Updated by Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor (4.0)
For adults, plenty of bars, restaurants, shops, lounges and a nightclub provide options for distraction. And Oceana does offer a high-quality cruise -- particularly in food and wine -- for a reasonable price. Inclusive fare in the main dining room is consistently solid, and Cafe Jardin, a for-fee bistro created by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, is a standout. Wine critic Olly Smith advises P&O on all things wine, and he has come up with an exceptional wine list -- 86 in all, including a blend made especially for P&O, Porta Palo. The wine list also features English wines -- both sparkling and still.
Families, in particular, will appreciate Oceana's informal atmosphere and kid-friendly vibe (at least during school holidays). Oceana has four pools (two in the middle and one at either end), all open to the elements, and six whirlpools. A small sports court occupies the funnel, with a couple of golf driving ranges and basketball hoops.
Launched in 2000, the ship went into dry dock in December 2012 for a £1 million ($1.5) refurbishment. The main changes are:
Le Club, Oceana's nightclub and bar area, has been given a total redesign and refit
the spa and salon have been refreshed
most of the public area carpet was replaced
the Horizon Grill has had new upholstery
an aerobics studio has replaced the golf simulator near the spa
selected cabins have been spruced up.
A major bonus for passengers is that there is no automatic 15 percent service charge added to drinks or wine bills, and cash tips are not expected by bar staff.
November 2013 TMcCourt
I was given a cruise to Portugal and the Canaries by my children to celebrate my 60th birthday and had some initial concerns about cruising in winter from Southampton and sailing through the Bay of Biscay. These concerns were needless as the ...continue
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October 2013 mika6617
Just returned from a Med cruise on board Oceana for 12 nights, and although overall time had was good it wasn't great.
Having cruised with P&O in the past and other cruise lines such as Disney, Ocean Village and RCL I had expected ...continue
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October 2013 whippet
P & O OCEANA 22nd OCTOBER 2013
We arrived by taxi at Southampton approximately 11:35. As we walked up the stairs they were already calling for people with boarding card F, this was the quickest check in we have had ...continue
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