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5 P&O Cruises Oriana Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

We have just come back from the most amazing cruise around the Mediterranean. Loved every minute. The ship is adult only and we were among the youngest aged mid 50s but I think that was because the trip was 18 days and most people only get ... Read More
We have just come back from the most amazing cruise around the Mediterranean. Loved every minute. The ship is adult only and we were among the youngest aged mid 50s but I think that was because the trip was 18 days and most people only get 2 weeks summer holiday. We took our own iron as there is no luggage allowance but there is a laundry room with 4 washing machines dryers and irons. We booked excursions at every port with P and O and were all very informative but you can just get the hopper bus and do your own thing in the ports if you want to. This was our first cruise so had nothing to compare some people said the ship was tired looking but it is having a refit next year. Some cabins suffered with toilets getting blocked although we didn't have this problem. The Captain kept telling people not to put anything down the toilet.There is hand gel getting on the ship and going into the dining rooms. I took some of my own to use on land in the public toilets as ships can be prone to the norovirus bug. The medical suite is like a mini hospital but it is not NHS so take anything that you think you might need. If you want to buy water it is cheaper to buy it in the ports as we only paid about 1€. If you want water on the ship it is cheaper to buy a 1 and 1/2 litre from the bars. The entertainment was very good with different activities going on during the day and music in most bars every night. The Headliners Theatre Company were excellent with a different show every time they appeared. Guest artists were more a matter of taste but for us Gareth Oliver and the Octaves really stood out. There are lots of things to do during the day for those who are travelling on their own as well as everyone else. The ship is also very good for mobility impaired guests. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Pre ship booking good, helpful and full information for first time cruisers. Embarkation easy except nobody to tell us just unload cases from taxi and they will be picked up by porter, found out from old time cruisers (OTC). Directed to ... Read More
Pre ship booking good, helpful and full information for first time cruisers. Embarkation easy except nobody to tell us just unload cases from taxi and they will be picked up by porter, found out from old time cruisers (OTC). Directed to lunch at Conservatory Free-for-all, Grab and Stuff felt a bit pathetic holding tray and wandering around to find place to sit. From then on we called it the Pigs Trough. Cabin comfortable only problem 2 welcome folders I picked up top copy which just had a few sheets in order forms for laundry, cabin service etc. didn't bother with other copy, until days later when I knocked it over and wealth of information fell out, Regarding all manor of things that would have been so helpful from day one. We also did not know about the daily newspaper at reception, or the directory Until the last day when I was completing questionnaire asking how helpful had it been. It was printed in the back of a glossy magazine full off expensive adverts. No body on hand from day one to introduce first timers to normal routines. As I stated in the questionnaire todays first timers could be their next gold badge customers. ACTIVITIES well suited to older age group and OTC.s most were held in bars where drinks were being offered continually, making one feel uncomfortable, if keep refusing. Very unhappy of the lack of following the dress code evenings, especially the Black Tie and Themed. Nights The Service offered by ALL the ships crew was 100% First Class. Only took one P&0 shore excursion a short 2 1/2 hr round Casablanca v. disappointing could have been anywhere in the Med or up market parts of any city apart from 15 mins at the Hassan ll Mosque Stunning, CERTAINLY NOT WORTH 70 GBP DINING Apart from the Conservatory dining was a pleasure, we dined in the Peninsular and also 3 nights in the Ocean Grill, which was superb 1st Class ++++. ENTERTAINMENT Very good, Headliners very professional , apart from being cancelled on the 2nd night as the voyage was too rough for the dancers and orchestra to perform. Guest acts excellent. OVERALL Very unpleasant sailing as weather very poor (no fault of the company). Many many regular cruisers were confirming our feeling that the whole Cruise was based on making a profit, and apart from the food and service in the seated dining, the theatre and cinema, everything else carried a price tag. Certainly felt too much maintenance being carried out throughout the voyage. i.e a day spent by scuba divers in La Coruna ? doing what below sea. Painting and cleaning often closing part of Promenade Deck. A day of constant banging with a man trying to release a Pod winch followed in the afternoon with 2 men banging away. 2 nights in Cadiz for repairs on the pipes, cancelling our visit to Malaga. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Our cruise was planned to celebrate Mother’s 91st year and we booked P&O’s Oriana X314 Iberia trip departing 14 July, through Planet Cruise. This was the first proper cruise for 4 out of 6 of us so forgive any naivety or seeming ... Read More
