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Oceana

OVERVIEW: This ship is all about British-ness and will be comfortingly familiar for families with children who want to go abroad but take their British traditions and food with them. It is best suited to adults of all ages and families with children of all ages, and offers excellent value for money


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Standards slipping

Overall Rating: 3
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5 out of 22 people found this useful
Cruise Line:
P&O Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Oceana
Destination:
Canaries

Reviewed By: on
Cruised on Oceana to canaries.I thought the ship was supposed to have had a refit.We had a balcony cabin,no sign of new fittings etc.Around the ship was the same.P & O standards have slipped drastically .We love sailing from Southampton as it makes life easier.Might have to try Celebrity next time or Cunard which is a shame.Our steward was a lovely pleasant young man as were the waiters.On. a positive note we did enjoy our trip.I hope P&O staff in charge read these reviews.Otherwise no improvements will be made,competition now is much greater.
The food was not bad.Enjoyed drinks in Magnums only went to two shows.Smoking on balcony needs to be stopped.

There was always plenty to do on board and the port talks were interesting and informative.

Breakfast was a bit of a bun fight unless you went very early,we opted for waiter service occasionally which was less stressful.

Fortunately there were hardly any children on board to spoil the peace and quiet.

Embarkation went like clockwork as did disembarkation .

We enjoyed ports of call,Madeira being our favourite.We tend to do our own thing rather than go on organised tours.Lisbon was very interesting and a change to be in a city as apposed to a holiday island.

We had second sitting which gave us more time to get our glad rags on and have a couple of glasses of champagne .We had a table for six and met some interesting people.

Sailing was fairly calm a little bumpy round the Bay of Biscay.last time was on the Canberra twenty years ago when cruising was a little more formal.Pleased P&O still have a dress code, but sadly Oceana only has two.

Will be interested to sail on P&O's new ship,depending on size,

I used the spa for a pedicure ,the young lady was lovely and came from my home town



5 out of 22 people found this useful

Times cruised before: 3-5
Sailed: March, 2013
Age: 56-65
Cabin: Balcony
Occasion: Annual/regular holiday

Quality of Food
Because I don't eat red meat I stayed with chicken and fish but avoided mussels.
2

Entertainment
2

Shore Excursions
Enjoyed them all.Madeira being our favourite
4

Staff
Most were very good hard working and pleasant
4

Children's Facilities
0

Onboard Activities
Good library
4

Cabins
Didn't look like it had had a refit
3

Overall Rating
3
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mccormack -
, stourbridge - Commented about this Review
I am a little confused. The reveiwer mentions liking the ease of sailing from Southampton but states the last time they sailed across the Bay of Biscay was twenty years ago on the Canberra. How have they avoided the Bay of Bisacy for so long? Am I missing something?
30 Mar 13 13:27 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
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Brown -
, London - Commented about this Review
Cheer up you seemed to have enjoyed your cruise !!!! I think ????
30 Mar 13 10:15 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
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Parkinson -
, Tyldesley - Commented about this Review
I think I will stop reading these reviews I am getting depressed. We are going on the Oceana In April.
29 Mar 13 23:31 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
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streets -
, worksop - Commented about a Comment by Parkinson (29 Mar 13 23:31)
I would not waste your time worrying,Look into the review and to me it seems the only thing they have to complain about is the refit,break the review down,1There was always plenty to do on board and the port talks were interesting and informative.no problem there then, 2Breakfast was a bit of a bun fight unless you went very early,we opted for waiter service occasionally which was less stressful.Just go for waiter service the no problem there.3Embarkation went like clockwork as did disembarkation .no problem there then,4We had second sitting which gave us more time to get our glad rags on and have a couple of glasses of champagne .We had a table for six and met some interesting people. no problem there then,5We enjoyed ports of call,Madeira being our favourite.We tend to do our own thing rather than go on organised tours.Lisbon was very interesting and a change to be in a city as apposed to a holiday island. no problem there then,6.Our steward was a lovely pleasant young man as were the waiters.no problem there then,On. a positive note we did enjoy our trip.no problem there then.Go on your cruise with a positive attitude forget things you read and have a great time.
30 Mar 13 09:32 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
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Norman -
, Lancaster - Commented about this Review
Oh dear we are going on Oceana in May
29 Mar 13 20:46 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
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XCruisez-Moi -
, Hook - Commented about a Comment by Norman (29 Mar 13 20:46)
We did Oceana once. Never Again.
02 Apr 13 23:54 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
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Hill -
, Stone - Commented about a Comment by Norman (29 Mar 13 20:46)
add your COMMENT here...I wouldnt worry some people think that when a ship goes in for a refit everything is replaced with fixtures and fittings throughout the ship and it is not always the case.
29 Mar 13 21:21 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
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