By Adam Coulter
Cruise Critic UK Managing Editor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Entertainment

Oceana Entertainment & Activities


The cruise production shows take place either end of Deck 7. Footlights at the aft of the ship stages plays and revues, while Starlights, at the forward end of the ship, shows films throughout the day and is home to various comedy and cabaret acts, which are competent enough but sadly unimaginative. There are also the usual dire husband and wife duos, which seem to find a home on cruise ships, who play variously at the sports bar, Winners', the Atrium and outside on the Lido Deck. The exceptions to this mediocrity are the classical piano and violin recitals.

Daily Fun

During the day, there is a fair range of options for those looking for more than a suntan. Dance classes -- from salsa to country line -- are very popular, as are the variety of cookery demonstrations in the Plaza and the galley tours. The port talks are adequate but there are disappointingly few other lectures scheduled during the cruise. There are regular art auctions which are always well attended, with a dedicated space for the featured artists outside Le Club in an area now called Whitewall Art Gallery.

At Night

Karaoke, quizzes and discos take place around the ship in the various bars from around 7.15 p.m. to the early hours. There's always something going on in the Atrium, from dancing to a guest band to music and dancing with the resident DJ until the early hours.

Oceana Bars and Lounges

There are plenty of places to drink, as you would expect on a British ship. An observation lounge would be a nice addition; only the Plaza has views forward and this is used solely as a dining area. There is no service charge added to drink prices, which are already very competitive. Beers (British, American and European) cost from £2.85 a can, £3.45 a pint and £3.50 a bottle; soft drinks start from £1.50, and cocktails (for example Tom Collins) cost from £5.25. Wines cost from £9.25, with a decent burgundy just £12.

Le Club (Deck 7): is the venue that has seen the most radical change following the 2012 refurbishment. Gone is the rather dated nightclub style red and black colour scheme; it's been replaced with a much gentler grey, suede and cream design that extends to the carpeting, walls and furniture. Rather than just being a disco at night, it is now open throughout the day and acts as a multipurpose venue for everything from lectures to craft classes before turning into the disco at night.

Magnums and Tiffany's (Deck 7): posh bars ideal for a pre-dinner drink.

Yacht & Compass (Deck 7): a nautically themed bar lounge situated just outside the footlights theatre.

Winners' Sports Bar (Deck 8): shows big matches in the day and hosts live music in the evening. The Monte Carlo Casino is just behind Winners'.

Oceana Outside Recreation


The main pool area on Deck 12 has one main pool and another smaller, raised one, as well as two whirlpools. It can get very crowded on sea days, with a constant battle for sun beds, but there are plenty of other sunbathing spaces on the upper decks -- check out Deck 15 forward which has loads of beds and a splash pool for cooling off. There is a beautiful light show on Deck 12 as night falls, with the pools and the deck illuminated in glowing colours. There is also a semi-sheltered plunge pool (adults only) and whirlpools outside the spa.


Atop the ship, there is a sports court for tennis, soccer and basketball, table tennis and golf nets, as well as a running track.

Sun Deck

Aft of the ship on the Sun Deck there is a jacuzzi surrounded by ample sun loungers, and the Terrace bar. Towards the front is the Horizon Grill, Beach House, the Plaza and a dance floor.

Oceana Services

Most of the public rooms can be found on Deck 7, starting from the aft of the ship. A dedicated card room for bridge and whist has replaced the cyb@Study. Now that there is Wi-Fi throughout the ship, the only place to get online if you don't have a laptop, tablet or smartphone is on one of the five terminals beside the Explorers Bar on Deck 5. 

The ship’s Wi-Fi is available in three 24-hour package options; The Connect Package (£7.75 for 24 hours) provides social media access and internet messaging services; The Browse Package (£12.50) offers internet browsing (with the exception of video streaming), internet messaging, email and social network access; and The Works Package (£24.95) offers web browsing, including YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music streaming, video calls, email, instant messenger services and social media access.