Our cruise was planned to celebrate Mother’s 91st year and we booked P&O’s Oriana X314 Iberia trip departing 14 July, through Planet Cruise. This was the first proper cruise for 4 out of 6 of us so forgive any naivety or seeming easily pleased. We ordered a mix of cabin types at the Getaway rate, arriving separately in 3 groups and requiring 2 different dinner sittings, but the booking process was quite straightforward and Emily at Planet was very helpful. The paperwork or rather the on-line processes needed only minimal effort to get through. Planet handled our requests for decent cabins in close proximity and not getting the dreaded obstructed view extremely well although the final decision on who-goes-where is, I assume, at P&O’s discretion. We got an oceanview on E deck and 2 adjacent superior balcony suites on B deck and the respective occupants were all pleased with their cabins. The B deck cabins were much larger than our cabin E13x and included binos, atlas, dressing gown and slippers. One couple opted for the valet port parking at '£117 and the other 2 couples took 2 cars to Alternative Car Parking, Marchwood who provided an excellent, friendly and personable service for '£46 less. Highly Recommended. We were asked to check-in from 3:00 '" 3:45pm on Sunday 14 July - a very civilised time. The luggage disappeared straight into the ship from the ACP shuttlebus and we walked straight to the check-in hall with hand luggage and suit bags. A large number of desks meant very little waiting. We were briefed by a friendly, efficient lady about the procedures, credit card details taken, directed through security, and straight onto the ship. A refreshing change from the awfulness of departing from a London airport. Straight to our cabin to freshen up and make a cup of tea. Full marks to P&O for providing tea-making facilities in each cabin. Our steward was there to welcome us and talk us through shipboard life and made us feel at home straight away. Then there was a call to attend the safety drill '" in our case in the Harlequin lounge which was packed with passengers carrying their orange life jackets. The briefing was given over the tannoy by Capt Camby - a more dependable and splendid sounding chap you wouldn’t find. Back to our cabin and the suitcases were now waiting outside, so a quick un-pack and as the sailaway beckoned, we made our way to the very top deck. Ever so smoothly and gracefully the Oriana using thrusters only slipped away from the Mayflower berth, and sailed down the Solent and past the IoW in lovely sunshine. Fantastic. We decided to all eat together for the first night at the self-service Conservatory. The food was ok but to be honest I can’t remember what I ate as there was a lot to choose from. Some in our party were less than impressed '" but none of us really knew what to expect so soon into the cruise. Afterwards, we went to the Harlequin to sample the entertainment. This was dancing with the resident trio and seemed more suited to a pensioners day centre. Sorry but this was absolutely not my cup of tea so off to explore the ship and do a few laps of the Promenade Deck. My favourite spot was the stern rail watching the wake from the twin screws fade to the horizon. Magic. When you retire to your cabin, the Horizon in-house newsletter and 2 chocolates await you. We felt no noise or vibration, the temperature controls seemed to work and getting a good nights sleep wasn’t difficult. Or at least it wasn’t after the racket made by the people next door died down. Some of these cabins sleep 4 by having wall-mounted pull-down beds so possibly that procedure was making all the noise. Fortunately this was a one-off and every other night was quiet and peaceful. The cabin is snug but well equipped with a small corner sofa and table, a small flat screen tv, 4 wardrobes each with a safe(!) 2 bedside units and the ensuite shower room etc. OK for a couple but very cramped for 4. The power points are 3-pin UK type but there are no spare points so if you want to charge a phone say or power some speakers you have to unplug the tv or kettle. As mentioned above the B deck balcony cabins were much larger and better equipped but they paid twice as much as we did. Breakfast can be taken in the Peninsular restaurant with full waiter service in one sitting. Varied choices and delicious food, nicely served. Service ends at 0915 or 0930 depending on whether it was a port-of-call day. This suits passengers taking excursions which usually make an early start. For a more leisurely start to the day it has to be the Conservatory (or Smash n’ Grab as we came to call it.) All the usual buffet fare is there with a good range of cereals, seeds, fruit, eggs 3 ways, bacon, sausage, toast etc - the full works in fact. There were 4 vending areas to obtain filtered water, juices, teas and coffee. The coffee we thought was actually not too bad. Inevitably there was queuing at certain times and the hot food options generally tailed off by 10:30. There is also the Al Fresco bar that serves a more limited range of breakfast food as well as late night snacks. I only used it once at about midnight as I missed cheese and biscuits that