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83 P&O Cruises Venice Cruise Reviews

We were looking forward to this cruise as it stopped in Kotor and Corfu where we'd never been before. We had an early morning flight from Manchester to Venice so, as our cabin wasn't ready, we decided to go into Venice. A ... Read More
We were looking forward to this cruise as it stopped in Kotor and Corfu where we'd never been before. We had an early morning flight from Manchester to Venice so, as our cabin wasn't ready, we decided to go into Venice. A friend had advised going on the Grand Canal by water taxi or similar but when we spoke to a P&O rep when we got off the ship she said that we should catch the shuttle, then the people mover and then go on the canal. There were about 15 passengers discussing this and like sheep we all followed her instructions. To cut a story short we ended up walking into Venice and on our return saw the water taxis etc very close to where we'd got on the shuttle bus! Surely the rep should have known this. On our second evening we went to the Captain's welcome party. My husband and I both started to feel unwell before we'd had anything to eat or drink. There was nowhere to sit so we returned to our cabin. I was violently sick and not long after my husband had diarrhoea through the night. On phoning reception we were told to stay in our cabin and someone from the medical centre would phone us. We were told that we would have to stay in our cabin for a minimum of 24 hours - later this was changed to 48 hours. We were told we could order from the room service menu. We only ordered once.The food was inedible. It was so dry you couldn't cut it with the plastic utensils. Luckily we weren't hungry. Then we were charged for two bottles of water! Disgusting! So from brunch on 13th we pretty much ate nothing until breakfast on 16th. We missed Kotor and Corfu. When we were allowed out of our cabin at 9pm on 15th we went to reception and complained about the charge for water. The comment was that we could have drunk from the taps if we didn't want to pay. It wasn't the cost, it was the principle as water was all we could drink. Eventually we were told we wouldn't be charged. During those days confined to our cabin we had two phone calls each day from the medical centre to see how we were but that was all. When we had 'recovered' there wasn't even a courtesy call to see how we were progressing or to offer any support - we were just a number in a cabin. We were told we probably had Norovirus and we were obviously not the only ones. The Captain gave daily updates and a letter was sent to all cabins advising that Norovirus was onboard . The rest of the cruise was spoiled as we didn't have the energy to do much so at Civitavvechia and Ajaccio (where we'd been before) we took a half day tour each day as we couldn't face walking around a lot, especially in Rome. On the days we were at sea there wasn't a great deal of entertainment other than bingo and quizes. In the evening some of the shows were cancelled - perhaps the entertainers also had the virus. The food was ok but not as good as we've had on other cruises - Thomson's. The service in the restaurants was very slow. On the last evening we went to the restaurant at 6:30 and hadn't had our coffee at 8:15. We skipped coffee as we were hoping to go to our first show but found when we arrived that there was nowhere to sit. There was a second show at 10:30 but we had to be up early the following morning so we didn't bother. I enquired at reception whether we could receive any compensation and was told no. I later wrote to P&O saying how disappointed I was. I sent it by recorded delivery over three weeks ago and have received no reply. I think this is very bad mannered to not even acknowledge my letter. Needless to say we won't be cruising with P&O again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I chose the Oceana because she was a medium size ship, so not too big for a first voyage, as I was travelling on my own. I did a fly-cruise holiday as I love flying and flew from Manchester Airport to Venice where I boarded her. The ... Read More
I chose the Oceana because she was a medium size ship, so not too big for a first voyage, as I was travelling on my own. I did a fly-cruise holiday as I love flying and flew from Manchester Airport to Venice where I boarded her. The transition through the airport was fairly smooth and I boarded the plane and found my seat very easily. I really enjoyed my flight, and thought that the extra £10.00 I paid for my window seat, was exceptional value as I got a beautiful view of the sunrise (we had taken off at about 6.30 am BST, and I was seated on the port (or east side) of the aircraft as we flew south) and the Alps as we flew over them. The cabin staff couldn't be more helpful, and the drop down screens above some of the seats, showed a more or less continuous map of our flight, which I also enjoyed watching. When I reached Venice my transition from the aircraft to the coach (which took me to my ship) was very uneventful and my embarkation of Oceana went very smoothly as I was told what to do and where to go. My first meal on board was a bar-be-que style meal and very enjoyable (as were all the meals that I had on her). When I was told that my cabin was ready for me, I thought that my cases would be outside my it, but I had to wait a little while for them to arrive. I was pleased with the fact that for my first evening meal, the dress code was smart casual (which meant that, like most people, I was able to stay in the clothes that I had travelled in for it). The Black Tie evenings were all fairly low key affairs but I was pleased to see that many families made sure that their children also dressed up for them. Even though I was led to believe that black and white would be the main colours for these evenings, other, brighter, colours were acceptable. The only criticism that I have about the evening meals was that the menus tended to be very "samey" (i.e. there was not much difference in the choice each evening). I chose Freedom Dining so that I could sit at a different table each evening and meet new people. This was an experience that I enjoyed as I don't socialise very much at home. The ship herself was a lovely one for sailing on as her passage over the seas was mainly very smooth. There were a few nights and days when the sea was a bit "choppy" and she had to use her stabilisers, but that was at the end of the voyage when we entered the Bay of Biscay (which is known for its rougher seas) and because of the time of year (October). This meant that I felt the motion of her sailing through the sea a little bit more than for the rest of the trip, but it was still not enough to make me feel seasick. I knew when I booked my holiday that she was a family ship, but, due mainly, again to the time of the year, there were not many children on board, and the ones that were travelling with us, were either very young or kept under control most of the time. My cabin was very well looked after, especially during the 3 or 4 days that I was unfortunately confined to it, due to an outbreak of the Norovirus (which I unfortunately caught). My cabin steward came in about 3 or 4 times a day to clean it whilst I was ill. As soon as the outbreak was over, the captain ordered a deep clean of the ship, and the hygiene standards were maintained during the rest of the trip. I don't know how many of us suffered from it, but I think that it was quite a few. I was very glad that I had paid out the extra for a Balcony cabin, as I was able to sit out on it and watch what was going on in the ports. (My cabin was on the port (or left) side of the ship, which is the side she was mainly tied up on whilst she was in dock). Lucky for me the weather wasn't too bad so I was able to do some sunbathing as well. I found the bed to be very comfortable and, being a Queen sized one, very spacious. I could not hear any noise from outside my cabin or the cabins either side of it. I really enjoyed watching the on board tv channel which showed me where I was, the weather and sea conditions, our itinerary and our speed and direction of travel at all times (especially whilst I was ill). I only attended a couple of the entertainments, but this was due solely to my choice, and they were very good, also, I did not take part in many of the activities (again due to my choice). I did try to have a walk around the decks at least once a day, after my cabin confinement, depending on the weather, as well as I having a couple of swimming sessions in 2 of the pools which were situated on the Sundeck. I preferred the smaller one as it was a similar depth all over so I could put my feet down whenever I needed to, and the water was a bit warmer. I did think that the fact that there were no lifeguards on duty at any of the pools was wrong, but this did not prove to be too hazardous as most parents kept an eye on their children whilst they were bathing. The service in the self-service restaurant was very good and even though, during the Norovirus outbreak, the catering staff had to serve me the food that I chose, I found that this did not mean that I had less to eat, or that the variety of food on offer was deminished. The quality of this food was very good indeed and I enjoyed a full breakfast everyday (once I was allowed back in to the restaurant). When I was allowed to serve myself again, I did tend to over-eat, which meant that I chose to skip my lunches in favour of my evening meals. I decided not to go ashore on any of the excursions, as I cannot walk too far due to the fact that I get puffed out very easily. Also, my sense of direction is not very good and (because I was travelling on my own) I was afraid of getting lost and, maybe, being left in the port when the ship sailed (not that anyone was). I thought that the fact that the on board shops were shut whilst we were in