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P&O Cruises - Oceana
P&O Cruises' Oceana is all about Britishness, and provides the comforts of a home from home for families who are apprehensive about taking their young children abroad. The Oceana offers great family cruises as well as a comfortable atmosphere for adults of all ages, and often she offers great value for money.
With plenty of open deck space, a crisp, all-white appearance and attracting decor, P&O Oceana is a favourite for returning cruise passemgers and popular also with first-time cruisers.
There are several generously sized dance floors on-board, so ballroom dance enthusiasts can showcase their skills on board, aided by the dance hosts so everybody can join in.
Oceana is home to some fantastic, user friendly facilities, as well as great kids' clubs with dedicated members of staff, and a night nursery available for parents who want the chance to dance the night away, without having to worry about their children being in safe hands.
Passenger capacity: 2,016 Year entered service: 2002 Beam (ship width): 106 feet Draft (ship depth): 26 feet Length: 857 feet Tonnage: 77,000 Crew: 870 Number of passenger decks: 10 Number of swimming pools: 4 Number of cabins: 978 On-board Currency: £GBP
Food, Cuisine & Dining
Dining on P&O's Oceana is superb. Choice, presentation and quality in the Ligurian and Adriatic restaurants are excellent, with efficient waiter service. Both main formal dining rooms are divided into multi-tier sections, which creates a subtle feeling of intimacy, while not feeling overcrowded.
Decidedly British; the cuisine is popular and offers a reasonable choice across the menu, so passengers are sure to find something that they like. However, there is always something a little more adventurous on offer, should you feel like trying something new. With fantastic waiting staff and an extensive wine list, The dining experience on P&O's Oceana is a competitive one within her industry.
Then, there is The Plaza, which is their casual buffet restaurant with some commanding views to make this self-service dining experience quite a popular one. For an extra £9.50 per head, guests can experience a Tasting Menu, with three different choices for a little twist on your usual cruise dining experience. There is also the poolside Horizon Grill, for fast food items should you feel peckish between meals, or even if you do not have the room for your dinner!
More informal dining venues include Cafe Jardin; with a bar & grill style menu, including antipasti and rib-eye steak.
Dress code on P&O's Oceana is pretty strict: over two weeks, you'll have perhaps four or five formal nights, although smart casual is acceptable at other times. Formal does mean formal, though - for men, that's tuxedos or DJs while, for women, elegant evening dresses are the smart choice. Smart casual on the Oceana means polo shirts and slacks for men and tops, skirts or trousers for women. Shorts are not allowed in the dining room and the cafes don't allow swimwear.
On-board Entertainment & Activities
P&O Cruises' Oceana has plenty of entertainment options. There are dance classes, cookery demonstrations, galley tours and port talks. You can also enjoy art auctions, computer classes and Internet facilities in the business centre and the Explorer's Bar.
The two main show lounges - Footlights Theatre and Starlights - host many production shows, with great entertainment value, as well as popular movies and a cruise favourite; cabaret. As a cruise line, P&O put a huge emphasis on having the wow factor when it comes to their on-board entertainment, and Oceana is a prime example of this. With resident dancers, actors, singers and showmen who really know how to keep a crowd happy,
Spa & Fitness facilities
The gym and Ocean Spa are well appointed, with the spa contained in a glass-walled complex, and is very high-tech and modern. Some of its impressive features include:
* Fully Equipped Gym * Hair Salon * Aerobics/Fitness class room * Sauna and Steam room * Treatment rooms * A swimming pool
There is also an open-air sports deck that can be adapted for all kinds of sports from basketball and volleyball to badminton or table tennis. There is also a walk-around promenade deck, to allow plenty of space for walkers and joggers to stretch their legs. There is also no need to bring your own golf clubs on board, as there is a fully electronic golf simulator.
Although considered small in their actual size, inside nd outside staterooms are functional and well designed, and still have a spacious feel. They are more than sufficient for a standard cruise itinerary. Many oceanview cabins have their own private balconies, although there is no dedicated lighting on them.
Standard facilities and amenities that can be found in cabins on-board the Oceana include tea and coffee making facilities, Egyptian cotton towels, ample storage and wardrobe space, a TV, fridge and much more. The cabin bathrooms are also very practical and are complete with all of the details that you would expect to find.
As with all cruise ships, the higher the grade of cabin you purchase, the more you are provided with in terms of facilities. Suites on-board are well laid out, include a Jacuzzi bathtub and also contain a dining table and chairs, should you wish to eat in your own privacy and comfort.
P&O CRUISES / Oceana / Canaries
By LOVE, YORKLEY LYDNEY GLOS on 28th Nov 2013
very impressed with
booking in at the
terminal , as soon as you
are on board you are made
welcome , dining room
staff can't do enough for
you , if you order
something you do not like
they ask if they...