evening. It was quite small but a relaxed and friendly place to be. Lunches were served in the Peninsular and Conservatory, but we made a point of not having lunch as breakfast had hardly been digested '" and instead took Afternoon Tea in the Peninsular. This became something of an institution. The finger sandwiches are delicious and keep on coming and then you are served scones, cream, jam, teacakes and crumpets. Sometimes the crumpets etc came before the sandwiches which was a bit odd but if you persevered you could make it happen in the right order. The only slight quibble is that you felt obliged to leave quite swiftly but the staff have to lay the tables for the 18:30 dinner service. Evening meals are served in 2 sittings in the Oriental and Peninsular restaurants whilst the Conservatory offers open buffet-style dining. There is also a Marco Pierre White and an Italian restaurant that charge supplements but we were well catered for in the Peninsular so never got around to eating anywhere else. Mum and her friend soon abandoned their 18:30 dinner sitting and joined the rest of us for 20:30, the restaurant manager happily facilitating that for us. Dinner was 5 courses: starter, soup, main, sweet, cheese and biscuits and then coffee. The wine list was good with sub-West End prices '" there was a particularly good Claret for '£14.50. Prosecco was '£18.50. If you didn’t finish a bottle, it would be put out for you the following evening. A typical menu would include a steak or Beef Wellington, lamb &/ pork, fish and a veggie option. Considering the numbers catered for the presentation was very good, service briskly efficient and the food served hot. Only once did a dish disappoint '" a rather bland roast beef. You get to know the waiting staff and when we missed dinner due to staying ashore in Gib, the next night they asked were we had been. One nice touch was a glass of fizz being served to every diner to toast the Royal birth earlier that day. Very British and very well received. We didn’t manage to visit all the bars, but the Crows Nest was OK although we could take or leave the pianist. Crichton’s was also pleasant enough. Actually our drinks bill at the end was surprisingly reasonable with no added service charges of 15% or more that you can get on other lines. The daily gratuity charge was '£3.50 per head per day and I can’t imagine anyone would baulk at that. All the staff we met were friendly, professional and helpful '" and incredibly hard working. Again the only area we would comment on is feeling slightly rushed at the end of meals. Some people like to leave to go to a bar or some other activity whereas we are ‘lingerers’ who like to chill after the meal. However it was easy to get into the swing of things and there was always somewhere else to be anyway, be it a show, film, quiz, the photography area etc. There was a resident theatre troupe called the Headliners who performed twice nightly most nights, generally in the Theatre Royal. They were excellent and all their shows were very well received. Their tour of duty actually ended with this cruise so I don’t know how they were to be replaced, but sadly for some of them I gathered that the dole queue beckoned. There was also a very funny comedy magician called Andre with a great line in Saga cruise gags and good magic tricks too. There was a crew talent show which was brilliant and a passenger talent show which was basically X Factor Lite with 5 different singing acts but of course it all depends on talented passengers coming forward. The resident band I’m sorry to say was only so-so '" there didn’t seem to be much rapport between them. The guitarist who played some lunch times by the pool was very good '" a shame he didn’t get some evening slots. The theatre is very well equipped in terms of sound and lighting, on a par with a very good provincial theatre. The Chaplin Cinema screened Skyfall, Quartet, Lincoln, The Queen and several other recent films, several times a day. A great place to go on a day at sea when the weather isn’t too good. There were quizzes every day and evening and perhaps best of all a series of 5 lectures about the Assassination of Concorde. An in-depth no-holds-barred account by an insider of the disgraceful circumstances surrounding the ending of Concorde flights. Two of our party enjoyed the Zumba classes and the gym has a panoramic view over the bow of the ship. None of us visited the spa so cannot comment and there were various art classes, photography sessions and other stuff which we didn’t get to try but as we enjoyed such fantastic weather we mostly sunned ourselves on deck. Naturally on a glorious day at sea there is more pressure on sun-loungers but we always managed to find space somewhere. By 5:30pm most passengers seemed to vanish so the sunny areas would be deserted. I’m not a fan of chlorinated swimming pools so cannot comment on them but they were enjoyed by others in our party. The second smaller theatre (Pacific Lounge) where the lectures were held was not ideal as there were seats having pillars spoiling the view and the tub seats face the wrong way but I guess they are trying to create a cabaret/club vibe. There were 3 formal nights when the penguin suits got an airing, the first one being an opportunity to meet and have a snap taken with Capt Camby. Never done that