port, was very disappointing as that is when I would have preferred to do my shopping. I also thought that some of the prices in the shops and bars were a bit dearer than I was originally lead to expect, but, in retrospect, I can understand that this was due to the fact that it was a case of "captive custom". As to the library I found this to be well stocked with a variety of authors and types of books. I also enjoyed reading the daily newsletter which told me about the next day's activities both on and off the ship, and was delivered to the cabins each evening. The captain kept us informed of the progress of the virus, and the hygiene suggestions and rules both before, during and after the outbreak. Finally, our transition from Oceana to the shore at Southampton was again very smooth. The only thing that went wrong (and this was not P&O's fault) was the fact that 3 of the passengers that our coach driver thought he was meant to be taking home, did not turn up to board the coach. He waited about an hour for them, and tried everything in his power to find them (he rang their mobiles, and someone went back into the luggage hall to see if they were still there) but they were not to be found. It turned out that they were booked on another coach as well as our one, and whether or not they managed to get on that one is anybody's guess, as we had to leave without them in the end. Our driver could not have been more helpful and accommodating and he made the drive to the dropping off point was very uneventful. All in all I had a very enjoyable and safe holiday (apart from the fact that most of the serving staff were foreigners whose accents I found hard to understand) thanks to P&O's ship Oceana and her crew, and would love to sail with P&O again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I chose this cruise for itinery. The cabin was dirty and never cleaned during the 7 day cruise other than when my partner contracted norovirus then it had a one off deep clean. other than that towel change only. staff unhappy food ... Read More
I chose this cruise for itinery. The cabin was dirty and never cleaned during the 7 day cruise other than when my partner contracted norovirus then it had a one off deep clean. other than that towel change only. staff unhappy food average but food contamination caused illness accross ship and I lost faith in the hygiene. I noticed that sideplates were used without being washed as they had crumbs from previous user YUK. This was despite norovirus being widespread on ship and the captain blamed passengers for bringing it on board. Have since read that this ship has failed public health inspections. customers who contracted norovirus were confined to cabin for 3 days and informed that medical treatment would be charged for. I was also informed that no refund or part refund would be considered. Treated like a criminal when sick and confined to cabin and told to order through room service which was chargeable. Very poor show P&O It should also be mentioned that entertainment was 3rd rate but they tried their best. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
with 2 friends we chose this cruise as we were looking for a week of relaxation and sun. However, we have tended to travel on smaller ships and on them we really enjoyed the excellent food , the good but low key entertainment and the ... Read More
with 2 friends we chose this cruise as we were looking for a week of relaxation and sun. However, we have tended to travel on smaller ships and on them we really enjoyed the excellent food , the good but low key entertainment and the really interesting talks by differnt speakers.. some on the ports we would visit and others of historical or architectural interest, We had been assured that the bigger ships were just as good but were disappointed by the Oceana! The only talks on this cruise were by a vet telling us of some "hilarious moments from his practise" and one on L.Sl Lowery and the speaker had less knowlledge than I had about Lowery.... seemed to spend most of his time asking the audience questions! So no enrichments talks on this cruise. We were also told of the wonderful food supplied on the bigger ships and we believed this because of the wonderful meals we had eaten on smaller ships. Alas, the buffer in the Plaza seemed to have lots of fried food and not a great deal of choice. The evening dinner in the Adriatic restaurant was "ok" but have eated better and seen a more inspired choice of dishes in our local hotels. As for the entertainment..... most of them seemed to be rejects from various TV talent shows. The Headliners didnt really have anyone who could sing and/or dance properly but the Flylights were wonderful... good singers, dancers, and had banter with the audience. However, there two shows were the only entertainment we enjoyed... not good enough for a ship the size of the Oceans We also had that wonderful guest on board Norovirus.... luckily we didnt succumbe but many others did. Aside from the Norovirus which the crew tackled energetically, we were just all round disappointed with the "bigger ship" Far from the wonderful entertainment and delicious food .. it was just ordinary. Thankfully the service was excellent in all departments. However, we have decided to go back to the smaller ships and have already booked one for next May! We met several guests who were returning passengers and they were all disappointed in the Ocean this time and said it had gone downhill. It is a beautiful ship and well laid out .. always a wee corner to sit in and we were not aware of the amount of people on board but I think someone needs to get it up to the standard it used to have and should maintain all the time Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We are seasoned cruisers and our first time on this ship. The public areas are very good but the cabins are old and shabby and in desperate need of a makeover. Ours D601 was cramped and dirty, the remote control and the phone covered in ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers and our first time on this ship. The public areas are very good but the cabins are old and shabby and in desperate need of a makeover. Ours D601 was cramped and dirty, the remote control and the phone covered in dust and something splattered on the wall picture. The drawers were rickety and bashed about and looking out of our obscured view window ( I knew we had one ) we had rusty paintwork.The shower was very feeble. I did not complain as I did not want to get the cabin steward in trouble - they work incredibly hard and are under a lot of time pressure. having said that, my sister's balcony cabin was better. We were fortunate enough not to contract Norovirus which occurred on this voyage, the staff were on this immediately and put measures in place to resolve it. Towards the end of the cruise the situation was resolved, but we never found out how many were affected. I somewhat resent the Captain's assertion that a passenger may have brought it on board- this could be true but have since learned that the ship failed a hygiene inspection earlier this year. We did enjoy the cruise, good destinations, entertainment and food but come on P and O, you are in danger of losing your place in my affections as my favourite cruise line. 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
The itinerary was good with some varied and interesting ports. As usual some of the excursions were quite expensive and it is always advisable to try to book your own if possible. The reviews we read before the cruise did put us off a ... Read More
The itinerary was good with some varied and interesting ports. As usual some of the excursions were quite expensive and it is always advisable to try to book your own if possible. The reviews we read before the cruise did put us off a bit but. The actual experience was better than we expected. The ship is a bit old but the food, entertainment and general ambiance was about the best we have experienced with P and O. We had a balcony cabin on c deck which was on the small side. After looking at an outside cabin next to ours this was probably better and more space inside the cabin. If you really want a balcony better off making sure about the size, probably on a or b deck. All the staff were friendly and could not be faulted. We did try the Marco Pierre dining option which was disappointing both in terms of the food and location which lacked atmosphere and was noisy. The usual complaint about passengers reserving sunbeds despite notices requesting people not to place towels etc. nothing done about it Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Just returned from our second cruise this year aboard P & O Oceana Our last experience left a lot to be desired and I was surprised that my partner entertained the prospect of another cruise with P & O and even the same ship. ... Read More
