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3 P&O Cruises Oriana Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Canary Islands

This was supposed to be a special cruise for our 60th wedding anniversary but it turned out to be very very disappointing, I realise that we are getting on a bit but we still like to have a good time and we certainly didn’t on this ship, ... Read More
This was supposed to be a special cruise for our 60th wedding anniversary but it turned out to be very very disappointing, I realise that we are getting on a bit but we still like to have a good time and we certainly didn’t on this ship, we have been on the Oriana before and should never gone again, we have cruised many times and I must say this was the worst by far. We experienced very rough seas and of coarse that’s not the fault of the ship, the crew were lovely and work very hard, as for the food it was very poor and the entertainment was third rate, I think whoever put it together thought anything was good enough for the elderly passengers, as for any dancing in the evenings it was okay if you were into old time dancing which we are not and if you liked to knit and natter or play bingo during the day then this was the cruise for you. The open dining was a feasco having to cue up for about an hour to get a table for two, I think there were a lot of disappointed people on this cruise and I know that we would never go with P&O again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The cruise was advertised as Christmas and New Year, but there was no atmosphere for either. The decorations looked as if they had been bought at Poundland not at all what we experienced on our previous Christmas Cruise to the Caribbean ... Read More
The cruise was advertised as Christmas and New Year, but there was no atmosphere for either. The decorations looked as if they had been bought at Poundland not at all what we experienced on our previous Christmas Cruise to the Caribbean on Arcadia. The Christmas cake display was abysmal and the atrium decorations were very poor. Not at all what we expected. We expected a similar standard of decorations to that which we had previously enjoyed on Arcadia. We were also disappointed with the Theatre group shows. Not with the energy or professional attitude of the cast members, but apparently the shows are on a rolling programme and the Theatre group only changes the shows every three years, so we were seeing shows we have seen on previous P&O cruises. Some of the costumes were well past their sell by date with torn flounces, 'V' shaped pieces let into the back of one costume and shorts which did not fasten. A poor showing. We were 'upgraded' to a cabin with a bath, but we would have preferred just a shower cubicle and we were not allowed to change the upgrade. Everywhere is looking its age, with tatty carpets in the restaurant, well worn seats in the theatre and chipped paintwork everywhere. Not what we have come to expect from P&O. We know Oriana is due a refurbishment in November, but the cruise price did not reflect the poor quality of the ship. There was no atmosphere on New Year's Eve as we watched the fireworks, courtesy of Tenerife Yacht Club, to the strains of the Deadwood Stage and music from Paint Your Wagon!! The haggis was not paraded through the restaurant, the chefs did not walk through the restaurant so that the passengers could demonstrate their appreciation. The staff were really great, cabin steward second to none and the waiters in the restaurant were friendly courteous and extremely helpful. WE have seen everything change, from there being no ice sculptures, or even lard sculpture, to the size of the bread rolls, the diminished size of the muffins and scones, but to cut up a French fancy in half was just beyond the pail. The self service buffet actually ran out of baked beans for breakfast on one occasion. I ask you, ran out of baked beans!! We have travelled on P&O 6 times previously, but this is the last time we will ever cruise with this company. We will cruise Cunard in future. This is not a pleas for money off a next cruise, we have already told your office that we do not wish to have the £150 off our next cruise. We are not wishing to cruise P&O ever again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
SHIP INFO Oriana is an aged ship and this is very noticeable with a lot of the ship showing signs of age and disrepair -- but this was to be expected as she is an old lady, and in her day an obviously lovely ship. What we did not ... Read More
SHIP INFO Oriana is an aged ship and this is very noticeable with a lot of the ship showing signs of age and disrepair -- but this was to be expected as she is an old lady, and in her day an obviously lovely ship. What we did not expect - is how dirty she is is overall -- and not once did we see anybody doing any cleaning anywhere on the ship (other than the restaurants) CABIN The cabin was as expected - perfectly adequate - with shower/bath - plenty of storage. We expected it to be aged as with the overall Oriana -- but not with broken elements -- and ohhh soooooo dirty. The bath was stained as was the mat - the air conditioning vent was as clogged as you could get and the window and sill were filthy. I know we should have complained - but didn't. For the first time ever, we really regretted paying our gratuities. EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION Very good -- with both - thankyou SECURITY This did bother us -- as our cards were not read - or did not work several times when going ashore. Also some friends of ours had repeated calls for them to report to the reception - i.e. they had not returned to the ship following a port call - with a very sarcastic announcement from the Captain. -- They had actually been on the ship since midday (in an area where the speaker system wasn't working)!!. When they complained about this -- were told that security isn't infallible and there are occasional problems !!! - what can you say to that following the Tunisia terrorism. ACTIVITIES Generally good -- and as with any cruise - you could partake in as much or as little as wanted. SERVICE This was extremely and noticeably poor -- Having never cruised with P&O we can only compare with other cruise lines. With the exception of the head waiter (very rare) -- the crew generally gave the impression that they didn't want to be there -- none of the usual smiles and grretings that we have had on other cruises. We since found out that the moral on this ship is as low as it could get - (we don't know why) FOOD/DINING This was adequate but nothing wonderful -- The conservatory was cafeteria style - but generally the food was really poor (mainly frozen-mass catering stuff). The food in the main dining rooms was acceptable - again not great , but perfectly adequate. The food in the specialist restaurant ( Ocean Grill) - was excellent - but we did have to pay a very large supplement (but well worth it). SHORE EXCURSIONS These were really good -- and have to say that the Port Presenter was very knowledgeable and helpful. POOLS AND OUTSIDE AREAS These unfortunately were a disgrace - generally very tired and in poor condition. What we did not expect was that sun loungers were reserved from very early morning for the whole day - (and not necessarily being used). More often than not it was impossible to find two loungers available without towels and books on etc - until very late on each day. We found that people were reserving loungers even before they went out on a port excursion! When we raised this with the staff at reception - they basically said it was not their problem. On all other cruises that we have been on -- there have been deck stewards - removing towels and making loungers available - unfortunately not so with P&O ENTERTAINMENT This was mainly very good - especially the specialist acts. The orchestra too were really good. The only negative was that the male singers in the Headliners theatre group were so weak - whoever booked them should really look again (unless they were cheap) The female leads and the chorus were excellent. SUMMARY Our overall experience with this cruise was really poor - and as a result will never sail again with P&O -- and this was also the general opion of many of the other guests that we spoke to on this cruise - many of whom had been on the Oriana before. Read Less
Sail Date July 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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