Having had a bad Caribbean cruising experience in January/February with another company, together with 2 friends, my wife and I booked a 'don't give up' recovery cruise with P&O who we have cruised with several times ... Read More
Having had a bad Caribbean cruising experience in January/February with another company, together with 2 friends, my wife and I booked a 'don't give up' recovery cruise with P&O who we have cruised with several times before. The overall experience was excellent with absolutely no problems with embarkation and disembarkation, a really nice inside cabin, staff who were both helpful and cheerful, excellent food and great entertainment.
The Oriana is a very happy ship with credit due to the senior staff who clearly work well together with the rest of the staff. It is good to see so many officers walking around the ship on a regular basis.
All the visits to the ports of call went well and without hitch which is a refreshing change to what we experienced earlier in the year - even the security personnel were able to smile!
A special mention for 'Mikey', the Entertainments Manager, whose team were brilliant throughout the cruise with some excellent 'sail away' sing along sessions, particularly, the one which celebrated the Queen breaking the longest reigning Monarch record. The Oriana's resident 'dance and sing' troupe called The Headliners were absolutely fantastic - you won't see better anywhere else in the cruise world! The guest artists were all first class with Tom O'Connor an absolute standout giving two 45 minute hilarious sessions without one swear word! Keep an eye out for Ben Makisi, a tenor from New Zealand, who was just brilliant.
As ever, the food was first class in all of the restaurants with the 'Select Dining' being particularly enjoyable with our two waiters, Sankey & Biju, being able to join in the fun whilst maintaining a very professional service.
One last point for a lot of other cruise companies to take note of - P&O does not mind you taking your own drink on board for consumption in your cabin. Refreshing in so many ways!
All in all, a great experience. Thank you P&O for restoring our faith in cruising. Read Less