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Ship Visit to OCEANA
P&O Cruises
Southampton - 28th September 2012

Report and Photos ©2012 Steven Back
Additional Images ©2005/2007 Ian Boyle

OCEANA - Photo: ©2007 Ian Boyle
OCEANA at St Peter Port - Photo: ©2007 Ian Boyle


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OCEANA - Photo: ©2012 Steven Back
OCEANA at Southampton
Photo: ©2012 Steven Back

A small group from the Ocean Liner Society (10 of us – unfortunately missing Peter who was unwell) met at Southampton’s super efficient and shiny Ocean Terminal for a late September visit aboard P&O’s Oceana. Being the end of the UK’s summer season and the last OLS ship visit of the year gave the day (mostly sunny) a rather pleasant relaxed air.

OCEANA - Photo: ©2012 Steven Back
OCEANA - Horizon Grill
Photo: ©2012 Steven Back

The Oceana was built by Fincantieri Monfalcone near Venice in 2000 – the last of four sisters for Princess Cruises (owned by P&O). Large ships for their time (77,000 tonnes), nowadays they fit into the “mid-sized” ship category and have a pleasing well-proportioned profile – certainly compared to some of today’s giants of the seas. Her 3 sisters remain in service with Princess.
We started our tour from the top of the ship – heading up in the lift from the palm filled atrium (3 decks high) and worked our way down. At the top of the atrium is the Marco Pierre White extra tariff Bistro that will have a new menu after Oceana’s December 2012 Hamburg refit.

OCEANA - Photo: ©2012 Steven Back
OCEANA - Pool Deck
Photo: ©2012 Steven Back

On the Sun Deck overlooking the bow of the ship is The Plaza – the buffet restaurant for Oceana. Unusually (especially for the newer ships) this is located towards the front of the ship – most now have these self service restaurants towards the stern. We were told that during Oceana’s upcoming refit this will be altered. Further astern on the same deck is the Horizon Grill with stunning ocean views and a menu that specializes in steaks and seafood.

OCEANA - Photo: ©2012 Steven Back
OCEANA - Atrium
Photo: ©2012 Steven Back

Down one deck and heading aft is the pool and whirlpool spa area. Both swimming pools are a good size – perfect for laps and there were plenty of whirlpools in different locations for people wishing to soak up the water and the views – something that makes cruising a special type of holiday.
Walking towards the stern of the ship on a tucked away lido deck promenade we came to the Gym and Spa area with good views over the stern. Both these facilities will be freshened up in the upcoming refit. For the mid-size ship that she is these are both well equipped.

OCEANA - Photo: ©2012 Steven Back
OCEANA - Library
Photo: ©2012 Steven Back

Down one level to A Deck the main part of the stateroom accommodation begins. The Balcony Cabins are around 175 sq feet - well appointed with either two single beds/doubles, bathroom with shower and a balcony with enough room for two . These cabins are also due for an upgrade with new mattresses, carpets and curtains.

OCEANA - Photo: ©2012 Steven Back
OCEANA - Yacht & Compass Bar
Photo: ©2012 Steven Back

Down again but certainly not down in category are the Suites on B Deck. Located at the stern of the ship and with enormous balconies these offer the discerning traveller every possible comfort - sitting areas with sofas and desks, separate bedrooms , dressing areas, and full bath/shower rooms – over 600 sq feet of room – larger than many London flats.

OCEANA - Photo: ©2012 Steven Back
OCEANA - Footlights Theatre
Photo: ©2012 Steven Back

In between these categories are the Mini-Suites with large balconies, separate sitting and dressing areas and good marble clad bathrooms with bath/shower. The outside and inside cabins – with all the basic modern conveniences range from 159 – 137 sq feet – fairly standard nowadays for the mid range British market in which P&O are competing.

Steven Back

OCEANA - Photo: ©2005 Ian Boyle
OCEANA passing Calshot - Photo: ©2005 Ian Boyle

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