Just returned from our second cruise this year aboard P & O Oceana Our last experience left a lot to be desired and I was surprised that my partner entertained the prospect of another cruise with P & O and even the same ship. She was won over by the itinerary and the price We had some issues regarding our flight booking and spent far too long trying to sort with P & O customer service before we departed, and still had no joy ( just couldn’t get to speak with anyone and when we did they wouldn’t help) our travel agent tried also and also had no joy! Since returning I’ve contacted customer service, we will see if they come back to me Once we arrived at Marco Polo airport the holiday began and P & O ran like a well oiled machine, they couldn’t be faulted. We were aboard Oceana well before noon and told the cabins would be available from 1pm. We headed to the Plaza for a bite and a tea and then headed down to our cabin at 1pm. Antonio who was our room steward on the last cruise said the cabin wasn’t ready but we could drop our things off. We then headed for the water taxi into Venice after buying a ticket at the head of the pier. Had a great afternoon ashore but had to return for the muster at 5.30pm, we then returned to the Plaza and headed back ashore for the evening (using the same water taxi tickets). Well worth doing We were lucky and didn’t have to tender once for the whole two weeks although I don’t think this is always the case. The ports of call were all great and we used Cruising excursions for most of the tours (Kotor, Corfu, Rome, Genoa, Livorno, Naples, Dubrovnik) using P & O tours for Ajaccio and the return visit to Venice only Kotor, we were docked right against the old town. Corfu, we docked at the end of the pier and a free shuttle bus ran to the customs building although it is an easy three minute walk. Civitavecchia, we docked at the end of the pier and had to take the free shuttle bus (although I did see people walking) to the port. Ajaccio, we docked almost in the town (a five minute easy walk). Genoa, docked at the pier and a five minute+ walk through the terminal to the pickup area. Livorno again at the pier with a shuttle to the pickup area. Naples docked at the pier and a walk through the terminal (up and down levels) to the pickup area. Dubrovnik, we docked under the bridge, quite a way from the old town but we were picked up alongside the ship by our tour. Venice, we sailed in past Venice and docked a little further along as before, our P & O tour started and finished at the ship so no water taxi was required In general Oceana has had a lot of work done to her in the six months since we were last on board. I still can’t fault the food in either the Plaza or the formal dining rooms (we changed dining rooms half way through so experienced both). We did order breakfast a couple of times to be delivered to the room and found it to be rather lacking/uninteresting. We found without exception all the staff to be helpful, polite and in good spirits. I especially enjoyed some of the Captains announcements, he has a good sense of humour Loved the “pool police” who monitored the sun beds. If a sun bed was empty for 20mins they left a note and if empty again on their return the contents of the sun bed was collected and put in a plastic bag and removed. At last a company that’s not afraid to tackle the sun bed abusers. As per usual first thing in the morning the beds were occupied by rows of blue towels with no one on them! On sea days especially you really couldn’t get a bed We found the entertainment to be much better than last time. The Headliners team had changed and although we saw the same shows as before they were so much better and well worth seeing this time. Nigel the entertainment manager was in full view this time and made a lot of the announcements in person! In fact the majority of the shows were (almost word for word) the same as we saw before but worth seeing again. The onboard house band was also good In general we had a really fab two weeks aboard and met some lovely people. I like Oceana as she’s not too big. We are so glad we gave P & O a second chance, they redeemed themselves completely Would we go again? Can’t wait! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Having cruised for many years and with different cruise lines I felt that this time I was left wanting more from this trip! Embarkation was very quick and smooth at venice and luckily we had an early morning flight so had time to ... Read More
Having cruised for many years and with different cruise lines I felt that this time I was left wanting more from this trip! Embarkation was very quick and smooth at venice and luckily we had an early morning flight so had time to explore Venice prior to departure. our Cabin was deck 9 619 and I felt that it needed some updating, the cabin was kept clean and tidy by our steward but the walls were marked and the shower did not stay at a constant temperature. The balcony was non-existent really, just about squeezed two chairs on. One evening as the balcony doors seal was degrading we had a howling wind come into the cabin and had to sleep with the balcony door open - not ideal! As mentioned by others sun beds on a sea day were non existent if you were not up at 6am! The little notes left warning those who left their beds had no effect and people reserved them anyway. Even the lower sun decks were all taken. The spa and trips were both overpriced. The plaza was packed every meal time and was too small to accommodate the number of passengers onboard and it became a battle at breakfast and lunch. There was a distinct lack of vegetarian options. One evening there was none at all apart from a Parmesan pasta labelled as vegetarian - bearing in mind Parmesan isn't vegetarian! The main restaurant did have a vegetarian menu you had to order from 24 hours before for dinner. Entertainment was OK, lacked variety in the evenings. The ship itself is ready for its refit in 2017. The ports we stopped at were: Venice - amazing but packed! Kotor (Montenegro) - lovely for a couple of hours exploring the town and city walls Corfu - You are dropped into town - which is a typical tourist town - fake bags and tat. If visiting Corfu definitely book a trip. Rome (Civitavechia) - Amazing but packed in August - beware of huge queues at the Colosseum and Vatican museum! Ajaccio (Corsica) - Pretty little town with a mixture of tourist shops and boutique stores- definitely recommend a tour here. We did wine tasting which was fab as you got to see more of the island and also the vineyards! (top tip: bring your own corkscrew so you can sample your purchases on board without the corkage fee). Genoa - we disembarked here and the disembarkation process was efficient. Service aboard the ship was as good as ever. The reason I rate it as average is in summary, the overpricing of spa and trips, lack of seating on sun decks, plaza being too small and lacking variety, cabin needing refurbishment and lastly Corfu was in my eyes a waste of time as a stop. I have had better itineraries and smarter ships on other cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Itinerary great port calls well organised ship ok needs updating going in for refurb apparently but adequate good selection of entertainment comedian singers selection for all plus casino food appalling, basic food, cold un cooked ... Read More
Itinerary great port calls well organised ship ok needs updating going in for refurb apparently but adequate good selection of entertainment comedian singers selection for all plus casino food appalling, basic food, cold un cooked veg, meat over cooked and replacement meals as bad. Buffet not serving what is on the menu and very poor quality Service ok waiters had to apologise for poor quality food Service round the pool excellent I thought food would have improved from last year on the Ventura but it's worst Carnival needs to sort this out lots of people saying they won't go with p and o again expected more from American owned ship Cabin nice small shower room but adequate balcony small with two chairs and a table our cabin person very good Trips packed a lot into a day out well organised shuttle buses available for a fee Always lots of staff to give information and advice Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We have just returned from a week on board P & O Oceana (Venice to Genoa) and here’s what we as a family think. Firstly let me say this is not our 1st cruise we have been cruising since the mid 90’s. After booking Oceana I ... Read More
We have just returned from a week on board P & O Oceana (Venice to Genoa) and here’s what we as a family think. Firstly let me say this is not our 1st cruise we have been cruising since the mid 90’s. After booking Oceana I like many others decided to look at cruise critic and I was shocked by some of the negative reviews and wondered what I had let myself and my family in for. Well the first thing I will say is we had a wonderful week and I need not have been worried about the reviews I had read. From our flight from Newcastle on Titan Airways to the speedy and competent check in and embarkation procedure at Venice we have no complaints, everything ran very smoothly. Our cabin..........we were on deck 9 in cabin 620 and it was 1 of the largest 3birth cabins we have had the pleasure to stay in. It was spotlessly clean and kept that way by our cabin steward Angelo. Yes the shower was in need of a little repair here and there but this in no way impacted on our holiday. The tea and coffee making facilities are a welcome extra and are filled twice daily. Food on board was of a good standard, we ate in the Atrium restaurant every night on 2nd sitting (8.30) and there was always something we all fancied on the menu and never anything we didn’t eat because we didn’t like it. During the day we tended to eat from the Grill and have some salad from the Plaza which can get rather busy at times but that’s to be expected with so many people in a small confined space. Afternoon tea in the restaurant was lovely. Drinks were mostly at a good price not much different to what we pay at home to be honest. We got the Soda package for our son who is 13 and thought it to be a tad expensive to be fare at £35.00 as it’s only for 20 drinks and it’s only applicable to Pepsi, diet Pepsi and lemonade. We have had much better value packages with different cruise companies with a much better unlimited drinks selection. Sun bed’s .............mm well if you were lucky enough to find a sun bed on sea days ...keeping it was a bit trickier. If you leave your sun bed for anymore than 15 minutes the sun bed police come and put a note on it informing you that should you not return within the next 15 minutes they will remove your belongings and allocate you sun bed to someone else. I totally understand this and have no problem with the process except P & O have a rule that any child under 16 in the pool MUST be supervised at all times, My son