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If you like Ventura you will love Oceana.
The service & food on all P&O ships should be very similar. Although Oceana is smaller than Ventura, it is still a big ship with less passengers so the decks are not quite as crowded. The atrium is very nice with lots of white marble, waterfalls and glass sided lifts. Cabins are maybe fractionally smaller but still adequate. The self service restaurant is at the top front of the ship with panoramic views. There is a large theatre in the bow of the ship and a large cabaret room at the stern. There are alos lots of bars and a night club.
We sailed on this ship in May 06 and were disappointed by P&O. I hope the ship has been refurbished since as it looked tired. Our balcony cabin creaked at night and the bathroom was snug to say the least. Food was edible but nothing special and the buffet crowded at breakfast and dinner. I think RCI give better value for money. A week was long enough on Oceana - three generations of our family found the entertainment lack-lustre although the Queen tribute performance was very good to be fair.
We were on Oceana this Christmas- our 5th trip. Its a lovely ship, the atrium is very impressive, as stated below good theatre, showlounge, plenty of bars. The restaurants Adriatic (club) and Ligurian (freedom dining) are very good. The main buffet The Plaza can be busy at peak times, we prefer the Cafe Jardin. - Food standard in my opinion is better than Ventura as is ease of getting around, the layout on Oceana flows better than Ventura. Library is far better than Ventura. Balcony cabins are nice. No problem getting sunbeds and unlike Ventura they are not packed in straight rows and plenty of different areas. Service at all bars very good . There is also a lovely wide teak promenade deck unlike Venuras. We also like Aurora too, but would really reccomend Oceana.
Thanks Wilson for the detailled information on Oceana, it does sound really nice, After being on Ventura which is beautiful but YES I agree the layout could have been a little better as a few times I got on the wrong floor looking for the Bay Tree only to find that I had to get 2 lifts or 1 lift and walk the rest of the way which was a bit funny. And glad to hear that we wont have the bother about sunbeds as that was my only complaint trying to get on a bed by the front instead of the side. I also thought we could walk right around Ventura but found we could not so will look forward to doing that on Oceana.
Going to go to the Panama Canal this time.
Thanks for this, our cruise this Christmas on Oceana started in Acapulco, down the coast through the Panama Canal and around the caribbean, Costa Rica etc and finished in Barbados. The Panama Canal exceeded all our expectations- you'll have a wonderful time!
Thanks everyone for answering my question, hoping to go on it this winter through the Panama Canal.