P&O Cruises family friendly Oceana, cruising desinations including Europe and the Mediterranean
- Ship in Detail
- Deck Plans
The British style of P&O Cruises cannot be overemphasized in the fleet of mid-size and large ships which attract a clientele that’s fiercely loyal and who revel in the traditional interpretation of cruising. As one of two ‘white sisters’, Oceana was christened by HRH The Princess Royal in 2003. This 2,016-passenger vessel joined the P&O Cruises’ fleet six months earlier having been switched from the Princess Cruises’ fleet where she had been in service as Ocean Princess since 2000. The ship underwent a makeover in 2012 when Le Club was transformed into a multipurpose venue for everything from lectures to craft classes before transforming into a disco at night. One of the most popular ships in the company's fleet, the informal atmosphere makes Oceana particularly attractive to families.
There’s a variety of accommodation categories which basically boil down to 137 sq ft – 181 sq ft Inside and Outside cabins; 178 sq ft – 237 sq ft Balcony cabins; Mini-Suites which range from 368 sq ft to 384 sq ft; plus 449 sq ft to 753 sq ft Deluxe Suites. There are 19 adapted cabins for less-able passengers, across most categories.
Choice, presentation and quality in the two main restaurants are hard to fault and, crucially, remain consistent. The Ligurian Restaurant has traditional set sitting times, while the Adriatic Restaurant offers Freedom Dining, allowing passengers to arrive between 6 pm and 8.30 pm and sit with whomever they choose. The Plaza self-service buffet on Deck 14 is open from 6.30 am to 9.30 pm and serves a good variety of dishes including a daily roast. On Indian-themed nights passengers flock there for delicious curries. In the evening, Café Jardin - on the uppermost level of the four-deck atrium – transforms into a trattoria featuring Mediterranean-inspired cuisine by the acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White. Another popular option is the Beach House for comfort food such as fish, steaks and chicken.
Starlights is home to various comedy and cabaret acts which are competent enough but lack imagination. Exceptions are the classical piano and violin recitals. Socialites don’t have to stray far from Deck 7 where Winners' Sports Bar hosts live music; Magnums and Tiffany's are ideal for posh cocktails; while the Yacht & Compass is a nautically themed pub.
During warm-weather cruises we really like the light show on Lido Deck as night falls, when the pools and the deck are illuminated in glowing colours and is a great place to meet friends after dinner. Another facet worth highlighting is the well-stocked library with its own librarian and good selection of fiction and reference books.
Monte Carlo Casino
Food and Drink
Marco Pierre White Restaurant
Ocean View Gymnasium
suiteFully air-conditioned suites enjoy a separate bedroom with two lower beds convertible to king-size bed. Bathrooms boast a whirlpool bath, shower and WC plus luxurious premier pamper pack, bathrobe & slippers. Additionally there is a useful walk-in dressing area with iron & ironing board, trouser press and a hairdryer. The lounge has a sofa & chairs plus dining table and chairs, with a mini stereo and TV plus radio and telephone, writing desk, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a safe. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors lead to your balcony with steamers, chairs and table. Suites have an optional butler service, magazine and newspaper selection, atlas and binoculars, plus fruit bowl, mineral water, flowers, champagne and chocolates on arrival and daily canapés.
balconyFully air-conditioned balcony cabins enjoy two lower beds convertible to king-size bed. Bathrooms boast a bath with shower or shower only, sink, and WC. There is a chair and table, TV, plus radio and telephone, writing desk, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a safe. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors lead to your balcony with recliner chairs and table. Balcony cabins have mineral water and pamper pack on arrival.
outsideAir-conditioned outside cabins have two lower beds that are convertible to a king-size bed with wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom has a shower, or shower over bath, and WC plus a hairdryer. There is a vanity/writing desk, a TV for your enjoyment, plus a radio, telephone, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Outside cabins may have a window or portholes. On arrival you will be offered Mineral water and a pamper pack.
insideAir-conditioned, mirrored, inside cabins have two lower beds that are convertible to a king-size bed with wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom has a shower, or shower over bath, and WC plus a hairdryer. There is a vanity/writing desk, a TV for your enjoyment, plus a radio, telephone, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. On arrival you will be offered Mineral water and a pamper pack.
Year Entered Service 01/02/2000
Total Passengers 2272
Refurbished Date 01/11/2002
Ship Width 106
Ship Depth 26
Total Crew 850
Total Decks 10
Total Lifts 11
Cruising Speed 21