sort of thing before but actually good fun and the ladies loved to dress up. If you want to steer clear, the Conservatory caters for casual dressers. The ship’s photographers have a field day on the formal nights and also at the gang plank but there is no pressure to buy, but the good photos are hard to resist. They even expertly photo-shopped a pic for me at no extra charge. Although the ship was full with approx 1,880 passengers, the only times you were aware of crowding was in the Conservatory at breakfast, the Theatres and sunny days on deck. We never queued to disembark at ports, we always went straight to our table for dinner, there was always space in the bars, and during my late night laps of the Promenade deck would seldom see anyone apart from maintenance crew. There are some shops in the Atrium on decks 6/7 but these weren’t brilliant, mainly selling cheap watches and baubles or expensive designer stuff, and duty frees. The only paid excursion we did was the Andalucian Drive from Cadiz. That was actually disappointingly dull and not helped by the coach breaking down in the middle of nowhere. We were sitting at the back and on every hill I could smell the tell-tale stench of cooked clutch. Eventually the bus gave up the ghost on a narrow country road and the rescue bus had to reverse several miles to get to us and then proceed in the wrong direction. When we got back to the ship there was indeed a long queue to get aboard as all the tour buses seem to return at the same time, so we walked back to town and had an interesting mooch around instead. Most ports were departed between 3 and 5pm which was a bit too early in my view but at Gibraltar we did get a full day ashore. Some of us went up the Rock and others spent the day on the beach and met the most delightfully friendly locals who gave mum one of their umbrellas and deckchairs as it was so so hot. My electric razor had managed to flatten itself on the journey to Southampton and nobody on board seemed to have a Philips Philishave power lead so I left it with one of the many electrical stores on Main Street and they charged it up for me. Also Bombay Sapphire gin is under a tenner in Gib! After a few drinks to get rid of '£Gib notes in Casemates Square we eventually got back to Oriana at about 21:00. By the time we got to the Conservatory it was almost closing down but the head waiter made sure we were all fed. As a bonus they served the best prawn curry we had ever tasted. Lisbon was one of the disappointingly short stays but we had time to get a train out to Cascais, shop, walk along the prom to Estoril for coffee in a beach bar, get the train back and a bit more shopping near the terminal. That day the IT system failed so the crew couldn’t be sure that every passenger smart card had registered upon embarkation so everyone had to return to their cabins to be checked in by their steward. The delay amounted to about an hour so we had our Afternoon Tea and were back on deck in time to enjoy the ships horn blast out Capt Camby’s signature tune as we sailed under the huge 25 April Bridge. The Captain always gave a summary of the day at 1800 and let us know what sort of sea conditions and weather to expect and ended with a humorous anecdote or saying. According to Channel 1 on the cabin tv the worst sea we got was Force 7 which made the ship move only ever so slightly, and with nothing more than a Force 2/3 across the Bay of Biscay we were indeed blessed. During my nocturnal perambulations I noticed that the beautiful teak decks get washed down every night by a crewman. Other reviewers criticise the Reception staff as being unfriendly. When I was frequently in their company trying to get my razor sorted we had some great banter and I found the girls to be delightful. Our steward kept our cabin clean and tidy, others as stated were forever cleaning the decks and other parts of the ship, there were hand-sanitising kits by all the restaurants and as far as I know there was no noro-virus on our cruise. Phew! There is a well-practised routine for disembarkation '" do all your packing, leaving out only your going-home-items, suitcases to be labelled and left outside by 2am. Breakfast served up to 8am and sit around awaiting your allocated time, notified by colour-coded cards. The procedure went very smoothly and at least half-an-hour earlier than expected we got the call to proceed to Deck 5, go ashore to find your suitcases laid out in lettered bays representing your Deck, through customs and straight to the ACP shuttlebus. Totally efficient and painless. We found the Oriana to be a wonderful ship, clearly loved by the Capt and crew and it would seem most other passengers. An enormous tower block of a ship carrying 3000+ assorted families she aint and thank goodness for that. If we could sail on her tomorrow we would; did we a have a fabulous holiday '" oh yes. Roll on the next time.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We have just returned from a two week cruise on the Oriana X310 to the Western Mediterranean. This was our first cruise and was a huge learning curve.We had booked valet car parking at Southampton, which went like a dream. We walked away ... Read More
