We travelled by coach to Southampton from the north east which we find is the best way to get there. The luggage is stored on the bus and the next time we see it is hopefully outside the cabin. We have been on the Oriana about 3 times before and from not being too keen on her to start with, we ended up quite fond of her. We set sail on the 22 nd February, our first port of call being Bermuda. The weather wasn't very kind and we ended up with an extra day at sea because of it! The ships medical centre was kept very busy with lots of falls and broken bones because of the state of the sea. We arrived in Bermuda and quite a few people were disembarked and rumour had it that a lot of folk had chosen to fly home rather than face the return crossing. The weather certainly improved and we started enjoying the beautiful islands of the carribian. Each island is different and I really enjoyed meeting some lovely people. We had a few singalongs in various bars with some brilliant Welsh folk and even the locals were joining in. On board we had a lovely cabin steward called Menchie. Once again,thank you for your hard work. We didn't go to the restaurant every night as we didn't get our first choice of freedom dining and don't like to be tied to a time of when to dine. The food was very good when we did go. The buffet food was also quite good with a wide range of food to choose from. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr Sean Wallace, from the Chase tv show. What an absolute top gentleman! Take a bow sir. You mixed with everyone and nothing was too much trouble for you. My only gripe really was I felt that some of the entertainment staff tended to treat passengers as naughty children if anyone dared question them or disagree with them. I felt that they didn't have the people skills to deal with some situations and became defensive too quickly. Anyway I am pleased to say that the great Atlantic Ocean behaved itself on the way home, thank goodness. Overall we had a fantastic time on the cruise. Goodbye Oriana, we're going to miss you.
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