is 13 and a good strong swimmer but either myself or my husband had to be at the pool with him doing our supervision thus at least 2 sun beds left un attended meaning a note on the beds. So meaning the other parent couldn't go for a drink or relax in 1 of the Jacuzzi they had to keep an eye on the sun beds. At around 8am on sea days all the beds were gone, I saw several people eating their breakfast while sat on their sun bed Trips we thought were overpriced. Especially as our son is now classed as an adult so we have to pay full fare for him. For example a trip into Rome by train from the ship is priced at £44 each. We managed to do the same journey for €15 each that’s a big difference. Also the ship did a transfer into Corfu town from the Cruise terminal it was £4 per adult and £2 per child this was only 1 way and not return to go less than a mile. Entertainment was quite good and worth watching, we had a comedian and a magician the week we were on together with the ships own entertainment crew who were of a good standard. All the staff on board were friendly and helpful considering the long hours they work they were always on hand with a smile and ready to help. Each and every ship we have ever been on have been doing some sort of maintenance at one time or another, the Oceana is no exception this did not impact on our holiday. When you consider these ships are in service 24/7 365 days a year they have to do the maintenance at some stage. I found P & O have a lot of double standards and different rules for children. For trips they are classed as an adult at 13, for the pool area they are a child until 16, for on board gratuities they pay full adult price from 12?????? Something has to be done here P & O 1 age please would make life so much easier. All in all we had a very enjoyable time with just a few silly niggles mainly down to the age thing with our son. Would I recommend Oceana to my friends??? Yes without a doubt, would we board her again yes. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My friend and I selected this cruise based on dates and cost. Contrary to a number of the other recent reviews we were not disappointed and had a fantastic holiday from start to finish. We opted for the flight supplement and flew from ... Read More
My friend and I selected this cruise based on dates and cost. Contrary to a number of the other recent reviews we were not disappointed and had a fantastic holiday from start to finish. We opted for the flight supplement and flew from Bournemouth - a lovely quiet airport, with a full yet comfortable flight which left on schedule. On arrival at Venice, our trip through the airport was rapidly expedited by numerous P&O staff making sure that we knew where to go for the transfer by coach to the ship. It was extremely well organised. Embarkation was also highly efficient - the coach transfer took around 20 minutes, and we were soon on board. We had chosen an inside twin cabin on the Saver package, which was on Deck 11, and it was far more spacious than we had expected with plenty of storage space and a bathroom with a shower which was also perfectly big enough for the week away. The cabin was clean and the bedding and towels also very clean, and our cabin steward Sam was quick to introduce himself and always around to check that we were happy. We quickly took the P&O water taxi to Venice (it drops you a few bridges down from St Marks Square and costs £15 pp for the round trip - note that this is the only transfer we had to pay for during the entire holiday). The beauty of the water taxi is that you get a mini boat trip to the centre of Venice and great views. We had around an hour in Venice, then needed to get back for Muster at 5.30pm. As with other reviews, we then found out there was a later one at around 7.45pm, ahead of the 10pm departure. It would have been nice to have been given the option of attending that one and then had more time in Venice. Food on the ship was excellent - so much choice and many timing options. We were assigned to the 8.30pm sitting, which suited us well. We ate in the Adriatic restaurant for dinner, but also went to the Beach House and Le Jardin (available of you pre-book for an extra £5pp supplement). Le Jardin was excellent and well worth trying. Food in the buffet restaurant was also very good, and hygiene on board was taken very seriously. We particularly liked the late night hot chocolate! Staff on the decks were very attentive, if you wanted to order a drink from the bar that could easily be done, however, at no point where they ever pushed on us. For activities on board, there was a good selection - around the main pool area it was very busy (as you'd expect!) and at times it was difficult to find a spare sunbed (sadly many people did seem to think it was ok to "reserve" them in spite of clearly being asked not to). However, there are many quieter deck areas if you want to avoid the noisy zones. I used the gym several times (a good selection) and did a spin class (pretty good, the air conditioning in that room could have been better but it wasn't a big problem). The evening entertainment was varied and from what we say good - Roy Walker's show was excellent, as was the Headliners "Queen" tribute night. Port stops; Kotor: Beautiful old town which we explored Corfu: We did the Glyfadda beach trip, the beach was ok, the sea was lovely, and it was nice to do a beach day. Civitavecchia: We were planning on going to Rome, however, having already visitied Rome, we cancelled that trip (if you cancel at least 48 hours before P&O refund 90% of the trip) and instead looked around the port town. It wasn't the nicest of towns, however, was a relaxing way to spend the morning. Ajaccio: We spent the morning exploring the stunning town (it was market day too), and then took the organised tour to the mountains. Our tour guide was amazing - incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and the tour was well worth doing for the stunning views and our guide's overview of the island. Other highlights; watching dolphins off the boat and sailing past Stromboli. Disembarkation: Hold bags had to be left outside the cabin by 11pm the night before departure. These were then taken to Genoa airport for us, and we did not have to worry about them again until we got to Bournemouth. We left the ship at 1.00pm for the very short trip to Genoa airport (ten minutes maybe), and then were onto the plane and departed 45 minutes ahead of schedule. Back at Bournemouth our hold bags were soon unloaded and ready for collection from the baggage reclaim. To summarise, we had a really good holiday - the crew manage to cater for all types of passengers (young families, couples, older people, single travellers) which is a big challenge. By doing the Saver/Inside Cabin deal we felt this cruise was excellent value for money. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Liked the itinerary and wanted to visit these which seemed the best way to this by going on a cruise...not sure if we liked Oceana as we like the bigger ships but cannot find anything particular to dislike about the ship ..we liked the ... Read More
Liked the itinerary and wanted to visit these which seemed the best way to this by going on a cruise...not sure if we liked Oceana as we like the bigger ships but cannot find anything particular to dislike about the ship ..we liked the freedom dining as this was so much better than having set times ...never had to wait for a table as we preferred to sit on our own...some past experiences sitting with others we were not keen on as we don't want to listen to people bragging and asking personal questions so we chose this time to be alone...it was a joy and will certainly do it again unless we travel with friends which obviously would be different circumstances .. one thing we were really disappointed with was on the Thomson flight which was at 6.35am and we had to check in 3 hours earlier so we were unable to have some breakfast due to the boarding time who wants to be eating at 4.30 in the morning...we thought we would at least had been given complimentary tea but no we had to pay for tea and a ciabatta roll...this was about cost not time because the crew had time to provide this if we paid for it...this in our eyes was very meagre of p&o Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise because we have cruised Northern Europe in the last couple of years and my husband wanted some Sun. We had read some reviews of the Oceana before we left but as with anything you take these only as peoples opinnions ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have cruised Northern Europe in the last couple of years and my husband wanted some Sun. We had read some reviews of the Oceana before we left but as with anything you take these only as peoples opinnions and so set off excited to join our ship and explore new destinations. The check in at Manchester and embarkation onto the ship at Venice was excellent, we didn't see our bags until they arrived at our cabins which made it much more convenient than when travelling with Cunard a couple of years earlier and having to claim baggage at the carousel at the airport. This was the same on our return journey as is a credit to P and O. We had looked on cruise personaliser and the time of departure for the ship was given as the afternoon with no possibility of booking trips, so we assumed that we would get on the ship have the drills and soon be departing for Kotor. Unfortunately, this turned out to be inaccurate and we felt like we wasted the afternoon upon arrival as the ship didn't leave Venice until 10pm which would have left ample time to explore Venice had we not been called back for lifeboat drills at 5.30pm. Please don't misunderstand me, I absolutely appreciate the importance of these drills, but this is meant as an indication of the lack of clarity of instructions that we were to face for the rest of