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2 P&O Cruises Oriana Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Mediterranean

this was are first ever cruise so I have nothing to compare against but I can certainly tell when a ship is looking worn out. On arrival day one we had been on the ship no more than five minutes and spa treatments were being introduced ... Read More
this was are first ever cruise so I have nothing to compare against but I can certainly tell when a ship is looking worn out. On arrival day one we had been on the ship no more than five minutes and spa treatments were being introduced to us in a elevator of all places whilst we were still were carrying our hand luggage. We arrived at are cabin a hour or so later when it was ready a nice enough cabin but a few maintenance problems I.e. cupboard doors, toilet flush issues but the cabin was always kept very clean. What I found more disappointing was the general look of the ship you could see she was a grand lady in her day and still could be, but she is worked constantly without time for a refit and all maintenance is carried out at sea. All the time on our cruise the maintenance was carried out a patch work quilt of grey primer paint and white flecks of paint on the decks through grinding, a generator the size of a large van on the sun deck due to some problems below, the attrium water feature never worked for the duration of the cruise it's a shame as we were looking forward to this holiday for a long time. The food we found hit and miss Eating in the conservatory Don't bother! Eating the Oriental average. Eating in peninsular average. Eating in the ocean grill excellent. Eating in the beach house good. The entertainment on board was OK but it got a bit the same old thing at the end of the cruise. I spoke to a few people on the cruise about there experience on board and the one thing they all had in common was the way p&o had lost a lot of there traditional values, and All the changes seen on board are for the worse. As I said at the beginning of this review we hadn't cruised before so had nothing to compare it with but from my findings this was a long way from perfect compared to other cruise companys. We won't be bothering again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
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
Sail Date August 2015
Oriana Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins N/A 3.8
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms N/A 4.1
Fitness Recreation N/A 3.6
Family 2.0 3.6
Rates 4.0 3.9

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