away! Unless you were up at the crack of dawn it was almost impossible to find a sunbed and on all 4 sea days we saw people having to sit on the deck while other beds sat with their blue towels (but no people). I do wish that P&O would have a system where the crew noted the sunbeds not being used with some marker and then removing possessions if people do not return. There were regular messages in the Horizon News and announcements, but they fell on deaf ears and were a waste of time. Thankfully, we had a balcony cabin and could retreat there at times, but the whole situation did cause ill feeling. As a result, we chose to spend some of our time enjoying the ship when she was quiet – and it gave us the chance to enjoy a swim in the pool/s. Finally, 2 things that we loved were the chance to just sit on our balcony at sailaway, glass in hand, watching the sea go by. Similarly, sitting on there at the end of an evening watching the moon shine across the sea. We also enjoyed our evening strolls around the Promenade Deck. Simple things I know, but it was magical. Finally, to sum up our last 14 days on Oceana. The words fabulous, fantastic and wonderful come to mind. It has been one of the best cruises we have ever done and we are very sad to be home. We did not speak to anyone who had anything other than good things to say about their cruise. We would return to those stunning locations, on this beautiful ship, with its super crew and same great fellow cruisers in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this as it was available! We thought P and O was a reputable company. The Oceana itself is very tired, and desperately in need of upgrading and modernising. Our first impression on embarking showed it to be dark and old ... Read More
We chose this as it was available! We thought P and O was a reputable company. The Oceana itself is very tired, and desperately in need of upgrading and modernising. Our first impression on embarking showed it to be dark and old fashioned inside. We had chosen a suite , so expected a few perks as we have had on other cruises when paying for a suite. But no Speedy boarding at either the airport ( it was a Fly Cruise) or the ship. The only benefit was breakfast where we had a quieter separate area for breakfast, and occasionally for dinner. Food was good n the whole. Wine list was good too.Staff were friendly and attentiveness on the whole. On other cruises perks had been reserved seating in the theatres too, not so here. However the entertainment was spectacular. We only used the tiny adult pool once. We don't enjoy busy tourist resorts, and the pool areas were just like this. They were heaving with noisy, beer drinking passengers. There should be larger pools, or perhaps one more? It was a bit like an upmarket Ibitha seaside resort i imagine . Our cabin suite was of reasonable size, though again, very tired. Furniture was dark and in need of upgrading. The balcony again, of reasonable size, needed freshening and making a bit more luxurious rather than functional. There wasn't a separate lounge area for Suite guests. We have enjoyed this on previous Cruises, being able to get snacks and drinks at any time of day. Any drinks or snacks on Oceana had to be paid for, after queuing . The lunchtime buffet, whilst looking to be quite good in selection and quality, was again heaving with people, with Butlin style queues. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Oceana Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.6
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 3.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.6
Family 4.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 3.9

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