the trip. When booking our trip we chose the saver fare because we are generally not fussed about what time we eat or where in the ship our cabin is and requested a double bed arrangement. When we were printing off our documents to start our cruise we noticed that we had been given a single bed arrangement and so I tried to contact P and O to query this as it couldn't be changed online. After several failed attempts I contacted our travel agent who finally recieved a response after 4 days stating that when choosing the saver fare the bed arrangements could be chosen by P and O, apparently this is in the terms and conditions and they advised that we speak to reception once we embarked on the ship. Upon arrival we visited reception and was told very rudely that it was our fault for not reading the terms and conditions, and there was nothing they could do about it and P and O made a mistake by directing us to them. To make matters more frustrating the receptionist told us that even if there was a cabin available at our grade with a double bed arrangement we wouldn't be able to have it without paying for it? This was confusing especially when I showed them the written documentation from P and O stating that we had booked a double bed and obviously not the best start to our holiday. We later went on to find 2 other couples who were in the same predicament. For dining we were given second sitting Club Dining and we had two excellent waiters Glen and Raven who quickly learnt our preferences and were really good fun. The food in the Adriatic Resturant is generally good but is sometimes a little cold, particularly in side orders such as chips, something that is reflected in The Plaza Buffet Resturant. The main problem we found with eating at 8.30pm on Oceana was that there was only one show left of an evening to attend and very little after that. In previous ships that we have cruised on there have been at least 2 shows and sometimes a film after dinner, but on Oceana everything seems to end at midnight. This leads me on to the biggest disappointment of the trip, the entertainment. Now, I fully acept that everyone doesn't have the same tastes, but there seemed to be a general lack of organisation of the entertainment. I don't know if there has been a shift away from Cruise Directors and towards Entertainment Managers across the P and O line, but in this case it didn't work. There was no welcome onboard show, there was no charismatic character telling a few jokes and telling you what was left to do on an evening or on a sea day, there was nothing to keep your interest and as such the cruise didn't feel as pulled together as others we have been on. The booking of the special performers was strange, particularly the dismal 10.30pm performance of 2 people making shadow puppets with their hands. The timings were off as well, so there was generally two performances on at the same time which meant that if you ate on second sitting there was no opportunity for you to see them both. The only occaision where Nigel, the entertainment manager, actually appeared to do anything was on the arrival and sail through Venice. Other guests told us of the comprehensive program of events booked for children from balloon artists to BBC journalists and I can't help but think more effort had been put into them than the adults. Which is great if you have children travelling with you, but we didn't. The ports were really what made a difference to this cruise especially Naples, where we visited Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii and Florence and Pisa. There were a good range of shore excursions offered by the ship but we always book independently on Viatour as they have slightly different trips and can be up to £20 cheaper per person. If you are nervous about making it back to the ship though I can see why you would pay the extra. Finally, I would say that the first week was better in terms of our fellow passengers than the second. This is not meant to disrespect families in anyway, but there were a lot more children on the second week, which meant a fuller ship, this meant problems with sun loungers being reserved, a fact the Captain tried to resolve early on a sea day, and an incident in the Plaza where a group of teenagers entered into an altercation with a passenger about their repeated swearing. The mood of the ship was less sedate and relaxing. Overall when taking into account the upkeep of the ship, which requires a refit, the quality and temperature of the food and the entertainment I would say this ship is no more than a 3 star and as such not one that we would be eager to embark on again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Sailed on the OCEANA from 20th July to 27th July . Cruise was booked on itinerary and price first impression of the ship ambience was good . Our cabin on deck A looked OK with the patio door onto the balcony, tea and coffee ... Read More
Sailed on the OCEANA from 20th July to 27th July . Cruise was booked on itinerary and price first impression of the ship ambience was good . Our cabin on deck A looked OK with the patio door onto the balcony, tea and coffee making facilities flat screen TV ,ample room to store your clothes,the wash room with shower cubicle WC and basin & no room to turn ! Catering ,we only used the dinning room once ( Galleys pre plate food for main restaurants) and we preferred to use the self service restaurant,which was very popular with fellow passengers (you may have to stand in line) the quality of the food was very good and hot (food on display was in smaller trays and refreshed as required) I have sailed with 5 Cruise companies and P&O have successfully managed to keep food at required temperature's on the hot plate, the bread was very good and cakes too, there is a late night buffet if you are a little peckish. I raised a query with a catering manager and was interrupted by one of his waiter's ,they had a conversation in their own language before he returned to answer my question I thought this was rude! Entertainment was good music provided for different tastes and visiting artist were shipped in. One night Oceana management team arranged a Tropical deck party for passengers ,the bunting was amateurish decorating the pool area, half the coloured LED light's did not work and there was no buffet for the party , I asked the catering officer why ? his reply was it was Not P&O policy I raised the point about faulty lighting he took a note of this,( not repaired 3 days later) in my opinion the party was set up with little effort for maximum gain in selling alcohol to passengers. During our stay we did have 2 buffets (lunch time) on the pool deck. First time I have observed First Aiders positioned in the pool area throughout our 7 day stay on a cruise ship. You will note that waiters are constantly going around public area's asking you to buy refreshments. I requested the Gratuity form (from reception), you have the option to accept their ( P&O) daily charge £5.50 (per person) or to reduced or increase this. The Oceana is now 16 years old and is showing sign's of her age in superstructure (needing more licks of paint) ,the of the arrival ship in port for mooring and departure was very smooth, and we enjoyed calm waters and sunny days. On disembarkation we were supplied with a Cruise log of our Central Mediterranean voyage . Apart from lack of attention to detail , we enjoy our first trip on the Oceana, and may take another trip with P&O. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was my first time cruising and did so with my sister. Travel agent gave us a few itinerary and this was the best. The beginning of the journey was rather smooth at the airport as P&O had staff members directing you all the way. ... Read More
This was my first time cruising and did so with my sister. Travel agent gave us a few itinerary and this was the best. The beginning of the journey was rather smooth at the airport as P&O had staff members directing you all the way. Arriving in Venice was also a breeze as again P&O staff was there to make sure everything was smooth. We had chosen a very early flight(7:00 am) as we wanted to experience little bit of Venice before the shipped sailed away. Unfortunately, for us that was not to be so. Just before the cruise quite a few memos were sent via email reminding us of the little stuff you need to do before the cruise, one is to make certain that you require no visa at the different ports and if you did you needed to take care of it. We were both Caricom Nationals(Caribbean) holding such passport and only required visa in Kotor Montenegro( two weeks before the cruise we receive a message from the embassy us that we no longer needed one) which we were ecstatic about. On arrival at the terminal we were asked to wait so the staff can be sure we were ok to travel t each of the tops. That wait was over 2 hours. We got upset because such a huge company like this should be better prepared for situations like this as our passport information was given when we booked. Needless to say we missed out on seeing Venice, since when we were given the ok, We went to rooms to shower and then to eat something. By that time we had to wait on the emergency drill and we not really in the mood to go out as that experience had soured our mood. The cruise did get much better after, ship is large but not overly. We were able to navigate around though we kept on second guessing ourselves to which floor we were suppose to be on. The cabin is a bit small(inside cabin 10th floor) but we didn't mind as we were only there to sleep. Spent most of our time out of the cabin. Do be mindful that there are lounge chair huggers, if you wanted a chair you need to be out and about very early as it gets filled up very quickly. The swimming pools and jacuzzi were filled with teenagers(think we choose the wrong time of the year to travel), not much chance to enjoy that. We had the