We have sailed on the oceana twice,the last time was 3 years ago so we were looking forward to see what condition she was in.
As usual p&o have it down to fine art moving passengers on & off the ship.
THE SHIP.We found our inside cabin clean all the usual little things that we expect,sweets,kettle,bottles of water in the fridge,tea & coffee.bed was ok,after a night eating and drinking i think any bed would be ok.
2 big & 1 medium suitcases + 2 pieces of hand luggage. just enough space to hang our clothes.shower ok i am 5ft 7" plenty of room.
We found the entertainment on board good from the theatre,HEADLINERS to the starlight and footlight.footlight had the cinema,watched a few films there,the kings speech naming one.
The staff were pleasent and at times funny throughout the ship.
EATING.The buffet area THE PLAZA became a bit over crowed at breakfast so we went into the Ligurian restaurant for silver service breakfast more civalised,but be quick you dont get much time to decide what to have for breakfast.THEY ARE QUICK TO QUICK.
The evening meals were superb,every time we had meat in the 14 days it was succulant.The CAFE JARDIN which we tried did not hit the spot with us £8.50 each.
FORMAL NIGHTS.We had 4 formal nights and spledid they were.it makes the evening into a special occasion.
CAPTS GALA.They kept on coming with the drinks and we kept on drinking them Hic!had a nice chat with the capt.
We had plenty of sunbeds on offer never a problem,
DRINKS.Pints of beer £2.80 strong bow £2.80, G&T's £3.60 Bombay gin.
OUTSIDE ON DECK.As i have said plenty of sun beds,nice bar area around the main pool,smoking tables for those who smoke.we had one main sailaway party.there is a promenade deck for a nice stroll round.again we enjoyed sailing on the oceana.
TIP.CIVITAVECCHIA. If you dont want to go into rome 1.1/2hrs coach drive go on the courtesy bus to the port gates,walk towards the fort on your right & keep walking keeping the sea to your right 30 min walk,you find a promenade with bars and shops,quite a surprise.
LIVORNO,PISA. Courtesy bus into livorno,off the bus buy a ticket in the information shop it's indicated with an "i".tickets to pisa return were 15euro each.this bus departs at 10am,stop right behind where you get off the courtsey bus in livorno,40 mins into pisa,came back at 2pm.
Again we had a superb cruise with P&O and on the oceana.
PS.oceana we are told is going in for a refit.