The Card Room leads into the Library, which is well stocked and has a good selection of fiction and reference books and a librarian (who doubles as the Internet manager), who can advise you on books and getting online. Outside here is the Photo Gallery, which as well as selling photos and cameras, also hosts talks about photography, and staff are on hand to offer tips and advice on getting good shots.

The Whitewall Art Gallery is more of a space along the main Deck 7 corridor, sandwiched between Magnums and Le Club, with art hung along here and towards the main Atrium.

Linked by dramatic grand staircases as well as glass-sided elevators, the four-deck Atrium is the focal point of the ship. On the lowest level, a central lounge area (often hosting the ubiquitous art auctions) faces the long reception desk. Live music -- from classical to steel bands -- is played here through most of the day. The shore excursion desk and on-board florist is on the other side, facing the Explorer's Bar.

One deck above are the Bond Street and Regent Street shops selling jewellery, fashion and gifts (including nautical memorabilia), as well as some general stores.

There is one launderette on each cabin deck that's free to use, but you must supply your own laundry soap (available to buy in one of the shops).

Oceana Spa & Fitness


The Oasis spa is one of the areas that has had a significant refurbishment, with both the men's and the women's changing rooms given a complete makeover. The style is probably best described as contemporary, with stone, steel and taupe colours throughout. There are seven treatment rooms and an extensive menu of different treatments ranging from a £39 massage to a £219 24 Karat Gold facial. Tip: look out for all sorts of spa offers and packages, especially on port days, which you'll find in Horizon magazine.

Opposite the spa is the beauty salon, which has also been refurbished, with new flooring. All these facilities have superb ocean views.


There is a decent sized and well-equipped fitness centre, a large aerobics room and a Pilates/spinning and lecture room (taking up space previously dedicated to the golf simulator). There are also men's and women's sauna and steam rooms. A variety of classes are run throughout the cruise, including free aqua, step and salsa aerobics and mobility/stretch. There is, though, a charge for Pilates and Chi Yoga (both from £7 for 45 minutes)

Oceana For Kids

There are great facilities for children, who have their own fun pool, a video game room, and coffee bar/disco on Deck 12. Please note, outside of holiday periods, or on long cruises that overlap with school holidays, Oceana might as well be an adults-only ship, considering the attitude of the other cruisers towards younger people and the very few children on board.
The Reef offers supervised daily activities in port as well as sea days for children aged 2 to 17. These are separated into four age groups: Splashers, 2 to 4; Surfers, 5 to 8; Scubas, 9 to 12; and H20, 13 to 17.

Splashers have their own room packed with toys, climbing equipment, and quiet areas to read or watch a film. Mr Bump and Little Miss Sunshine might even come into play.

Surfers might enjoy face painting, inventing their own chocolate bar or activities such as three-legged races and treasure hunts. Special parties might feature pirate duels or gladiator bouts. In the evening, they can relax with milkshakes and a film.

Scubas have a room just for them with a jukebox and video games. Activities might include a ship-wide scavenger hunt, pool games and drama workshops. Night-time fun features pool parties, discos and games.

Teens have the adult free -- yet supervised -- H2O club to call their own. Options include watching films, playing video games, air hockey or pool. Teams can also try out a drum set, electric guitar or even DJ equipment during school holidays. At night there is a free hour in the arcade, organised competitions and a teen disco.

For parents who want to enjoy dinner sans their children, there is a special children's tea every night during family cruise holidays in the Plaza between 5:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. (Cafe Jardin outside of school holidays) which needs to be pre-ordered through the Kids Club. Young diners are offered sausages, fish fingers, pizza, salad, soup, fruit, vegetables and pasta at no extra fee, and will be supervised by the youth staff (though parents are welcome to join).

There is also a free night nursery up to 2 a.m. The ship is popular with families for summer cruises and far less so for the winter cruises so check what will be available for your kids before booking a cruise.

Additional P&O Oceana Information

P&O Oceana Details
  • Crew: 875
  • Launched: 2000
  • Decks: 15
  • Passengers: 2,016
  • Registry: Bermuda
  • CDC Score: 92

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