freedom dining option which was in the Linguarian Restaurant, which we both felt was a very good choice as it gave us the opportunity to eat when we wanted and not a time dictated to us. Food was overall really good except the grouse(not my cup of tea). Kept everyone well feed. Have never eaten so much in my life than I did for those 7 days. Always felt peckish Entertainment was especially enjoyable, a group called the Flyrights performed twice, we went both night. The specialize in blues music, motown vibes. The comedian was also pretty good though sometimes his accent made it so that we didn't really understand(it was very thick). We also so a theater dance and singing group(can't remember their name) which was also very good. Service overall was exceptional, from our cabin steward Llyod to the waiters/ess. Sometimes I felt like they didn't sleep at all as the were the last you see and the first in the mornings. Though the front desk personal don't seem to know much at all about ports or they were trained very well to sell their products and no one else. We didn't do any cruise excursion just did our own thing at the different ports which had such a wealth of history and culture. I would definitely do this cruise again and maybe even the same itinerary. Favorites were Kotor, Corfu and Ajaccio. Itinerary: Venice(embark), Sea Day, Kotor, Corfu, Messina Strait(sea day), Rome, Ajaccio, Genoa(disembark) Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was our first cruise and it did not disappoint. We had been recommended to go with P&O for various reasons. In this case the destinations were good and we had two 'at sea' days. Embarkation ran like clockwork, we ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it did not disappoint. We had been recommended to go with P&O for various reasons. In this case the destinations were good and we had two 'at sea' days. Embarkation ran like clockwork, we arrived in Venice around 5pm and were on board within an hour. Really smooth. The first 'at sea' day was straight away, which gave us a good chance to find our way around, and locate all of the various areas on-board. It also coincided with a black tie evening which was a very nice occasion and very well done by the staff. Kotor was fabulous, Corfu very hot, the straights of Messina interesting, Civitavecchia the gateway to Rome / Vatican Museums, Ajaccio quiet peaceful and a joy to visit. All of which finished in Genoa all too soon. It is easy to plan your day at the various stops prior to departure with a little poking around on the internet, but I heard only good things from those who went on the organized excursions. The ship was a good manageable size for us first time out and the staff throughout were fabulous. Entertainment was good and there were lots of activities and things to do especially on the days at sea. As we booked the cruise quite late and were allocated the 18:30 sitting for dinner which we initially thought was good as 20:30 is usually a bit late for us eating a main meal. If you want to see the sail away then quite often the 18:30 sitting is too early so next time the later slot will be selected. For a cruise sceptic - which is what I was - this was one of the most stress free holidays I have had for a long time. Now the work begins to book the next one !! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The booking, cruise personaliser, flights and transfers we're very well organised, we we're impressed, especially being on a bonded flight. The only downside was our suitcases didnt arrive to our cabin until about 5.00pm but we ... Read More
The booking, cruise personaliser, flights and transfers we're very well organised, we we're impressed, especially being on a bonded flight. The only downside was our suitcases didnt arrive to our cabin until about 5.00pm but we had the cabin at 1pm. This made visiting Venice a rush and we had to go in our "travel clothes", muster was at 5.30pm so we had to be back by then despite sailing at 10:00pm. Though it does seem names are not checked off and i did see some people doing it later but P+O don't mention this. Our cabin was A211 allocated as we booked a late deal and our meal was allocated at main dining 6.30pm. The cabin was much better and larger than expected, well equipped and in good repair, our steward Jason kept it in great condition and always tidy. As we we're at the front of the ship 2nd floor down we had no engine noise or music etc though you do hear "inconsiderate guests" who for reasons unknown allow there cabin doors to slam, when there really is no need. The TV has a good range of channels but is badly angled and small. Tea and coffee included in all cabins. I should mention we are not into formal nights or formal dining with strangers so as we didn't know what table size we had and didn't have freedom dining we choose to use the buffet for all our meals and this was perfectly fine by us and it seems is what a lot of others do as well, great thing about cruising, choices, you can really do what suits you. Now the buffet itself, or The Plaza, was probably the area we had the most niggles with. Generally only one serving side is open at any time and this does cause congestion. We also thought the buffet size and selection was small compared to our other holiday destination, Egypt, and lacked flair....despite that the food was generally tasty. Usually consisting of a themed buffet and a main English style roast. Hygiene was enforced on entry, dress code less so, infact we never did really grasp what the rule was...first night dress shorts we're worn by most, then other nights turned away, trainers seem allowed on women but not men...all very hit and miss. We have no issue with a code but either enforce or not. Drinks service in the buffet was also quite poor, most night your main was finished before you even got offered a drink. I should say drinks on the whole we're pub prices £1.95 for a large Pepsi for example (we dont drink alcohol sorry folks) Also one of the main features of the buffet it panoramic view is spoiled by dirty windows, this was from getting on to getting off. The rest of the ships public areas are well maintained and quite traditional in style of earlier cruise ships, this ship also has a full wraparound promenade deck. There are multiple bars all with different styles and atmospheres. Pool/sun areas are fore, aft(adults) and mid (main area), on sea days the main area is lively to say the least ! but peace can be found fore and aft. Despite was P+O staff say there are not enough sunbeds for everyone, come up after 9am and you will be sat on the floor as many did, the staff did try to police reserved beds but tbh it didn't help much. We never had an issue but we are early risers so at 8am choice is no problem, we found the splash pool area at the front suited us. Burgers/hotdogs and snacks are served from the grill by the main pool during the day. I should mention the only free drinks with meals are water or tea/coffee apart from breakfast when juices are available. The main thing we we're very impressed with was the evening shows, all we're topclass and highly recommended, the daytime speakers we're also very good. The ports on our cruise we're all good and apart from Rome could all be done via just walking, we even got to dock in Kotor so no tenders. Overall we enjoyed our first cruise much more than expected. The Oceana is no doubt aged-ed and if you look for it you will find rust but for the price its a fine ship for a first time cruise and we had no regrets booking it. It's very British, P+O dont hide that but this may or may not be to your liking, we thought the sailaways we're a bit "tacky" lots of flag waving in French ports...and unlike those lines that have dropped formal dining nights P+O hold onto them, though like i say you dont have to attend though you do feel a bit out of place not doing so. Overall recommended. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We decided on a 2 week fly/cruise on Oceana having cruised previously on this ship and the ports of call were interesting. The good points of the cruise were the ease of embarkation and disembarkation, service from dining,bar and ... Read More
We decided on a 2 week fly/cruise on Oceana having cruised previously on this ship and the ports of call were interesting. The good points of the cruise were the ease of embarkation and disembarkation, service from dining,bar and cabin staff were excellent. This was our first time Freedom dining and we enjoyed the flexibility it gave us. The food menu in the main dining rooms was adequate without being particularly inspiring and generally the meat and fish were slightly over cooked. The beds in the cabin (A deck balcony)were comfortable and cabin generally tidy. The Plaza buffet dining was ok when you caught at time away from rush hour. The above plus points were cancelled out by the general condition of the ship. Our toilet/shower cubicle flooded twice and only prompt action in summoning the cabin steward prevented a worse outcome. Both incidents required the services of the plumbers, however no explanation of the cause was given leaving us on tenterhooks each time the loo was flushed. No apology or explanation was forthcoming from P&O staff. Water drips from the ceiling in the A deck corridors were a regular occurrence. On most cruises we have done,the promenade deck has always a favourite because of the chance to have a stroll or have a relax in shade or sun. The promenade deck on Oceana was almost a no go area unless you were part of the ships painting or maintenance team. The condition of the ship will adversly affect P&O,s reputation as a quality cruise line. Wouldn't cruise on this ship again until refurbished. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Overview: 7 nights, Venice-Genoa, inside cabin, young couple Flights and Embarkation/Disembarkation: I have never had such a smooth process. We were sat in the departure lounge at Gatwick airport within 30mins of arrival; there ... Read More