We have just returned from a two week cruise on the Oriana X310 to the Western Mediterranean. This was our first cruise and was a huge learning curve.We had booked valet car parking at Southampton, which went like a dream. We walked away from the car, the porter took our luggage and we went through a very smooth check in. All staff very welcoming and efficient. Our luggage turned up very promptly a little bit later. A wonderful start!We found our cabin - a outside cabin on F deck – just forward of reception. The cabin was a good size with plenty of storage space with a window, personally we would not have booked had only inside cabins been available. The cabin was very clean and kept in excellent order by our Cabin Steward, Eleanor, who was very personable and attentive.We had made an early booking and were able to choose our dining time and table size. We were on a rectangular table of 6 by the window in the first sitting (6.30pm) in the Oriental Restaurant. The waiters tended to be quiet and efficient going about their business. We would like to think that some planning went into selecting table companions as ours were within a few years the same age as ourselves, they were also seasoned cruise passengers.We had been really looking forward to dressing up on the Black Tie nights and the Smart nights and those nights did not disappoint as the majority of passengers were dressed to the “nines”. We did find that nothing special had been arranged in the dining room or for the entertainment, it was no different to all the other nights, this was a disappointment as we thought the dining room would be decorated for the black tie nights.There was always something to eat on the Oriana. The quality of the food in the Oriental for the last two nights was what we had expected, however the other nights were disappointing with the quality being on par with pub food, indeed I have had better at J.D. Weatherspoons! We tended to breakfast in the Conservatory, which is basically a canteen, however the service and quality of food was fine, but due to the noro virous sickness bug which was evident for the whole of the cruise all food and utensils were served to all passengers by the crew. We did dine in the Marco Pierre White Ocean Grill one night for a supplement – the food and service here was what we had expected for the Oriental! and was really good. We also dined one night in the Serrento – the Italian restaurant I would not recommend this to anyone very poor overall.If we had lunch we did not have afternoon tea and vice versa – we always had these in the Conservatory and we found this fine – the pastries are to kill for!All waiters were always fast and efficient and excellent at clearing and cleaning tables in all the restaurants.The price of drinks in the bars was reasonable and the range was OK. The waiters were very attentive, however after the first few days we did start asking the waiters to give us time to make our choice as we were finding that as soon as we had sat down there was a waiter there to take your order.We thought there was a very good range of entertainment to suit all tastes, including films like Les Miserable, Quartet, Argo, Lincoln and Skyfall which were spread out over the week at different times of the day, so if one session was inconvenient to you, another time would suit. The entertainment team worked extremely hard as did all the restaurant staff.However the same could not be said of the Reception staff when they could be bothered to speak you. We were on the 6.30pm dinner siting, on one day we returned tour cabin a little later than planned and when we went to use the shower we found that we could not adjust the temperature which would have resulted in having a scolding hot shower, as our cabin was positioned very close to reception I went and reported this fault, they assured me that they would report this and get a plumber/engineer along to rectify the problem this was 6.10pm I did explain that we were on the 6.30 dinning siting and we needed a shower, it was suggested that we use the public showers on deck 12 – these are the showers adjacent the pools on the sun decks. After 10mins I did phone reception to enquire when the plumber would arrive to be told soon. I went back to reception at 6.30 to be told the plumber was on their way. I went back again at 6.35 spoke a different receptionist and waited while she phoned maintenance to report he fault – a plumber eventually arrived at our cabin at 6.45 – it took him just 2 minutes to fix the problem as far as he was concerned he came as soon as the fault was reported. Essentially the reception staff just did not care.The Vanguard Band and the Oriana trio were both disappointing as neither appeared to have a pre-arranged playlist and held a discussion between each number as to what they would play next! As we had both been looking forward to dancing the night away with ballroom dances we found this disappointing, on the bands breaks there was only the choice of sequence dancing. Although there was a more than capable DJ on board (Adam) who was excellent and would and did play all requests. However he was used very sparingly by the entertainments manager. There are two “dancing” venues – the Harlequins and the Pacific Lounge –it would have been nice if Adam had been on at the Pacific Lounge every other night from say 9.30pm.We had pre-booked 4 shore excursions, however due to border issues with the Spanish at Gibraltar the Gibraltar trip was