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The M/V Oriana
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Alison BS wrote a review Sep 2019
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom331 contributions58 helpful votes
Oriana Sail on in my memories As the saying goes......Oriana has earned a loyal following and we know many of you have very precious memories of her. After 24 years of great times and cherished memories, Oriana has now left the P&O Cruises fleet.  Yes, I was one of the loyal following. I will have cruised a total of 14 times this year and sailed on the Oriana a few times. What a wonderful cruise ship with wonderful staff, food, destinations and passengers. Wonderful memories that will sail on for me, forever.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Stephen S wrote a review Jan 2019
Goole, United Kingdom104 contributions87 helpful votes
Will be on her last work for P&O as now sold to the Chinese. Now classed as a smaller ship and loved by many. Had many a great cruise and will be sadly missed.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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YORKSHIRE Lass wrote a review Dec 2018
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First time on ship is definitely my favourite. The cabin was great inside no problems. Staff were friendly and attentive and entertainment was good. We had 4 turn rounds and 3 helicopters because of people being ill everything was very professional and made it back to Southampton on time an eventful cruise. No complaints at all the food was great and their roast potatoes are to die for.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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David T wrote a review Dec 2018
Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom11 contributions8 helpful votes
Vanilla and average spring to mind but at almost premium prices. Meals plentiful but bland. Cabins a bit on the small side. Having said this the Oriana does seem to have a lot of repeat travelers. The excursions were a definite plus both in terms of value for money and choice.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Trevor A wrote a review Oct 2018
Norwich, United Kingdom116 contributions51 helpful votes
Oriana is a lovely, but aged, ship. Therein lies her appeal. The rear decks are staggered and spacious. The cabins are not over large but adequate. We endured Force 7 in the Bay of Biscay and the ship was surprisingly stable. Similarly on our return trip. Never did we feel ill We had a great 19 days. Things did go wrong but were quickly and pleasantly corrected. We had a water leak mid cruise, during the night. The teams swung into action, moved us to a drier location 03:00, gave us tea and then upgraded us for the rest of the cruise. Lucky us, but, to be fair - not everything was that professional! Beware of the Ryanair type add-ons. Drinking water in the cabin had to be paid for. Shuttle buses had to be paid for - even when a local service bus had a stop in the port - quayside. This was not pointed out. Also BEWARE the £7 per passenger/per day gratuity charge. It does NOT GO TO ALL staff and you CAN OPT OUT by asking reception for a form to complete. This will cease in around May 2019 - so check! However, unlike other cruise lines, drink prices are UK pub prices - not even London prices! The Captain, Captain Sarah Breton, was in charge of a huge team of people who obviously enjoyed working together at all times. The Captain gave an air of competence at all times, as did all staff/crew. Good humour abounded and staff constantly chatted to each other. It was good to see senior staff assisting less highly ranked staff in essential tasks like cleaning and filling salt/pepper pots each evening. P&O cannot be held responsible for the bad manners of many of the elderly passengers who had huge elbows, and wheelchairs, walking frames etc. when advantageous to them but many shed these when it came to being at the front of any queue. I found this annoying - mainly because it was so unfair to the genuinely challenged passengers. (See previous reviews) The food and entertainment were good - there were formal, informal and buffet restaurants and several bars - prices were uniform for drinks in every venue. Costa coffee was also available in several outlets. The onboard 'Headliners' performers and Oriana Orchestra were amazing - even when the sea was rough. As we left the auditorium we may have had a swaying walk at worst, but they had faultless performances on stage, so we blissfully unaware of the ship's movement until we stood to leave! Very professional and at times, exhausting to see their energy. Many of the entertainment team, not the performers, were below par on average - seeming to be passed their sell by date, saying the same 3 sentences at the end of every show - and at times not even appearing at the end of a show to thank the performers. THAT was embarrassing, as were the corny jokes. There were 'professional standard' lecturers, activities, visiting comedians and musicians; dance classes, bridge classes and much more. The excursion staff came across as less concerned about passenger experience but appeared to be more concerned with sales for trips. This is sad as the daily presentations about ports to be visited were full of information. Disappointingly some was out of date ( Do not expect English to be spoken - everyone, everywhere did speak English); Gibraltar was celebrating Trafalgar Day with military marches and events - no mention was made. This would have taken minimum internet searching to find and inform passengers of the event. A service bus stop was literally on the port quay - but no mention was made, instead a £4 each way shuttle was 'pushed'. Many of us walked for 20 minutes,as that was the short distance to be covered. The presentations were informative but the presentation style was stilted and without emotion but more importantly - not factually up-to-date. Disembarking was well organised - bearing in mind there are approx 1900 passengers with many suitcases each AND breakfast is provided while you wait!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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