Overview: 7 nights, Venice-Genoa, inside cabin, young couple Flights and Embarkation/Disembarkation: I have never had such a smooth process. We were sat in the departure lounge at Gatwick airport within 30mins of arrival; there was no queue for the check-in desk or security. We arrived in Venice and had to collect our bags (as this was a scheduled rather than a charter flight), but only walked about 10 steps through the arrivals gate when our luggage was taken by porters for us to see it again at the cabin! After a short transfer and no queue at the check-in, we were onboard within an hour of arriving in Venice. Similarly, on the journey home our bags were taken from our rooms at 11pm and we saw them again at Gatwick. With flights at 12:45, we were initially surprised at our transfer from the ship being at 11:00, however once we arrived at the airport (Genoa) we realised that it would not be an issue. We had received boarding cards whilst still on board the ship, and there was a P&O only queue at security, meaning a very quick process yet again! Hugely impressed. Cabin: Booked a guaranteed inside cabin, allocated A316, very far forward but cabins above and beneath so very quiet. Ideal location, rarely needed to use the lifts. Marx our cabin steward was a star. Dining: We were allocated 8:30 club dining, what we had hoped for, and were seated with two other (lovely) couples in the Adriatic restaurant. The food was great, lots of different choices and well presented. We never had an issue with taste or cooking of the food. We weren't expecting 5* star cuisine so it lived up to our expectations. We also ate in the Beach House one night. Unfortunately it was raining so we had to eat inside. It was nice to eat something different, however we felt the food in the MDR was better quality. Entertainment: The Headliners were outstanding in all the shows we saw. Very impressed, as I have been disappointed by the main production company on other lines. Other acts included: The Octaves - average, but often out of tune and tried to crack unfunny jokes. Illusionist (can't remember the name) - very good, professional and engaging show. The entertainment team (headed by Liam Jay) were engaged and seemed to enjoy their roles. We found the party sailaways hilarious - but can see they certainly wouldn't be for everyone. It was always indicated that if you preferred a quiet spot to choose the other pool. The band Next Step were good, when performing. However on more than one occasion they spent over 30mins sound checking, very loudly, through the sound system - highly irritating. Do feel the other acts could be improved. Itinerary: I have actually sailed this cruise before, on Ventura, and returned because I enjoyed the ports so much. We didn't do any ship excursions, just explored on our own. The highlight was Kotor. Make sure you are on deck to watch the sailaway, it is honestly one of the most amazing things I have experienced. We paid the €3 to climb the 1,350 steps to the Fortress overlooking the valley, if you are reasonably fit you should be able to do it. It took us about 45mins to get up and the views are sublime. Other ports were Corfu, Civitavecchia and Ajaccio. Overall: We felt we got what we paid for, and a little more! If I had to fault I would agree that the ship will benefit from a refit, and perhaps the staff in some places could have been a little more friendly. Loved the holiday. Will definitely sail P&O again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We have in the past crossed the Atlantic with Cunard and decided to do a med cruise as a first because we liked the itinerary. We Choose P&O Oceana and we where not disappointed, The flights transfers and embarkation were seamless. ... Read More
We have in the past crossed the Atlantic with Cunard and decided to do a med cruise as a first because we liked the itinerary. We Choose P&O Oceana and we where not disappointed, The flights transfers and embarkation were seamless. Although Oceana is an older ship she is in surprisingly good condition apart from some cosmetics which can be easily overlooked. Our cabin was not overly spacious but was more than adequate for us, we had a small balcony with chairs and a small table, the space was comfortable to sit out and watch the world go by. We close freedom dining in the Liguna restaurant which was excellent the quality and presentation of the food was first class. With the exception of one day we had breakfast in the buffet restaurant the selection and quality was very good this restaurant was very busy at certain times but we always managed to find a seat and did'nt have to queue overly long. The entertainment and shows where fist rate, and there was always a venue which showed the euro 2016 football. P&O should be proud of the crew who were always helpful, courtious and professional. The day trips organised by P&O were very good we took the introduction to Rome, Sorento and pompei, Florence and Pisa. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I chose this cruise because of the Ports that it called at and I really enjoyed each one. Rather than do lots of excursions we explored the area in the Ports independently either through a city tour or just on foot. None of the Ports ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the Ports that it called at and I really enjoyed each one. Rather than do lots of excursions we explored the area in the Ports independently either through a city tour or just on foot. None of the Ports disappointed although the weather could have been better, it has rained at home though since we have been away!!! Oceania is an old ship but I found her comfortable and although there was maintenance going on most days in port, (we were warned of this in advance) it wasn’t disruptive or noisy. The state room was fine the only real issue was that the bathroom is really small and the shower has a curtain and not a screen. Having said that it wasn’t a problem for me as I didn’t spend much time in the bathroom. One area I was disappointed with was that there were no parasols on any of the areas with sunbeds. I like to sit out in the fresh air but not in the glare of the sun, in fact for health reasons I can’t sit in direct sunshine. The sunbeds on deck are also so close together and there is little or no room to move them. I found this quite uncomfortable. There is meant to be a no reservation policy on sunbeds. The policy seems to exist on Oceania (as per an announcement given on the sea day) but is not implemented. I thought it would be good to check your luggage in at Manchester Airport and not see it till it was delivered to your cabin door. The delivery of luggage to the cabin was really late. We arrived on board ship around 11.30, our luggage arrived at 6pm. We “found” one case outside the wrong numbered cabin, even though it was clearly marked with the cabin tags for our cabin. There was no sense of urgency in delivering the luggage resulting in many exasperated passengers on our deck, wandering around searching for their bags.The embarkation process was good, we had a person travelling who needed assistance and that was readily given at all points. The muster drill which took place at 5:30 was good over in less than 30 mins, it was well organised and attended. We had a tender on our first port and the tender familiarisation was really good, especially for those with some mobility problems. We had changed our dining option from freedom dining to Select about 6 weeks prior to departure, that wasn’t reflected on the ships information, however it was soon sorted with little fuss. We ate in the Main Dining Room. The Dress code in the MDR appeared to be well followed and it was nice to see people dressing up for the formal evening and to be smart casual for the non-formal days. I can’t recall seeing any Jeans in the MDR For me the meals in the MDR were fine, reasonable sized portions and if you wanted extra (chips, larger portions etc) you only had to ask. The food did lack the “wow” factor. The Plaza self-service on the top deck was good, there isn’t as wide a choice as with celebrity but I was happy with was on offer there. We ate there for breakfast most days in the Plaza, as it was more flexible. I think there was a better choice of more reasonably priced wines on P&O that on other lines I have been with. Our wine waiter was very good as were the waiters in the MDR. Staff did seem to have a lot of tables to work, but we did get to know them a little during the week which is what I prefer. We went to the theatre most evenings, however I thought the standard of the entertainment there was poor and I was really disappointed with what was on offer. On our cruise the entertainment in the theatre comprised of a Beatles Tribute band, a 4-piece male vocal group the Octaves, Roy Walker the Comedian, an Illusionist (who I think gave the most professional performance of all of them) and the Ships Theatre company who basically did song and dance routines. I didn’t go to the Sail always however there was a BBQ around the pool to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday on a sea day which we decided to attend. It can best be described as a chaotic mess. Food ran out and none of the servers seemed to know what was happening, whether more food was coming and no-one appeared to be taking charge. The Entertainment round the pool during the BBQ seemed more apt for a holiday camp than a cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first ever cruise and after reading reviews about the ship we were more than apprehensive about our trip.......well all that apprehension was unfounded......we had the most brilliant time, the ship is absolutely fine, bearing ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and after reading reviews about the ship we were more than apprehensive about our trip.......well all that apprehension was unfounded......we had the most brilliant time, the ship is absolutely fine, bearing in mind that she is an older ship so bound to be tired in places but that is outshone by the wonderful attentive staff, the fabulous food and the great entertainment......the ship is spotlessly clean with staff working around the clock. What a great way to see the world, waking up to a new port almost everyday, on sea days there was more than enough going on to keep everyone entertained from the very young to the more mature passengers on board. Our cabin was and outside cabin on deck D at the back of the boat directly above the Starlight theatre, we were worried that there would be noise etc.......absolutely nothing, the theatre closed at 11.30pm each evening and we had no noise disturbance at all including from neighbours either side of us during the whole fortnight. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the Oceana and this particular cruise to anyone. Well done P&O you surpassed all our expectations. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We have been a on numerous cruises but the first on P and O. The places to visit and the ship look just right. Before we went we had read many negative reviews and were naturally concerned. All I can say I am not sure what cruise they ... Read More