cancelled, the three trips we did the trip at Alicante for the Moors was the worst – the guide was Polish and although seemed to know the history etc. his main concern was explaining the sangria and tapas lifestyle he enjoyed. The Barcelona Gothic quarter walking tour was very good indeed with a knowledgable guide who was prepared to take time to answer questions. The third trip was a walking tour of Lisbon – I could not make this trip but my wife did and she reported that the standard was similar to Barcelona. We plan to revisit both Barcelona and Lisbon for extended weekend visits.We passed the captain several times during the cruise, usually in the evening and although we generally spoke saying “good evening” he did not respond even with a nod of his head, thus giving a very aloof attitude. However he did speak on the last black tie night when he thought we were going to have our picture taken with him – we did not!!As stated before noro virus was an issue for the whole cruise. I suffer an allergic reaction to Shellfish and the symptoms are similar to noro virus. On the one night a seafood platter was on the menu, naturally I did not chose this, however I believe that my meal was cross contaminated as at 2.00am the following morning I was being sick etc. As requested by the medical team I reported this and was promptly confined to my cabin, I did try to explain to them my issue with shellfish – they were not interested and reminded me that I could be forcibly disembarked at the next pot of call if I did not stay in my cabin – this resulted in me missing a visit to Gibraltar and Lisbon! In discussions with the medical team it was apparent that as far as they were concerned the presence of noro virus was entirely the fault of the passengers!!The issue was noro virus was evident for the duration of the cruise with constant announcements from the captain and others reminding us to wash our hands, use the alcoholic hand gel and to try and use our cabin toilets. There were also additional cleaning teams around the ship wearing face masks and forever washing hand rail sand other hard surfaces. However it is apparent that this virus is present on the ship and despite the efforts from the passengers and crew the issue has not been resolved. maybe it is time the ship was taken out of service and have all soft furnishings replaced then have the whole ship steam cleaned – that would cost money!Disembarkation was just as easy as embarkation we were off the Oriana by 8.45am and home by 10.15am we live just 45 miles away from SouthamptonSo all in all, a reasonable experience of a first cruise! However overall the cruise did not live up to expectation.Will we cruise again – yes but only after much more research on the ship and cruise line and preferably from Southampton.Will it be with P and O – unlikely Will it be with Princess Cruises – possiblyWill it be on the Oriana – I will stay at home if this is the only choice!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Joining the cruise couldn't have been simpler. Parked in Southampton using Parkatmyhouse website. Cost was only £51 for seventeen days! Check-in procedure was speedily accomplished. Cabin was ready and well prepared and spotless. ... Read More
Joining the cruise couldn't have been simpler. Parked in Southampton using Parkatmyhouse website. Cost was only £51 for seventeen days! Check-in procedure was speedily accomplished. Cabin was ready and well prepared and spotless. We wondered about how the Oriana would appear as we had seen it described as having 'faded glory', but there was no sign of this after the refit it had just completed. Looked like much of the paintwork was new and many of the carpets looked the same. We dined in The Peninsular Restaurant and couldn't fault the choice of food or the attention the the waiters. There were always some things suitable on the main menu for fish eating vegetarians, but every evening the Head waiter would bring round the special vegetarian menu to see if anything was required from that. We didn't find the activities very interesting to us. The lectures in particular were not on interesting subjects, for example there were several about Concorde. Some of the entertainment was good. The Headliners company twice did a fun pantomime for adults, once with standing room only left. They also did some very professional dance shows, although the tribute to Freddie Mercury could not do him any justice. We only went on one shore excursion (in Gibraltar) and we thought it was worthwhile, in that we learnt quite a lot about the place.We went ashore at every pot we called at and did our own thing. We had a superb taxi/guide in Lisbon(Lisbon Taxis) which cost no more that the ships excursion would have, and took us to Sintra, Cascais and then the Gulbenkian museum in Lisbon. We tried to do too much in Rome, and learnt a lesson about cruising thereby.All in all we enjoyed our first experience of cruising. We could not fault P&O or the Oriana. The organisation was superb, almost mind-boggling. The atmosphere aboard ship, the food and cabin exceeded our expectations We are not hooked on cruising but will probably do it again sometime. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
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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