OVERVIEW: Anyone cruising aboardOriana, an adults-only ship, will get a well-organized cruise experience. It suits mature adults seeking to cruise aboard a large ship with the facilities of a small resort.
We joined the latest world cruise on board Oriana at Mumbai after having done a 7 day tour around the golden triangle which was wonderful and amazing.
The cruise was a tad disappointing as there seemed to be a lack of enthusiasm by passengers to participate in evening entertainment. An example being lots of passengers attending dance lessons in the morning and were never to be seen on the dance floor in the evening! The dance leaders tried their best to encourage people but the was no nice atmosphere with perhaps only a dozen couples on the dance floor. We tried the Abba disco one night in the pacific lounge but the disco music was so incredible loud and only 3 couples dancing we walked out as it was unbearable.
It was a great disappointment at Sharm el Sheik as there were no water activities because of the shark attacks. The ship never stopped at Suez as we were delayed in reaching this port and all trips to Cairo were cancelled. After we left Pireus there was the most awful storm with winds reaching gale force 12. The ship was rocking and rolling all night and the best part of the following day. Lisbon was foggy and damp. Just as we were approaching the English Channel the ships engines failed which was very eerie with no engine sound at all for about 2 hours.
I forgot to mention the risk of pirate attacks in the Arabian sea. A practice drill took place and the Royal Navy escort cruise ships in this area. All passengers on outside cabins were told to keep their curtains closed at night so lights were not showing but every evening the dining room curtains were all open and deck lights on everywhere. No wonder people treated this threat as a joke rather than a possible reality!
The Al Fresco was the only place to get a late night bite to eat after 9.30pm had a very poor selection of food available.
So all in all Section 5 of this cruise was not the best we have been on.
After listening to the complaints from many whole world cruise passengers I think we came to the conclusion a full world cruise would never be our cup of tea!
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Times cruised before: 10+ Sailed: December, 2010
Quality of Food
Breakfast and lunch in Conservatory buffet. Evening meal in Peninsular restaurant 1st sitting. Nothing outstanding on the menu. Al Fresco late night food very limited choice.
Lionel Blair very entertaining but having seen his programme the Young Ones on TV had heard at lot of it all before. Des O'Connor again entertaining and seemed reluctant to leave the stage after his afternoon chat show! Henry Sandon of Antiques Roadshow gave a couple of very interesting talks about antiques and teapots. The Headliners put a lot of work and effort into their dancing but it was the same old routines just with different songs. What a pity they didn't put on a pantomime at this time of year!
Thoroughly enjoyed Pireus as we went on a bus tour to Athens and the Acropolis. Sharm el Sheik - only wanted to go there for snorkelling. Cairo was cancelled.
Friendly Cruise Director Michael Mullane was excellent and could sing also!
The weather became cooler as we reached the Mediterranean and we went more to lectures etc. Films showing at the cinema were not really up to date. Line dancing was the one activity I went regularly - very good. It was a shame there was no indoor pool on this ship.
Yes the inside cabin was quite roomy with a small settee and had everything necessary.