We have been a on numerous cruises but the first on P and O. The places to visit and the ship look just right. Before we went we had read many negative reviews and were naturally concerned. All I can say I am not sure what cruise they went on but the whole experience was fantastic. The embarkation was so speedy and everyone was helpful and smiley. Our balcony cabin was spacious and very well appointed. The dining experience was top class from the evening waiter served dining to the Marco Pierre White restaurant to the buffet. The waiters were great and were always helpful. The wine list was very comprehensive but very reasonably priced. All the bars were different but very all had a great atmosphere. Always something going on such as light music. The entertainment was very good and for a couple that normally do not go to the evening shows it must have been good. The whole ship had a very intimate but informal atmosphere. Very clean.The central atrium was a great place to meet before dinner. Also a very spectacular area spread over a few floors. Disembarking was brilliant. We left our cases outside the cabin door the night before we left and the next time we saw them was at Gatwick. We have been with MSC and Thomsons of late and we will not be returning having experienced P and O. It was also very reasonably priced. If you have a chance to visit Kotor or Corsica go for it. Beautiful places. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was a first cruise for my husband, and my second. We chose this cruise because the ports of call interested us; P&O's Oceana just happened to be the ship. I'd started reading these forums only after we'd pretty ... Read More
This was a first cruise for my husband, and my second. We chose this cruise because the ports of call interested us; P&O's Oceana just happened to be the ship. I'd started reading these forums only after we'd pretty much decided to book, so was somewhat apprehensive about the negative reviews I read for Oceana, However, I needn't have worried as we really enjoyed the whole experience! Ours was a fly cruise, and we were really impressed with P&O's organisation from the moment we checked in at Cardiff airport, right through until we arrived back a week later. The only slight disappointment, which was completely outside of P&O's control, was that a flight delay (due to very foggy conditions at Cardiff) meant our later-than-anticipated embarkation in Venice left no time for us to explore the city before sail away. As we'd both visited Venice on previous occasions, this wasn't a disaster, but was still disappointing. Our balcony cabin (C712) was beautifully clean, and well maintained. The shower-room was very compact, and we found we had to spill out into the bedroom for space to dry off after a shower! Not so much of a problem for us, as a couple, but it could have been a challenge for anyone not on such intimate terms with their travelling companion! Our steward was friendly, welcoming, and available if/when we needed him. The suitcases (which we hadn't seen since we checked them in at Cardiff) took a while to arrive in our cabin, but it gave us time, while we were waiting, to explore the ship and attend the muster drill. They arrived just in time for us to change before going to eat. We had Freedom dining, but ate almost all meals in the Plaza buffet. There was always a good choice of food here, and the outlook was spectacular. We tried the main dining room for breakfast one day and didn't feel the service or food was as good as the buffet, and certainly didn't tempt us to eat there in the evening. We had a table for two, but the table for four next to us was no more than six inches away! We celebrated our wedding anniversary on the cruise, so booked a meal in the Cafe Jardin. Service was slow, the food was good, but not outstanding, and it was disappointing not to have a view. I don't eat meat (but do eat fish) and my husband is a big meat eater. We always found plenty to satisfy both of us in the Plaza. I'd read the comment on here about the lack of vegetable variety, but was looking forward to a glut of green beans as they're one of my favourites; however, they didn't make an appearance until day four! Generally, we found the choice and quality of the food to be very good. One or two fish dishes were a little dry, but there were so many other options, this didn't spoil the meal for us. Breakfasts were especially good. All of the staff here were friendly and efficient. Staff throughout the ship were generally very friendly (the only places we encountered anything less so were in Cafe Jardin and Ligurian restaurants), and we found the service was excellent. We went to four evening entertainments. These are our thoughts, but others may have very different opinions: The Blue Jays - fabulous! Real crowd-pleasers, and hugely entertaining Analiza Ching - entertaining and enjoyable Roy Locke - obviously talented, but not 'our cup of tea', and painfully loud! Headliners - I wanted to be generous, as I appreciate they are mainly young and probably starting out on their entertainment careers, but ... we thought they were pretty awful, and not for us, I'm afraid! I'm ashamed to admit we did something I would never contemplate at home, and sneaked out after the first ten minutes :-( We joined a wine-tasting class on one of the at-sea days, and had a wonderful afternoon which, maybe unsurprisingly, improved with each glass! On another sea-day, my husband used some of our OBC on a massage in the spa and was very impressed. We went to the casino most evenings, (and managed to end the week very slightly up - a good result in my books!) where the croupiers were unfailingly friendly and helpful to anyone seeming at all unsure. Our ports of call: Venice (embarkation) - no time to see any of Venice before sail away, but sailing along the canal at dusk, within a stone's throw of the city, was truly magical. Kotor - a wonderful sail-in through the craggy landscape, finally arriving a short walk from the quaint walled city (we had been due to anchor in the bay and be tendered ashore, but were able to berth and walk ashore - a bonus!). Lots of narrow mediaeval streets to explore, and a multitude of cats everywhere! We visited the Maritime Museum, which was interesting, but I wouldn't say it's a must-do. There were plenty of places to stop for a meal or a drink, with prices generally not too expensive. We found a small supermarket where we were able to buy wine, beer and some chocolates and biscuits to take home. We didn't climb the steep path to the fort, although the Captain did! Corfu - a short shuttle from the ship to the port building, and then another short P&O shuttle to the city. Generally an elegant city, with plenty of eating and drinking places, as well as an area of touristy souvenir shops in narrow alleyways. We climbed to the top of the fort, and enjoyed the spectacular views over the coastline. Straits of Messina - not a port, but spectacular to sail through, especially the puff of smoke from Stromboli as we passed! Civitavecchia - although tempted to do our own thing, we had booked an excursion into Rome (3 of the best) and were so pleased we did! Our guide was excellent, and we had a wonderful day. We hadn't been to Rome before, and it has long been on our wish list. Having been on this tour, we now feel that we have had enough of an overview that we don't feel the need to rush back. Although we know we can't possibly have 'done' Rome in such a short time, we are happy that we managed to see main sites which interested us, and still have free time to wander through the streets on our own. Ajaccio - a short walk from the ship took us into this pretty town and harbour. Maybe we were just unlucky, but we found the people unfriendly and prices steep, which left a bit of a sour taste on an otherwise enjoyable visit. Genoa - our disembarkation port. Our flight was not until the afternoon, so we had time in the morning to walk into to old town and wander the mediaeval streets and enjoy a leisurely coffee before heading back to ship for our transfer to the airport. So to the all-important question of 'would we go again?' Well, we've already started looking at next year's itineraries and, if the price is right, I think we'll definitely be booking on another Mediterranean / Adriatic cruise to some interesting ports :-) If you're still reading this - thank you for sticking with me, and apologies if this is a bit long-winded! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
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